I recently did an inspection on a home that had been renovated by a licensed GC who had an inspection performed after renovations. Home is under contract and I was hired to do a pre-purchase inspection as my client did not simply want to rely on builders inspector. So far I have found about $10,000.00 worth of repairs / issues that need to be addressed including structural.
One of the many points of contention is with the electrical system; builder & his inspector said that GFCI’s are acceptable for ungrounded outlets (which I agree) that they can be used for circuits down line (no problem there) and they they do protect any device plugged into them (which I highly disagree).
Correct me if I am wrong however my understanding is that:
- GFCI’s can be used in place of ungrounded receptacles AND used for those ungrounded receptacles down line on the same branch circuit.
- All receptacles must be labeled GFCI protected AND Ungrounded Equipment in such cases.
- GFCI’s receptacles on ungrounded receptacles afford NO PROTECTION
to equipment even when surge protector is in use on an ungrounded gfci protected receptacle…surge protectors only operate correctly (or within their warranties) when same are properly grounded.
Appreciate feed back.