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Old 01-06-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
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Porch outlet, and livingroom on bathroom GFCI circuit? Is that uncommon?


This is a 70's built home with some obvious modifications/renovations.

Last night my wife went to plug in the Chrismas lights on the front porch outlet (non-GFCI), it was raining hard and very wet last night.
Anyway she said "it sparked" and the light in the living room went out (outlet powered lamp). Then when she reset the breaker the light never came back on.
That's when I had to intervene and figure out what was going on. Sure enough the outlets in the livingroom were not working and the breaker in the panel for that circuit was ON. After wandering around the house for a few minutes I noticed the GFCI in the master bedroom bathroom was tripped. I reset the GFCI and the lights came back on in the living room and all is bueno.

My question is, obviously the livingroom outlets (to include the outlet on the porch; same wall) and the bathroom outlet are on the same circuit.

Should I be alarmed??? As I mentioned the bathroom is GFCI but the porch is not.

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Sounds to me like the porch, livingroom and any recepticle downstream of the GFCI that you reset is indeed protected by the GFCI.

Is it normal, unfortunately yes.

I had a similar situation where the GFCI in the 2nd floor master bath fed the recepticles in the garage, now tell that wasn't a pain, before it got changed that is.

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Actually, it sounds like the porch is indeed GFCI protected. GFCI receptacles have a line side and a load side, you can wire in outlets "downstream" of a GFCI receptacle and they too will be GFCI protected. As for whether this is "common", I'd say it's pretty common to have stuff wired into circuits all over the place. Is it good? Nope. Is it to code today? Nope (bathroom should be isolated for example) but it's pretty common. I wouldn't be too worried, and I'd be thankful that the GFCI seems to have done it's job in this case (unless of course you don't like your current wife :-)
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What he said ^^^ (typed faster than me )
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... (unless of course you don't like your current wife :-)
LOL!
Thanks guys. I just wasn't sure.
I'm finding out there's all kinds of funky add-ons to this electrical box, for example the outlets in the hallway going into the master bedroom as well as the laundry room (off that same hall), and the kitchen outlets are on the same circuit; kitchen has a GFCI though (wheather it's up or downstream of the loads I'm not sure).
It's pretty apparant the masterbedroom, laundry room and bathroom were added on. It all looks good though...
Unfortunately I can't see the wiring behind the walls...
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I'm finding out there's all kinds of funky add-ons to this electrical box, ...
I've lived in my house 15 years, I've got a switch that I still don't know what it does. I'll throw it tonight, let me know if your lights go off!

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