How To Retrofit A Gfci Outlet In My Bathroom?

Answer:

Fit the new cover plate over the outlet and secure it with the provided screws. Restore power to the circuit by switching on the breaker in the service panel. Make sure the RESET button on the face of the GFCI is pushed in. Then, press the TEST button; the RESET button will click and pop out; this shuts off the power to the outlet.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Does a bathroom GFCI need to be on a dedicated circuit?

The minimum requirement for outlet receptacles in a bathroom is one GFCI-protected receptacle served by a 20-amp circuit. This is a bare minimum, however, and most bathrooms will have at least two receptacles, and often as many of four or five. When considering bathroom receptacles, keep correct placement in mind.

How do you retrofit a GFCI?

Install the new ground-fault circuit interrupter outlet by attaching both the black and white wires to the “line” side of the outlet. Connect the bare wire to the grounding screw. Replace the cover plate, then check to make sure the GFCI is operating properly. Press the test button; the outlet should go dead.

Can you install a GFCI outlet without a ground wire?

Yes, a GFCI Outlet can be installed even if a ground wire is not available in the existing electrical circuit. The GFCI outlet must be marked with a provided label that the outlet is not grounded. The GFCI will still protect the user against ground fault just the same.

Can a GFCI outlet replace a 2 prong outlet?

GFCI outlets are a safe option to replace those old, 2 prong, ungrounded outlets. Use ground fault interupt circuits to aviod rewiring.

Do you put a sticker on a GFCI protected outlet?

If you GFCI protect another receptacle, you put a sticker on the receptacle that says GFCI Protected Outlet. Receptacles that are GFCI protected are allowed to be 3-prong even if they're not grounded. If that receptacle does not have a genuine ground, also label the receptacle No Equipment Ground.

Can you put a GFCI receptacle in a deeper box?

If you don't have enough room in the box to accommodate a GFCI receptacle that occupies a lot of volume, you could put in a deeper box which would fit in the same hole in the finish wall. This would require removal of the old box and this is higher in skill/tool level than just changing a receptacle.

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