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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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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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GFCI receptacle with a light fixture with an on/off switch in between

We have a working GFCI outlet in the basement near a tub that the washing machiner empties into. We'd like to install an overhead utility light, controlled by an on/off switch, protected by the GFCI ...
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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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Can a smoke detector circuit be GFCI and CAFCI protected?

I purchased a dual GFCI/CAFCI circuit breaker to place on my circuit that contains only smoke, CO, and heat detectors inside my house. Is there anything wrong with this or can I install it to have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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GFI kitchen plug blew up

I was running my vacuum cleaner and suddenly the kitchen GFI plug it was plugged into popped with some black smoke, a burning electrical smell and blackened the plug itself. Did my vacuum cleaner ...
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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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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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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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Is a weather resistant gfci required outside in a metal box with in use cover?

I have a pool that is just off my deck. The gfci I have went bad so I need a new one. It was a 15 amp gfci in a metal box attached to 1/2 in emt conduit with a metal box and a non in-use cover. This ...
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Circuit breaker won't turn back on after being turned off (not tripped)

I turned off all the breakers of my home to work on my electric. When it was time to turn the circuit breakers back on, 3 of them wouldn't: the one for the dishwasher, the one for the dryer and one ...
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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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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Why does my GFCI receptacle trip when I connect the load wires?

I was trying to install a GFCI outlet and when I install it with the five wire setup with the line on top and load on bottom, the outlet continually trips. I made sure which wire was the hot-line and ...
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Added Outlet to a GFI Receptacle covered circuit

In my garage I have a single 15 Amp circuit that has 4 receptacles on it. One of the receptacles has a refrigerator and an upright small freezer on it, all are non-self defrosting type. Nothing else ...
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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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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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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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GFCI tripping frequently

Can a refrigerator be connected to one of the load receptacles from a GFCI. Of late, GFCI is tripping very frequently. What is the solution for this. Would replacing the GFCI with a new one resolve ...
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Maytag MLG2000AWW sporadically trips the GFCI when setting the dryer timer.

When rotating the dryer timer knob, the GFCI outlet trips. It usually happens when the pointer is near the Presscare area of the knob. It will never trip ar any other time. I checked the GFCI with a ...
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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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Why would the neutral wire in my bathroom's outlet box have voltage?

So, my wife was using the hair dryer in the bathroom, connected to the GFCI plug when the power to the bathroom plug goes out. I toggled the circuit breaker on/off, still not power. Suspecting the ...
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In a double gang box with 3 wires & ground

Red and black are hot. White is not. I have been trying to wire a GFCI & an outlet/switch combo. Tried numerous configurations and just bought a new GFCI because i suspected it. Nothing has ...
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Do newer GFCI receptacles still trip due to inductive load from motors?

I am rewiring a kitchen and faced with a dilemma of having the garbage disposal on a GFCI circuit. Will it trip when turned off like the older GFCI's?
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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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Can you have a GFCI breaker protecting a GFCI receptacle?

We have electrical outlets in two bathrooms on the same GFCI breaker. I would like to put a GFCI outlet for the only outlet in the guest bathroom so it can be easily reset if tripped. Can this be ...
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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 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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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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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 ...