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Replacing an outdoor GFI outlet

Discussion in 'Wackbag Home Improvement & Car Repair' started by flyerfan116, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. flyerfan116

    flyerfan116 Fuckin savages

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    I've replaced outlets before but never one outside.My current one will not re-set. The outlet was only installed like 2 years ago so i know the wiring is good, seems like it has to be the outlet.

    Anything additional i need to know/do?
     
  2. Creasy Bear

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    There probably isn't, but make sure there isn't another GFCI anywhere else on the same circuit. Two GFCIs on the same circuit will fuck with each other and trip the fault. I figured this out the hard way when I installed a GFCI on outdoor receptacle and the fucker tripped with nothing even plugged into it... and it was the same circuit that the garage refrigerator was on... spoiled a lot of good meat. It turns out that there was already a GFCI receptacle on the circuit down in the basement that I didn't know about.
     
  3. Sinn Fein

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    I had to replace an outdoor GFI outlet here last year, same deal - wouldn't reset.

    Just go buy one at Lowes, turn off the breaker, and change it out. Half-hour job max...
     
  4. Voss's Tumor

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    Be a man and don't flip the breaker. ;)
     
  5. MayrMeninoCrash

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    Same thing happened to me in my house in FL. The home inspector claimed that the bathroom circuit wasn't GFI protected, so rather than get a electrician to evaluate the wiring for proper placement, they replaced EVERY outlet in all bathrooms with GFI's. Worked fine for about a year, then you couldn't run a hair dryer for a minute without tripping them. Of course naive homeowner me didn't realize that the theory "if one is good many are better" doesn't apply to GFI's on a circuit.

    Also as far as plugging refrigerators in garages, I always run an extension cord up to the door opener outlet for my fridge/freezer. Don't trust the GFI outlets with a high load like that plugged into them.
     
  6. MrAbovePar

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    I redid my garage and moved my GFCI further down stream to give me an outlet for a fridge.

    Some times it pays to chart the arrangement and structure of your house's wiring.
     
  7. THE FEZ MAN

    THE FEZ MAN as a matter of fact i dont have 5$

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    make sure to stick a pair of tweezers in it to make sure that its not hot
     

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