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David Grimes

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 09:23 PM

I often view the international building codes as a minimum… as opposed to an absolute. If GFCI’s purpose in life is to keep you from getting shocked around water and wet, then I have always made certain that all outside convenience outlets and those inside with a potential for water are GFCI protected (bathrooms, kitchens, utility / laundry rooms, etc). It’s cheap insurance to have one GFCI outlet at the start of each of these circuits to cover them all… or add a GFCI breaker to cover the entire circuit as well.

The arc faults are now code for new construction in Georgia for all bedrooms ” All 120-volt, single phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying outlets installed in dwelling unit bedrooms shall be protected by a listed arc-fault circuit interrupter to provide protection of the branch circuit”.

But I install arc faults for other areas as well, because arcing and fire could start in the living room while you are sleeping in the bedroom.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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