GFCI protection in 1 and 2 family dwellings

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  • 10 Feb 2016 3:59 PM
    Message # 3811704

    Just left the RECI meeting.Some inspectors were telling me the disposal circuit,refrigerator and micro wave need GFCI protection.I don't see it in the 2015 MRC.E 3902

  • 11 Feb 2016 11:19 AM
    Reply # 3813781 on 3811704

    Looks like they were talking about the 2014 NEC.Not the 2015 MRC

  • 21 Feb 2016 1:53 PM
    Reply # 3835368 on 3811704

    Larry, take a look at:

     E3902.7 Sink receptacles. 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles that are located within 6 feet ( 1829 mm) of the outside edge of a sink shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel. Receptacle outletsshall not be installed in a face-up position in the work surfaces or countertops. [21 0.8(A)(7)]

  • 21 Feb 2016 3:05 PM
    Reply # 3835447 on 3811704

    Thanks George.Doe's that mean 6 feet up,down and all around??Not just from the outside edge.??I wonder why a receptacle for a micro wave or a disposal inside a cabinet would need GFCI protection.Any info would be helpful.

  • 07 Apr 2016 3:44 PM
    Reply # 3934756 on 3811704

    210.8A7 They changed the wording under dwelling unit sinks to match identical the wording of 210.8B5 sinks in other than dwelling units. With this change to dwelling units it would also mean to me that the receptacles within 6' of a sink in other than dwelling units should have had GFI protection all along. For example a receptacle for Garbage disposal or Dish Washer that falls within 6' of the sink. whether it had a door between or not. What's the difference between a dwell an a commercial property?

  • 07 May 2016 10:31 AM
    Reply # 4008024 on 3811704

    The way I read this code section is 6 feet from the edge of the sink.I don't see it meaning underneath.I will not enforce this where I inspect.Plus the home owners will have no idea what to do if the disposal trips the GFI

  • 10 May 2016 2:16 PM
    Reply # 4012255 on 3811704

    Funny I came on to post a question about receptacles within 6' of a sink. I have been writing contractor's to GFI receptacles on other than Dwelling units when the receptacle is within 6' of the sink such as a Garbage disposal, insta hot, microwave, etc. 210.8A(7) They added a word change to make it clear that a receptacle within 6' of ANY sink requires GFI protection. They changed or added the word WHERE to the sentence to be identical to 2108B(5). My thought is if we have to enforce it on Dwelling units, what is the difference? Some contractors giving me a hard time about this, but I don't see any exception that says if behind a door don't do it. Also in my opinion a GFI receptacle under a sink behind a door is still readily accessible.


  • 11 May 2016 8:30 AM
    Reply # 4013475 on 3811704

    Hi Steve.I don't think the receptacles in the cabinet's or under sinks need GFCI protection.Because once the equipment is plugged in it stay's plugged in.Unlike counter top receptacle's.Which are plugged in and out constantly.There is no room for doubt about dishwasher's.The code is very clear there.Larry

  • 12 May 2016 9:19 AM
    Reply # 4015131 on 3811704

    2014 NEC handbook 210.8(A) 6.Page 68 clearly state's receptacle's for disposal's,dishwasher's and trash compactor's are not required to have GFCI protection.But the MRC clearly require's GFCI on dishwasher's.

  • 30 May 2018 1:36 PM
    Reply # 6273450 on 3811704
    Larry Proghovnick wrote:

    Just left the RECI meeting.Some inspectors were telling me the disposal circuit,refrigerator and micro wave need GFCI protection.I don't see it in the 2015 MRC.E 3902

    Works for me.

    The 2017 NEC makes it more clear but we are usually using the MRC.

    Last modified: 17 Oct 2018 9:41 AM | George Little
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