Question by  preetishailgarg (19)

What is the proper outdoor electrical outlet wiring for gfci?

I need to wire a gfci outdoors.


Answer by  eldergeek (473)

Installing a GFCI receptacle is not especially more difficult than installing any other outlet but it's very important that the AC power be turned off while you're doing the wiring. Purchase a packaged GFCI outlet which has detailed instructions in the package. Talk to your hopefully-helpful hardware guy if you have any doubts.


Answer by  Randy76 (95)

GFCI's are basically the same as regular outlets. Same wiring applies to the GFCI as it does to the basic wall outlet. The main thing to be sure of is that you use an outdoor weatherproof box.


Answer by  blais (55)

You will see that the screws on the outlet are different colors. One is a copper color the other the color of regular metel. The copper screw goes to the positive wire ( black, red) the other screw is neutral (should be white wire). The grounding screw recieves the green wire

Reply by Doitright (0):
GFCI's are not the same as regular outlets. Their properly wired by ensuring the "Hot line" from the panel is installed at the "line in" on the GFCI with it's corresponding neutral "White" wire to it's adjacent side. Any "load" that you have. i.E. wires going to any other regularoutlet  add a comment
Reply by Doitright (0):
"see previous comment"; need to be put on the load side of the GFCI. The idea is to protect the outlets on the load side from any unwanted current paths like, water, loose terminations, a unterminated wire, etc. With specific questions just ask.  add a comment
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