I think I may have found an instance of "hill-billy" wiring in my circuit box.
I have a 15A GFCI breaker. Strangely, it is hooked up to the up stairs bathroom AND the outdoor outlets. Recently it has started to perform poorly. It either trips easily or doesn't work after reseting the breaker.
I opened up the panel and was surprised to see what looks like two circuits wired into the breaker. That is, you have a two pairs of black/white (hot & neutral I presume). The hot lines are going into the breaker together (on the top) and the same with the neutrals (on the bottom).
Is there any valid reason for this? It seems like the installer was lazy and because there isn't much room left on the panel they wired these two circuits into one breaker.
UPDATE: This is a Bryant circuit breaker box from the late 80's. The GFCI breaker was a 15 amp Sylvania which raised a bunch of eye brows when I brought it into the electrical supply place. Now it sounds like everyone makes "BR" compatible breakers including Eaton.
I ended up getting an Eaton breaker from Home Depot and only wiring in one pair of wires (the wiring to the outside sockets). Seems to work fine. I am going to buy another breaker and put it in one of the open spots in the box.
My guess is that whomever was last in this box didn't want to spring $40 for a second GFCI breaker.
Thanks for the comments! Giving that the house was built in 1986 it seems like it was standard to use one GFCI for multiple outlets. In my case - this certainly caused problems over time and I am replacing with multiple GFCI breakers.