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Paolo
Mr. Wireless

join:2004-05-29
canada
reply to leibold

Re: GFI outlet in kitchen

is it gfi or gfci? im confizzled



StillLearn
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Streamwood, IL
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said by Paolo:

is it gfi or gfci? im confizzled

Either. GFI is the older term, and GFCI is the newer term.

Ground Fault Interrupter vs Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Maybe it avoids confusion with interrupting somebody's conversation or water, or something else. Let those who worried be content to know that it is the circuit that gets interrupted.


leibold
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join:2002-07-09
Sunnyvale, CA
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said by StillLearn:

said by Paolo:

is it gfi or gfci? im confizzled

Either. GFI is the older term, and GFCI is the newer term.

Either is definitely the correct answer. I thought GFCI was the older term because that is what I learned it was called (and I'm not as young anymore as I used to be)

I figured that GFI was the truncated form created by those who need to have a TLA (three letter acronym) for everything
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whizkid3
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join:2002-02-21
Queens, NY
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reply to StillLearn

GFCI, which is how I believe its abbreviated these days, avoids confusion with what is sometimes called GFP, ground-fault protection. That is non-personel protection of large feeders, etc., against ground faults. (Works the same way, but think 1200A instead of 0.050A.)