GFCI's...worked, now dont.

Old 04-15-04, 11:06 AM
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GFCI's...worked, now dont.

Question: I recently wired outdoor floodlights and added GFCI recepticals (2) to the circuit. All worked fine. After 4 days of operation, it rained and both are now tripped, and will not reset. They have completely dried out, but dont seem to reset now.

Replace em??

Old 04-15-04, 12:06 PM
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They don't reset in that nothing you plug into the receptacles work, or they don't reset in that the floodlights don't come on, or both? How are the floodlights controlled? Switch, motion detector, photo sensor, or some combination of these? Did you really put two GFCI receptacles on the same circuit? Is either of them on the load side of the other? Are the floodlights on the load side of either GFCI?

Maybe it's not really completely dried out yet. You might try a hair dryer on low to speed it up a bit.

Although GFCIs do fail, with your fairly new GFCIs it is more likely that you have a real ground fault.

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