||12-28-2010 10:52 AM
Originally Posted by AMWski
The light switch in the restroom works, but the output does not. Any solutions?
First, you need to be more specific. Output of a light switch means the light does not work. Do you mean this is a light switch and a receptacle outlet, wired together in the same box? If so, here's my WAG:
You have said the wires are on the line side. Which wires? There's something going to the light somewhere. Make sure one neutral and one hot, both from the same cable, and heading straight to the fusebox (or as close as you can tell- the only thing that should be hot if all the wires are unhooked and the power is on) are on the line side. This is the non-protected side, and does not benefit from GFCI.
The light does not need to be GFCI protected, *provided* there isn't anything else wired on there that does, like more outlets. You can put this on the line side also.
Other wires leading to other outlets should be on the Load side of the GFCI, and will be protected.
Put electrical tape around the outlet, covering all of the screws, before you put it in the box. This helps stop ground to neutral shorts, which aren't noticible wihtout testers unless you have a GFCI.
If all of this is done, plug in a lamp or something to the GFCI, and see if it works. Then hit the test button, it should 'pop' the GFCI. Hit the reset button, it should turn it back on.
Good If :
your lights stayed on (if they're wired on the line side)
plug-in lamp turned off, then back on
plug-in lamp stayed on