Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Electrical Connection

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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?

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That outlet is called a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). It's there to protect people from electrical shock...an extra safety device.

Many state and city local electric codes require GFCI in bathrooms, near sinks (kitchens) and anywhere else where water may be near the electric outlet.

You don't have to have a GFCI but the recommendation is there to protect the manufacture with intentions of protecting the consumer as well.

GFCI outlets are not that expensive and are not too difficult to install.  Check You Tube for videos.

Bottomline...you can use you blower with a regular outlet just make sure to keep everything as dry as possible so you don't electrocute (shock) yourself when using the blower.

Eric  

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Eric A. Jones

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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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