What is the *interrupting rating* of a GFCI receptacle?


Yeah, it's pretty much the content. Mainstream just means you're signed to a major label, but you can still be a credible, original artist. For example, The Roots, Ghostface Killah, Common, etc. are all mainstream, but content wise isn't commercial -- they're not gonna get much airplay compared to Young Money, Soulja Boy, 50 Cent, etc., you know? Commercial artists are usually industry made or sell outs that follow trends, rip off underground/creative less-popular/indie artists styles, and just doing it for the money. edit: I wouldn't say Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Gucci Mane are commercial. None of them rappers are being told what to do as an artist. All three of those rappers have 100% creative control over their music. Sure they get i put from their associates, i.e. Wayne got Cash Money and Young Money, but Wayne is the boss. Same w/ Jay-Z, he had Biggs and Dash, but that was it, Def Jam wasn't telling Jay how to make The Blueprint or The Black Album. Commercial rappers are...

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Before I talk about the self-test GFCI receptacle, it’s important to know what a GFCI is. If you don’t know what a GFCI is, then you haven’t read our GFCI blog! Shame on you! It’s okay, we forgive quickly here at KB Electric LLC. So here is the short definition: GFCI stands for Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter. Basically, it is a device (like an outlet, also known as a receptacle) that can detect when an electricity current is flowing through an unintended path, like water or through a person. When this detection occurs, the power to the GFCI outlet will shut off, preventing electrical shock from occurring. Please visit our GFCI blog for more detailed information as to why it’s important for your home to be grounded and equipped with GFCI receptacles.

What Is A Self-Test GFCI Receptacle?

A self-test GFCI receptacle is a receptacle that regularly tests the ground fault circuit interrupter function by itself, and then cuts off the power to that receptacle when the...

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FAQ 1: What are GFCI receptacles, and why do I need them?

GFCI (Ground-Fault-Circuit-Interrupting) receptacles—the outlets with the push buttons—are designed to protect people and animals from electric shock. They’re also known as GFIs or simply “ground-fault.”


GFCIs measure incoming current vs. outgoing current, and are designed to trip if the smallest fraction (around 4-8 milliamps, or thousands of an amp) are going out through some other path, whether through a person, a piece of equipment, or faulty wiring. Remember that tingle you felt when something didn’t work right? A correctly-functioning GFCI would trip and keep you from getting electrocuted. (Since nearly two-thirds of all home-related electrical deaths are due to ground-fault conditions, GFCIs are important in keeping people...

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There are often special looking electrical receptacles in bathrooms or kitchens that have "Test" and "Reset" buttons -- often black and red -- on them. Video. These are ground-fault circuit interrupters -- GFCIs or GFIs. Their purpose is to protect people from electrocution. They do not prevent shock altogether, only deadly shock. And they do not prevent overloads on the circuit. That is the job of a circuit breaker at the main panel. See my GFCI article. (What is the little light on some GFIs?)

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Finding a Tripped GFCI Receptacle
Confusing Terms: GFCI, GFI, Load, etc.

Bad GFCI or a Ground-Fault? -- Troubleshooting

Is a GFI tripping for a ground-fault? If you are pretty sure you need to troubleshoot a ground-fault itself, you may want to go to

Tripped GFI -- Why?


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Is Electricity Really Mysterious?

The scientist and the homeowner have two entirely different reasons for saying that electricity is mysterious.

They are probably talking about different things. The scientist is considering some basic principles of nature, which as yet have no deeper explanation. The average person might share such wonder. But when I hear a homeowner say that "electricity" mystifies them, they usually mean that they don't know how to deal with their...

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ARTICLE 100 Definitions

Scope. This article contains only those definitions essential to the proper application of this Code. It is not intended to include commonly defined general terms or commonly defined technical terms from related codes and standards. In general, only those terms that are used in two or more articles are defined in Article 100. Other definitions are included in the article in which they are used but may be referenced in Article 100.
Part I of this article contains definitions intended to apply wherever the terms are used throughout this Code. Part II contains definitions applicable only to the parts of articles specifically covering installations and equipment operating at over 600 volts, nominal.

I. General

Accessible (as applied to equipment). Admitting close approach; not guarded by locked doors, elevation, or other effective means.

Accessible (as applied to wiring methods). Capable of being removed or exposed...

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