Testing once a month..

taxtaxJune 11, 2011

Hello all. I decided to start to learn a bit more about the electrical wiring in the house since some of it looks like it is in need of checking and repairs.

I did read recently in a book that all GCFI outlets should be tripped once a month to test.

I am just wondering, who here honestly does this that frequent? I don't even do that once a year.

Anyhow, I picked up a GB Gardiner Bender for testing the outlets around the house, it was cheap enough and I'm wondering what others have to say about this little tester?

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bus_driver

If your receptacles are not grounded, the plug-in tester may fail to actuate the GFCI. But the GFCI does not require a grounded circuit to function properly in normal use.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 4:59PM
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Ron Natalie

Bus is right... the handheld tester leaks a small amount of current from the hot to the ground pin. If the ground pin is not connected that won't trip things. The button on the GFCI just loops a little of the current around the sensing circuitry so it cares not about ground (in fact, there is NO connection to the ground terminal by the GFCI guts at all).

I'm not that big on testing things but I'll often push the button on those and the arc faults if I'm in the panel (or near the receptacle) for some other reason.

I'm also the kind who waits until the smokes start feeping before getting around to replacing the batteries.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 8:30AM
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brickeyee

The button on the GFCI is the accepted test.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 10:05AM
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