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Electrical Question From Alex About GFCI Wiring

I upgraded my bathroom outlets recently. I noticed that after the work, I do not have power from these outlets. These outlets are protected by GFCI from the garage.


Wiring GFCI Outlets

Electrical Question: I upgraded my bathroom outlets recently. I noticed that after the work, I do not have power from these outlets. These outlets are protected by GFCI from the garage. Thinking that I have some ground fault somewhere, reopened all the bath outlets and inspect and rewired. I cannot reset the GFCI. Since it looked burnt, I replaced with a new GFCI.

I followed the same wiring from the old GFCI, powered back on from the breaker, GFCI test and reset. With this process, I thought I will have power but no success! I tested the LINE and it shows power but whenever you plug a lamp to the GFCI outlet, it does not work.

I am not sure what else is causing the GFCI outlet not to work but my general knowledge is if I connected the LINE and GROUND wire and not worry about the LOAD wires for the meantime and hit RESET the outlet should work.

I am looking for something that I might have overlooked. Thanks and your guidance is appreciated.

Received from Alex a Homeowner in Fremont, CA.
Additional Comments: I like the site because of the pics and diagram.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question Alex.

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