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Gfci Install

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If you are like me, I slapped up a tank in the best looking spot in my home, never even to think and check for GFCI outlets. I knew of their main function but never really thought much about it until I get a thorough jolt from a cheap eBay Sunsun powerhead. I just thought I would throw up some simple info on my successful DIY install.

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I made sure to triple check the power with a tester and the circuit breaker. eaabfb3547d328028fe261f322f36d75.jpg420264ca39c94b086f102b4369483210.jpg18b25aecb45bf0abb1b5e0acdd1ebb40.jpg

Mine was an in series 5 wire install. Luckily the downstream circuit was for the second plug for my tank.

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I used a GFCI tester and the circuit breaker to make sure all was in correctly.

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I've verified that the line circuit was hooked up on the bottom and then hooked up the load circuit to the top. d31c78923d006d3f3a4110565d400468.jpgf5e92b892bfb97a3e9e77b8c1509fce0.jpghttps://vimeo.com/145470187

Because the other plug is downstream of the GFCI it operates in the same fashion on the same 15 amp breaker.

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Now myself, my fish and my equipment are all safer.

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TrentN   

Nice. It was a good idea to show the outlet checker every home owner should have that little device. It's $10 that could save your life.

 

It's a DIY that if you can turn a screwdriver you can do this DIY.

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drauka   

you do know you have the receptacle turned upside down?   To my understanding the current electrical code calls for the ground port to be on the top side.  Hope you also taped that nick in the wire as well.  

 

Nice write up.  

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Great job. This is a DIY hopefully everyone can do or has done. If you are like me, your house was built before a go I was ever thought of so every time I upgrade a room that has water I am installing gfci's. And when I put in my current tank that was the first thing I did. One thing I wish I had gone to the trouble to do would be to have moved the plug for easier access but too late now, oh well. Great write up.

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you do know you have the receptacle turned upside down? To my understanding the current electrical code calls for the ground port to be on the top side. Hope you also taped that nick in the wire as well.

Nice write up.

Per instructions the ground went on the bottom, and I re-cut the wire after the pic .

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My house was built in 1992, garage closed in in 1999, and "subcontractors" (key word "sub") lived there for 6 years before I did. I actually found some bad wiring because of the install. 2 circuits were run to one switch panel and the neutral was jumped from one circuit and hot from the other. 11PM finally got it all strait. Turned out that's why the power head was able to zap me. It was back feeding from a 2nd 20 amp breaker through the switch and the voltage leak wouldn't trip the total 40 amps were as it would have the correct single 20.

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Setting up new tank and doing GFCI "before hand" this time . It pays to double check when coming behind non code concerned "sub"contractors. They fed the fist plug in series reversed polarities (as illustrated in pic) then mixed it up again on the 3rd socket. Double checked a few other plugs in the house and found 4 more I had to fix . Luckily nothing that has been plugged into those plugs has even cared, main problem was that GFCI won't trip correctly with polarities on the wrong side. All is well now, now just waiting the 64 hours for the tank to fill up. 75a927db2d3ad22699152cf6610298e4.jpg

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Fred   

Lol I work at lowes and I'm surprised I don't see a house fire on my way to work every day. Stupid stuff like "my 15 amp breaker keeps turning off so I need a 20 amp one"

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TrentN   

Lol I work at lowes and I'm surprised I don't see a house fire on my way to work every day. Stupid stuff like "my 15 amp breaker keeps turning off so I need a 20 amp one"

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LOL know what you mean. I worked warehouse/counter at Graybar. I saw a lot of people that were trying to kill themselves.

 

 

David that has been code for 15+ years but most inspectors don't check it. So electricians don't bother. I must say it's smart to have the ground on top. after awhile the outlet gets sloppy, the ground prong will keep it hanging on and pushes the power prongs into the outlet. 

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