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How to replace a GFCI receptacle (Page 2)


Step 5. Now you can start to connect the GPCI. To begin, count the number of wires you just disconnected from the old receptacle. You’ll either have three wires each of white, black, and bare wires—or you’ll have five—a pair of white and black wires and a single bare wire. If you’ve got five wires, skip to steps 6A and B. If you’ve got three wires, clip off the stripped ends of the wires and use your combination tool to strip away about 3/4” of insulation. Then use your needlenose pliers to bend the stripped portions in small, clockwise hooks and go to step 7.

 

Step 6A. If you’ve got five wires, clip off the stripped ends of the wires and use your combination tool to strip away about ¾” of insulation. Now cut three 3” pieces of 14-gauge wire—one bare. one white, and one black. Strip about ¾” of wire from both ends and then use your needlenose pliers to make a clockwise hook at one end of each. These are your pigtails.

Step 6B. Hold the straight end of the white pigtail next to the ends of the two white wires coming from the electrical box. Slide a wire connector over the ends and twist it clockwise until the connector is snug. No bare wire should be visible. Repeat this procedure for the black wires and black pigtail, and then for the two bare wires and the bare pigtail.

 

Step 7. Connect the white wire (or the white pigtail; see inset photo) to the silver-colored screw labeled “line.”

 

Step 8. Connect the black wire (or the black pigtail; see inset photo) to the copper-colored screw labeled “line.”

Step 9. Connect the bare wire (or the bare pigtail; see inset photo) to the green grounding screw on the bottom of the receptacle.

 

 

 

 

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