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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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Replaced GFCI no power in line wire but power in load wire

We overloaded our back lanai outlet (used 20amp doggy hair dryer on a 15amp breaker oops prior house handled it so didn't think to check) and melted the GFCI outlet in the garage that protects the ...
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Can an outdoor receptacle be supplied through a GFCI in a bathroom?

My parents just bought a house that is still under the original warranty. There is a standard GFCI outlet in one of the bathrooms with outlets in the other two bathrooms connected to the load side of ...
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Problem with outdoor gfi to switch to outdoor pond pump

I usually understand how to do this but I am truly stumped. There was a single GFI protected already in place and I wanted to run a switched 2 gang outlet from the box on my deck. After turning power ...
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3 way switch and gfci replacement in a 1959 home

I bought a home a few years back and have recently started upgrading some of its older 2 prong outlets with the nicer and safer GFCI outlets and some of the older switches with newer ones as well. My ...
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Now I realize I used too many GFCI outlets. How can I reclaim them?

Yeah, so the building inspector redflagged a bunch of outlets for not being GFCI. Before I understood how the LOAD terminals work, I just replaced every single one with a GFCI outlet. Most had a ...
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Two GFCIs in series, which would trip?

If you have two GFCIs connected in series, which would trip first or both?
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External GFCI Won't Reset

Last night we had a good rain storm and an exterior GFCI outlet tripped. That outlet is controlled by a switch in my foyer and is used to turn walkway lights on or off. The test button of the outlet ...
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New Electric range trips GFCI when plugged in - 4 wire, bonding strap removed

I had an electrician install a 220v 40 amp circuit for a new electric range (Avanti DER20P3S) in the basement. The circuit is for a 4 wire (grounded) plug. I have wired the 4 wire plug to the range ...
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On a QO breaker, how do I distinguish GFCI from overcurrent trip?

I have a 1-pole Square D "QO" type 1-pole, 20A GFCI breaker (not AFCI). Plugged into it are: Twenty-five CFL lights averaging ~15W each, so 375W nominal A 1500W-nominal heater-fan, though, I ...
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Moving bathroom fan on GFCI outlet

I am replacing my bathroom ventilation fan and moving it right above the shower area. According to code Fan needs to be on GFCI now. Please take a look at picture near vanity wall. On Left there are ...
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New Dust Collector Trips GFI circuits

My new Oneida bench top dust collector works fine on non protected circuits, but it trips all the GFI as soon as I plug it in (with the fans off). I asked Oneida but they have not heard of this yet. ...
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Will a combo afci/gfci breaker solve my light switch neutral issue

So I'm in the process of adding a smart switch to my exterior lights which is on a gfci protected circuit. With the way the house is currently wired the lights are wired upstream of the gfci(which I ...
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Shorted receptacle, now another recep (GFCI) not working. Breaker perhaps?

Receptacle on one breaker, light switch next to it on another breaker. Mistakenly touched receptacle black wire on light switch and caused sparks. Receptacle failed after that. Had another nearby GFCI ...
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3-Way switch on single pole--convert to combination?

I have a 3-way switch (top and bottom of stairs) to control an overhead light. The whole landing area at the top doesn't have an outlet available anywhere, so my ex-father-in-law (a DIY type who has ...
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Is it ok to wire load on the line side of GFCI?

I am installing a GFCI that will be feeding additional outlets in another room. There are at least 5 more outlets and I suspect this new outlet is the very first in the run. Some of these load outlets ...
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Safe to combine GFCI switch with non-GFCI switch?

I have two switches by the front door. One controls the exterior door light. The other controls a light on a pole by the driveway. I want to replace the two switches with a single timer switch that ...
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How should I address my bathroom's flickering lights and GFCI tripping mysteriously? (Schematic included.)

So I inherited a bit of a nightmare for wiring in my bathroom. I'll be calling in an electrician, but wanted to have an understanding of the problem first, as not to be ripped off, lead astray, etc.. ...
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Can two GFCI outlet loads be powered by two separate circuits?

My garage outlets and my outdoor outlets are all on the same GFCI circuit. If outdoor circuit gets wet my garage outlets lose power.
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Wiring a blank face afci, gfci and a regular outlets in a circuit, made a loud noise in gfci box

I've a new basement kitchen 20amp circuit (with regular 20 amp breaker) that has a blank face AFCI (near the panel), GFCI outlet (first outlet in the kitchen) and regular outlet at the end (used a 15 ...
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Connecting new GFCI in the middle of a circuit run

I have 4 outlet locations in a circuit run. From left to right, the line feed is directly to outlet location #3. I want a GFCI to protect all 4 outlets, so I want to put the GFCI in location #3. Can I ...
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Is it normal for GFI test button to trip GFI when the circuit is dead?

My welder has been tripping the GFI on the circuit in the garage after I have been using it a while. I finally took the cover off and discovered the electrician saved himself, what? $2 and used a ...
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Generator GFCI Outlet Tripping

Recently I purchased this 4375 watt generator from HF: https://www.harborfreight.com/merchandising-promotions/brands/predator/predator-generators/4375-watt-gas-powered-portable-generator-epa-iii-63962....
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How to add GFCI-protected switches and lights to a 2-wire garage circuit

In my garage, I have an outlet on the ceiling powering the garage door opener. It has black and white wires coming to the socket, and no ground that I can see. I've run some conduit along the ...
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Does this GFCI need a sticker for code-compliance?

I replaced a 2-prong outlet with a GFCI, wired as shown (connected ground wire coming into the box to the metal box as well as the ground screw of the GFCI, black wire to brass terminal & white to ...
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Ground Jump Cable attached to White on GFCI Receptacle?

Just bought a home, and going through minor electrical issues. The guest bathroom GFCI wasn't working. According to the prev. owner's labels in the fuse box, there is a single 20A breaker that ...
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Why does my TV trip a GFCI outlet on another circuit?

I'm in a 2006 mobile home that has a GFCI outlet behind my microwave it's the only plug I have for it. There are five more regular plugs downstream from it that all say GFCI on them because they're ...
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GFCI for electric floor heat

I am installing electric floor heat in my bathroom. It will be on a dedicated 120V/20amp circuit. The breaker has a GFCI. I am using same manufacturer for thermostat as floor heat. The thermostat is a ...
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GFCI with 12/3 line and 12/2 load

I have an outlet near a kitchen sink that, as part of a reno, would like to convert to GFCI, and tap into to power a dishwasher. The existing box has a 12/3 line coming in, and I fished and added 12/2 ...
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Steam Shower Requirements

I am installing a steam shower in Ontario, Canada. The unit is "TMG Industrial SR-915". The electrical specifications are listed as 220v/2.8 KW with gfci. My questions: the chord coming from ...
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Adding a 110v circuit off 220v spa wiring

I have a hot tub installed with 4-wire 50 amp service, with the GFCI 2-pole breaker at the main panel, and a simple non-fused pull disconnect switch subpanel near the hot tub. I want to split off a ...
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Microwave trips the AFCI almost every time it is used

Our new microwave trips the AFCI almost every time we use it. Electrician says it is drawing too much power and we should return it. Samsung over range Microwave 120 volts 1.5 kw AFGI 20 amp
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Replacement outdoor GFCI has also stopped working

I moved into a house with an outside GFCI receptacle. The outlet didn't seem to work and the reset button had no effect. No other outlets around or outside the house appeared to be tripped. I pulled ...
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Is it safe to replace a 15 amp GFCI outlet with a 20 amp GFCI outlet?

I have a 15 amp GFCI outlet on a circuit that has a 20 amp breaker in the fuse panel. Is it safe to replace the 15 amp GFCI outlet with a 20 amp GFCI outlet?
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Replace GFCI outlet or the brand new washing machine?

I just bought a brand new washing machine and its tripping the (15 amp) GFCI circuit breaker. The main breaker in the fuse panel is 20 amps and is not tripping. The GFCI trips every time the washer ...
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How do I replace a GFCI breaker with a normal breaker?

I have a breaker on my panel that has 2 white wires and one black and a test button. I am changing to a breaker that has no white wires going to it just the black. Do I put both white wires to the bar ...
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How can I wire this switched GFCI combo outlet with two neutrals and two hot wires?

I’d like to wire a switched GFCI combo such that the switch controls the GFCI plug. I found this diagram for doing so: This looks easy enough. However, after unscrewing the current outlet, I’m seeing ...
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GFCI with three lines

I am replacing a receptacle (rec) in the kitchen by a GFCI. The receptacle (I think strangely) is controlled by a switch (light) on the exhaust hub (where there is also a fan switch). When I took the ...
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Can I safely deal with an open ground receptacle by replacing it with a GFCI?

I have found three receptacles in my home for which a three-light receptacle tester indicates open ground. Can I safely resolve this issue by replacing these receptacles with GFCI receptacles? Would ...
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AFCI / GFCI Circuit failure

I've been unable to diagnose why a circuit in my house no longer works. It's a 20 amp circuit that feeds 4 outlets in my kitchen area, and it has both a GFCI(link) and AFCI. The entire house is ...
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Help wiring a GFCI outlet with multiple wires in the box

I was replacing/upgrading some electrical outlets in my house to GFCI. I did two of them, the third one is in the garage. The box has an outlet and a poll switch, I went to replace it but the outlet ...
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How do you (safely) test a GFCI circuit breaker from the outlet when the circuit has no ground?

I know I can press the "test" button on the breaker in the panel. But I want to double-check that there isn't some strange wiring situation hidden in the walls that could prevent the GFCI ...
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GFCI: both load and line have voltage

How should I wire my GFCI? There are 5 wires from the box, two blacks, two whites and a copper wire. I used a multi-meter to test the blacks they both have voltage of 117v (-ish). One white has 30v (...
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Can the neutral for a spa circuit be tied to either the neutral on a return leg or ground?

I am in the process of adding a pool heater. 240V (60A breaker/40A max load/3 wire) I also want to put this in a GFI. I have a SquareD/homeline box, which does not offer 60A GFCI breakers. So, I ...
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MWBC for split kitchen receptacle

When installing a split receptacle in a kitchen, where the top and bottom are each their own circuit, is there any way you can use an MWBC, or is your only option to run two normal circuits with two ...
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Ground and neutral bus considerations when wiring a gfci breaker

Hello all, I am adding a gfci breaker to my main breaker panel. By the looks of my panel I think the ground bus and neutral bus are bonded but not certain of this. It looks like my right bus bar is ...
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Should my receptacle tester be able to trip a GFCI breaker in the panel box?

I have a receptacle tester with a button to test GFCI. It works properly in tripping the GFCI if the outlet itself is a GFCI outlet. However when I test it on circuits which have a GFCI breaker ...
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Steps to finding out what part of my fridge is tripping its GFCI outlet?

My Kenmore fridge kept tripping the circuit breaker in the GPCI once every 10 hours or so. I have had the fridge for almost 9 years now, and the problem started a month ago. What I tried so far is ...
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GFI trips when turning on a computer with the monitor on but not when the monitor is off

I have an unusual situation here. I have an older Dell computer that is plugged into an outlet. The monitor that I use with this computer has its own power switch and is also plugged into the same ...
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Why are USA/Canada using individual GFCI circuit breakers?

Where I come from, there are no GFCI sockets. Instead there is one circuit breaker on the main board that shuts down the entire house electricity in case the electric current returning to the main ...
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Wiring garage ceiling light receptacle to gfci outlet

Hi I’m new to this site and new to the home improvement game so please take it easy if I am repeating others questions. So I’m a first time homebuyer and, currently, renovating my garage. I went to ...

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