How to Install a GFCI Outlet


While inspecting the bathrooms, the kitchens, and other areas where an outlet is located within 6 feet, or 1.5 meters, of a water source – we want to make sure it is GFCI protected. A GFCI outlet is designed to shut the power off in case of an imbalance is detected in the circuit. If an electrical device became submerged, it would shut the power automatically to prevent a danger of electrocution. GFCI protection was added to building code for exterior outlets in 1971, in the bathrooms in 1975 and in the kitchens in 1987. An unprotected outlet in the kitchen is not a deficiency if it was installed prior to 1987 but is a very good recommendation to have them installed. The replacement is easy to do DIY, and very affordable if done by a professional.

In this video, we will show you how easy it is to replace a regular outlet to a GFCI outlet protected with minimal tools and knowledge. If you are not comfortable around electricity, consider hiring a professional electrician to have this done.

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