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Old 07-27-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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I have a GFCI on my powerboard at the front of the house for the whole house, how do I benefit from having another one next to my brewing equipment, as some people recommend?
Is it a scientific, or sub-rational "another wouldn't hurt" thing?

 
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:35 PM   #2
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You need a GFCI somewhere on the line. It could be in the form of the breaker in your box or the outlet where you plug in to or anywhere in between as long as the line you are getting you power from is GFCI protected.

 
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:44 PM   #3
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Your entire house is on one large 100-200 Amp GFCI breaker ?
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:52 PM   #4
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I'm guessing a whole house GFCI trips at a much higher stray current that a good individual breaker/outlet/etc. Otherwise the nuisance tripping might be too much with the variety of loads. Also, how often do you test it? They need regular testing.

 
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:07 PM   #5
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So uh, one thing trips the GFCI and you lose power to the entire house? That sounds bizarre, but I'm guessing it'd take a lot more to trip that than a GFCI outlet or breaker, out of obvious necessity, and as a result not conferring the same level of protection.

These things are inexpensive enough that I don't think it's worth taking on even the tiniest bit of extra risk to save that money, especially considering what's at risk.

 
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:50 PM   #6
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Are you positive its not a circut breaker instead of a GFCI?

 
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:15 PM   #7
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I have a GFCI on my powerboard at the front of the house for the whole house, how do I benefit from having another one next to my brewing equipment, as some people recommend?
Is it a scientific, or sub-rational "another wouldn't hurt" thing?
I suspect what you've got is a whole-house surge suppressor at the panel - not GFCI.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:14 PM   #8
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I suspect what you've got is a whole-house surge suppressor at the panel - not GFCI.
Beat me to it, its becoming pretty standard now-a-days.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:42 PM   #9
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regardless, a gfci on your outlet is a lot closer walk than to your panel. oh, and +1 to Maxkling and jkarp.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:14 PM   #10
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Thanks guys

 
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