Tim, well put but your wasting your time, this guy just seems to make it up
as he goes along. Unfortunately , I think this is a game to him and
intentionally or not, he could be putting people in danger
I've been reading this thread with some interest. I have long
suspected that GFI's are more or less snake oil. I.e., not worth the
Any way I have a question.
How do you test a GFI. I dont mean pushing the button I mean down the
line. If you use a GFI outlet to protect several load outlets how can
you be sure that the last outlet on the load side is protected? I
know I could just force a dead short with a piece of wire in the
outlet but I am reluctant to do that in case the GFI fails I dont want
to end up with a large black mark on my outlet. I also dont want to
fry the GFI with a huge current spike.
For about ten bucks at home centers or hardware stores, you can buy a plug-in
outlet tester that has a GFCI test button on it. Plug it in, push the button,
and if the test lights all go out, the outlet is adequately protected.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Many of these are also "three-light-testers" and will also warn of miswired
outlets. However, these testers will not work on ungrounded circuits since
they bleed current to ground rather than the neutral upstream of the GFCI.
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