GFI in series?

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Fishman43, May 1, 2008.

  1. Fishman43

    Fishman43 New Member

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    Hello All,

    If I have four standard outlets in series in my kitchen along the counter top and wanted to convert them to GFI, can I replace the first outlet in the series with a GFI and will that cover all of the down stream outlets?

    Thanks
  2. PEW

    PEW DIY Senior Member

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    Yes, if wired per the instruction with the GFCI.
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Almost all (but not every one) gfci outlets let you daisy chain additional outlets to protect them. If the gfci has connections for both load and line, anything connected to the load side is protected as well as the gfci itself (of course!).
  4. Marv

    Marv New Member

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    You really need to know what is all the way down the line. Hopefully your refrigerator is not on the line and kicks the breaker when you're not around.
  5. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    If it does, its a good warning sign your fridge is failing. ;)
  6. Marv

    Marv New Member

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    I have a 1 year old fridge at the office (full size) that just started to trip the GFCI its plugged into. I think its just because the motor is drawing a little extra current as it ages. I plugged it into another outlet and its fine. Motors can often trip a GFCI.
  7. jbfan74

    jbfan74 Electrical Contractor

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    When they start leaking current. Just because it works in a nongfci outlet, does not mean it is not leaking current. It has been years since I have seen a false trip on a gfci.

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