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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 test that GFCI works?

I hired an electrician to install a GFCI outlet outdoors. I need this to power some pumps in an aquaponics system, so I need to guarantee it works, so kids don't get hurt while playing in the water. ...
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Generator tripping GFCI breakers in main panel

I recently had some electrical work done on my home to bring it up to code - there was no GFCI protection in the kitchen or bathroom when we bought the house, so our electrician fitted GFCI breakers ...
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GCFI and switches

In my sons 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 Romeo, 12/2 Romex ...
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Half Hot Outlet Tripping when Light is connected

I am hoping someone might be able to share some insight as to what I can next do to troubleshoot this problem. In my room I have 3 outlets, the last one in the in circuit is a half-hot outlet ...
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When to change Cutler-Hammer electrical panel and breakers?

I bought a house about a year ago and I have an old Cutler-Hammer electrical panel. I see the number 2001 written on there, but no idea when it was installed. I have a few questions about this panel: ...
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Outlets and lighting on covered patio - 240V to 120V

I have installed a covered patio and would like to add lights and a couple of outlets. The current set up is a breaker out there that was set up for a potential AC hookup; it is fed by a 10gauge wire ...
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Razor Socket to GFCI Conversion Kit.. Load terminals vs Pigtail

Hi, I'm trying to convert this 1973 "Razor Only" socket to GFCI. I have the full conversion kit and I'm wondering the best way to approach wiring it. I've seen videos where electricians do ...
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Are dual-function AFCI/GFCI breakers less effective than single-purpose GFCI breakers?

I have a house with old wires (cloth) that lack ground. I've been advised that we can install GFCI breakers on those circuits to help protect against the lack of ground. But since the wires are cloth, ...
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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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Turning on any high-power device trips my RCD

Today I turned on my water boiler, and all the lights in my apartment turned off. I opened the electricity box and saw the RCD was tripped. I turned it back on, but then it would trip again whenever ...
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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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Why would a GFCI fail in one outlet, but not another?

We have multiple GFCI cords, such as this one (the GFCI is not an outlet). When plugged into a certain outlet, they all consistently trip with any load higher than a few watts. When plugged into any ...
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GFCI outlets fail repeatedly in new home

I purchased new home which has never been lived in and I have had to replace three different ground fault outlets. They just quit working. Now I have one in bathroom, which had been previously ...
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Does a GFCI also protect against arc faults?

I have an old house, the electrical cabling only has two wires with no ground wire. When I bought it years ago, I had an electrician in to look at it, and they put GFCI blank-face receptacles on every ...
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GFCI has power but outlet doesnt work

Im installing an exterior gfci. It comes from the breaker to a juntion box, to the exterior box. Inside i have a 20amp single pole switch controlling the gfci. Its supposed to be for running power ...
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New GFCI to replace one that was in the subpanel of a hot tub

I have a dedicated 50 amp 240 v circuit to a hot tub. Had it over 15 yrs no problems. Recently the GFCI that was in the sub panel would buzz and then trip or sometimes work just fine after resetting....
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Feit receptacle with USB ports trip GFCI

I replaced a standard dual 120V outlet at the end of a kitchen counter GFCI circuit with the Feit dual 120V with 2 USB Ports. I taped over the outlet screws as I'm pushing it into a metal box and a ...
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Can I split a shared neutral between two GFCI breakers?

I have two 15A circuits that share a neutral. Currently, they go to two normal breakers, and I'd like to replace two those breakers (side-by-side in the breaker box) with plug-on neutral GFCI ...
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50AMP GFCI to Double Pole Switch with 6AWG

I will be preparing the electrical for a new hot tub installation. I have a sub-panel inside the house in the basement literally 2-3 feet from the panel. That panel also contains a 40AMP GFCI wired to ...
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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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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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Diagnosing connected circuits; dangerous?

We fairly recently bought a c. 1907 house with a mess of wiring, some probably dating back to the 1940s. (In Canada, so 120 V.) Most of the circuits have no ground wire. I was trying to install a GFCI ...
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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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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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GFCI tester shows fault, but everything is working

I have a GFCI outlet and when the GFCI tester is plugged in, that shows this error code when it is tripped: greater than 30VAC, and open ground, open neutral. I’ve replaced the GFCI, but I still get ...
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Turn 6-wire outlet into 2 GFCI outlets

This question is not for the faint of heart. I want to know if I can turn an old outlet on a multi-wire branch circuit (MWBC) into 1 or 2 GFCI outlets. My house was built in 1970 and has a MWBC in the ...
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My new garage opener trips GFI

I purchased a new Genie 1hp garage door opener Model Excelerator II and installed it but when I plugged it in (to GFI circuit) it sparked as soon as the connection was made but didn't trip the GFI. I ...
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Turning on GFCI breaker on subpanel trips main breaker

I have a subpanel feeding off a 50 amp breaker. The subpanel contains a GFCI 50 amp breaker which is connected to a new 32amp spa heater. When I flip the GFCI breaker on for the heater, it immediately ...
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Power goes out intermittently but no tripped breakers or GFCI

Recently I have experienced power outages in several circuits. These are all outlets that serve my kitchen and living area. After some time, the power will eventually come back up. There are two GFCI ...
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Do GFCI outlets require more than standard box volume?

I purchased 2 Carlin 2-gang old work box with max cubic in fill limit of 25. These are being installed in a garage so each receptacle is gfci. I have wired them in parallel so there is a pigtail in ...
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New Leviton GFCI outlet not working

I just got a new GFCI outlet to replace a non-GFI one in my kitchen. It is a Leviton, product number is GFTR1-KW. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s not working. This same question has been ...
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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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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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GFCI Protected Outlet Trips with GFCI Outlet Tester, but the outlet lost power

I plugged my GFCI Outlet Tester into a GFCI protected Outlet. Pressing the test button, the outlet was tripped fine. But no matter how I pressed the reset button on the GFCI receptacle. The outlet ...
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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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Tesla Mobile Connector tripping GFCI on NEMA 5-15

Many times when I plug in my Tesla, the GFCI 5-15 outlet in our garage trips, killing the whole circuit. It usually works fine after resetting the GFCI and trying again. This happens whether or not I ...
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Are GFCI outlets allowed on new circuit installations?

A comment thread on GFCI outlet on 2-wire ungrounded question led to a discussion of whether GFCI is better/worse or even permitted at point-of-use (GFCI/receptacle) instead of GFCI/breakers in the ...
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GFCI outlet on 2-wire ungrounded question

I have some 2-wire ungrounded outlets in a room that I want to put a bunch of electronics and computer. I know I can replace this with a GFCI outlet and label with "No equipment ground". ...
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Whole House GFCI Trips In Cold Weather

Note that this is in Thailand where there are no rules. My home has a main breaker which includes a GFCI. Recently the breaker has started to trip when it gets cold. (This is Thailand. Cold means ...
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GFCI failure on 240v spa?

I have a 240V outdoor spa with a 30A GFCI disconnect nearby. The spa was working fine until a week ago. Totally dead. I had a spa repair come out and he diagnosed that it was due to the input power....
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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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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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Are you supposed to leave the pigtail lead on an GCFI / AFCI breaker curled up?

Here's an example of the kind of breaker I'm thinking of: They come with the lead neatly curled up. Is this curl meant to be maintained for some reason once the breaker in installed? Or is it just a ...
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Wiring single circuit GFCI circuit breaker where a duplex GFCI breaker is shown in wiring diagram

I am wiring a hot tub. The spa subpanel I purchased (Eaton) came with a 50 amp duplex GFCI breaker which is what many spas use. I bought a used Hot Springs Spa and found instead of a single 240 volt ...
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Ground fault causing main breaker to trip [closed]

If there was a ground fault causing severe electric shock, and no gfci protection in place, could it ever reach and trip the main breaker, or would it always trip a regular breaker for that circuit ...
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New GFCI breaker keeps tripping

I have an older home without GFCI outlets in the bathrooms. The electrical boxes are too small to fit a GFCI outlet. I was hoping to change the breaker in the electrical panel to a GFCI breaker but ...
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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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Last Follow-up to Two Previous MC 12/4 posts on 12/18/20 and 12/19/20 — Please Check My Plan?

Hoping this is my last question on this topic - ref. Following-up from New Circuit Help Please - Feeding 2-gang receptacle boxes with MC 12/4 You kind souls saved me from myself. I’ll implement 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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