One more question about GFIs. While power washing my deck, the water splashed against my outdoor electrical receptacle. THe power went off immediately. I was suprised to find the outdoor receptacle wasn't GFI proctected! This is the terminal receptacle on the line. I replaced the receptacle with a regular one just to test it and it didn't work. I traced the line and found a GFI in the bathroom that will not reset. A few other receptacles don't work either.
Can I simply replace the down stream GFI safely? Of course, I tested all the outlets and there is no power with or without the breaker closed. That is no hidden hots.
I can easily replace the GIF in the bathroon and will put one outside as well. However, I am fearful that the wires may have shorted in the walls, is this reasonable?
If the receptacles in bathroom doesn't reset, it means there is still a short, replacing it doesn't help... your setup is correct... one GFI can protect all outlets downstreams with the same GFI effect. you don't need many GFIs to do that.... you should open up the wetted outlet and make sure everthing inside is dry up and try to reset the GFI receptacle again and see if it work... even better is use a multi-meter see if the hot and neutral or hot and ground is short circuit... making sure you turn off the main panel for all these activities... it is possible though, your GFI outlet is broken and replacing it will fix the problem... but should do that only you find there is no short circuit to save yourself money...