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Old 12-29-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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Help with outdoor GFI outlet

Two days ago we had a good rain/wind storm pass through up here in connecticut. During the storm the GFI outlet outside mustve blown or stopped working because the two things plugged into went out.

I just tested the outlet and tried to reset it with no success. I didnt really feel like it popped into place when i hit the test button. i did hear a buzzing though.

My thoughts to this point are that its still just moist in there or its time has come and gone and its time for a new outlet. If this is the case, is switching out the outlet something a complete novice can do or should i get a pro?


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Old 12-29-2011, 05:03 PM   #2
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Changeing out a plug is about as simple as it gets in the electrical field. Turn of the breaker, if your not sure which one it is turn the whole house off.

Take off the old plug, mark down where each wire went on the old one. Take wires off old and put on new.

Most GFI have a yellow sticker over two of the terminals, leave this in place unless there is wires under those screws on the old one.

Brass screw=hot, probably the black wire but could be red.
Silver screw=neutral, this will be the white wire.
Green=Ground, bare copper or could be a green insulated wire but highly unlikely.

If you run into problems there is usually instructions in the box with the GFI, you can also ask questions here if you can`t find an answer.


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Old 12-29-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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Just an FYI, you can also get "weather resistant" versions of the GFCI. Might help in the future.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:58 PM   #4
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Take a look at the gasket and cover, if there's gaps water going to get in and do it again.
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