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I'm trying to go with nicer, newer outlets throughout my thirty year old house, and with great guidance from the friendly older gentleman at Home Depot, I got a Leviton Tamper Resistant GFCI Outlet with Night Light (the regular light switches and outlets I'm using are the dummy-proof ones). It got power - verified with a detector, but the test and reset buttons did not work. So I bought another of the same outlet, thinking the outlet was faulty - same thing happened. So I bought a third outlet, this time a Leviton Tamper Resistant GFCI with Audible Alarm - same thing happened. In desperation, I cleaned the many layers of paint off the old GFCI (not tamper resistant, and hence no longer up to code), and it worked no problem - as does the secondary bathroom outlet that it connects to. Each time I hooked up the wires, from first to fourth install, I copied how it was wired from the old outlet to the next exactly. I followed the instructions to the letter from the insert. I really want updated - to code - GFCI's (I have three in the house), but I'm at a total loss!

On a side note, I had to move my guest bath wall fixture over ~4" to be centered over the vanity - I assume the original vanity was smaller. In YouTubing how to do this, I did learn that my master bath light fixture was installed against code by being mounted directly to a stud, without a box (maybe code changed since the house was built, or maybe the electricians were careless), so I have ordered a 1/2" box to rectify that. Though unrelated, I am now wondering whether this GFCI issue I'm having and the incorrectly housed lighting fixture are indicative of issues with the electric not having been run properly?

Thank you in advance for any guidance!!!

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    Modern GFCIs have a Line side and Load side, marked on the device. The wires going back to your panel (which supply power) should be connected to the Line side - is that how you wired it?
    – tom
    Sep 9, 2023 at 5:37
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    It happens to the best, show us pictures of wiring
    – Traveler
    Sep 9, 2023 at 5:40
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    New GFCI's have a (typically yellow) label covering their 'load' terminals. Did you remove that label and use the load terminals, or did you use the other terminals where were not covered?
    – brhans
    Sep 9, 2023 at 15:20
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    FIXED - thank you so much, everyone! I made the assumption that the Line would have been at the top of the old outlet, and it was not, that brand puts it at the bottom. I now have a perfectly working, up to code, GFCI! Feel pretty dumb to have not noticed that, but this is all new to me, my husband always did this kind of stuff in our last two houses when he was alive.
    – Emma
    Sep 9, 2023 at 15:30
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    "I followed the instructions to the letter from the insert." - So no, you definitely did not.
    – nobody
    Sep 9, 2023 at 16:24

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FIXED - thank you so much, everyone! I made the assumption that the Line would have been at the top of the old outlet, and it was not, that brand puts it at the bottom. I now have a perfectly working, up to code, GFCI! Feel pretty dumb to have not noticed that, but this is all new to me, my husband always did this kind of stuff in our last two houses when he was alive.

Thank you, Jack!

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