No power to exterior GFI outlet but..

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Old 11-30-05, 09:14 AM
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Unhappy No power to exterior GFI outlet but..

...it isn't 'tripped' and the breaker in the service hasn't either. It was working earlier today. Could I have 'killed' it without tripping either? Yes, I was working with extension cords on wet ground...
 
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Old 11-30-05, 09:50 AM
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There are lots of possible explanations. The three most likely are probably:
  • The GFCI is actually tripped, but it doesn't look like it to you. When you press the reset button, it won't reset if there is still a ground fault (such as if you got moisture in the box).
  • The breaker is actually tripped, but it doesn't look like it to you. Shut it off and back on again.
  • If you were using something that draws a lot of current, you may have opened up a weak neutral backstab connection. Spend $8 on an outlet tester at your local home center.
 
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Old 11-30-05, 10:33 AM
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There is also the possibility that there is a second GFCI on this circuit, such as in the garage or in a bathroom, etc., that has tripped. What else is on this same circuit (I hope you know or you will get my lecture)?
 
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