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lmccurley

07:35AM | 11/15/98
Bvelectrical
We just moved into a new house with GFCIs outlets. Our other house did not have these so we are very unfamiliar with the outlets. One evening we were outside washing the car and descided to plug up a radio but in just a few seconds the radio went off and so did the outlets located in the downstairs bathroom, master bath, the upstairs bathroom, the garage and the outside outlet. We went in to trip the breaker box and push the red reset button on the outlet but all failed. We even replaced the GFCI outlet in the bathroom but still no luck. Should we just put a grounded outlet there in the restroom in order to make all the outlets work? I'm not sure what the problem is. Could it be a bad breaker or what? Could you give me some direction? Thanks for your help.

BobF

02:42AM | 11/16/98
Is this a recently built house or just new to you?
It sounds like the breaker tripped.
After a breaker trips, you must first turn the breaker off then back on - you can't just switch it on.
Its possible that all of the outlets are all wired in series - doubtful but possible. Check GFCIs on all affected circuits to make suer they did not trip.
Double check the wiring on the new GFCI. There is a side marked load and one marked line. You MUST have the hot from the breaker on the line side. Outlets down the circuit from the GFCI are then protected also.
DO NOT replace the GFCI with a three-prong outlet.
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