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Question DetailsAsked on 5/21/2015

GFCI and Lawn Irrigation

I'm have 4 estimates for installing a lawn irrigation (5 zone) Hunter system for my home. The last company that gave me an estimate recommened I get a regular outlet installed in my garage (non GCFI) to prevent tripping the system. The controller will be plugged into the outlet. FWIW I live in New Jersey and permits will be used. This is the only company that recommended this to me. Is this necessary ?

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If your lawn irrigation system is tripping the GFCI, then it either has a wiring issue causing that, or is not legally grounded so is tripping out because of stray current from the static electricity built up by the water flow. Electrician can check for wiring issue, and ground if necessary.

Replacing the outlet with a non-GFCI outlet would likely cause an inspection fail, plus you have then eliminated the primary protection for you when adjusting the timing on the controller or working with the irrigation system.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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