Skokie, Illinois home inspection aids home owners in changing simple outlets to GCFI type outlets.  This sounds hard to some, but can be done relatively very easily.  First of all, you need to know what a gcfi outlet is and what is used for.  A gcfi outlet is a ground circuit fault interrupter and it used to prevent electrocution if the electrical item that is plugged in to the outlet was affected by water.  There is a “reset or breaker” in the middle of the outlet that will short out or break if there are issues.  A regular outlet will not do this.

The Skokie home inspection brought the issue of Gcfi outlets and their locations.  You need Gcfi type outlets in bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, garages, areas in basements, decks, patios, and any where that water and the electric outlets can meet.  Sometimes I find the gcfi type outlets behind refrigerators and I suggest these be removed and replaced with standard outlets.  This was the case also at the Skokie home inspection.

The 1st step you want to do to change an electrical outlet to a gcfi type electrical outlet is to shut down the breaker in the breaker box that controls the electric to the outlet your working on.  Step 2~ You then take a screwdriver and remove the outlet trim plate.  Step 3 ~You then take the screws off of the outlet that secures the outlet to the electrical box.    Step 4 ~ Remove the outlet from the outlet box and remove the white wire, remove the green wire (ground), remove the black or colored wire.  Step 5 ~ Install the white wire onto the silver screw on the gcfi type outlet.  Step 6~ Install the green wire to the green screw and the colored wire to the gold screw.  Step 7~ Reinstall the outlet to the electrical outlet box and install the trim plate.  These are the same instuctions I gave to my clients from the Skokie home inspection.

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