That does it. I'm taking out the GFI's and replacing them with regular
plugs. I'm tired of shutting off a fan in one room and the TV, DVR and
Receiver dying in another room because of a touchy GFI. These things are
Don't be too hasty defeating a safety item. Try another GFCI (known
good, hopefully new) in that location, and if the problem persists,
better start looking for bad grounds, back stabber outlets or other
funky wiring problems. Reliability of newer GFCI's is very good these
days. Good luck.
I'm not sure what kind of reaction you were going for, but you should
at least write a post that has some logic to it.
These thing*s* (plural) are worthless and you're taking out your
GFI'*s* (plural) because of *a* (singular) touchy GFI?
I had a flat once. I guess I should throw away all of my tires.
On Nov 21, 10:52 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Why do you have a PC and TV plugged into a GFCI?
Or more importantly, why do you have a PC plugged into a circuit with
something that trips a GFCI?
If you're not going to use an isolated circuit for your PC, at least
move it to a circuit less prone to losing power.
I think Clauded was just posting for effect?
But since GFCIs trip due to a difference in the current flowing in the
live and neutral wires, which may or may not be due to some grounding
condition he should look further at what is causing it. Not discard
the GFCI without further thought.
We all must be familiar with cases where there is a slight potential
difference between the case of a piece of equipment, say a VCR or a
DVD player separate from a TV and/or when there is a potential
difference beteen such gear and a TV antenna cable grounded outside.
Again if the GFCI is shutting down a whole run of outlets? It could be
moved to protect just those outlets where it is essential, not located
at or near the start of a run of outlets whereby it will shut down
everything downstream on that circuit!
I would suspect something leaky or slightly unbalanced within some
piece of gear plugged into that circuit. And if there are numerous
ancillary pieces plugged into a computer such as powered speakers etc.
the chances of leakage are increased.
A GFCI located behind a piece of furniture doesn't sound like a good
The ones we have added to this house over the last few of our 38 years
since we built this house are located so as to be visible/accessible.
One is in the garage just as one exits from the house into the garage
and protects itself and another outlet outside next to a stored boat.
Another is in the bathroom and protects itself and the one next to it.
Another in the outside wall of an attached shed to protects any garden
tool extension cords user.
We have one more to GFCI protect; outside the front door that
occasionally gets covered by snow and used, also only occasionally,
for Christmas lights or rarely by an electric trimmer**. I think we'll
put an inside GFCI for that circuit next to some storage shelves at
bottom of basement stairs and through one door. Above eye level it
will be highly visible if tripped to anyone on their way to the washer
** Also as previously mentioned we have one extension cord with a GFCI
in a box on the end of it which is used for electric garden tools.
The GFCIs rarely trip and during the last few years we have had only
one that went faulty.
PS. In Claude's case is there a loose neutral somewhere?
Before you eliminate your GFCI outlet(?) protection everywhere by
replacing the GFCI with a standard receptacle...consider changing how
the circuit is wired.
Sounds like you have a daisy chain of receptacles connected to the
LOAD terminals on the GFCI... connect them to LINE terminals instead
OR wire up pigtail style.
Now all of the "down stream receptacles" are no longer GFCI
protected......installed additional GCFI outlets only where needed.
Should eliminate nuisance trips, plus any trips wil occur at the point
Have you considered that the GFI might actually be functioning properly and
that there is a problem with one of your appliances? As others have
mentioned the newer GFI's are better and newer appliances have higher
tolerances for leakage to ground. You can also change the wiring of the GFI
so that receptacles downstream that do not need GFI protection can not be
I have noticed that if you just plug something in and you get a little
spark because it's on, the GFCI will trip. Same goes if a switch is
turned on or off. Any little spark and it trips. That's not safety, that
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