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    Jan 10, 2007, 12:17 PM
    Replace 2-plug GFGI with a 4-plug GFCI?
    I am remodeling my bathroom and my wife wants a 4 plug outlet. She currently uses one for the hair dryer and one to charge her electric toothbrush. The intent is to add a lighted mirror or something else that uses little power. Would it be OK to replace the GFCI with a 4 plug GFCI? I suspect this is a 15AMP circuit but I am unure. I don't know what else is fed by this but it is at the back of the house with little else in that area.

    Thanks
    Scott
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    Jan 10, 2007, 12:46 PM
    Sure, you can connect a standard duplex receptacle to the load side of the existing GFI receptacle.
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    Jan 10, 2007, 12:52 PM
    Thanks!
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    Jan 14, 2007, 09:07 PM
    I did this and used two GFI outlets. I did this mainly for asthetics. I suspect that won't be a problem will it?
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    Jan 15, 2007, 02:58 AM
    No problem, as long as each GFI is fed at the LINE, and not one GFI is fed at LINE and then feeds the next GFI from the LOAD.

    You could have used 1 GFI and 1 standard receptacle that is the Décor style, it is shaped the same as a GFI, rectangle, but does not have the test and reset buttons.
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    Jan 15, 2007, 08:29 AM
    Oh no. I hooked the second one up as you described origionally. I did first gfi to line and then put 2nd on the load side.

    I will change it but I don't understand electrically what the problem with this is. Can you explain?
    Thanks again!
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    Jan 15, 2007, 01:11 PM
    What you have is a GFI protecting a GFI. Probably not the worst thing you could do, however, I have no knowledge of what will occur or how the GFI devices will operate connected in that fashion. So best to re-connect them so that both are fed with Line.
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    Jan 20, 2007, 12:03 AM
    Not the worst thing you can do but it can be frustrating - the second GFI may cause the first one to trip. I made the same mistake with a bathroom fed from another bathroom with a GFI installed!
    No biggie...

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