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kentvw
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

As Raven pointed out, pay close attention to line and load. I would also be curious to know the rating of the existing device. I would imagine it's 15 or 20 amp with 20 amp feed through rating. If it is 20 amp rated I wouldn't replace it with a 15.

mbr_rainman
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

I will be sure to check that first. Worst case if it seems to not be happy and trips at all, I will just put it back the way it was.
I should be able to go on that if it trips as it to date, has never tripped at all. I will double check all my wiring also.
Thanks again.

kentvw
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

Roflmao!...............!

kentvw
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

(Insert photo of a ranting mad woman beating on a dead horse here.)

mbr_rainman
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

Have been out of town for several days so just now came back into this. OK, OK, after reading all the comments and laughing my butt off at the bickering, I will take the best advice I saw and not do anything but leave things the way they are. Safety for the family is the best thing.
Now, hope to get an answer to this without starting a new thread.

What is the difference in the $1.00 outlet and the $4.00 outlet that you buy at a hardware store? Are they both safe to install? If there is a safety issue, why do they sell the cheaper ones?

Ernie_Fergler
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?
mbr_rainman wrote:

Have been out of town for several days so just now came back into this. OK, OK, after reading all the comments and laughing my butt off at the bickering, I will take the best advice I saw and not do anything but leave things the way they are. Safety for the family is the best thing.
Now, hope to get an answer to this without starting a new thread.

What is the difference in the $1.00 outlet and the $4.00 outlet that you buy at a hardware store? Are they both safe to install? If there is a safety issue, why do they sell the cheaper ones?

No safety issue as they both will pass UL & CES standards.
But the three dollar device will be a better built product.
If the said device will be used heavily, the better built device would be the proper choice.
But say an general purpose outlet in the attic, very handy but hardly ever used, the one dollar device would be an OK choice.

Dave357
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?
mbr_rainman wrote:

What is the difference in the $1.00 outlet and the $4.00 outlet that you buy at a hardware store?

The difference would be $3.00.

Oh yeah...the cheap outlets are only rated at 15-amps, also. Kitchen countertop outlets, washer/dryer outlets, etc should carry a 20-amp rating.

Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

I represent a manufacture that makes manufactured wiring systems. We use only spec grade outlets only from one manufacture (hubble) as the others lower priced ones fail over time. Our test includes hi pot and cheaper outlets just blow out. Although all outlets are tested to meet UL specs ( cord pull test, voltage, and amp load). In my old home what I found was the cheap outlets over time will not hold the cord in the blades as they age. A engineers office i visited had a cut away of all the duplex outlets on his wall and internally there was huge difference on metal thickness of the blades. I use the three dollar ones. my opinion

Ernie_Fergler
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?
Dave357 wrote:

The difference would be $3.00.

Oh yeah...the cheap outlets are only rated at 15-amps, also. Kitchen countertop outlets, washer/dryer outlets, etc should carry a 20-amp rating.

True, but then the outlet would carry a different configuration:eek:
Washer outlets will be single outlets, and dryers will be single 240v outlets.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

The slot configuration tell you if it is a 15 amp or 20 amp outlet not the price
20 amp outlet

15 amp out let

The price usually tells you the material used for the contacts are heaver, which means more plugging and unplugging before failure. And that the material used for the stab connectors are heavier. However I never use the stab connectors.

Jack

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