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Let me explain further.
The circuit connects to:
1 outlet in one bathroom
2 outlets in another bathroom
1 in the outside front of the house (weather-proofed outlet)
4 outlets in a sunroom in back of house
1 hardwired fan in sunroom in back of house
2 outlets in garage (1 is gfci)
Believe it or not, I rarely use any of these outlets. I noticed though (of the only outlet that I use) that my electric shaver wasn't charging.
So, I went to reset the gfci in the garage. I reset it and the breaker popped.
I replaced the gfci and the breaker.
I opened the outside outlet (because this was a problem before) pressed the gfci and the breaker popped.
I replaced the gfci with a regular outlet and the breaker popped.
I put the gfci back in and took out the hard-wired fan in the back, and the breaker popped.
Right now: the gfci is in, all outlets are connected, but the fan is still taken out.
The gfci has 4 wires and the ground. I put the two hot (black) on one side, and I put the two whites on the other. I matched up the correct black to white too (the respective ones). I've put in gfci before and I know that the black needs to go with it's matching white.
Questions: Could the breaker or gfci be bad after tripping so many times?
What should I do from here?
Ok, I took the wires off (I didn't cap them though - I know it's a safety issue - but the effect is still the same).
I turned the breaker on and it held.
Note - the gfci was a little warm in the back when I took it off.
I do have a voltmeter with two probes (I have a basic electrical kit).
Ok - I know I have:
an outside outlet with two wires - white and black (and ground)
and another in the garage (the closest) with four wires - two white and two black
With the gfci wires I tested one black with white and I had about 120 volts. With the other set I did not though...I had nothing.
Ok, sorry I may have confused you. There is only one gfci - the garage gfci. I tested it, and one set had voltage and the other didn't.
Should I check the closest outlet for voltage?
Ok, here is where I am:
I spliced the gfci wires - black to black and white to white. And:
I tested the garage outlet with 4 wires. One set works the other doesn't.
The outside outlet doesn't work. The outlets in the bathroom and everywhere else didn't.
Then I spliced the blacks and whites of the garage outlet together (after splicing the gfci). The breaker tripped when I did this. So nothing obviously will work.
Quick question: I had spray in insulation (looked like shaving cream) where this outlet is. Now the outlet has worked since I had this insulation put in (last summer), but could this still be a problem. What about water leakage (rain)?
That is correct - With gfci wires spliced but garage outlet wires not spliced the breaker held and bathrooms, outside outlet did not work.
1. In garage outlet you have 2 sets of wires. Please tell me if you have continuity between black and bare on ether set. - I have continuity on only one set.2. Do you only have on outside outlet? I only have one outside outlet.3. Confirm that you only have on black and one white wire in outdoor outlet. That's correct - I only have one black and only one white wire in the outside oulet.
Also - with gfci outlet wires spliced and garage outlet wires spliced none of the outlets in the daisy chain work.
I have the outlets in the bathroom - 2 in one bath room and 1 in another, the everything in the sunroom outback.
It's a townhouse - 2 bed 2 bath and sunroom out back with the garage in front of the house.
Yes, sorry, the outdoor outlet would be the closest.
I spliced the gfci wires.
I opened the outdoor outlet wires.
The wires in the garage outlet are the same - 1 set has continuity the other doesn't.
there has to be some outlet or switch between garage outlet and outdoor outlet. can you take another look and see what else is not working within vicinity of the garage? where is the panel board, in the garage?
Yes, the panel board is very close to the gfci in the garage. Let me check....
I couldn't find anything else between the outside outlet and the garage....i looked and ran a circuit tester against the wall. Is it possible that the outside outlet is at the end of the daisy chain?
Should I check the bathroom outlets?
Yes, I double checked - there are no more wires in the outdoor box.
I also looked around, and I didn't see any other outlets.
There is another outlet in the garage - the one my garage door opener plugs into. However, it works when the breaker isn't tripped.
That is a rough map of my house with circuit.
Yes - the outlet is off when I shut the breaker off.
Sorry, by continuity do you mean check for voltage or resistance?
I was saying with power (breaker on ) and gfci spliced together (black w black, white w white) I don't have any voltage in the bathroom.
I have a multimeter. I understand electricity...just not electrician terms.
I've been measuring voltage with A.C. setting.
Of course with the voltage ~ setting I don't get anything.
Both were infinite (my display has a one - same if the probes didn't touch anything).
The outside outlet is infinite too.
Ok...thanks for all of your help. Sounds like I may need an electrician to come out and check things. Is that what you would suggest?