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there should be 5 wires, hot and switched hot for the switch and hot, neutral and ground for the gfci receptacle.

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How do you wire a gfci outlet with fan switch?

The wires going to a GFCI outlet are no different than a standard outlet. I assume you are wiring the fan switch to the same wires and not actually to the outlet itself (this would mean you are plugging the switch into the outlet and that wouldn't make any sense).

If the test switch is bad on a gfci will the breaker still work?

If the test switch is faulty then there is no convenient way to determine if the GFCI is functioning, and technically, if the test switch is faulty, then as it is a part of the GFCI, the GFCI is faulty and should be replaced.

How does a gfci provide protection from electrical shocks?

Inside the GFCI is an electrical device that constantly compares the current on the two wires of an electrical circuit. If, at any time, the electrical device detects an imbalance, the GFCI shuts off the circuit. Most electrical shocks occur when a person touches the LIVE wire of a circuit while grounded in some other way (such as standing barefooted on concrete). The GFCI detects that imbalance and shuts off the circuit so quickly that we often don't even feel the shock. As a word of caution, don't depend on the GFCI as a substitute for common sense. If you aren't touching some kind of grounded surface, the GFCI will not function. In that situation you are nothing more than another resistance load. Also, if you feel that the GFCI will protect you and ignore normal caution around electricity, you may encounter a circuit that is either NOT protected with a GFCI, or you may encounter a GFCI that has failed. Either way, always use caution when doing anything with electricity.

What could cause an outdoor outlet to lose power if the outlet is new and the wires are getting power and the breaker has not popped?

Most outdoor outlets are on a GFCI device. Depending on when your house was wired the outside plugs may be fed from the GFCI in the bathroom. The method used was to take the downstream side of the bathroom GFCI and run it to the outside plugs all around the house. If you want to delve into this further open a discuss question page

Wiring diagram needed for a GFCI connection to a hot tub?

Install the GFCI outlet is a location near the hot tub where it can be accessed and tub plugged in. Connect ground wire to green ground screw. Connect black/white wires to LINE side of outlet. Black goes to copper screw, white goes to silver screw. You connect the wires by inserting them into the holes marked LINE and then tightening the screws down tight.

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Why are wires twisted together on a GFCI outlet box?

The ground wires are twisted together and then connected to the GFCI ground. The black and white wires may also be twisted together and then using a jumper wire connected to the GFCI. Hard to say without seeing exactly how it is wired.

Will a gfci breaker work when neutrals and grounds are together in main panel or will there have to be a separate ground bar installed and wires separated?

Yes a GFCI will work if the neutrals and ground are to together the main panel. This is considered the line side of feed side of the GFCI. Neutral and ground can not touch down stream from the GFCI or on the load side of the GFCI.

What can you do if your newly installed GFCI keeps tripping unless you detach all the other outlets in the room but all outlets are wired correctly?

Is the GFCI wired correctly. Voltage in goes to LINE. Voltage out goes to LOAD. Ground wires connect together and connected to ground on GFCI. All screws tight. If all this is correct and you have no loose wires on any of the outlets and no wires are shorted out in any of the outlets then more than likely you have a defective GFCI. Replace it with another one. I get bad ones all the time.

How do you wire a GFCI if there are 2 black wires?

You find out which of the two black wires was installed incorrectly without being taped or sleeved in white. Then you put the white sleeve or tape on and connect the black and white wires to the hot and neutral terminals of the GFI, respectively. If you only have two black wires that are both "hot", such as in a single-pole light switch, you cannot install a GFCI there.

How do you wire a gfci outlet with fan switch?

The wires going to a GFCI outlet are no different than a standard outlet. I assume you are wiring the fan switch to the same wires and not actually to the outlet itself (this would mean you are plugging the switch into the outlet and that wouldn't make any sense).

The GFCI outlet's reset button does not pop out when the test button is pressed it is already out and when I try to press it in it will not catch although it does have power?

This indicates either you have an active ground fault or the GFCI is bad. To check this out turn off power at breaker and remove GFCI outlet from wall box. Determine if it is powering other non-GFCI outlets. (It will have both input and output wires. If there are output wires remove them and check the outlet again with power and see if it resets. If it does you have a ground fault down the line somewhere. If it still doesn't work you likely have a bad GFCI.

Can a bad GFCI outlet cause a short?

Of course it is possible. However, more often there is something external to the GFCI that causes the GFCI to trip. There may be other outlets connected to the GFCI or there may be moisture in circuit causing a ground fault. Open the box where the GFCI is located and see if there are any wires on the output side. If so remove them with the power off and see if GFCI trips when you turn power back on. If GFCI still trips, turn off power and remove GFCI entirely. Connect it to another working circuit and see if it still trips. If it does, you have a bad GFCI device. Never mess with wiring unless you are absolutely sure that the power is off.

Do you need a gfci outlet if you have a gfci breaker?

Not if the GFCI breaker is supplying the circuit you are wanting to put the GFCI receptacle into.

Can you have two bathrooms on one run?

Yes. Also on GFCI you can run output to second bathroom outlet and will be protected. Great thanks. That make more since, because there's only four outlets for both plus the lights on a 20a run Is it considered better to run the circuit through one GFCI outlet or is that to cut cost. I don't mind buying four GFCI outlets and adding the extra pig tail wires, specially if it might work better

What would be the correct wiring for 3 sets of wires into a GFCI outlet?

I'm assuming your 3 sets of wires are black or red, or some other color normally associated with the "hot" wire, a white for neutral and a green or bare conductor for ground. If your GFCI protects only itself and no other receptacles, you splice all the wires of the same color together and attach 'pig tails' to your splice to connect to the GFCI. If your GFCI protects other receptacles 'down stream', you connect only the hot and neutral feed from the panel to the line side of the receptacle. Then you splice the others together as described above and connect your pig tails to the load side. "Line" and "load" should be clearly marked on the GFCI. Your ground in this case is still all spliced together with a pigtail for connection to the GFCI. Line is from the panel. Load is to other receptacles. Getting these reversed will prohibit your GFCI from functioning properly.

What is a gfci oulet?

GFCI=Ground Fault Circuit InterrupterIt's an electronic circuit breaker that compares the current on two wires. If the current is NOT equal, the breaker trips and does so quickly enough to prevent electrocution in the event of a "ground fault".

Why GFCI outlet not allow power to flow through to other outlets in series if tester show is power at both upper and lower terminals of GFCI before hook up other receptacles in series but not after?

Maybe the GFCI is not wired properly. Make sure the power coming in is terminated at the screws marked "Line" and the wires going to the rest of the receptacles are terminated at the screws marked "Load". Check for a short in the wires feeding the rest of the receptacles.

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