Question about GFCI outlets

eddieguy

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I’m trying to bring my moms home up to city code that is required to sell it, and one requirement is to change the outlets that are near water sources to GFCI type outlets , which I have done but I have a question about it.

A couple of people have told me that if you have one GFCI outlet on a circuit it would protect all other outlets on THAT circuit but I tend to disagree so I’m looking for other opinions that I might be able to resolve faster than weeding through it all on google

It seems to me from what I can see that the one GFCI outlet will only protect the other outlets if they follow that GFCI in that run on the circuit

I have about 4 GFCI outlets on one circuit and if I hit the test button on one of them it only seems to kill power on others on the circuit depending in the order they come in from The panel. Am I correct in my thinking on this
 

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You are correct, a GFCI will only protect circuits in its specific receptacles and the "load" circuit following it (if there is any). I often use GFCI CBs to protect an entire circuit, but your local code may not allow that
 

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Thanks for confirming that. I considered putting in gfci circuit breakers as well to protect the whole circuit and probably just easier to install in some cases they didn’t mention that as an option maybe they are trying to keep people out of their panel lol but I work safer than most I’m sure

My city buried the power line coming into my house and installed a big cut off switch outside so I could kill the main power before it even entered the home but I doubt most people have that
 

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I think there is always a "main disconnect" for electric service.
 

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This is a switch that’s literally right by The meter mounted on my home
 

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I’m trying to bring my moms home up to city code that is required to sell it, and one requirement is to change the outlets that are near water sources to GFCI type outlets , which I have done but I have a question about it.

A couple of people have told me that if you have one GFCI outlet on a circuit it would protect all other outlets on THAT circuit but I tend to disagree so I’m looking for other opinions that I might be able to resolve faster than weeding through it all on google

It seems to me from what I can see that the one GFCI outlet will only protect the other outlets if they follow that GFCI in that run on the circuit

I have about 4 GFCI outlets on one circuit and if I hit the test button on one of them it only seems to kill power on others on the circuit depending in the order they come in from The panel. Am I correct in my thinking on this
Keep in mind that, for kitchen countertop outlets, the code requires two 20-amp GFCI-protected circuits. So if, for example, you have six countertop outlets in the kitchen, you might put three on one circuit, with the GFCI receptacle closest to the electrical panel, and three others on another circuit with another GFCI outlet. Multiple bathrooms can have a single GFCI circuit protecting all their counterop outlets. Electricians, correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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Hello all. Long time no speak.

On topic off subject.

The fuse box in my condo unit was wired by some one who smoked some serious stuff.

Bought a Ac unit. Portable one. Unit says nominal current 11.89amps. plugged into a 15 circuit.


Blows whole Living room. My Greek gf follows order, I ask her to see why. I asked her to see what in the condo is working and not.

She then proceeded to tell me the light thingy in the main hallway is out.

That is a venmar unit switch. Now I know.

Outside, my outlet to plug my car is on the blue protection circuit of my Bath room. When I pull to much juice in my little garage, blows downstairs breaker which is not cool.

Which leads me to think about your first question.

Obviously I don't know. But I do know OHM lawyer.

If my venmar unit has two big ass fan recycling air. And you splice into the living room receptacle, you are in my book stoned, drunk, or ignorant.

I use the word ignorant instead of stupid.
 

nickb2

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I really think that having a particular protection circuit on one side of panel should not influence.

But in my case, the guy who renovated my unit was high as a kite.

When my compressor or power wash kicks in, neighbor downstairs has to let me in to reset his breaker

I then understand he is paying my hydro power bill.

So, to recap, outside receptacle for car, inline with my bathroom, garage plugged in downstairs neighbor fuse box, an in my living room receptacle, it has roof venmar system splice.
 

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All of them in same side of panel on.

When I use my outside receptacle which now I know is GFCI, I have to ask myself, how the hell is this code. I don't need or wish a GFC on my outside outlet. In my Bath room receptacle I don't mind. It's a safety
 

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Outside is because the surfaces you might stand on or touch are often just as damp/wet and conductive to ground as anything in the bath or kitchen.

Personally, I think that GFI stuff is more of a nuisance than a safety. I have been shocked many, many times over the years. Everything from the threshold of feeling it (about 50V) to about 40KV from ignitions or CRT anode. It ain't fun, but never has done any real harm.

I'm not sure, but I think now codes require a GFI to also include "arc interrupting" rating.
 
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