GFCI won't reset


Old 05-07-14, 10:11 PM
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GFCI won't reset

I included a picture below to follow along since I'm a visual learner.

This morning, I noticed the GFCI in my master bathroom (#1) was tripped. I installed this outlet a few months ago along with a new GFCI outlet in my hallway half-bath (#2). Both of these outlets are connected to the outlets in my garage (#3). The MB outlet (#1) trips every once in a while, and I notice that it takes a good 5-7 pushes of the reset button to get it to stay in. It will just pop out every time I try to push it in.

Well once I finally reset #1, I go into the half-bath to reset #2. The second I reset it, #1 trips, every time. So #2 will not reset at all at this point because #1 trips every time I try to reset #2.

So what would be causing both of these issues (#1 taking a few attempts to reset AND #1 tripping every time I try to reset #2)? My gut tells me something is wrong with #2, which is causing #1 to trip every time #2 is reset, but I'm definitely not an expert. Any help?

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Old 05-07-14, 10:17 PM
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GFCI receptacles should not be daisychained. Doing so will cause them to trip each other, like is happening here.
Old 05-07-14, 10:27 PM
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The house was built in the 80s and it seems they have been wired like this since it was built. Should I just remove #2 and replace it with a normal outlet since it will still be GFCI protected by #1?
Old 05-07-14, 11:01 PM
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Yes. Be sure the second receptacle is connected to the load side of the first. Also replace 3. Use the labels included with the GFCI to mark 2 and 3 GFCI protected.

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