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Chloe 07-12-2007 02:06 PM

GFI Question
 
Hi all ~ I was hosting an outdoor party and had an outdoor extension (the big orange kind) plugged into a power bar that had 2 blenders, a boom box and a punch fountain hooked on it. Everything was going fine until we had a huge rainstorm with wind and the power cut off. Inside the house, I checked the circuit box (I think that is what you call it) and the GFI switches were tripped. The rest of the house is fine. I unplugged everything from the outside outlet and turned the switch inside to off, then back to on. Nothing happened. The outdoor plugs do not have a red reset button like I have seen before and inside the switch reads from left to right "off, trip, on". There is a "test" button on the switch inside and I have tried to push that and then switch it to "on", but I still have no power. The switch inside covers two of the slots in the circuit box, but it is one unit. It is also sticking out more than the other switches. I tried to push it in, but it doesn't go in. The switch says "20" on it. This is a double wide manufactired house built in 1993. The outside outlets are separate with one screw holding them onto the side of the house. They are covererd individually, but again have no reset button outside that I can see. What am I doing wrong? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. This is our cottage and I just know when hubby comes for the weekend, I am going to get a lecture about how many things I had plugged into the power bar :whistling2: ...please help! It has been two days since it blew and I still have no power. Thanks in advance...

redline 07-12-2007 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Chloe (Post 52713)
There is a "test" button on the switch inside and I have tried to push that and then switch it to "on", but I still have no power. The switch inside covers two of the slots in the circuit box, but it is one unit. It is also sticking out more than the other switches. I tried to push it in, but it doesn't go in. The switch says "20" on it.

Can you post a photo of this "switch" (circuit breaker)?

troubleseeker 07-12-2007 10:12 PM

Flip the breaker to the off position , then it should reset when you go from the off to the on position. The test button will trip the breaker when it is in the on position, but it has already tripped so the test button will not do anything.

To understand, after you have reset the breaker, push the test button, and you will hear the breaker pop off. Reset by flipping to off position, then on, and you should be good to party again.

The tripping was not because of how much you had plugged into the power, (that wasn't enough to overload the circuit),it was from the rain. The GFCI did exactly what it is designed to do when it sensed dampness in the connections.. it tripped.


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