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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter(GFCI). Sometimes known as a GFI, or a residual-current device (RCD or RCCB). Can refer to receptacles as well as circuit breakers. They detect a leak in current, or an imbalance between the current on the hot and neutral wires. This is used to prevent electrical shock. Use with the [electrical] tag

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GFCI breaker trips

My 20 amp breaker in my basement to my unattached garage works fine, but when I put in a gfci breaker, it pops as soon as I flip it on, two different breakers. The only thing that is plugged into my ...
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Can both line and load go to same screw on a GFCI outlet?

I was going to replace my GFCI since it is not working. The GFCI has 2 black wires going into the same screw -- one with the push in connection and the another wired to the screw. Same for the white. ...
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Can I wire both a 50 amp hot tub and 50 amp RV plug in the same box?

I have two projects in the works, installing a hot tub and building an RV pad. Both the RV and hot tub run on 50 amps and 220 volts. RV's plug-in but hot tubs are wired directly. Is there a single ...
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GFCI - should my neutral and ground have continuity?

I have a thing I'm doing.. I won't go into detail, but I have a thing that is a yellow solid core copper cable with a hot, neutral and bare ground. one end is connected to a plug I wired (I'm using ...
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Why doesn't my new GFCI outlet work?

I installed a new gfci identically as the one I removed. The green light is on, but it isn't working. I hit the reset button, still nothing. I hit the test button, but it doesn't budge. Please ...
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Multiple GFCI receptacles, Fridge is tripping one it ins't plugged into

I recently put a fridge in my garage, the outlet I am using I discovered is on the same circuit as the bathroom indoors across a hall. I believe the previous owner installed it as he is a 'contractor' ...
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Why did my leaking pool light trip the circuit breaker, but not the GFCI?

This is, I am sure, an extremely naive question. I hope that's okay (and I hope it can be answered at a level I'll understand). The background: My swimming pool has underwater light fixtures, on ...
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Do GFCI breakers provide necessary protecting for multiple outlet surge protector?

I just got results of home inspection on house I'm buying and discovered they had illegally replaced two prong outlets with three prong ones without correcting wiring. I understand my options may to ...
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GFCI Circuit Breakers Wired Incorrectly

Just moved into 5yr old home, was looking to expand a garage outlet to afford more outlets. The outlet is below the panel is a GGCI outlet, however, the circuit breaker is not, so, I am going to ...
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Troubleshooting GFCI Outlet Tripping

Recently, the GFCI outlet that "powers" our back patio has started tripping. Initially, I thought the outlet was old since this only started recently (and we use our patio regularly), so I replaced it ...
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My house breaker box have only breakers which seat only 1 wire. No seat for a load neutral. Can I still install a GFCI Breaker?

My house breaker box have only breakers which seat only 1 wire. No seat for a load neutral. Literally one screw on the breaker. There are neutrals on the bar and everything works no problem. I want ...
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Loss of power when I remove item from the outlet

I have this unusual electrical issue in our master bedroom. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. We have this $3 LED night light in our bedroom and when we take it out, the power/...
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Why don't we just use combination AFCI/GFCI breakers for every circuit in a home?

With pretty much every circuit in a home needing one of the two types of protection (AFCI or GFCI), why don't all new homes have combination breakers installed just to be safe? Would it hurt anything ...
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Is adding a GFCI outlet ahead of inverter as good as having one on the inverter?

I am shopping for a 48v DC to AC inverter. Ideally, I'd like the plugs on the inverter to be GFCI protected, but not all inverters have this feature. This inverter is on a boat, mounted in a ...
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pigtailed aluminum replacing regular receptacle to GFI

Need to replace a receptacle closest to panel that has a light and another receptacle inline. All are aluminum. They have alumiconns on them (purple) pigtailed. Need to replace sink receptacle with ...
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Entire circuit dead after GFCI outlet

We had a storm, and a GFCI outlet breaker flipped (orange light on). I reset it by pushing the button, and the outlet started working again. But everything else on the circuit remains dead. Can a ...
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Will GFCI breakers protect my outlets?

I'm about to move into an older home at the end of the month. Upon inspection, the inspector found that the outlets aren't grounded. I've been doing a lot of reading on how to fix the situation. I ...
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Two electrical questions: Tripping GFCI, and unlocatable GFCI

Question 1: We had a pool installed. It has been out of service. I am trying to get it back up and running. It was installed after the house was built. There are separate breakers added by the ...
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GFCI Won't rest. shows no LED Light but has power

I have a GFCI outlet in the kitchen that shows no LED color status, cannot reset but still has power and downstream. Also, I notice that when I plug my coffee maker on the upstream outlet between ...
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GFCI Outlet in Bathroom, Lights not working

I completely lost power only in bathroom, so I reset the GFCI and then I turned on the light switch. As soon as I flipped the light switch up the lights flashed on then off and the GFCI outlet made a ...
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Two hot wires feeding a gfci installed ten years ago just started popping? Replaced gfi figured out a bigger issue

I have two hot wires both supplying power to a single Gfci located in a bathroom. It is only two white two black and two neutral. Only after investigating through a shock did I learn that it was ...
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Possible rewiring for range-hood/under-cabinet lighting

We're in the process of renovating our kitchen, and my lady is really interested in under-cabinet lighting. The best place to keep the wires to the lighting hidden (as she does not want battery ...
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Electrical help on amps and wiring

I recently moved my old refrigerator into my garage next to my freezer. As soon as I plug in my refrigerator the GFCI pops. I have a 15 amp GFCI and a 15 amp breaker. The refrigerator and freezer are ...
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Regular Outlet to GFCI Outlet with four wire connections and no ground

I am changing out another regular outlet to a GFCI outlet and the existing outlet had the four wire connection using all the terminals. It is an older condo and there are no grounds. So I thought I ...
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Changing a Regular Outlet with Two Neutrals and One Hot to a GFCI Outlet (no ground existing)

So I bought a GFCI outlet to changeout a regular outlet and when I pulled the regular, it had white wires/neutrals on both left side screw connections and one black on the top right connection. I do ...
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How to wire gfci-switch-gfci

I want to wire a new exterior front of house gfci WR outlet, from an existing garage gfci. I would like this new exterior outlet to be on a switch, so I'm thinking the wiring will be Source -> ...
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Why is part of my GFCI circuit dead after a short-circuit?

I was charging my electric golf cart off the GFCI on the side of the house. It tripped and would not reset. I found out I had a bad cord that was shorting it self out. This is were the puzzle begins. ...
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Fridge started intermittently tripping GFCI after fan motor replacement

Our fridge showed symptoms of evaporator fan motor dying. The bottom of the fridge was cold but the air was not circulating in the freezer and fridge. Then the water dispenser stopped working. I was ...
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Why does my GFCI outlet trip when a vacuum is plugged in downstream?

Whenever I plug my vacuum into the downstream outlet the GFCI trips. I suspect the GFCI is at least 15 years old and the vacuum
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220V GFCI circuit breaker neutral

I have a 220V 15 amp body dryer with 2 prongs on the plug (European). Manufacturer instructions indicate to connect 2 hots and 1 ground to the receptacle. Since this is in a bathroom, I have installed ...
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Gas Oven Keeps Tripping GFCI (Moisture?)

My gas oven frequently trips my GFCI outlet. The GFCI outlet is upstream of the oven. Every outlet on that wall is on a shared circuit (I understand this is suboptimal, but I imagine there isn't a ...
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GFCI breaker is tripping when it rains on completely internal circuit

I have a three story house. The first floor is an apartment that is completely covered by the second floor. It has it's own panel which is inside the apartment and mostly uses GFCI breakers. There ...
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Two GFCI outlets were just replaced and have power but don't work

Two GFCI outlets were just replaced in kitchen. Green light is on but no power to the GFCI outlet or the downline outlets. There is power to the wires and the TEST / RESET buttons don't work. Any ...
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Adding 2 X GFCIs to protect Switched and Unswitched Hot sharing same Neutral and Ground

I currently have a switched and un-switched hot running underground in conduit sharing the same neutral and ground. Its important to note that they are both on the same circuit. Basically I have 4 ...
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Regarding GFCI outlets

When a GFCI outlet trips, does it open both the hot and the neutral, or only the hot? An outlet beyond the GFCI outlet has an open neutral and I wonder if that is normal when a GFCI trips?
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Old house, no ground wire, hoping for protection of new computer?

So, I live in an older house. My current computer has happily plugged into a surge protector, which in turn plugged into a 3 prong adapter into the two pronged outlet for 8+ years. The surge ...
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Gfci not working

So my GFCI recently stopped working. I bought an outlet tester and fixed some outlets that were incorrectly wired. My old GFCI had power but wouldn't reset and test button couldn't be pressed. When I ...
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Do I need to install GFCI outlets at each location for switched garage lights?

I am wiring up multiple switched outlets in garage ceiling for the garage lights and i am assuming they all need to be GFCI protected. So my question is must I install GFCI outlets after the switch ...
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GFCI outlets - can they be repaired? Are they really needed at the end of a circuit?

My house just went through a flood and there was 7 feet of muddy water on the first floor, so all the AC outlets were underwater. After the water receded, all the unprotected outlets continued to ...
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GFCI breaker problems in trailer

I have a food trailer i’m Building, and am now at the testing and set up stage, and am having problems with my panels. I have a 20kw generator built in, feeding a main panel on one side, and a sub-...
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Converting Tandem circuit with shared neutral to GFCI

My exterior outlet/garage outlets are part of a 15a tandem switch currently that's not GFCI. Looks like this: One of the hots runs the string of outlets I want to protect, then there's a hot from the ...
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Can I move a GFCI outlet from the end of a circuit to the middle to protect another oulet?

I have a single, feed cable that comes up behind my counter into a single gang box. This box has an unprotected outlet. This cable is then teed off to the left and right. The left cable feeds a GFCI ...
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Is it better to use a AFCI/ GFCI breaker in the panel or do to use a AFCI/ GFCI receptacle? [closed]

To protect a bathroom outlet, should I put an AFCI/GFCI breaker in the breaker box or do I put in an AFCI/GFCI receptacle? Can a AFCI/GFCI receptacle be divided into 2 circuits with a 20A breaker ...
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Why is my outdoor GFCI outlet failing so often?

What is the life expectancy of a GFCI receptacle with an in-service cover? The receptacle has been replaced yearly for the past several years. The factory cord to the pump for my continuous operation ...
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Are an outlet and a light bulb at the main electrical panel required?

I've heard that the main electrical panel needs a GFCI outlet right next to it, and it also needs a switch to an overhead light. But I can't find anything on the net to confirm.
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GFCI Reads Open Hot - Won't reset

I have an outlet in my bathroom that quit working. Tester reads "open hot". Outlet is at the end of a run and everything else seems to be working properly. Tried replacing the GFCI, but still have ...
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GFCI outlet consistently trips in garage

Half of my garage does not work due to the GFCI constantly tripping. Could this be due to cement moving due to freezing weather? The cold weather has moved the ground about 2 inches and I believe the ...
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What does a receptacle tester reading of “Correct” really mean?

I'm a new homeowner with plenty of theoretical background in electrical engineering but until now, zero practical experience in home wiring. I recently replaced a few 2-prong outlets with 3-prong ...
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Refrigerator Water Dispenser Tripping GFCI

The refrigerator is on a dedicated circuit / socket --- not a GFCI. However, in the last week, when using the water dispenser on the fridge, the GFCI has tripped simultaneously. There are no ...
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Bathroom Ceiling Outlet installation from Attic

I would like to install another outlet in my bathroom so I can hookup a smart speaker. I think the easiest way to do this would be from the attic such that I could place a ceiling outlet from an easy ...