My GFCI outlet has shorted out. I removed the hot black wire from the
outlet and I removed it from the circuit breaker in the main supply. I
did a continuity test on that wire and it failed.
Is there anything else that can be done, prior to ripping the house
Start checking other outlets. Remove the outlets, check for bad
connections, burnt areas etc. While you are at it if the outlets are wired
using the backstab connections on the back, remove them and pigtail the
connections finally connecting the wire to the outlet using the screw
terminals on the sides.If your outlets are pigtailed check under each
wirenut.Make sure that the wires are twisted toghther before wire
nutting.Frequently the wires are just held together before wire nutting it
is not uncommon for a hot spot to form on the wires which eventually breaks
continuity in the wire. Don't assume that the gfci outlet is the 1st outlet
in that circuit.
Short: Two or more electrical things which are connected together but ought
not to be.
Example: The lamp cord touched the metal floor, and the short tripped the
Open: Electrical connection which should have been connected, but which was
Example: The black wire in my wall isn't delivering power to the box. Must
have an open some where.
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