Electric – CheckThisHouse https://www.checkthishouse.com Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Tue, 04 Aug 2020 22:47:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 Should I Use a 20 amp or 15 amp GFCI Outlet on a 20 amp Rated Breaker? https://www.checkthishouse.com/5750/20amp-or-15amp-gfci-outlet-20amp-breaker.html Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:06:42 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5750 Whenever installing a GFCI outlet receptacle on a 20 amp breaker, what should be used, a 20 amp GFCI, or is a 15 amp GFCI OK too?The rules that apply to installation of a GFCI outlet receptacle on a 15 or / and 20 amp rated circuit breaker are the same as the ones that ... Read more]]> GFCI Maintenance | Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Testing https://www.checkthishouse.com/5571/gfci-maintenance-ground-fault-circuit-interrupter-testing.html Wed, 15 Sep 2010 01:21:22 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5571 GFCI maintenance is a very simple and extremely important procedure. Just like many other house maintenance tasks, maintaining functional and properly operating GFCI outlet receptacles will ensure that you and your family are protected from a ground fault. Ground Fault - it's when the electricity, instead of following its normal path - electrical wire - passes through a person's body to the ground. That person becomes a conductor (wire) and you may know this condition as an electrical shock. * Never paint GFCI outlet receptacle! If you've just moved into the house and installed GFCI's are covered with paint - replace them immediately. Removing paint from their surface is not enough, even if Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter appears to be responding to the test buttons. * Never insert into an outlet receptacle objects other than a plug designed for its configuration. * Avoid spilling liquids onto the device - it could result in permanent damage or malfunctioning. Testing is the most important part of the GFCI maintenance routine and it should be performed on monthly basis. The reason is very simple - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlet receptacles are just like any other electronic devices - sometimes they fail.]]> NEC Requirement for GFCI Without Ground Installation https://www.checkthishouse.com/4661/nec-requirement-for-gfci-without-ground-installation.html Tue, 02 Mar 2010 01:51:37 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=4661 GFCI Outlet Safety Issue | GFCI Receptacle With no Smart Lock https://www.checkthishouse.com/4153/gfci-outlet-safety-issue-gfci-receptacle-with-no-smart-lock.html Mon, 10 Aug 2009 00:43:27 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=4153 Closet Fires & Closet Light Fixture Fire Hazards https://www.checkthishouse.com/2827/closet-light-fixture-fire-hazards-and-simple-solution.html Fri, 13 Feb 2009 06:14:38 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2827 closet fires and hazardsCloset fire can be easily caused by a closet light fixture Incandescent closet light fixtures can easily cause closet fire and this fire hazard is very often ignored by the home owner. Is your closet light fixture safe? Keep reading so you can verify that it’s not going to cause any closet fire. We rarely pay attention to our closet light fixtures for as long as they work. Stacking cardboard boxes and plastic bags filled with old clothing or Christmas gifts wrapping paper against that exposed, glowing light bulb can easily and pretty fast result in a closet fire. Would you please go and [...]]]> 4 Easy Steps for GFCI Outlet Installations https://www.checkthishouse.com/2730/gfci-outlet-installation-how-to-in-4-easy-steps.html Wed, 11 Feb 2009 03:46:19 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2730 gfci outlet installInstall GFCI by following this 4-step GFCI outlet installation guide I didn't prepare this GFCI outlet installation guide in 4 easy steps for conditions where everything is perfect and nothing can go wrong. That's why it is a little longer than others. GFCI - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter So don't start installing GFCI without reading description of items 1-4, it's extremely important for your safety. Good luck on your GFCI outlet installation project! 1. Disconnect power supply to the electrical outlet you are planning to remove and install GFCI receptacle in its place. The safest method is to turn off the main breaker in [...]]]> GFCI Types, GFCI Testing and Hazardous Installations https://www.checkthishouse.com/2686/gfci-types-testing-and-hazards.html Mon, 02 Feb 2009 05:12:34 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2686 gfci types and testingGFCI types and GFCI testing There are basically three GFCI types available on the market and GFCI testing should be routinely performed on all of them for at least one reason – they contain mechanical parts which can and do fail. GFCI receptacles GFCI portable devices GFCI breakers Each one of them provides the same type of service / protection – it saves lives by limiting duration of an electrical shock. GFCI receptacle is the most popular device and it has been in service since early 1970′s. It looks almost like a regular electrical outlet, with two small buttons located usually in the center. The buttons are [...]]]> AFCI Protection Requirement in 2008 NEC | AFCI Breaker https://www.checkthishouse.com/2673/afci-breaker-protection-requirement-in-2008-nec.html Sun, 01 Feb 2009 05:05:28 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2673 Kitchen GFCI Receptacle Requirements, Locations & Other Electrical Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/2651/kitchen-gfci-receptacle-and-other-electrical-requirements.html Fri, 30 Jan 2009 05:56:10 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2651 kitchen gfci receptacleKitchen GFCI receptacle Kitchen GFCI receptacles are required by the 2008 NEC (National Electrical Code) to be installed along the countertop surfaces. GFCI – (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Actually, this requirement has been in place since 1996 NEC, and an important thing to remember: If you have an older kitchen, and for any reason decided to replace a regular electrical outlet – you should have a GFCI receptacle installed as a replacement. Kitchen Electrical Requirements Kitchen electrical outlets installed above the countertops  require at least 2 small appliance branch circuits. Kitchen electrical circuits serving countertop outlets must be rated for 20 ampers (#12 wire) Kitchen GFCI receptacles installed [...]]]> Laundry GFCI Receptacles and Utility / Wet Bar Sinks Areas https://www.checkthishouse.com/2642/gfci-receptacles-in-laundry-utility-wet-bar-sinks-areas.html Wed, 28 Jan 2009 17:42:28 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2642 Unfinished Basement GFCI Receptacles Placement https://www.checkthishouse.com/2633/unfinished-basement-gfci-receptacles.html Wed, 28 Jan 2009 04:15:10 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2633 Unfinished Basement GFCI Receptacles Unfinished basement GFCI receptacles installation or GFCI protection for a regular type outlet receptacles installed in an unfinished basement is required by the 2008 NEC (National Electrical Code). GFCI – (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Unfinished basement it’s an area or portion of the basement area that is not intended to be used as a habitable room. Habitable room it’s a space arranged for living, eating or sleeping purposes (must conform to local building codes to be listed as such), but does not include bathroom / toilet rooms, laundries, pantries, foyers or hallways. If you have a sump pump installed in an unfinished [...]]]> Crawlspace GFCI Installed at or Below the Grade Level https://www.checkthishouse.com/2623/gfci-in-crawlspaces-at-or-below-grade-level.html Tue, 27 Jan 2009 05:44:09 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2623 Crawlspace GFCI for sump pumpCrawlspace GFCI installed at or below the grade level GFCI – (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Crawlspace GFCI protection for receptacles has changed slightly in 2008 NEC (National Electrical Code). 2005 NEC exception that allowed single receptacles for not easily moved appliances to be excluded from GFCI requirement has been removed. Because of the moisture, flooding, drainage problems , crawlspace GFCI protection absolutely makes sense in such application. The only device that homeowners would probably prefer without GFCI protection is a sump pump, which used to be a part of that 2005 exception. If you’re concerned about your crawlspace flooding, the solution would be to install [...]]]> House Exterior GFCI Receptacles https://www.checkthishouse.com/2557/gfci-requirement-for-the-house-exterior-receptacles.html Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:55:37 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2557 Exterior GFCI - seasonal decorations outlet receptacles on exterior require GFCI protectionExterior GFCI Receptacles The 2008 NEC did not change house exterior GFCI receptacles requirement protection since the previous edition. All outdoor house receptacles must be GFCI protected. GFCI – (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) There is one exception from this exterior GFCI receptacles requirement: If you have electrical outlets that are not readily accessible (you can’t reach them standing on the ground without using ladders, or any other equipment) and they are supplied by a branch circuit dedicated for snow / ice melting equipment (there’s nothing else on this circuit), exterior GFCI protection is not required. However, that snow / ice melting equipment must be permanently attached; [...]]]> Garage GFCI Receptacles and GFCI in Accessory Buildings https://www.checkthishouse.com/2539/gfci-receptacles-in-garages-and-accessory-buildings.html Sat, 24 Jan 2009 03:18:19 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2539 Garage GFCI - garage overhead doors opener receptacle requires GFCI protection (2008 NEC) Garage GFCI receptacles / accessory building GFCI Exceptions for the garage GFCI receptacles and GFCI’s in accessory buildings have been removed by the 2008 NEC (National Electrical Code). The new rules apply to the structures that have a floor located at or below grade level, are not intended for use as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and areas of similar use. GFCI – (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Always remember about GFCI maintenance and testing – those devices are worthless piece of equipment, unless they  are operating properly! Accessory building GFCI There’s no more GFCI unprotected receptacles permitted in accessory buildings. If [...]]]> Bathroom GFCI Receptacles and Electrical Components https://www.checkthishouse.com/2522/bathroom-gfci-receptacles-and-electrical-components.html Thu, 22 Jan 2009 04:46:25 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2522 GFCI Locations in Residential Buildings based on 2008 NEC https://www.checkthishouse.com/2498/gfci-locations-in-residential-buildings-based-on-2008-nec.html Wed, 21 Jan 2009 05:15:21 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2498 Read more]]> GFCI Outlet Purpose and GFCI Location History https://www.checkthishouse.com/2460/gfci-outlet-purpose-and-gfci-location-history.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/2460/gfci-outlet-purpose-and-gfci-location-history.html#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 02:56:58 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2460 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/2460/gfci-outlet-purpose-and-gfci-location-history.html/feed 1 Things to Avoid Around the House Electrical Panel https://www.checkthishouse.com/1946/things-to-avoid-around-the-house-electrical-panel.html Tue, 18 Nov 2008 19:28:50 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1946 Read more]]> House Electrical Panel in the Bathroom and Clothes Closet https://www.checkthishouse.com/1777/house-electrical-panel-in-the-bathroom-and-clothes-closet.html Sat, 01 Nov 2008 03:02:08 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1777 Read more]]> Improper House Overhead Electric Service Locations & Safety Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/1488/house-overhead-electric-service-improper-locations.html Mon, 20 Oct 2008 22:39:58 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1488 chicago overhead electricWhen remodeling, upgrading, or changing the house exterior, we often forget to consider that some of the components that used to be safe prior to the completion of our new project may become quite dangerous when we’re finished. One of those components is an electrical service connection to our property … you know, those thick ... Read more]]>