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Old 06-13-2010, 09:54 AM   #1
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GFI Issues

I'm having an issue with my GFI - it's in the bathroom and appears to be the boss of my electronic entertainment life - front and rear TV's and a few 110 outlets throughout (fortunately, my coffee pot is not impacted ). It keeps randomly popping. Doesn't appear to be related to use at all. Now the embarrassing part is that I've had this happen before and can't, for the life of me, remember how I resolved it. I'm pretty sure I didn't need a professional - and I think it was something simple. It wasn't a bad GFI (of course, that doesn't mean it isn't this time). I've checked the inverter breaker - uh uh It's fine. The breakers in the box look good. What am I missing?
in advance for your help.

PS - I did try a search before I posted, but none of the previous threads seemed to fit quite right.
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Maybe the dang thing just finally needs replacing.
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Do you find the problem occurs during or right after someone takes a shower?
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Maybe the dang thing just finally needs replacing.
I suppose that could be it. I'm going to give it - and my memory - a while longer. It's been good today. Stopped popping after I posted (like feeling better when you finally decide to go to the doctor), and has only popped once since.
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Do you find the problem occurs during or right after someone takes a shower?
Doesn't seem to be any pattern I can discern. No showers around the time it started last night or when it popped again this afternoon.

I suppose the next step is to replace the outlet. Nothing it serves is critical, so I'll do that in 2 or 3 days if it doesn't stop. And go from there. . .
Thanks again for the ideas - I'll keep pluggin' away at it.
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Mine would pop when the slide went in or out. The flexible wire that feeds the receptical under the table would pinch and trip the gfi.I disconnected the wire in the splice box in the storage bay sinse we never used the receptical.
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If you have an idea of what outlets work off it give them a check. An outside outlet would be a good start a foam seal around outside outlet will collect water and short wiring inside outlet if grounded. Could also be a loose wire in one down stream outlet.
Check wiring in back of GFI make sure all are tight and not loose causing high resistance from heavy useage outlet down stream.
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