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    Exclamation Snap,Crackle and Pop GFCI receptacles

    Has anyone ever had this happen before. When testing GFCI receptacles some had difficulty tripping, some popped and smoked when tripped, and some arced and sparked. This was in a brand new home, receptacles did not have reverse polarity and were grounded. I'm thinking that the GFCI's are a defective batch.

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    Default Re: Snap,Crackle and Pop GFCI receptacles

    Quote Originally Posted by Trent Tarter View Post
    the GFCI's are ... defective ...
    That can be stated, yes.

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    Default Re: Snap,Crackle and Pop GFCI receptacles

    Like most other items in this wonderful world we have, the quality has gone down to make way for profits.

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    Post Re: Snap,Crackle and Pop GFCI receptacles

    You got that right Ken, more and more we see the quality and durability of products sold in the US lower in quality. This is primarily due to poor quality imported products from countries that use poor quality materials and don't pay their people squat. Which then forces US companies to do just about the same.


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    Default Re: Snap,Crackle and Pop GFCI receptacles

    Borrowing the thread to ask: Does this present a significant shock hazard. (Yes, yes.. of course it's wrong, I was just curious about the actual safety implications...)

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    Default Re: Snap,Crackle and Pop GFCI receptacles

    Quote Originally Posted by Trent Tarter View Post
    Has anyone ever had this happen before. When testing GFCI receptacles some had difficulty tripping, some popped and smoked when tripped, and some arced and sparked. (edited, or brevity)
    Oh...do you mean like this?

    YouTube - GFCI outlet sparks when tripped1

    I shot this video a couple of days ago while inspecting a condo. I wonder how many 'more' of these we'd see if we did our inspections at night...in the dark...shades drawn...garage doors down etc... Yep! Me too!

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