Electrical Wiring in the Home/Electrical Connection


I have a 15 amp electric snow blow, 15 amp rated cord, and a 15 amp outdoor outlet. But the outdoor outlet does not have a GFCI switch on it and the manufacture recommends using an outlet with a GFCI switch. What does the GFCI outlet provide that I would be missing if I connected to this outlet anyway?


The GFI (ground fault interupter) provides shock protection for you while using anything you may have plugged into a GFI protected outlet like the snow blower or hedge clippers or Christmas lights.

Even though the receptacle is not a GFI receptacle that has the two buttons on it, it still may be a GFI protected receptacle. In other words this receptacle may be protected by a GFI breaker in the panel or it may be protected by another GFI receptacle (with the buttons) some where else in your home. Unless you have an older home over 30 years there's a pretty good chance this receptacle is GFI protected. Check your circuit breaker panels directory to see if there is anything on it in regard to this outside receptacle.

Even if this receptacle is not GFI protected you can buy at HD or Lowes a GFI adapter that will plug into the receptacle and then plug the snow blower into the adapter which will give you the recomended GFI protection.

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