The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

Register Now!

Register Now!

We want your input!


2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Recent Posts
Parking lot pole light swap....
by gfretwell
Yesterday at 09:52 PM
International Wire Colour Codes
by Texas_Ranger
Yesterday at 08:24 AM
Son of Sparky
by HotLine1
10/20/16 07:43 PM
Speaking of Plugmold ...
by gfretwell
10/17/16 02:37 PM
Broken battery charger? Check for cobwebs!
by gfretwell
10/17/16 02:30 PM
New in the Gallery:
12.5A through 0.75mm˛ flex (just out of curiosity)
Shout Box

Top Posters (30 Days)
gfretwell 12
renosteinke 6
HotLine1 6
ghost307 5
Potseal 4
Who's Online
0 registered (), 224 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#192161 - 01/30/10 07:39 AM Protecting non grounded outlets
Belgariad Offline
New Member

Registered: 05/17/02
Posts: 9
Loc: Linwood, NC, United States
Is it legal to protect two wire non grounded outlets with a GFiC? I was thinking it was okay as long as you put labels on them, but can't find it in the code book.



Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Arc Flash Clothing, Gloves, KneePads, Tool Belts, Pouches, Tool Carriers, etc. etc....

#192163 - 01/30/10 07:54 AM Re: Protecting non grounded outlets [Re: Belgariad]
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
I believe your answer would be 406.3 D (3) in the '08 Belgariad

You'll need to get into a few older code cycles to see the evolution of it all, but the markings 'No Equipment Ground' and 'GFI protected' have been around for a while

These stickers usually come with a GFI, in with the paperwork. Myself i find they just don't last, and who would want them say, in a high end kitchen?

A while ago, one of our inspectors here bagged me on a basement receptacle not being labeled. So i asked, "can't i just write it on the 4 sq cover?" to which he responded "I don't see why not, as long as it gets the point across"

So i just wrote on it with my sharpy, done deal

If one really thinks about all the protective devicing in a dwelling, afci's and gfci's, or even gfpe's , it'd be mighty hard to label every one of them


#192165 - 01/30/10 08:16 AM Re: Protecting non grounded outlets [Re: sparky]
Tom Offline

Registered: 01/01/01
Posts: 1069
Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
Keep in mind that there are certain types of equipment that are required to be grounded and that GFCI protection does not remove the requirement. See 250.114 for the list.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

#192166 - 01/30/10 08:33 AM Re: Protecting non grounded outlets [Re: Tom]
Rewire Offline

Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 167
Loc: Missouri
You can also run a gound wire from the receptacle to any point in the ground system


ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals