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Old 1/20/19, 7:34 PM
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I have a contractor (new construction 201 saying that an CAFCI circuit breaker is OK to install in bathrooms.I say no, anyone have any info saying yes, I have looked and can't find anything.
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Old 1/20/19, 8:18 PM
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I have a contractor (new construction 201 saying that an CAFCI circuit breaker is OK to install in bathrooms.I say no, anyone have any info saying yes, I have looked and can't find anything.
They are not GFCI breakers per Schneider Electric.

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Afci protection can be used if desired in addition to areas that already require it. The receptacles would still need gfi protection.
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I have a contractor (new construction 201 saying that an CAFCI circuit breaker is OK to install in bathrooms.I say no, anyone have any info saying yes, I have looked and can't find anything.
It's perfectly fine so long as he installs GFCI protection at the receptacle. It's not a substitute or alternative. If he thinks it is, ask him to point out the language in the NEC.



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I have a contractor (new construction 201 saying that an CAFCI circuit breaker is OK to install in bathrooms.I say no, anyone have any info saying yes, I have looked and can't find anything.

Why would you say no even if it weren't required? Isn't extra protection a good thing?
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Old 1/21/19, 8:07 AM
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Thanks for confirming what I thought.
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Old 1/21/19, 3:56 PM
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Thanks for confirming what I thought.
your OP said you thought you could not install them. That is incorrect.
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Old 1/21/19, 8:57 PM
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For an extra $5 they can use a dual purpose AFCI/GFCI breaker and everyone would be happy.
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Old 1/21/19, 9:37 PM
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your OP said you thought you could not install them. That is incorrect.
yes in a bathroom without a GFCI outlet
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