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GFCI behaves as grounded

Posted by rubyroo on February 7th, 2003 06:21 PM
In reply to GFCI Protection by dougseibert2001 on February 7th, 2003 02:45 PM [Go to top of thread]

"The 1990 CEC allows one exception to the grounding problem: you can substitute a GFCI outlet for an ungrounded outlet, because a GFCI behaves as though it is grounded,even if it isn't.
A GFCI contains a hole for the grounding prong on three-prong plugs.It is particularly useful when you want to upgrade an old two-wire electric system that doesn't have an equipment ground. You get safty at a bargain price. Paying about $10.00 for a GFCI outlet is a lot cheaper than tearing open walls to run new wiring"
This information is on page 85 of The Family Handyman-How a House Works by Duane Johnson/consultant Jon Eakes
I just wanted you to know, I really did my homework because this was an issue for me.
I have replaced the outlets in my own house with the GFCI's and I feel much safer with them. I paid $9.99 canadian for each one.

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