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beech 08-29-2010 10:16 AM

Kitchen GFCI outlets
I have wired 2 circuits to power kitchen counter outlets. I used 12 guage wire on a 20 amp circuit. Each circuit has a t slot 20 amp GFCI outlet from which i fed another t slot 20 amp non GFCI outlet. When I test them with my outlet tester the GFCI outlets show fine. The tester even has a button to test a GFCI outlet and it trips it as it should. When I test the other outlets on the circuits when I insert the tester it trips the GFCI. It does have power as I can plug in a radio OK. Is this normal? Any ideas as to what might be wrong? Thanks for any and all help.

hayewe farm 08-29-2010 10:53 AM

Try plugging in the tester into the non GCFI and then reseting the GCFI. Chances are the tester is tripping it before all pins are fully engaged.

beech 08-29-2010 02:07 PM

Thanks. When I plug the tester into the non GFCI it trips the GFCI but when I reset it the tester lights up showing it is wired correctly. Does that mean it is OK. What will the inspector say when he does this and sees the circuit trips? Thanks for your help.

hayewe farm 08-29-2010 02:18 PM

Yes the circuit is probably OK. You are most likely getting a spark when plugging in the tester which is causing the GCFI to trip. This is not uncommon.

Jim Port 08-29-2010 03:15 PM

Your neutrals and grounds may be too close to each other and touch when you plug in the tester.

frenchelectrican 08-30-2010 01:38 AM

Double check the netural and ground conductors and make sure they are not touching each other at all otherwise it will trip the RCD { GFCI }


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