GFI replacement problem


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Old 02-07-14, 08:57 AM
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GFI replacement problem

I just replaced a regular outlet with a GFI as the old one had burned and shorted out (not sure why). It is a three hole fixture with tow double outlets and a light. Viewed from the front is the GFI outlet, a new regular outlet and the light switch. My problem is that while the outlets work fine, the light switch now trips the GFI, and obviously no light. Any ideas?
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Old 02-07-14, 09:05 AM
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I just replaced a regular outlet with a GCHI
Do you mean a GFCI receptacle?
It is a three hole fixture with tow double outlets and a light.
Do you mean indicator light built into the receptacle?
the light switch now trips the GCHI
How is the switch connected to the receptacle? It should be connected to the line side not the load. However it should not trip the GFCI even if connected to the load side so we need to know all the connections.
 
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Old 02-07-14, 10:23 AM
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Yes, apologies, GFCI receptacle. Two double power receptables, and a light switch (for a light over the kitchen sink). The GFCI is on the load side, the ordinary receptacle is in the middle and the switch is attached to the line side.
 
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Old 02-07-14, 10:29 AM
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If the switch is wired to the line side of the GFCI it shouldn't trip the GFCI even if it has a ground fault. Are you sure it is wired to the line, power in, side of the GFCI. It is the GFCI tripping not the breaker correct?
 
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Yes- the GFCI is tripping, not the circuit breaker- maybe I have got it all wired back to front, the wiring is kind of messy in there.
I was assuming that the receptacle I replaced was on the load side as otherwise the light switch would have turned off the power to both of the receptables, or is my thinking incorrect?
Could it be a grounding problem?
 
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Old 02-07-14, 10:45 AM
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otherwise the light switch would have turned off the power to both of the receptables, or is my thinking incorrect?
Sounds incorrect. Give me a bit and I'll post a diagram.
 
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We are really going to need to see or have you tell us the connections made and available in the box.
 
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Thanks Ray, much appreciated
 
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Old 02-07-14, 11:04 AM
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Is this how you wired it?

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Note: Line side may vary with manufacturer. Always check you are using the marked line side..
 
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I did it like this
 
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Old 02-07-14, 01:22 PM
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Disconnect the cable you believe is power in and using a multimeter verify it is power in.
 
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OK- will try over the weekend, thanks for all your advice Ray.
 
 

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