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#50855 - 04/13/05 05:47 AM 2 pole GFI alternative?  
Spaceman  Offline
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Two three wire multioutlet circuits were installed in a garage. Now we remember that it must be GFI protected! What can we do short of 2pole GFIs for $150 each? I think we will have to rewire.

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#50856 - 04/13/05 11:32 AM Re: 2 pole GFI alternative?  
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Why can't you just use 2 GFI outlets?

If for some reason you had to use a GFI breaker why not use only 1 breaker and make it only 1 circuit?


#50857 - 04/13/05 03:06 PM Re: 2 pole GFI alternative?  
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Do like Active says. GFCI breakers won't work with a shared neutral but GFCI receptacles can be put on the two circuits after the neutral splice.
Don't feel too bad ... many years ago I pulled 3 conductors thru 100 feet of 3/4 EMT and put GFCI breakers on it. That wasn't as bad as the fact that it took me 2 hours to realize why it didn't work. My old boss is still laughing at me.

#50858 - 04/13/05 09:45 PM Re: 2 pole GFI alternative?  
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I suppose that I failed to mention that the three wire goes to split outlets, many of them. However, even if I replaced each one with a GFR, it would be less expensive than a breaker. I was hoping to find an alternative . . .

#50859 - 04/13/05 09:55 PM Re: 2 pole GFI alternative?  
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As to why not make it one circuit, the owner wanted two circuits on each side of the garage one on the top of each outlet one on the bottom. Four 20A outlet circuits total, and independent of the lights too.

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