GFCI wiring

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by bradleyheathhays, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. bradleyheathhays

    bradleyheathhays New Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Installed a new Cooper ShockSentry GFCI / DDFT / ICTA outlet in an outlet box that had no ground. White to silver and black to gold, without being grounded will this outlet trip correctly? It'll be handling close to a 10 amp load powering a large aquarium.
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2013
  3. Sponsor

    Sponsor Paid Advertisement

  4. Homeownerinburb

    Homeownerinburb Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    You are good to go.

    The only problem, and it is not much of one, is that the test requires a ground to shunt a little current from the hot to ground, which you don't have.

    I use a plug in polarity tester that also tests gfis, and it won't test if there is not a ground, for the same reason.

    You have made the outlet infinitely safer by putting in the gfi.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    A GFCI trips when the current on the hot and neutral are different. In a properly working circuit, all of the power that goes into it on the hot lead must return on the neutral. When they get out of balance, that means some has 'faulted' to ground, and it 'interrupts' the circuit (i.e., trips). Most work when that difference exceeds about 0.005A (5ma). It does not need a ground to cause it to trip at the device. Overloading the device will (or at least should) cause the circuit breaker or fuse to shut off power as well - two different things - one is protecting you (or your fish!), and the second is protecting the wiring from overheating.

    THey work. The receptacle should be marked with one of the labels that came with it indicating it does not have a ground wire attached.
  6. ActionDave

    ActionDave Electrician

    Feb 4, 2009
    A real good reason if you happen to be pushing the test button and touching a grounded/earthed metal cover plate at the same time.
Similar Threads: GFCI wiring
Forum Title Date
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Wiring a GFCI May 27, 2011
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Wiring bathroom exhaust fans, GFCI concerns, NEC concerns. Aug 12, 2010
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Correct wiring of GFCI Breaker Feb 19, 2010
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Wiring Bathroom/GFCI Circuit Jan 19, 2010
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog GFCI Not Tripping, Sparking Wires Jul 16, 2017

Share This Page