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Commercial Electric GFCI's #168079 08/26/07 07:42 PM
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Anyone had experience with these? I had resisted the temptation until today when HD was clearing them out for $17.50 for a six pack of them. That's only $2.92 each. I got 144 of them.

I have always used P&S, nice package, nice looking product, but over $10.00 each at the supply house.

Also, the P&S and the Commercial Electric are both made in China.

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Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: BigB] #168084 08/26/07 08:51 PM
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I have never used them but for that price sounds great. If they are UL listed then use them.


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Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: BigB] #168085 08/26/07 08:52 PM
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With all the recalls the Chinese face these days, and their open tolerance of counterfeiting ... do you really want to take the chance?

Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: renosteinke] #168090 08/26/07 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by renosteinke
With all the recalls the Chinese face these days, and their open tolerance of counterfeiting ... do you really want to take the chance?


Out of curiosity, what brands are NOT made in China?

Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: BigB] #168091 08/26/07 10:13 PM
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Leviton is made in Mexico and Canada ( Quebec) I think

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Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: Rewired] #168094 08/26/07 10:20 PM
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The problem is not "China" but counterfeit U/L labels.
I assume H/D is not dumping bogus devices but a quick call to U/L should straighten it out.
I think they even have a hot line for these things.


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Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: gfretwell] #168097 08/27/07 12:48 AM
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I use these on a daily basis. I will most likely install one tomarrow. I have not had one fail yet and I have probably installed 10 boxes allready. IMO Leviton is not that great with their lower-end devices either. The receps that come in 10 packs from the orange box usually fail within a year. I would much rather install P&S, Bryant or best yet - Hubbell devices over just about anything you can get from the orange box but it comes down to - it is not my call.

~Matt


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Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: TOOL_5150] #168107 08/27/07 06:30 AM
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BTW, Hubbell has a 'product notification' on comm GFI devices (July '07) released within the last 10 days that I'm aware of.
Hubbell GFI I have are made in Korea (my surprise too)


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Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: Rewired] #168113 08/27/07 11:53 AM
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FYI, Leviton stopped manufacturing in Canada some years ago. Canada never made GFCI's. The GFCI's were first made in the Brooklyn plant, then in the West Kingston, RI, plant, then they moved to Tijuana, Mexico. A plant in Singapore used to produce GFCI's for Leviton, don't know if they still do. Leviton (last I knew) had two plants in mainland China, initially making telcom stuff.

How to recognize Leviton devices under other brand names: look for coding on any packaging (box, instruction sheet, etc) in the following format:

LL-AAA-AAAAA-AAA, where L is always a letter, and A could be a letter or a number.

Re: Commercial Electric GFCI's [Re: Retired_Helper] #168117 08/27/07 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Retired_Helper
The GFCI's were first made in the Brooklyn plant, then in the West Kingston, RI, plant, then they moved to Tijuana, Mexico.


I always thought that they were made at the Hillsgrove plant in Warwick, RI. Interesting. Last I heard, they have all but stopped manufacturing at Hillsgrove, leaving only the distribution center in operation.

As for the Commercial Electric GFCI's, they did have striking similarities to the Leviton ones, however, I noticed that the plastic near the ground pin hole was very thin so I didn't bother buying any. Good deal, yes, but I am suspicious of stuff without a brand name on a special run from places like HD. I'll stick with the brand names.


Peter
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