You are my electrician. Will I ever blow dry my hair again?
May 10, 2012 9:19 PM Subscribe
Home electrical mystery: Why did tripping a circuit cause all of the GCFI outlets within the circuit to fail (ie none of them can be reset now)? How can I fix this?
posted by Slarty Bartfast to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Was running a hair dryer and a space heater (inadvertantly) at the same time. I've done this maybe 4-5 times in the past and haven't had this problem before. I went to the basement and flicked the circuit breaker and all the lights and outlets on the circuit now work fine, *except* the three GCFI outlets within the circuit and one normal outlet which (I think) is somehow directly wired to a GCFI (this outlet was added later by an electrician during a remodel project and I vaguely recall him saying something about this).
At the time, the hair dryer was plugged into a GCFI outlet and the space heater was plugged into a non-GCFI outlet.
I am a reasonably handy person and have replaced switches in the past. I do not however understand even a little how electricity works; those that harness its power are practitioners of black magic and are probably witches. I do know that two heat producing devices running at the same time tempted the dark forces and I have sacrificed several small animals to atone for my mistake, but so far they are unappeased.
You are not my electrician and you are not responsible for my house burning down. Speak freely. Can I fix this on my own?