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  •  Also, an outlet might be... (2+ / 0-)
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    Hard to Port, rfall

    ...protected by a GFCI when it isn't a GFCI receptacle itself.  In the example below, the outlet on the left is a standard duplex receptacle, but it is basically a "slave" off the GFCI receptacle on the right.  You can confirm that by plugging something into the standard receptacle and tripping the TEST button on the GFCI.  If the light or other device in the standard receptacle goes out when the GFCI trips, it's protected.

    There are also GFCI units that can protect an entire circuit, but they're not the receptacle type.

    People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. --C. Wright Mills

    by dsteffen on Sun May 24, 2009 at 03:26:39 PM PDT

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    •  And, IIRC from when I remodeled my house, (2+ / 0-)
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      dsteffen, Hard to Port

      ...a "downstream" outlet protected by GFCI in another, "upstream" outlet, is supposed to have a tag affixed to it to that effect.

      The tags don't stay around, though, so it's certainly worth doing the test you describe to be sure.

      "Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win." Lazarus Long

      by rfall on Sun May 24, 2009 at 04:08:55 PM PDT

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