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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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Is a GFCI allowed to be below a washer water connection?

We just redid bathroom/ laundry and noticed that washer 3prong and gfci were beside but below washer shutoff and drain. Isn't it dangerous to be so close to a water source and why didn't contractors ...
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2 circuits in single Box for kitchen receptacle how to properly wire

I have an issue with 2 independent circuits in a single box. Is it possible to put a Gfci switch at this location one circuit is connected to my basement bathroom via the kitchen circuit the other ...
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Replacing 2 split receptacles with 2 GFCIs

I have a similar situation to How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? in my kitchen. The solution looks good and I'm ready to go ahead, but with one reservation... ...
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Bathroom GFCI trips when I plug into different outlet on separate breaker, but in same bathroom

My GFCI in my bathroom trips when I plug anything into another standard outlet across the room. They are on separate breakers. If I turn off the breaker that powers the GFCI, the other outlet works ...
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Do AFCI/GFCI receptacles protect downstream circuits without equipment bonding conductor?

I am renovating part of my house, and taking the time to update some old wiring that is now exposed. The old wiring is primarily #14/2c WITH NO BARE BONDING CONDUCTOR. This means that no device ...
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30 amp GFCI neutral

I recently swapped out a 40 amp breaker (previously for an oven/range) to a 30 amp GFCI, on the other end will be a L6-30 receptacle (2 hots, 1 ground). My question is what to do with the neutral wire ...
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Replacing GFCI and found two hot wires

I was testing the GFCI in my garage and the "test" button would not work. The receptacle had power but pushing the test button would not cut power. I turned off the breaker and took the receptacle ...
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Can I run a 120v/15amp 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to the existing GFCI within the same bathroom

Can I run a 120volt 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to an existing GFCI with-in the same bathroom ?
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Can I run a receptacle from a GFCI in the bathroom to another room?

Can I run a receptacle from a gfci in the bathroom to another room? Is this allowed? I know it would work, just looking to see if this falls under the electrical code?
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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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Does a non grounded GFCI meet code?

Background So I live in Michigan (which of course affects code) and I have a bunch of two prong outlets in a house that I own. If I want to convert these to be 3 prong outlets is it still up to code ...
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GFCI plug tripping from a refrigerator that is plugged in last on the line

I finished my basement that was roughed in 10 years ago and found out that my refrigerator plug is on the end of the GFCi line of plugs. There is only one GFCi plug nearest to the box that feeds the ...
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RCCB tripping while checking the current between neutral and ground

Normally, when the panel is working, it means Residual Current Circuit Breaker (a type of GFCI) can be in the on stage, but while checking the current between neutral and ground the RCCB is getting ...
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Will Kitchen Backsplash Update Trigger 2ft/4ft Rules of Receptacles above Countertop?

I am planning to replace the backsplash in the kitchen at my home. NEC 210.52 requires that every spot on the countertop should not be distanced more than 2ft from a receptacle. the current condition ...
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GFCI Breaker Serving GFCI Receptacles Tripping in Extreme Fog and Cold

Lately, I have had an issue where sometime during the night the main GFCI breaker would trip. The only thing different on the nights that this happened was that one of the nights was (1) extremely ...
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Exhaust Fan tripping GFCI

Our shower exhaust fan is tripping the GFCI when turned on. When I disconnect the FAN (there is a molex plug in the fan) the GFCI does not trip when the switch is turned on or off. Looking for ...
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GFCI breaker trips only when weather is very cold

I have a microwave that works great except when the temperature outside is something like 15 degrees F or cooler outside. When this is the case, it more or less reliably trips the GFCI breaker in my ...
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The GFCI outlet in my bathroom pops when I turn off the bathroom fan

I didn't do the wiring in this house, this has been happening since I moved in. Basically, about 50% of the time that I turn off the bathroom fan, the GFCI outlet pops and needs to be reset. Once ...
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Installation of a recess can over the shower does it need to be GFCI protected?

When installing a recess can over the shower does it need to be placed on a (gfci) ground fault circuit interrupter circuit?
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Can I replace a standard outlet that's protected with an upstream GFCI to prevent nuisance trips?

I have a GFI outlet in one bathroom controlling a non-GFI outlet in another bathroom. Can I replace the non-GFI with a GFI and will that stop the non-GFI from shutting down or do I need to have and ...
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Why install a hidden GFCI outlet controlling sink outlets, ceiling lights, vent fan, and floor heater?

In a recently remodeled bathroom, a electrician installed a GFCI outlet in a linen closet which controls two outlets near the sink, a floor heater, the ceiling lights, and the vent fan. Only the sink ...
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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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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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Can I add USB outlets to bath/hall lighting circuit box (not GFCI)?

My bathroom, inside near door, has a 2-gang box, containing 2 light switches, powering combination ceiling light and fan. This box is fed by hallway lighting circuit, and the work box is not covered ...
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Do I need to use an outdoor or wet electrical box for garage sink area?

I'm installing some metal surface-mounted boxes for receptacles in my garage utility sink area, with emt between them. I will use a GFCI receptacle, but do I need to use water-tight conduit and boxes ...
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Can load wire have power?

I’m replacing a GFCI in my kitchen. I pulled out the old one without labeling the line and load wires. I flipped the appropriate breaker (I think) but still have power to one of the hot wires. Could I ...
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GFCI Protection for Garage Lights?

I know all receptacles in a garage require GFCI protection. But what about garage lights? I plan to hard-wire some new wiring to new garage lights and I'm wondering if this circuit needs to be on a ...
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GCFI flashes red once when turned on

I understand what a solid red or blinking red light means, but there's no documentation for it flashing once and turning off. I have it attached to a light switch, and each time I cycle the power off ...
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Bathroom Switch (Light/Fan) 3 Black Wires? GFCI?

I'm replacing my bathroom switches (2) with a timer (for the fan) and a motion sensing switch (for the light) (lutron brand, not sure if that matters) and I ran into a very weird configuration: So ...
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GFCI burned out during low transformer outage

About a year ago, we had a large low transformer fire on our block in Brooklyn, NY. That's according to ConEd response team. Before and during the fire which lasted few hours, voltage has been ...
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HF compresser pops gfci on different circuit

Guys I have an almost new HF oil fairly large 15 amp compressor. I have it on a 20 amp circuit in garage with no gfci that I added myself. From almost day after warranty expired on startup it ...
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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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does an inside the cabinet outlet need gfci?

I have an outlet inside a base cabinet that powers the downdraft for the cooktop. It trips the gfci on the counter from which it is fed. Can I feed this cabinet outlet which only serves the downdraft ...
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Installing GFCI outlets in multiwire branch circuit

Background: There are four power outlets above my kitchen counter: three are located within 1.5 m of the sink, while the last one is further away. None of them are GFCI and some are damaged and in ...
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GFCI outlet dilemma

I saw some awesome conversation on this site that is very similar to my dilemma. Unfortunately, I have not found the root cause of my problem. Trying to wire in a GFCI outlet in bathroom. 6 wires. ...
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replace regular breaker with dual function AFCI/GFCI

I have a 15amp circuit that feeds outlets in the upstairs bedrooms, the one outlet in the upstairs bathroom and a few light fixtures. A few years ago I replaced the bathroom outlet with a GFCI outlet ...
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What happens when using a GFCI Tester on a non-GFCI outlet?

I have an outdoor power outlet of which I'm not sure if it's GFCI or not (House was built in 1978). The outlet does not have Test/Reset buttons, but I don't know if outdoor outlets even have them. ...
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GFCI wall outlets that also provide surge protection & USB ports [closed]

Does any vendor make a wall receptacle for bathroom use that provides GFCI, surge protection, and USB ports? Can you plug a surge protection strip into a GFCI? If I am understanding the inherent ...
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Two outdoor outlets not functioning..what is the most likely cause

I have two outdoor electrical outlets that are not working. They are both GFCI and close to each other. 10 feet above one is a floodlight receptacle that is controlled by an interior switch inside the ...
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GFCI outlet trips from any heating element

I have two GFCI outlets in my kitchen one each side of the sink. Each outlet then has three outlets after it which when the GFCI trips interrupt their connection as well. I feel this is pretty normal ...
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GFCI that opens when power source cut

Usually when the source of power in GFCIs were cut, the switching contacts remain shorted. What kind of GFCIs can open the switching contacts when there is loss of power source? This is useful for ...
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Gas stove trips GFCI outlet

Any ideas why a LP gas range would suddenly start tripping GFCI breaker when the oven turns on? Should i be looking for a short somewhere and if so, where?
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Why would my GFCI breaker trip when I flip a switch?

I am working in my basement where the wiring is from the early 70s. I am replacing a couple of fluorescent lights with new ones so I can put in LED bulbs (the others are original). I am not new to ...
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Regular Outlet Tripped, Now Various Outlets Are Dead

Recently, I purchased a new small appliance and when I plugged it in, it did not work. After using an extension cord, I used another outlet and figured out that the original outlet was at fault. As ...
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3-way switch tied to box, one switch removed, can't make sense of it

I'm starting the question over.I'm having a hard time making sense of what's going on and I found out the other switch wasn't removed. I have a light connected to two switches. One switch isn't ...
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Are my GFCI outlets tripping each other?

GFCI 20 amp breaker in main panel powers 1 bathroom on far end of house, 2 lights 1 fan on switches, and 2 GFCI receptacles. Occasionally the power panel GFCI trips. I think the GFCIs are fighting ...
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help me interpret the results of an outlet tester on some GFCI receptacles

I'm trying to figure out what might be wrong with some exterior GFCI receptacles that I have. The problem is that this is an old house, and I'm not really sure what is happening between the ...
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Any load on circuit trips bathroom breaker

Very strange thing happening. House is less than an year old. This is the bathroom circuit. The only modification was an additional outlet. Everything was working fine for months. Until this morning, ...
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Is a new refrigerator likely to trip a 20 amp AFCI/GFCI circuit?

Will a new GE Cafe refrigerator/freezer work on my kitchen AFCI/GFCI 20 amp refrigerator outlet? My current 8 year old Samsung constantly trips the circuit.
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Refrigerator trips new AFCI/GFCI circuit breakers

Remodeled kitchen and electrician had to install new AFCI/GFCI Seimens circuit breakers to comply with code. Now my 8 yr old Samsung 24 cu ft refrigerator trips the c/b every 12 minutes to as long as ...