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#22149 - 02/19/03 06:28 AM GFI  
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Does anyone know af any reason that I should not put GFI receptacles in all my living spaces in my house. I figure that would be approximately 7 recept. I am more concerned that my young children could put something in there or pullout a plug. I do use those plastic covers, but I really want more protection.


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#22150 - 02/19/03 07:46 AM Re: GFI  
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Install replacement cover plates that have the blades and ground hole protected by a slide feature. It is alot less pricey than gfi's or afci's .


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#22151 - 02/19/03 09:17 AM Re: GFI  
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I see no reason not to. A little added protection is never a bad idea.


#22152 - 02/19/03 07:20 PM Re: GFI  
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BC:
Welcome to ECN.
There is no code reason that will prevent you from installing GFI's throughout your home. The price has dropped recently, so cost is not a big factor anymore.
Be careful what you put on GFI though so you don't "loose" anything is the GFI trips, and you are not aware of it.
John


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#22153 - 02/19/03 09:55 PM Re: GFI  
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bchase,
Welcome to ECN. As both Scott and John said there is nothing wrong with what you want to do.

Hey John,
Have you purchased any GFI's lately? With the new design the price has doubled recently. I was paying $6.40 for Leviton 6599's the 8599's are $13.


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#22154 - 02/19/03 10:12 PM Re: GFI  
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Caselec:
Thanks for the heads-up on the $$$
Our suppliers still had/have the "oldies"
I'll check on the "new" pricing Friday
John


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#22155 - 02/19/03 10:15 PM Re: GFI  
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bchase,
If it is for child safety you might want to check out this outlet from Hubbell it has switches inside that do not turn the power on until a correct plug is plugged in, sticking a paper clip or something like that is harmless. I have installed a lot of these but I do not know the pricing I think about the same as GFCIs.
http://www.hubbellcatalog.com/wirin...amp;FAM=HProducts&P=13468,13493,4804

The link is for a ivory 15 amp duplex (The specifcation and model number not the picture) but you can get standard colors in 15 or 20 amp versions.

It would be OK to put in GFCIs but they do not prevent shocks they limit the duration of the shock.
Bob


[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 02-19-2003).]


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#22156 - 02/20/03 07:02 AM Re: GFI  
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bchase iwire has a darn good idea. Though i have never seen or installed one of those hubbell devices, thats the way to go for saftey for the childen.


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#22157 - 02/20/03 03:31 PM Re: GFI  
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A large North East super market chain has us use these outlets any place children can access outlets. These are a high quality device, in residential use it should be indestructible. One thing is you will be stuck with the small green circle on the face because this is a hospital grade device.
Bob


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#22158 - 02/20/03 04:29 PM Re: GFI  
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iwire, thanks for the Hubbell link. I'd looked for these but using an old catalog number. I believe the receptacles were once an "SG62" but couldn't find them under that designation.

{A more detailed link is http://www.hubbell-wiring.com/library/pressreleases/h4486.pdf}

As for the green-dot problem, it may possibly be removed with nuclear-grade nail-polish remover—methyl ethyl ketone. {Maybe regular nail-polish remover would work, too.}


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