Is it ok to feed a regular receptacle off of the load side of a GFCI if they are not in the same room or even on the same floor? In essence does the trip/reset location of the GFCI protection need to be marked on a receptacle? or at least obvious?
Second, is it illegal to feed one GFCI receptacle off of the load side of another GFCI receptacle?
>Is it ok to feed a regular receptacle off of the load side of a GFCI if they are not in the same room or even on the same floor? I've done it on the same floor. That's what those little stickers are for. Also putting the GFCI inside and a load receptacle outside is okay. But on a different floor? That's unusual unless it's a stairway or something like that. Old work, huh?
>In essence does the trip/reset location of the GFCI protection need to be marked on a receptacle? or at least obvious? Nope.
>Second, is it illegal to feed one GFCI receptacle off of the load side of another GFCI receptacle? No. But if you do, then a myth will arise that GFCIs in series are safer than one GFCI alone. So why would you want to?
There are GFI breakers that serve area's remotely from the panelboard, sometimes said circuits already have a GFI receptacle on them. a side note; Here in VT, as of 2001, we are required to AFCI all bed AND living area's, so there are many GFI receptacles now that are served from an AFCI breaker. I am also curious as far as a listing violation .
I once saw an ad for a higher level(more expensive)GFCI tester that said it tested GFCI trip levels and that if one tripped at 3mA there were too many in series. I don't know anything about this, or how many it would take to cause premature or nuisance tripping. Anyone?
Just a little trivia here. We had a rep from UL at a meeting last week and GFCI's was the main topic. (This was also in the Theory section)
GFCI protection for personnel is set to trip between 4ma and 6ma. An interesting thing mentioned was that the speed with which they operate depends upon the level of the fault. A low threshold 4ma fault could take up to something like 4.8 seconds to trip depending upon the sensitivity of the particular unit.
Another piece of trivia. An Electrical product is permitted to have a loss up to .5ma and still be listed. The importance of this tidbit comes into play where there is a 'nusance' tripping going on. As the GFCI operates on a cumulative value of stray current it could seem to be tripping for no reason but it may be operating perfectly. There could be 8 items on the circuit with a .5 'loss' each (8 x .5 = 4ma) and tripping could occur and there is nothing wrong. It's something to think about when deciding on CB vs Receptacle type GFCIs' and the number of downstream devices and length of a circuit protected by a single GFCI.
That's a good point to bring up because it is very common (around here anyway) to see a single GFCI protecting all the Bathroom, Basement, Garage and outdoor receptacles. (3 different levels) Most times it'll be fine (except for the Hairdryer and the dehumidifier in the basement on the same circuit that is) There is a distinct possibility that a GFCI towards the sensitive (4ma) trip rating might be nuisance tripping in a situation like this and replacing with another (possibly less sensitive) may solve the problem.
Sometimes I've noticed some inexplicable tripping going on especially where there are GFCIs feeding each other. Removing one seemed to solve the problem.
Bill, I do some real-eatate related work, and the local twp. inspectors are requiring GFCI protection on laundry room receptacles, and on sump pump receptacles befor they will issue a occupancy permit. I think there may be enough stray leakage current from some of these motors to cause nuisance tripping, and in the case of the sump pump, a major problem developing when the pump loses power when its needed most.