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Old 12-16-00, 08:32 AM
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Hello,
After viewing a question and answer related to mine, I found my problem with a gfci rec. in master bathroom. My problem was a dead rec. on outside front of house. Are all outside rec. required to be on a gfci? Also, is the reason gfci recepticles are not put outside because of condensation that would trip the gfci? I would greatly appreciate any answer. Thank You in advance.
 
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Old 12-16-00, 08:50 AM
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It sounds as if your house was built in the 80's. GFCI's are required essentially in all areas subject to moisture. These devices trip when even a small amount of current is sensed to be leaving the circuit in an uncontrolled manner. Your house seems to be wired by old GFCI standards, which means that your bath outlets, garage, outside, and probably unfinished basement outlets are all fed from your master bath GFCI receptacle. This means that all of these receptacles are GFCI protected, and will turn off if the GFCI trips. Present code still requires GFCI protection in all of these places, but requires seperate circuits for the bath locations. The GFCI was placed in your master bath for convenience, and lower cost (a GFCI receptacle at every location would of raised the cost of installation as compared to how you have it wired now). Hope that helps.
 
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