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#12841 - 08/18/02 01:46 PM GFCI
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This is something I haven't thought to ask before. Obviously the neutral is fed through a GFI breaker, but do American GFIs normally have double-pole contacts which open the neutral, or just single-pole?

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#12842 - 08/18/02 02:12 PM Re: GFCI
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found this interesting site that shows a gfci taken apart and talks about it.
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/electric/gfi2.html

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#12843 - 08/18/02 02:51 PM Re: GFCI
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Great link with the cool pic of a GFCI. I didn't realise how intricate the circuitry was/is in one. This makes me wonder about the safety of using a cheap off brand GFI. Does anydody know if you "get what you pay for?"

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#12844 - 08/19/02 02:12 AM Re: GFCI
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Ah, thanks. That pic answers the question -- D.P. contacts.

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#12845 - 08/19/02 03:58 AM Re: GFCI
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GFI performance standards are going to change, see this article

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#12846 - 08/19/02 02:01 PM Re: GFCI
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What about all of the existing GFCI's? Will they have to be replaced?



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