You can change the way the second receptacle is supplied, by connecting it in parallel with the existing GFCI receptacle. Then you can swap the receptacle in the yard, with a GFCI receptacle. In this configuration, the GFCI in the garage will only trip if a ground-fault is detected in any device plugged in to it.

Why does my outdoor GFCI outlet keep tripping?

Why Your Outdoor GFCI Outlet Is Tripping Frequently

Moisture or water in the outlet. Dust or debris that conducts electricity. Old wiring. Ground fault (current leakage) in the circuit.

Why does my outside plug keep tripping?

Most likely, your outdoor GFCI outlet is tripping due to one of these 3 problems: There’s a ground fault somewhere in the circuit. Moisture invaded the receptacle box. The GFCI outlet is faulty.

How do you bypass GFCI?

You’ll need to cut 4-6 inch white and black “jumper” wires and strip the ends. Disconnect all wires from the GFCI, and screw in the LOAD screws all the way. I like to tape them off with electrical tape. Now take each jumper wire and attach one end to the LINE Terminals, matching white to white and black to black.

Do outdoor receptacles need to be GFCI protected?

Plus, the National Electrical Code requires all outdoor outlets to be GFCI outlets (ground fault circuit interrupter outlets). GFCI outlets trip and turn off automatically when there’s a current leakage or short circuit, which helps prevent fires and accidental shocks.

Will a surge protector keep a GFCI from tripping?

GFIs protect YOU when current is leaking outside of the circuit, such as through your body, by detecting a tiny amount of current leak and shutting the circuit down before you can even feel it. A surge suppressor will not prevent a GFI from tripping, nor should it.

Will water cause GFCI to trip?

A GFCI outlet, or ground fault circuit interrupter, is designed to automatically shut off when the electrical flow is interrupted for any reason. It happens even when a small amount of water or humidity enters the outlet and protects the outlet from any water damage.

What are the differences between GFCI circuit breaker and GFCI receptacle outlets?

GFCI outlets are installed at power points while GFCI circuit breakers are installed in the main breaker box. Every room or a specific area must have a circuit breaker. According to NEC, GFCI must be installed in wet locations such as the bathroom, kitchen, outdoor etc.

Can a extension cord cause GFCI to trip?

Excessive lengths of temporary wiring or long extension cords can cause ground fault leakage current to flow by captive and inductive coupling. The combined leakage current can exceed 5 ma, causing the GFCI to trip.

Is there a difference between GFI and GFCI?

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and ground fault interrupters (GFI) are the exact same device under slightly different names. Though GFCI is more commonly used than GFI, the terms are interchangeable.

Does an outdoor outlet have to be on its own circuit?

Outdoor outlets do not need to be on their own circuit. However, some people would prefer individual circuits due to safety concerns. If the outdoor circuit is installed correctly and safety measures are adhered to, the outdoor outlet should not require its own circuit.

How high should an outdoor outlet be from the ground?

6 1/2 feet

Homes must have at least one outdoor receptacle at the front and rear of the house. They must be readily accessible from the ground and positioned no more than 6 1/2 feet above grade (ground level).

Do I need weather resistant GFCI?

Weather Resistant GFCI

Required by 2008 National Electrical Code for use in damp or wet areas including: Patios, decks, porches, pool areas, garages, yards, and other outdoor damp locations. The weather resistant is designed to withstand extreme cold, corrosion, and damp environments.

Are outdoor outlets safe in rain?

Yes, you can safely use electrical appliances outside while it’s raining (assuming you are under cover, such as in an outdoor kitchen/dining area), as long as you have a waterproof cover in place.

What makes a GFCI weather resistant?

Weather resistant devices have nickel plated contacts and mounting straps to prevent corrosion. They are also shipped with stainless steel mounting screws.

What type of GFCI which protect the entire circuit?

GFCI circuit breakers

GFCI circuit breakers protect the entire circuit. GFCI circuit breakers are simple: By installing one in the service panel (breaker box), it adds GFCI protection to an entire circuit, including the wiring and all devices and appliances connected to the circuit.

What is the required tripping time for GFCI?

A GFCI may not trip at minimum current levels (that is, 6-20mA) in such a short period of time. (For example, UL Standard 943 allows trip times of up to 1.5 seconds at 15mA.)

Does a GFCI prevent electrocution?

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) can help prevent electrocution. If a person’s body starts to receive a shock, the GFCI senses this and cuts off the power before he/she can get injured. GFCIs are generally installed where electrical circuits may accidentally come into contact with water.

How many outlets can one GFCI protect?

There’s no limit. A standard GFCI will protect up to 20 amps, drawn from any combination of receptacles, either the built-in one or any number of additional ones connected to its load terminals.

Does every outlet in a garage need to be GFCI?

Do all garage outlets need to be GFCI? All garage outlets must be GFCI. Ground-fault circuit interrupters protect users against shock by cutting off the power when they sense a short. It is an electrical violation to have non-GFCI outlets in your garage.

Can you have 2 GFCI outlets on the same circuit?

When you need to wire multiple GFCI outlets such as in a kitchen or bathroom you have a couple of options. To save money, you can put in a single GFCI and then wire additional standard outlets to the “LOAD” output from the single GFCI. This provides the same protection as having a GFCI at each location.