This page contains wiring diagrams for a ground fault circuit interrupter (gfci) with a built in switch. This device can be used to protect a garbage disposal and provide a gfci protected receptacle in a single gang outlet box. The switch can be included in the protected circuit or it can be used to control an unprotected light or other fixture.
These drawings illustrate 15 amp circuits using 14/2 awg cable. Wiring for a garbage disposal or light fixture may be 15 or 20 amps. If using this wiring in 20 amp circuits use 12 gauge wire and 20 amp switches and receptacles.
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In the diagrams on this website the brass colored terminals on the devices represent the hot side of the circuit and the silver colored terminals represent the neutral side. Green is used to denote ground wires and terminals. Not all outlet boxes or older devices will have a grounding terminal. When running new wiring the ground wires should be spliced with a short piece of wire to connect to each device that has a grounding terminal, and to any grounding terminals in the outlet boxes. Also be aware that the white wire may be use to carry current in some household circuits, in these cases it should be marked with black electrical tape to indicate it is hot.
This diagram illustrates the wiring for a Cooper gfci/switch combo device wired to protect a garbage disposal. With this arrangement a receptacle, switch and disposal are protected with the ground fault breaker built into the device.
This ground fault circuit interrupter wiring diagram of the same device leaves the switch out of the protected circuit. With this arrangement the receptacle is protected but the switch remains outside the circuit. This arrangement can be used to control a light or other device where the extra protection of a gfci is not necessary.