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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mikegyver, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    An inspector on his/her game would never pass it.

    GFCI's are for personnel protection. They are suppose to prevent you from becoming a grounding rod. Standard circuit breakers serve for overload and short circuit protection. They operate differently and serve different purposes.
     
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Those GFIs need to be tested, just like backflow. Maybe you are right about lightning, or power surges, but I've had no problems. By the way, I don't like to see clocks plugged into an outlet. Picky me, I guess.
     
  3. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have one gfi oulet on an entrance wall that trips once or twice a year and my irrigation controller is plugged into it. I have about 5k in annuals flowers at this entrance. How do you avoid having the outlet trip? I have even had the outlet replaced twice by an electrician.
     
  4. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The house can burn, we need to keep the grass green
     
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    A GFCI is not a surge arrestor. Again, different device to serve a different purpose. The code is in place to protect people. Circumventing code with creative "solutions" won't absolve you from liability.

    Note, I think some codes are f'n overkill and stoopid, but this one isn't.
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Any of your smart-ass electricians figured out what else is connected to that leg?
     
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can't. Everyone who works with controllers wired into GFCI receptacles has faced this. Replacing them can solve the problem sometimes, or the problem might be somewhere else in the circuit. The GFCI breakers are a better option IMO as they seem less prone to nuisance tripping.
     
  8. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It is a dedicated circuit. They have replaced a defective gfi outlet twice in the past 18 months.
     
  9. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So a gfi receptacle basically acts as a fuse? If change out to a gfi breaker, can i do a regular receptacle and be up to code?
     
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    In WA State that is permitted. Check with your local codes.
     

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