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Before getting started there are two important things to take into consideration.
First, what do you plan on using the GFCI outlet for? Having a reasonably good idea of what you are planning on plugging in will tell you how much power will be required. Knowing how much power you anticipate needing will determine if an existing circuit can be tapped into or if a new circuit will be required from your panel. A 15 amp circuit has 1800 total watts of power available and a 20 amp circuit has 2400 total watts of power available. Remember to account for the power demand of existing devices utilizing the same circuit if you are thinking about tapping into an existing circuit.
Second, will the GFCI outlet be used inside or outside? Exterior GFCI outlets will need weather proof covers in all cases and exterior rated outlet boxes are required if the outlet electrical box is surface mounted, opposed to being recessed in a wall.
Utilizing a dedicated circuit is the best method for installing a GFCI outlet outside because it completely separates the new exterior power from the existing interior power. The advantage is that if something outside becomes wet and trips the GFCI outlet or the circuit breaker, it will not affect the outlets inside your home.
The easiest and most cost effective way to do this is to mount the GFCI outlet directly on the side of your circuit breaker box as shown in the image above. GFCI outlets can be located up high or down low depending on your needs. These outlet installations work great for Christmas lights, landscape lighting and watering time clocks.
*Note: For dedicated GFCI outlets in other locations, it is best to contact our electricians because electrical conduit will need to be installed. In some cases, wiring will also need to be installed through your attic.
Note: When tightening these mounting screws, leave the slots of the screws in a vertical (up and down) position. This will allow any moisture to run through the slot and help prevent rusting.
Note: If a circuit breaker will not reset check to make sure that no wires were damage while drilling and that the new outlet wiring is connected properly.
Dolce Electric Company has scheduled in-office electricians Mesa AZ homeowners and businesses can call and consult with free of charge Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. They can assist you with the installation of your GFCI outlet or any other electrical questions you may have.