I made the assumption that the black line wire was pigtailed to a black
going to the GFCI and a black wire going to the downstream outlets. Same
for the white wires.
I don't see another interpretation that would have let the old GFCI work.
One would _hope_ that's the case... but that's clearly *not* what the OP
Neither do I -- but I also don't see any indication anywhere that it _did_
work. My guess is that it doesn't, and that's why he's replacing it -- because
he doesn't know it's wired wrong, and thinks it's defective.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
1. Only qualifed electricians should work with electricity.
2. Follow the manufactures directions.
3. Verifty you have the pigtailed leads hooked up to the proper
terminals. If you are only looking to protect this receptacle, then
the terminals should be "Line".
4. Ensure you wired correctly. "hot" to brass/gold screw, and
"neutral" to silver screw. Equipment "Grounding" wire to green screw.
5. Make sure the wire connections are tight. I.E. check under wire
nuts, wires secure in terminals, etc.
tom @ www.MedJobSite.com
The only thing I can think of is that you may have somehow misidentified
the load and line terminals on that GFCI and are feeding the power into
the load terminals instead of the line terminals.
As others have already said, if PROPERLY wired as you intended, the GFCI
won't give a rat's ass about what else may be connected to its line side.
You shouldn't need to pigtail the GFCI. All of the new ones I have
seen have 2 wire holes per termination so you can connect the in and
out to one terminal. As the other posters have said, ber sure you have
ot polarized right (white and black) and you are connected to the line
Hire a professional electrician. You are not qualified to do this
repair and if you do, your home will burn to the ground and kill
everyone in your home. Shut off all power in your home immediately
and call an electrician. This is not a joke. Run to your breaker
panel IMMEDIATELY and disconnect the main breaker NOW. As soon as you
do, call the Fire Department and tell them there is a fire inside this
outlet box (because there is).
Department of Electrical Safety
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