I recently changed my kitchen receptacles to Pass & Seymour GFCIs. On one
I have a lead receptacle with 2 slaves, each GFCI. The lead receptacle
but if/when I plug anything into either of the slave receptacles, the lead
and the slaves do not trip. Anything as small as a digital clock causes
it is an appliance that needs to be turned on, then the lead does not trip
the appliance is turned on. I have checked each connection and they are
and have ~120V to them. Does anyone have any ideas as to what could be
this or possible things to try and troubleshoot it?
Because this is kitchen outlets, and NEC requires a minimum of two 20 amp
circuits to serve kitchen counter outlets, it's typical to run a three wire
two circuit feeder, known as an Edison circuit, or multiwire branch circuit.
This type of circuit uses a common neutral for the two circuits. It's very
easy to mess up the connection of this neutral when you're trying to use the
load side of a GFCI outlet at the point where the multiwire circuit breaks
into two 2 wire circuits.
If you have downstream outlets connected to the "load" terminals of a
GFCI receptacle, you *do not* use GFCI receptacles at these locations,
you use regular receptacles and place the little blue "GFCI Protected"
stickers on those regular outlets to indicate that they receive GFCI
protection from the upstream GFCI receptacle.
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