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Using The GFCI Receptacle In An Unfinished Basement To Feed A Washing Machine

March 29, 2006

Q: Is it permissible to use the GFCI receptacle in an unfinished basement of a one family home to provide power to a washing machine and gas clothes dryer?

A: If this is the only receptacle in the basement, the answer is no. A receptacle protected by a GFCI is required by 210.8(A)(5), and 210.52(G) requires at least one receptacle outlet in addition to any provided for laundry equipment. The receptacle(s) for the laundry equipment may be supplied by the same branch circuit that supplies the GFCI receptacle. The receptacle(s) for the washer and dryer may be connected to the line side of the GFCI protected receptacle as allowed by Exception 2 of 210.8(A)(5) or may be connected to the load side of the GFCI receptacle or to the GFCI circuit breaker that supplies the basement receptacle.

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