Electrical Wiring in the Home/GFCI


Hi I hope you can answer my question. I have a regular outlet in my bathroom. When I go to shave it sometime trips the Outlet and I have to go outside to the GFCI in the garage and push the reset button then I have to walk all the way back inside and finish shaving. I don't mind it I just hate it trips everytime I shave. So my question is can I add a GFCI outlet to my bathroom so I don't have to walk all the way out to the garage and reset it. Also if that is ok can I keep the GFCI the same out in the garage. Hope this makes sense. Thanks.


I'm sorry this is reaching you late but I answered your question and then the system here lost it before I could send it to you. I thought those days were gone but it reared its ugly head again. Very frustrating.

You have to shut that circuit off and see exactly what is on it and get a feel for how the circuit is routed. If the cable from the GFI outside goes directly to the one in the bath room you can install an independant GFI in the bathroom. Then you must take the new bathroom GFI off the "load" terminals of the GFI outside and connect them to the "line" terminals so you don't have redundancy. If the bathroom GFI goes on to feed other receptacle's you must put the wires for them on the "load" terminals of the the GFI in the bath room. If you have only the one cable coming in from the outside GFI then you don't have to do anything.

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