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Q. Does the NEC require that replacement receptacles be updated to provide GFCI protection?

A. When existing receptacles are replaced in locations where GFCI protection is currently required, the replacement receptacles must be GFCI protected. This includes the replacement of receptacles in dwelling unit bathrooms, garages, outdoors, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, kitchen countertops, rooftops, or within 6 ft of laundry, utility, and wet bar sinks [406.4(D)(3)]. See 210.8 for specific GFCI-protection requirements.

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