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#9397 - 04/28/02 10:56 AM Panel GFCI Breakers
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When a GFCI breaker fails, does it fail in the "safe mode"? By that I mean the circuit cannot work until you replace the breaker.

All of the outlet GFCI's that I have replaced have failed in this fashion. Has anyone known of an instance where one has failed and still provide power?

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#9398 - 04/28/02 11:45 AM Re: Panel GFCI Breakers
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yes, this is a problem that has been the rooot of many ROP's. Leviton has come out with a GFI device that has a 'lockout' feature (probably because they read the ROP's?!)

Leviton adds an innovative new product to the field of ground fault protection with the introduction of a lockout action GFCI receptacle. With this patent-pending innovative feature, a Leviton exclusive, the TEST and RESET functions work together so that a tripped GFCI cannot be reset if the GFCI circuit no longer provides ground fault protection.

#9399 - 04/28/02 12:12 PM Re: Panel GFCI Breakers
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Hmm, interesting idea, but what if the GFI goes faulty before it has a chance to trip?

Aren't we back to the old problem of convincing people that the TEST button is there for a reason?


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