Saturday night I decided to wire the garage. I got most of it done
and all of it works fine except for one GFI. That GFI did work just
fine. I jusdt installed it a few weeks ago in our den, but I removed
it after the household PMS master determined that Ivory is not white
enough. So this GFI was working just fine. Now it dont work. The
instant I plug something into it, it trips. I tried two trouble
lights, my circular saw, drill, and grinder. All of them make it trip
the second I plug them in. All of these things work fine on other
outlets and other GFIs.
I must admit that by the time I got to this outlet I had finished off
two 12 packs of beer, so I thought that maybe I pinched a wire when I
put the outlet in the box. I pulled it out of the box yesterday and
there are no pinched wires. What the heck could be causing this?
By the way, when it trips I can see a visible flash inside of it.
I have never had this happen before. It makes no sense.
My "they" say that alcohol is for washing of the body, not for
drinking. While your drunken dumb ass is screwing up your wiring,
I'm screwing up my wiring -- completely sober. Well, perhaps
that's not what I wanted to say?
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Sounds like the neutral and ground leads may be either swapped or
shorted together, possibly not in the box you have that GFI in, but
perhaps at the other end of the wires.
Put in a regular receptical and then TEST it for those kind of faults.
Yep, stuff like that'll happen when you're potted.
Stop kidding yourself. Two 12-packs, and you weren't drunk? Riiiiight.
Maybe more fun for you, maybe less fun for the firefighters that pull the
bodies of your wife and kids from the charred rubble of the house that you
wired while you were drunk.
I'll bet she does.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Last week I read a quote attributed to Albert Einstein I've used for the
"Quote of the Month", posted in our office's waiting room.
"The difference between stupidity and genius is
that there are limits to genius."
You need help, pal. Ask around. Someone who's been dry for a few months or
years can help you.
While you think "life is better with beer", it's actually passing you by. The
joy of *real* life is experienced sober.
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