gfi struggle

Old 01-28-05, 05:24 AM
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Unhappy gfi struggle

good morning...friday 28jan/tgif/ problem-
dedicated 110 line from breaker box to outside line/gfi/. i installed 2 more outside in line boxes for decking service/backyard/. i installed 2 gfi outlets 1line 3 outlets all in line/series.
problem is gfi keeps tripping on box2 of 3 however ifthe lines are tied together in line then the 3rd box works...hope you can follow.
do i need all gfi outlets if box 1 is gfi.....could box 2 -3 be regular outlets.

help please.

thanks joe
Old 01-28-05, 06:23 AM
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GFCI outlets have line and load side terminals. It sounds like you hooked the incoming wires to the line side and the outgoing wires to the load side, then took the load side and hooked it up to the line side of the next GFCI. If you are going use three GFCI's, then the wires need to be pigtailed and connected to the line side only, not run through the GFCI outlet. Or you could replace outlets 2 and 3 with standard outlets and use the load side of the GFCI to feed them. This is because the GFCI functionality protects not only the GFCI outlet but everything that is connected to the load side terminals. Putting two GFCI's in series will make them do squirrly things.

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