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Old 03-12-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Strange GFI

I am siding a cottage/house and came to the outside plug. It is a GFI but I found it kept tripping. I actually changed to GFI because it looked as though it sparked. While changing I noticed the white wire was loose ... so I thought this could be the problem. I replaced the GFI plug and the only thing that was plugged into it was a circular saw. Again, it tripped. My thought atre that it could have been wired wrong or have other items on the run. I believe an outside circuit should be all by itself? The only other reason that comes to mind would be if someone drove a nail or screw into the hot wire. Any suggestions and possible remedies?

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Old 03-13-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Do you have the wires connected to the line side of the GFCI receptacle? Or is it feeding other receptacles? If it is, it could be any one of them connected to the load side of the GFCI receptacle.

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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J.V. I don't know. I'd like to think it is a stand alone circuit but it appears to have been a self built cottage by someone who rewally didn't know what to do. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Ground faults on the line side of a GFCI will not cause a trip. Either the GFCI is defective or you have a fault on the load side.
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