Bad GFI receptacle ?

Old 06-07-15, 11:53 AM
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Bad GFI receptacle ?

Hello all,

In master bath, one outlet (non GFI) stopped running a hairdryer. It was an itermittent problem at first, but constant now.
I replaced the outlet thinking it was the problem, but no change.

I did some detective work, and here's what I found:

Four regular outlets wired back to one GFI outlet.

A nite light works in all outlets, but a hairdryer doesn't work in 2:
the one regular outlet, and the GFI outlet

The GFI never trips, but seems to reset ok otherwise after the test button is pressed

Any thoughts?
Thank you, Mike
Old 06-07-15, 12:11 PM
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I suspect a loose connection. Do you have a multimeter?
Old 06-07-15, 12:17 PM
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Bad GFI?

I think I do have a multi meter..i'd need a tutorial on how to use it and what I'm looking for
Old 06-07-15, 01:04 PM
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Try the dryer in another outlet somewhere in the house,sounds like the dryer maybe the issue.
Old 06-07-15, 01:30 PM
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It sounds like the GFI is being fed from one of the regular receptacles.
Can we assume you are not using the load (output) side of the GFI ?

You are going to need to figure out the order they are wired in to correct the problem. It may require you to pull out (but don't disconnect) all five devices to map out the wiring.

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