I understand GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter)
wiring is done for safety of the occupant/homeowner and
is construction code.
recently purchased a brand new home and moved in the
early part of the year. GFCI hookups reside in the
bathrooms, basement, kitchen and the attached garage. I
was surprised to learn that the GFCI in the attached
garage also includes the overhead lights (not the light
on the garage door opener).
perhaps would impede safety in the garage if someone
were in the garage when the GFCI engaged, and therefore
the individual would not have any lighting to get out of
the garage or find and reset the GFCI.
have contacted the builder to question this, and the
subcontractor is citing the 2009 IRC (International
Residential Code) as well as the 2014 NEC (National
Electrical Code) and insisting they are in compliance
with the codes with regards to the garage GFCI hookup. I
did find a website addressing GFCI hookups. The attached
garage is specifically addressed.
let me know your thoughts and provide any advice on
whether I should continue to pursue the builder on this
Although I understand the need for GFCI wiring,
especially in high-moisture areas such as bathrooms,
kitchens, basements, and garages, I am not qualified to
comment on installation methods or code compliance.
leave electricity and plumbing in my house to the
experts with licenses to operate, reducing the chance of
fire and flood, or not having the house pass inspection
when it goes on the sale market.
sent your question to two electricians for comment and
have not heard back yet. But this column is read by a
wide assortment of people, including licensed
electricians and electrical engineers.
Internet link you sent me wasn’t one I’d take to the
bank, but the author made a good point:
that the electrical codes are in place for your
safety," he said. "Although you may believe
that they are overkill at times, these practices save
invite experts to weigh in, please. Thanks.