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Electrical Wiring Problem with a GFCI Outlet

David in Pennsylvania asks: I went to plug my extension cord into the ground fault and it tripped and could not be reset. I stretched the cord into the living room and plugged it into a receptacle which I could smell wires burning.


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Electrical Question: I replaced receptacles and wired them like they were but now I only have power to the receptacle that is before the one that was damaged.

This electrical wiring question came from David, a Homeowner in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

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Electrical Problem with a GFCI Outlet

Application: Electrical Problem with a GFCI Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the GFCI Outlet, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the GFCI Outlet should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Beaver falls, Pennsylvania. A permit and inspections may also be required.

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