How to Find Hidden GFI?

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Old 12-30-09, 10:54 AM
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How to Find Hidden GFI?

First-time poster here.

Until today, I thought that our 3/2 house had only one GFI. It is a power outlet / GFI combo located in the garage, and it controls outlets in the kitchen and master bath.

I never thought about the lack of a known GFI for the second bath and the laundry room.

However, this morning outlets in that second bath and laundry have gone dead...no known cause. The circuit breakers are in their proper positions, and I don't even know which breaker controls those now-dead outlets. I am suspicious that they may be on a second, unknown GFI, but all attempts to locate it have proven futile. For all I know, the GFI may be located behind a cabinet or even in a wall.

The building blueprints do not show the power circuits.

Can anyone suggest a way to find the (assumed) missing GFI?

Thank you.

UPDATE: Problem Solved, GFI has been found.
 

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Old 12-30-09, 10:59 AM
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I would help if you could tell us the age of the house. It has been quite a few years since circuits were allowed to be run the way you describe.

All wiring should be in accessible junction boxes and not enclosed behind drywall. It may be possible that the GFI is hidden behind boxes or it may just be in an area that you have never paid attention to.
 
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Breakers

Did you turn the breakers "off" and then "on"? Sometimes a tripped breaker will not be obvious by mere observation.
 
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Check your exterior outlets as well.....
 
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Old 12-30-09, 11:24 AM
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Problem solved. Those darn hidden GFIs mess everyone up.
 
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Old 12-30-09, 11:32 AM
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Wait!!!! Not good enough! Where was it.....and why did she know and you didn't...??? lol
 
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Wait!!!! Not good enough! Where was it.....and why did she know and you didn't...??? lol
The GFI-outlet was in the garage of this 30-year-old house. Wife knew because...intuition???

Since daughter's hair dryer works again, everyone is happy
 
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Ahhhh I feel much better...thx swoop


Actually..the house that I had back in VA built in '89 was that way. Single garage GFCI handled both bathrooms and the 2 outside outlets as I remember.
 
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Ahhhh I feel much better...thx swoop


Actually..the house that I had back in VA built in '89 was that way. Single garage GFCI handled both bathrooms and the 2 outside outlets as I remember.
Gunguy.,

It was legal with that set up many years ago until early 90's then start to run seperated GFCI circuits one for bathroom[s] and one for garage and two for kitchen.

Merci,Marc
 
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Yeah...thats what I found out Marc....but it sure was a pain....esp when it was only 15A as I remember.
 
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