Help with a GFCI outlet

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Old 05-19-17, 08:56 AM
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Help with a GFCI outlet

We had 1.4" of rain yesterday, driven by 50mph winds.

A couple hours later my GFCI started tripping. It is inside, but goes to outside outlets. Presumably some moisture got in. It would reset for a while and then trip again. It has been three hours since the last trip, so I think I am out of the woods.

1) Can I just ignore the issue and trust it has dried out, or must I pull all the outdoor outlets and dry them?

2) This is the only time it has happened in the 5 years we have been here (also the only time I have seen a storm like this), but my wife uses the outdoor outlets for Christmas lights. They occasionally get wet and trip the GFCI. It is a pain because my computer is on the same circuit.
I would like to move the GFCI after the computer, but it is a unfinished basement and code requires a GFCI.
Can I leave the first GFCI and install a second one on the first outside outlet (or even backwards on the computer outlet, which is the last before it goes outside)?
Would a fault in the outdoor lighting trip the new GFCI and leave the old one alone? I suppose some are more sensitive than others, but I could swap them if that is the case.
Thanks.

I realize running a new circuit for just the outside outlets is the optimal solution, but I have run wires in outside walls before and can't face doing it again.
 
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Old 05-19-17, 09:06 AM
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Can I leave the first GFCI and install a second one on the first outside outlet
Yes, if you come off the line side not load side of the basement receptacle.
 
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Why not put the outside receptacles inside bubble covers and keep them dry in the first place?
 
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They are in waterproof outlet covers, but with horizontal rain nothing is really waterproof. As I said, this is the first time in 5 years it has happened.

For all I know the water penetrated the siding and dripped down.
 
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They are in waterproof outlet covers
But which kind, flap or bubble? Yes, first time in five years but gaskets do deteriorate and may need replacing.

As you suggested putting a GFCI outside on the first outside receptacle will prevent loss of basement power. You just need to come off the line side of the GFCI receptacle in the basement.
 
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So if I reverse the inside GFCI it will protect that outlet, but not pass it on? Then I can install a new out outside. That is a solution!
 
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This is the outlet cover. They are 10 years old; the gaskets look good.Name:  outlet.jpg
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That cover is for a horizontal receptacle .

Weatherproof in use covers have been required for years.
 
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Old 05-19-17, 01:18 PM
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Best would be a buble cover (in-use cover) especially if use for Christmas lights.

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