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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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How to remove a mid-run outdoor outlet

I had a fountain in the middle of my yard. The fountain is now gone but my GFCI Outdoor box is still there and is in a mid-run, as I have another outlet against my far fence. The electrical is buried ...
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Fried switches, light fixtures, or wire?

In an attempt to fix a wiring problem from five years ago, I made a huge error. Here's the scenario: Box 1: Has switch #1 in a four-way set up (it's a 3-way switch) and is where the power comes in. ...
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Tankless 240V water heater in detached garage tripping AFCI/GFCI breakers in house

We have two separate buildings, a house and a garage/workshop, about 20 feet apart, sharing the same electrical service. On the service entrance, there's a Siemens whole-house surge protector. The ...
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what could cause my gfci to randomly trip?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement, and am almost done with the electrical rough-in. The whole thing is open studs at this time, so any sort of reconfiguration is easily possible. I have a ...
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New circuit and towel warmers for two bathrooms

I am planning to add a new dedicated circuit (15A) for two hard wired towel warmers in two bathrooms, each towel warmer is 150w. See image for my thoughts. For the first bathroom: run the new circuit ...
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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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Smoke Detector wiring - impacted by 2 breakers?

dig if you will the picture of one of my smoke detectors and the curious (for me) wiring. Actually, I've taken many pictures, but each is just a mess and I think will make it harder. We have ~7 ...
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What's wrong with my replacement GFCI outlet?

I'm trying to replace a GFCI outlet in my bathroom. (the old one trips almost every time you plug something in) When I connect the line wires from the panel to the line poles and the load wires to ...
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240 V AFCI substituting two 120 V not AFCI breakers

Could 240 V - 20 A AFCI breaker be used to supply power to two 120 V - 20 A circuits requiring AFCI protection? Recently wired to two separated 120 V 20 A non AFCI breakers but with common neutral?
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How do I choose GFI plug end replacement?

Would it be safe to replace a 16Amp GFI plug end (hair dryer) with a 15 Amp GFI plug end?
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Wire termination under cabinet

When I moved into my home, there was an ancient under-cabinet fluorescent light fixture over the kitchen sink, which I promptly removed. The fixture was just mounted to the cabinet, no electrical box, ...
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Help locating GFCI reset for exterior outlets

I have lost power to my exterior outlets. I have gone through the house resetting GFCI outlets in the kitchen, garage and bathrooms with no luck. I also looked and found no GFCI outlets outside. I ...
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GFCI seding low voltage to downstream devices

We just purchased a cabin and suddenly several lights stopped working. Initially I thought it was just the light over the kitchen sink. So I replaced the bulb and it still didn't work. I then checked ...
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After installing GFCI outlet in bathroom, why won't my light fixture turn on?

I recently installed an updated light fixture in my bathroom and swapped a standard outlet for a GFCI. Both are seemingly running through a single light switch. Once everything was installed the light ...
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Brand new LG washing machine tripping AFCI combination breaker in new house

Hey this is less of a question than a problem I was able to trouble shoot, but I have a feeling other people might be going through the same situation and might have come up with other solutions to ...
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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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220 volt GFI triped by hot tub?

I have a hot tub connected to a 50 amp 220v trip that has a neutral pigtail connected to the neutral bus. The natural for the tub is connected to the bus. The 220v connects directly to the control ...
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Why don't my lights work after I added a GFCI outlet to the circuit?

I replaced an old outlet with a GFCI outlet in my bathroom. I know that I've installed it correctly because I've tested it with a night light. But I can't get the light fixture above my vanity to ...
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Samsung Front Load washer WF45k6500/AV/A2 trips GFCI Combination AFCI breaker

I have a new home constructed 10/16. The washer was installed at the time of closing. We did not have an issue until January when the washer required a self clean cycle. With about 10 minutes left ...
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GFCI breaker trips when switched on

I'm buying a house. It's an old house. I had to put in a GFCI breaker for the bathroom. It trips as soon as I switch it on. If I disconnect the neutral it doesn't trip. It is three wire coming ...
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Breaker to outdoor Sub panel keep tripping

Need help with my outdoor kitchen fridge. A 20 amp fuse at the main box goes takes a 10/2 w/ground wire to a sub panel. The sub panel has two 15 amp breakers circuit one goes to a storage shed via ...
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Washing machine randomly tripping GFCI

I read a previous question regarding a GFCI outlet and a washing machine, but my issue is slightly different. I have 2 GFCI outlets in a washroom in the downstairs of my home. One is obviously ...
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Why do I have a 3 wire/double pole breaker for kitchen receptacle?

I am switching my kitchen receptacle to a GFI; it has 3 wires. I'm pretty sure I have to break the bar between the two hot screws, thus making the top and bottom on a separate circuit. What is the ...
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Washer tripping gfi outlet

I've been living in my house for almost two years and my washer and dryer have been working fine. I have a maytag Neptune washer and dryer, just the other day I took a packet of tide washing machine ...
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How to finish the wiring of a shared GFCI receptacle

My neighbor who is an electrician helped me start an electrical project in my garage but has been MIA for 3 weeks and I'm not sure how to finish the wiring of the receptacles. He didn't seem to start ...
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How do I know if my gfci is self-testing?

Are self-testing gfci mandatory since 2015? (My house was built in 2015). Is there a way to tell if my gfci are self-testing? (Without uninstalling preferably as if I take it out of the wall, I might ...
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GFI Tripping at same time every day,

I have a GFI Outlet in my kitchen. It trips faithfully, every morning at 6:05 AM. I have checked every outlet on the same line and nothing attaches to anything on a timer that may trigger it. When ...
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Efficient way to determine line and load

My townhouse was built in the early 1980's, and since it was built, the state laws around which outlets are on a GFCI line have changed. The wiring itself is fine, just the receptacles need to be ...
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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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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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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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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 should I connect a GCFI outlet and switches to the wires in my bathroom?

In my son's newly purchased house bath there is a box with 2 switches and an outlet. I am replacing the switches and changing the outlet to a GFCI. There is power coming in on a 12/3 cable, 12/2 cable ...
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GFCI blinks red once

I installed a new GFCI outlet and it seems to work; the light is generally a solid green. however it does blink red once every 30 to 90 seconds. I found plenty of documentation around a solid red ...
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Multiple Dead Outlets, Breaker not tripped

I am hoping for some help here because this problem is driving me nuts. A few days ago our outdoor outlets stopping working (we had Xmas lights plugged in). There is also an outlet in our basement ...
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No current to GFCI outlet after installation in to junction box

I just installed a new 20 amp GFCI in an outdoor outlet. There are only three wires coming out of the junction box, the black, white and copper wire. After installation, I turned the current back on ...
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Outlet not working Properly

I decided to put a GFCI outlet in my kitchen. It's an old house and only had 2 duplex outlets in the kitchen. I wired the GFCI making sure I used the correct wire terminals. I left the other terminals ...
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How to solve problem in GFCI circuit where three-prong tester shows correct wiring, but drawing power on downstream outlet causes a circuit break?

The circuit has 3 outlets; the first in line is a GFCI outlet. All outlets show correct wiring with the two lights illuminated on a three prong tester. Powered device works in the GFCI outlet, but the ...
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Quad Breaker Issue

We have a new Maytag Bravo dryer. In our breaker box it is on a quad breaker (15 out and 30 in) with the bathroom and living room outlets and outside outlet. When I turn the dryer on the GFCI in the ...
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Can one circuit trip a GFCI breaker on another circuit with no shared neutral

I have two circuits in my main breaker panel. Circuit 1 is on a 2 pole 60amp GFCI breaker. It goes directly outside from the breaker box and does not interact with the house aside from at the main ...
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How do I force a defrost cycle on my refrigerator?

My Kenmore 596.51679100 side by side fridge is tripping the dedicated GFCI circuit in my garage that it's plugged into and I suspect it's the defrost heater but I need to test this. As far as I can ...
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Can i install a receptacle?

im wanting to install a receptacle in my living room, im no expert but im always willing to learn. there are white, red and black wires. could you help me with this project. i would greatly appreciate ...
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GFCI connected with 2-black wires (both hot) and 2-white wires. Connected to line and load. GFCI does not work

C/B connected to both bathrooms’ outlets. GFCI not working. Tried to replace, but line and load connections are both incoming hot wires, even when disconnected from GFCI. How do I get this to work ...
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50 amp GFCI Tripping randomly

My 50 amp GFCI Breaker tripped periodically so I disconnected the load wires from the lugs and turned it back on And after about a minute it tripped again. I then changed the breaker and it tripped ...
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RPC trips separate GFCI circuits on start up. Why?

I have four 20A GFCI breakers each handling a string of outlets on each wall in my garage shop. I also have an 100A circuit for a 20HP RPC (Rotary Phase Converter). When I start the RPC it trips two ...
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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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Outdoor Fan on GFCI Switch

I just replaced an outdoor ceiling fan/light on a gfci circuit, and once we completed the work and re-energized the circuit, my light switch will not move so I can test or turn on the fan. The GFCI ...
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Why won't my replaced GFCI outlet power something plugged into it?

I have a string of outlets that was not working. I replaced the most upstream outlet GFCI with another GFCI. I also replaced some weathered outdoor outlets. Currently the GFCI is green and does send ...
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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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GFCI Wiring Question - I am confused how it worked before

I have a situation which I cannot figure out. I have a GFCI outlet near some pool equipment which feeds another set of outlets near the pool, the line hot also fed a switch for the pool light. As ...