Should I Install a GFCI Circuit Breaker or a GFCI Outlet
Lanny in Minnesota asks: Can a GFCI circuit breaker take the place of a GFCI Outlet? Would it be considered to meet NEC Code Requirements?
Electrical Question: Can I install a GFCI circuit breaker instead of a GFCI Outlet?
Can a GFCI circuit breaker take the place of a GFCI outlet? Would it be considered to meet electrical code?
This electrical wiring question came from Lanny, a Homeowner in Duluth, Minnesota.
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Electrical Code for a GFCI Protected Outlet
Application: GFCI Protection for an Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the GFCI Outlet, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the GFCI Outlet should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Duluth, Minnesota. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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Reviewing the Electrical Question:
- Can a GFCI circuit breaker take the place of a GFCI Outlet? Would it be considered to meet code?
- Lanny, from the information you have provided, Yes, a GFCI circuit breaker can be used as the ground fault protection device, and both methods will satisfy the NEC Code requirement for GFCI Protection, NEC Article 210.8. However, in the case where the GFCI breaker would trip off, it would be less convenient to got to the panel to reset the breaker, than it would be to reset a GFCI Outlet that would be in the same area inside the home.
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