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As the article you cited states, if they pass with a GFCI plug in tester (not the test button built into the receptacle), they are still good. Why change them?


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I think this depends on the quality of your old outlets. A lot of times builders might use the lowest quality for outlets and I have gone through houses that were 10-15 years old and just spent a day replacing them all. However with GFCIs it is not very common for these to be cheaply made. They would have to probably be quite a bit older than 10 years ...


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I seriously doubt that a meaningful quantity of GFCIs fail after only 10 years. Maybe that's just the typical warranty length. If you're concerned, GFCI outlets have a test function, which simulates a ground fault (or use your GFCI tester, which probably does the same thing). Test them monthly, if you desire.


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Since you are asking, seems like you are concerned. If its a matter of being proactive or having piece of mind, At $10-$15 an outlet do one a month and have a safer piece of mind. You can read about AFCI Breakers/Outlets and replace the ones in your bedrooms too. http://www.ehow.com/info_8324361_afci-receptacle-outlet.html ...


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First off, the first electrician is wrong in saying that the use of a crimp-type terminal in house wiring is categorically unsafe. Crimp-type terminals listed under UL 486A for use on solid wire of the given gauge are considered acceptable for use in building wiring, as per UL 486A section 1.1: These requirements cover pressure wire connectors and ...


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Considering there is some amount of either wrong, or maybe just misleading, information regarding your broad question which, in turn, can lead to ambiguities and poor and/or dangerous actions, I, a real electrician, will add my hat in the ring backed by the NEC. Because many people may search and find this post, as it is very generally asked, and in a given ...


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Hit this with a voltage meter and everything was fine over time. [More than willing to hear comments on possible troubleshooting.] The outlet basically worked intermittently. Even when it didn't work I was getting 120v continuously. However while scoping the circuit I found the probably issue. The wiring was ran down a wall and pulled up to the outlet. ...


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GFCI outlets are a code-legal way to upgrade non-grounded outlets, and are a good investment.


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If you have bypassed the GFCI receptacle and still have problems, then there must be a loose connection between the GFCI and the breaker. Here are the places to look: At the GFCI, are the wires connected by a screw, or by push-in? The push-in connections are unreliable - I have had a receptacle "fry" because of poor connections, and it was installed by an ...


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Use self-grounding outlets. A self-grounding outlet should be labeled as such when you buy them. If not labeled, you can tell one if it has a thin copper wire or brass tab (see picture) running across one of the screw holes that attach it to the outlet box. These outlets, so long as you have a grounded metal box, provide a safety ground by "bonding" the ...


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Safety first - shut off the breaker or remove the fuse. You need a piece of bare copper wire, 14 gauge. You can either strip insulation off some wire you have laying around, or else cut off a piece of ground wire. Securely fasten (twist) the new ground wire to the wire that is fastened to the box, and secure with a wire nut (marrette). Connect the black ...


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Since the counter & cabinets are along a wall, I don't see how this would count as a peninsula. As you probably know, a wall counter requires an outlet if the width is at least 12". But as @DMoore says, the best way to figure this out is to ask an inspector. If it turns out you need/want an outlet, maybe you could put one on the wall next to the cabinet ...


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210.52(C)(3) Peninsular Counter Spaces. At least one receptacle outlet shall be installed at each peninsular counter space with a long dimension of 600 mm (24 in.) or greater and a short dimension of 300 mm (12in.) or greater. So yes according to the NEC you do need an outlet. But it is really really close to not meeting the specifications, meaning ...



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