Monday, September 12, 2011

How to replace a GFCI outlet

Type B (NEMA 5–15) GFCI receptacleImage via Wikipedia

Replacing a GFCI outlet

This video shows how a GFCI outlet is replaced. This GFCI outlet is a general purpose outlet install in a West Philadelphia dog run. It was a great location to shoot this video because the day light. The wiring for this GFCI is the simplest situation that you will find in an outlet box. Only one feed wire. This is the lowest amount of wires needed to make a GFCI outlet work.
Minimum wires needed to power an outlet:
1: Hot wire. This provides the 120 volts to the circuit. Black wire
2: Neutral wire. This is the return path to the electric company. White wire
3: Ground wire. This is used to make sure electricity does not energize metal parts that should have 0 voltages . Bare wire.

Other GFCI outlets could have additional wires. This video is only meant as an example and you should consult a qualified electrician if you are not comfortable with this type of project.
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