Originally Posted By: jpeck
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|Mike Parks wrote:|
|What i am saying is ??have you ever reset a GFCI and it did not engage??|
Yes, and they are defective TOO.
|The GFCI is still working (for protection) but not functioning per the manufactures specs.|
No, the GFCI is NOT still working. The ground fault circuit interrupter FUNCTION may function ONCE YOU FINALLY GET IT RESET RIGHT, however, the GFCI device (the receptacle, the gfci circuit AND the switching / tripping / resetting mechanism) IS NOT working unless it ALWAYS resets and resets properly.
|Is it defective or is the person resetting it only pushing in one side of the reset?|
It is the GFCI device. IT SHOULD NOT RESET ANYWAY EXCEPT THE CORRECT WAY. If you can press the reset button and it reset incorrectly, it is defective. I repeat IT SHOULD NOT reset any way except the correct way, otherwise it IS defective.
|This is common with the first generation GFCI's.|
No, this is common only with some GFCIs. The first generation GFCIs did not have this problem, they are other problems. First generation being back in the early 70's, and these were typically much later versions, I am thinking maybe 90's versions.
|Would I replace them yes. Is it a safety hazard no.|
A GFCI which resets revers polarity is not a safety hazard? Hmmmm ....
Is a reverse polarity receptacle a safety hazard? If not, why not? If yes, then why is not a reverse polarity GFCI a safety hazard?
You've left me scratchin' my head trying to figure out that logic, Mike.