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Old 12-27-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
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Outdoor GFI Problems

New User here and I have a problem with an outdoor GFI outlet -

House is only 18 months old and the outdoor outlet worked fine until recently. Had the Christmas lights plugged in to this outlet and they were working great but, one day it rained and I noticed the next evening the lights, on a timer, did not come on. I tested and reset the outlet, and it still did not work. Checked the panel and the breaker hadn't tripped so, I assumed moisture had gotten into the outlet and replaced it. Now, however, when I plug anything in to the new GFI, it trips. What am I missing that I need to do?


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Old 12-27-2006, 04:45 PM   #2
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Check to be sure that when you put the new gfi in, you have the Line, and Load wired correctly.


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Old 12-30-2006, 01:31 AM   #3
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As jwhite said....... Also, check and make sure:

- your bare copper ground has not 'folded' and is touching your neutral (white) terminal screw.

- you said it trips when 'anything' is plugged into it. Do you mean the same light string that tripped it before, or have you tried plugging something else into it to test it. Its quite possible that your lites or cord have a short, either by damage or water saturation.

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