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by strogg
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Weird electrical issues at my home!
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Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

cirus wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:42 pm
Mel wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:38 pm
cirus wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:32 pm
Mel wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:21 pm
I'm just talking about the gfci not the possible lightning or surge problem. If a gfci outlet trips and something goes out other than that what is required to be protected by it then it is wired incorrectly. Is it dangerous? No but it's a nuisance.
Sometimes this is done intentionally as an alert that the GFCI has tripped.
I'll just going by 30 years in the electrical field and the NEC. The gfci has a light on it that shows red when it's tripped.
But this indicator light is usually in the bathroom or laundry room. If you have a light in another room, you might notice it sooner.
I've not done this myself, but I've seen it done.
Yeah I've seen all kinds of weird stuff done.
Agreed it can easily be a GFCI. At my place, I have a single GFCI outlet in the master, and the rest of the outlets for the remainder of the restrooms are downstream, so if someone in another restroom trips the GFCI, I have to reset it in the master bath. The kitchen and outside outlets are set up the same way. The rest are tripped by combo GFCI/AFCI breakers in the electrical panel.

What I recommend everyone do in their spare time is to label all outlets and light switches with the breaker number and how it's protected (GFCI downstream, none, etc). This will save so many headaches because panels are typically poorly labeled. It's a requirement for commercial installations. I have no clue why it's not required on residential. It makes no sense to me.

Oh, back to the topic, I wouldn't be surprised about a surge either. A year and some change ago, a surge hit my house that took out a computer, a couple wall warts, my UPS, and a couple other things I may have forgotten about. They were all on different circuits. After that event, I installed a whole house surge by the electrical panel just in case something like that happened again.

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