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Old 02-16-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Greetings all,

** On a recent dad-gummed insurance survey, the surveyor said the coffee maker duplex recepticle beside the galley sink had to be GFI.* Couldn't find such a beast listed at WM or Defender.* Is one necessary and will a big box unit do?

** Thanks in advance...
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Yes its a want and good idea , the*big box unit will be fine. Hope the surveyor pointed to the where in the system it should go.


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I bought our GFI's at a bigbox store, and wired them in. I haven't had any problems whatsoever with them.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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We have GFI outlets where it makes sense to have them. They are standard household units. Another thing that's very handy to have is an outlet tester. You know, that little thing you plug into an AC outlet and the lights tell you if the outlet is grounded and connected properly. Our insurance surveyor found that one of our AC outlets was not grounded at all. Having the little tester was a good way to determine that the fix I made was the right fix.
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Greetings all,

** On a recent dad-gummed insurance survey, the surveyor said the coffee maker duplex recepticle beside the galley sink had to be GFI.* Couldn't find such a beast listed at WM or Defender.* Is one necessary and will a big box unit do?

** Thanks in advance...

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...classNum=50526

*It's often called a "GFCI".* Ground Fault Circuit Interupter


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Greetings all,

** On a recent dad-gummed insurance survey, the surveyor said the coffee maker duplex recepticle beside the galley sink had to be GFI.* Couldn't find such a beast listed at WM or Defender.* Is one necessary and will a big box unit do?

** Thanks in advance...
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:10 PM   #7
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It may be a little more expensive but you can use a Ground fault breaker feeding that circuit without having to change out the original receptacle(s).

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Greetings,
Thanks all. I'll probably go with the box store variety. I just didn't want to instal a possible non marine item (cheaper) and have the fellow say "That's not according to AYBC standards." I had to bite my tongue on several occasions during the survey so as to not get into a "discussion" about the difference between suggestions and rules.**

** Mr. rwidman.* Ah, GFCI-Thanks.* *Mr. Elwin.* I am aware of the GFCI circuit breakers but I doubt I could find one that would neatly fit into my electrical panel and I'm also aware that replacing a duplex with a GFCI in any circuit protects ALL of that circuit.**


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Old 02-17-2012, 04:19 AM   #9
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I would change the box and install a GFI , but keep the existing socket.

While a GFI is fine dockside , some do not like inverters , others dislike some noisemakers .

Senseless to be without power for a 75c box.
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* I'm also aware that replacing a duplex with a GFCI in any circuit protects ALL of that circuit. *

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Just keep in mind that the only thing a single duplex GFCI protects is anything plugged into that recepticle ( mainly people ) and the circuit downstream of that device if the outgoing wires are connected correctly. Anything upstream on that same circuit isn't protected. Not that it is necessary but it may be if there is water or wet surfaces close to those receptacles so people don't get zapped. Usually outside units in a house are connected together with a GFCI by installing a GFCI receptacle as the first one of the series. *

Ya, I was thinking that maybe finding a GFCI breaker would be hard to match older panelboards. Where they can, it saves a little work, however as mentioned a little more expensive.

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Greetings,
Sorry Mr. FF, you lost me there. IF the existing box is large enough, why change it? Now you raise an interesting question in my mind... The location in question is on an outside bulkhead and I'm wondering if I even have the DEPTH to instal a GFCI (GFI) recepticle.
Hmmmm.....Currently there is a duplex recepticle on the side of the electrical panel that is seldom used and I have no idea which circuit it is connected to so I may be able to put a GFI in THAT location and tie it to the outlet in question thus providing protection. NO way I can go without my morning 3 gallons of coffee! Interesting information regarding compatability with inverters and gen.'s...Nothing's ever simple is it?

** Mr. Elwin, just saw your post (slow typing).** I was under the impression that a GFI anywhere in a circuit protected the WHOLE circuit.**Are you saying that the GFI has to be the FIRST outlet in the circuit from the breaker?


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Yes, it protects nothing upstream and only downstream when it is connected correctly unless it is the first duplex. Elwin
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Yes, it protects nothing upstream and only downstream when it is connected correctly unless it is the first duplex. Elwin
* * * ** Are you absolutely certain of this? I ask, because it changes my whole approach to a project I'm considering in my house.
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Absolutely. The GFCI breaker protects the whole cct, the duplex will only protect the people that around that unit and only downstream if the following units are connected to that one on the downstream wires of that GFCI plug. Elwin
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We periodically test all of the circuits on Hobo, including the GFCI's and regular outlets, with an Etcon model CT101 tester.* It cost around $20.00.**There are cheaper ones out there but this one*tests 120 VAC conventional and*GFCI outlets*for correct wiring, tests GFCI outlets to insure the trip mechanism*works at 5mA and tests GFCI outlets against lower false trips.* Over the last few years we have found 2 bad outlets and one of those we didn't know had failed.* It's an easy way to test all the outlets.

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When I wired my inverter I used box store GFCI outlets. I bought one of those testers to make sure everything was ok; when I tested the inverter outlets it trips the inverter into shutdown mode. Don't have a clue why, maybe the inverter doesnt like the GFCI's?
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Mr. GC,
Hmmm....That's exactly what that tricky Mr. FF aluded to. I wonder if the WM units are prone to this as well? I do have other GFCI units on board but have never used them on inverter. I mean I've had the inverter in use, but never had occasion to plug anything into those outlets when inverted (smirk).
A call to all members reading this!!!!! What's Mr. GC's problem with the GFCI's when used with his inverter? Are there any marine electricians on board and am I going to have the same problems? It certainly is a hornswaggling situation dagnabbit! (OK, too many Gabby Hayes movies-you young lads, LOOK IT UP).
Mr. GC, do you have the same problem with the GFCI's tripping if you run the genny (a-la Mr. FF's comments)?
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Michael do the receptacle trip or does the inverter just shutdown? Maybe the inverter sees enough drainage to the ground inside the plug that it things there is a short somewhere. You know what is interesting? If one were to plug a 200' extension cord into a GFIC and just lay it out with nothing attached, there is likely enough drainage*to trip the receptacle.

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The GFCIs do not trip, just the inverter goes into some sort of whining noise which means to shut it down. I've run lots of stuff off the inverter, tv, sterio, vacuum,etc., no problem. Just that little 3 light tester sends it to the moon. The tester works fine on the 120 outlet when the boat is plugged into shore power. RT: No genny involved here.
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So your inverter must be detecting the simulated ground produced by the tester.

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