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Old 02-10-2010, 09:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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on the topic of Ground Fault Circuit Interruption, I talked to an electrician who said that anything that is hard wired like that does not have to be on ground fault, if it is designed to be outside, old garages also do not need ground fault circuit outlets even on the outside, however new garages do, that every outlet has to be on a ground fault branch and this can cause problems as most of them are not designed to run motors as I was also talking to him about my bath room vent fan that is on a leg of a ground fault circuit, the motor sometimes trips the safety, apparently motors do that and if people have electric garage door openers, or fridges in their garage this can cause a problem under the new rules, but I've gotten side tracked, he said that with an existing garage to just go ahead and hook it up and you will be fine and pretty much fallow code but that it would be a nice safety to have a GFCI for the piece of mind if you happen to be standing in a puddle of water.
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