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toh409
GFI outlets in an unfinished basement, mandatory?

i ran a string of outlets for a workshop in an unfinished concrete basement. is a GFI advisable or mandatory in a basement? the basement does not have any flooding issues, its just a typical damp and humid basement depending on weather conditions. the workshop outlets are not near the sink.

BTW
there i a GFI outlet by the laundry sink on a dedicated circuit

thanks

JLMCDANIEL
Re: GFI outlets in an unfinished basement, mandatory?

GFCI protection is required by code in unfinished basements.

Jack

dj1
Re: GFI outlets in an unfinished basement, mandatory?

Get good quality GFCI. The cheap ones fail constantly.

MLB Construction
Re: GFI outlets in an unfinished basement, mandatory?

go from the panel to a GFI outlet...then from the GFI to the other outlets you can use regular ones. if you stick something in one of the outlets down the line from the GFI, it will trip. That GFI will protect all the other ones downstream of the first one.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: GFI outlets in an unfinished basement, mandatory?

Personally, I would not daisy chain outlets in a shop. That of course would require that they all be GFCI units.

Jack

toh409
Re: GFI outlets in an unfinished basement, mandatory?

my string will have 8 duplex outlets total (4 boxes 2 duplex in each box)
if i protect the run with one GFCI at the beginning do you think that outlet will be "robust" enough to support the other 7 hanging on it?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: GFI outlets in an unfinished basement, mandatory?
toh409 wrote:

my string will have 8 duplex outlets total (4 boxes 2 duplex in each box)
if i protect the run with one GFCI at the beginning do you think that outlet will be "robust" enough to support the other 7 hanging on it?

It will handle as many outlets as you want to install, the line will be limited to the amperage of the breaker not the number of outlets. However, if you are going to use the circuit for lighting also, if you trip the one GFCI you loose all outlets and the lighting. That is why I prefer separate GFCI's rather than just one.

Jack

Re: GFI outlets in an unfinished basement, mandatory?

Ditto others and be aware romex cable has paper filler which wicks moisture, which is why it's not allowed outside.

Too long a run on the load side of a GFCI will trip it because on leakage current.

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