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Electrical issue has me puzzled.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by vmax, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. TxStetson

    TxStetson Usually Here TGT Supporter Lifetime Member

    I have a GFCI circuit in each bathroom, 2 separate circuits in the kitchen, and 2 in the garage that control the outlets on both porches.
     


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  2. TJjerry

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    At the time your house was built the codes likely required Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) in the bedrooms, quiet a bit different from the GFCI. This may be what you see for the bedrooms in the breaker box. Today they are becoming a requirement for almost all outlets (except refrigerators and a few other items). Take a moment if you have and read up on AFCI.
    I had issues with my laptop line filter tripping the bedroom AFCI, removed it and the issue cleared.
     
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  3. SQLGeek

    SQLGeek Wheel Gun Nut TGT Supporter

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    IAANAE :D

    But I'm pretty sure this violates the NEC if I'm reading this correctly:

    https://forum.nachi.org/t/20-amp-outlet-on-15-amp-circuit/24871/5

    Agree with this, these are probably AFCIs.
     
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  4. DoubleDuty

    DoubleDuty Active Member

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    20 amp receptacle on a 15 amp circuit is fine. If it pulls more than 15 amps the breaker in the panel will trip. It is a waste of money though.
     
  5. DoubleDuty

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    Those would be arc fault detectors.
     
  6. SQLGeek

    SQLGeek Wheel Gun Nut TGT Supporter

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    Well not per the NEC it seems but physically it is fine.
     
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  7. SA_Steve

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    AFCI's for the home are just more 'code drift' to encourage you to let your electrician bring you up to code. They are useful for industrial high current motor protection, but are not enough, osha still has lots of PPE requirements for working in or around rooms full of switch gear even with AFCI protection in place.
     
  8. SA_Steve

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    I've upgraded to lots of GFCI's for garage and outdoor sockets. They can be troublesome to protect the outdoor sockets in wet weather with strong winds.

    I had one trip that controlled only the hydro massage tub in the master BR.
    Could not find it, drove me crazy looking for it so I put in a dedicated one.

    Well, a year later I found it behind the toilet where it got wet during floor mop activity. Not in a place where you could ever plug anything into. Never bothered to reset it.
     
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  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 Well-Known

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    none.......
  10. hooper

    hooper New Member

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    Another thing to check is the ground at the panel (outside). Had a buddy with issues on his GFCI in the kitchen and one of the issues was a bad ground at the panel (outside). It was a brand new house and the ground was barely connected outside.
     


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