Outlet switch Combo change to a Switch and GFCI

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Old 08-08-11, 12:19 PM
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Outlet switch Combo change to a Switch and GFCI

I need to change what was originally a light switch and 1outlet combo to a light switch and GFCI outlet. Any help on troubleshooting is appreciated.

I attached a drawing of how it is set up (please, save the laughs) with all the grounds hooked up together and running to the ground on the outlet. Light turns on and off but the GFCI constantly trips and wont stay reset. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Ryan
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...zle37/GFCI.jpg

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Old 08-08-11, 01:05 PM
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Is the incoming white spliced to the white going to the line side of the GFI? It should be.
 
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Old 08-08-11, 02:31 PM
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No, it's going into the load. I will switch them and see if that works.
 
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Switched and it still trips the GFI? If both were hot coming in would it cause the GFI to trip?
 
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Old 08-08-11, 03:06 PM
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Tell us where all the cables go. Which one is truly "hot" and which goes to lighting and where the third one goes (or comes from).
 
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Old 08-08-11, 03:12 PM
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If you had the line and load reversed It should lockout the gfci.
 
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Old 08-08-11, 07:46 PM
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The picture you drew would be correct if you’re looking at the back of the GFI. It would be reversed polarity if you are looking at the face of the GFI. Looking from the front, the blacks should be on the right side:narrow slot, whites on the left:wider slot. White on wide.

Double check that, correct both line in and line out cables if necessary. Also double check the GFI's lower terminals are labeled 'line'.
 
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Appreciate your replies. I realized that there is two HOT lines coming in and one to the light. I hooked one Hot up to light switch and with the line going to the light and the other to the back of the GFI. Not tripping anymore. Thanks again.
 
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