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Old 03-07-2011, 05:41 PM   #16
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The water test will be hit and miss because the ground, hot and neutral is submerged so chances are there that all current just goes straight to the neutral and not through the ground.
As stupid as this test is, it won't trip a GFCI if a two wire extension cord is used and the bucket is plastic and isolated from a good ground. There would be no leakage current.

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As stupid as this test is, it won't trip a GFCI if a two wire extension cord is used and the bucket is plastic and isolated from a good ground. There would be no leakage current.
Yeah you'd need to use a 3 prong, and isolate the neutral. Can probably shove some caulk in there or something and make that extension cord a GFCI tester.

Not that I'd recommend it though, but it would work.

The test I said with the bulb is a bit safer. Put the ground in first, then just touch the hot with the other wire.

Best to just buy a real tester though.
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...........Best to just buy a real tester though.
Nuff said
Off Topic, but my problem was analyzing GFCI nuisance trips so I made my own Tester
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