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Wiring a GFCI Outlet Circuit

How to Install 15 amp GFCI Outlet Wiring: Understanding Electrical Circuit Wiring for Outlets Protected by GFCI.


GFCI Outlet Wiring
Electrical Question: I am running a line of GFCI outlets from a 15 amp breaker in the panel box.

Is it important that I use a 15 amp GFCI outlet or could I use a 20 amp?

This electrical question came from: Brad, a Contractor from Ridgway, Pennsylvania.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical Wiring question Brad.

15 Amp GFCI Outlets

Application: Wiring GFCI Outlets.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrician or a Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of GFI outlets that will be added.
Precaution: Identify the GFI outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the outlet wiring.
Notice: Installing additional GFCI Outlet Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical GFCI Codes with a permit and be inspected.

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Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electric Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring Light Switches
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

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The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.


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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

One Response to “Wiring a GFCI Outlet Circuit”
  1. Scott says:

    Can I wire an outdoor patio ceiling fan from the outdoor GFCI receptacle using 12-2 romex wire; and just use the chain to turn the fan on or off. Or would it be easier to run the 12/2 wire into the attic and wire somewhere else.

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