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This is part two of the video with your Edmonton electrician, Ryan Hauer from Hauer Power.

…this brand, this model, if I’m not mistaken, maybe mistaken. This one is a self testing. So that means that every certain X amount of time, whether it’s 10 seconds, 10 milliseconds, however they have it wired up, the, the receptacle itself is going to self test.

It saves you from having to test this monthly because with your ground fault circuit interrupter, your GFCI, you’re going to want to test it monthly. Same with your smoke alarm. Same with other things in your home. If you say, Hey, I don’t have time to test all this junk monthly, give us a call or your professional Edmonton electrician and we’re happy to sign you up for our preventative maintenance program.

We can look through all of the electrical in your home, give you things that, Hey, this is urgent. Hey this can sleep. And uh, Hey, you know what, down the road, if this is your forever home, maybe you should consider changing this out.

We’ll get into more videos like that along the way. But regarding this 15 F one 20 volt ground fault circuit interrupter, you’re going to have the self test feature, so you don’t need to necessarily test it every month. It’ll help you from, uh, from, it’ll help get away from that.

On the other sense, you’re going to hit reset again. It’s going to restore power. These specific ones I believe have, yep. They say right here, don’t know if you can see that, but it’ll say replace if flashing, um, right there, replace a flashing. So if your led is replacing, uh, is flashing, sorry, then you need to know that you need to replace this GFI.

It’s telling you, Hey, something’s wrong with me and I’m not working for you the way I should. So call your quality of Edmonton electrician and let’s get this changed out for you.

Okay, so we’ll put that back in the package here and we’ll continue on. This one here that I’m showing you, it comes with a face plate as they typically do. Depending on how your supplier supplies them. This one here, the brand name is Levitan.

It is again, a one 20 volt. This one is a 20 amp GFI. So this ground fault circuit interrupter comes with all the same other bells and whistles at the other one. It’s got a line side of the outlet. It’s got a load side of the outlet. It has a ground, but this one’s good for 20 hours. So this one’s rated for 20 apps.

Now your breaker is designed to protect a wire on the circuit. It’s not designed to protect your coffee maker. So when your breaker sees 15 apps, it may still trip. Even though this might be drawing, this might be rated for 20 apps, it doesn’t mean the rest of your circuit down the line is, um, as a quality.

And if an electrical contractor, we are happy to make everything across the board match and, uh, do our job. If someone else is doing something substandard or something that maybe you think, Hey, actually that’s not right. Give us a call. Uh, we’re always happy to address your calls here at hauerpower.ca. Email us at info@hauerpower.ca.

If you have any additional questions but a fantastic product, we’re happy to throw this in all of our customers, locations, business, commercial, residential, uh, we are your Edmonton electrician. That’s what we supply. Getting into other issues, like we said we did address, um, how do I install a GFI? How do I install a ground fault circuit interrupter?

Well, if you have an existing circuit that’s fantastic. You’re going to want to verify your wiring is grounded. Uh, if it’s not grounded, ground fault circuit interrupter can help you there. So your ground wire is going to go clockwise around your screw at your bottom here.

Some models make it dummy proof. You can see that line coming in on the top. That’s where your copper wire is gonna go. Your bare copper and she’s going to wrap clockwise around this group. It’s got a number six screw head depending on how, what number you use, I might be calling it a number one screw head, but it’s going to go clockwise around your ground screws.

Step to your white. Why are your identified? Why are you a neutral wire? Depending on what definition you want to adhere to, that’s going to go clockwise around your line screw right here.

If you have your hot wire, then you got your black, maybe a red, and depending on your situation, you’re going to go clockwise around your hot screw. You have your ground side, the ground side is coherent with your neutral side or your identified side.

Your hot side over here is always going to be opposite your ground and identified neutral terminal side. Always it’s going to be your brass, and over here you’ve got to have nickel, nickel. Your ground is typically going to be of the green color, green ground copper, copper oxidizes, it turns green empire state building.

That’s how the thing goes. Uh, your load size, that’s if you’re going to protect multiple outlets from this device. Location, power in, power out. Keep the, keep the yellow one there because over time, maybe this writing on the back will fade. However, regardless, your local electrician should know.

Line comes in on the bottom, load out on the top. Power comes in from the bottom. He said, it’s a trade secret, if you want to call it that, uh, your panel and your basement lower than everything power comes in and your bottom, your good Edmonton electrician will bring your power to your switches and on your bottom, your power to your plug and on your bottom.

That’s not to say they all do that. You may encounter different scenarios. If you do give us a call, seven eight zero nine three five zero six two to hear it in here. However, power electrical, we’re always happy to get rid of these, this old junk and replace it with something new and fresh with more questions here.

Are all GFCI’s the same. Uh, no, no they’re not. You can have quality ones. You can have old ones, you can have degraded ones. You can probably, uh, I can’t speak for this, but you can go, you can go to your dollar store local and get a, you can probably get GFI there.

I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t supply customer at that because a, we can’t warranty something like that, but they’re not all the same depending on your make model brand. Manufacturer, you’re all gonna have different types of GFCI’s.

And that brings us to the four different types of GFC eyes. Um, in your GFCI, in your ground fault circuit interrupter, you’re going to have four different types of four different styles of ground fault circuit interrupter. You’re going to have your breaker style.

You can have a ground fault circuit interrupter breaker depending on I can your make model brand manufacturer panel, whether it’s Siemens panel, whether you have a federal panel, uh, whether you have Cutler hammer Eaton, maybe you have an old commander panel, you’re going to have, uh, the possibility of having a ground fault circuit interrupter breaker.

So when you go outside and you see, Hey, my plug is in a ground fault circuit interrupter and it’s outside, uh, or if you go to your kitchen and it’s within 1.5 meters of a water source that’s Canadian electric code, then you’re going to say, Hey, why isn’t that on a ground fault?

Circuit interrupter while don’t panic, maybe it doesn’t have to be, maybe it’s protected at the breaker. Check your breaker. If it isn’t protected at your break or give us a call, we’re happy to have a look and give you a free estimate for how much that will cost you to replace that and get your home wired safely and properly. So you’re going to have your breaker type of ground fault circuit interrupter.

Then you’re going to have your receptical type of ground fault circuit interrupter. That’s what we just went through. Their 20 app, 15 app, ground fault circuit interrupter, whatever the size may be. Then you’re going to have your third type that’s going to be your portable type of ground fault circuit interrupter.

When you have your hairdryer, that’s a good example here. You’re going to have your hairdryer in your bathroom and you’re going to plug that in in the wall and your, your plug of your hairdryer is going to be huge.

Maybe it’s three inches by two inches, pretty wide unit and stop two buttons on it, a yellow one, maybe a red one. That’s going to be your test and reset button. Those typically are installed with ground fault circuit interrupter is because a lot of the manufacturers of hairdryers know that they’re going to be plugged in within 1.5 meters of water source and in order to help their customers, they’re going to provide a ground fault circuit interrupter right on their unit. Um, they won’t all have that.

They might have it depending on your situation, but regardless, that’s a portable type of ground fault circuit interrupter. Your fourth type, uh, commonly miss type is going to be your extension cord cord end style, ground fault circuit interrupter. So that’s going to be a male and a female. It’s going to plug in, it’s going to usually look like a yellow typical base, uh, again with two buttons on it.

You’ll find these maybe if you’re camping, maybe you find it connected to a trailer outlet and they’re going to have the two buttons, typically yellow and red buttons and for test and reset, they’re all essentially operating off of the same principle when it comes to ground fault circuit interrupters, a test, a reset of five or six milliamps to ground.

If you have a short circuit of occurrence, say you’re in your bathroom, you splash water on this, um, it’s going to trip it. It’s going to trip it from hot to ground cause it’s going to say, Hey, there’s current going from hot to ground right here, five to 6 million apps and it’s going to save you.

You want that, especially if you’re working outside, maybe you’re working when you’re camping, maybe you’re not working, you’re just relaxing and you want to enjoy the many benefits that electricity can bring you, whether it’s music lights.

Furthermore, you always need a ground fault circuit interrupter in outdoor situations or within 1.5 meters of water source within any structure or building. On your GFCI you’re going to have those lights, green or red depending on the make model, brand, manufacturer, et cetera. Your four types of GFC eyes in summary is going to be your portable type that’s going to be on your device. Whatever it may be. It’s going to be your breaker type. It’s going to be in your panel installed hardware.
It’s going to be your receptacle type installed within 1.5 meters of water source or outside exterior application. Uh, your fourth type is going to be that extension cord style type where you can have it as an adapter on may two, Oh that they know is going to be used for an outdoor application. They will premeditatedly install a ground fault circuit interrupter on these courts.

GFCI protects you from ground fault currents that could shock you and lead to injury or further. Uh, we won’t get into that. And the difference between ground fault circuit interrupter and ground fault interrupter is just the seat. It’s just an acronym.

It’s the same thing. Ground fault interrupter, ground fault circuit interrupter. They are the same across the board. You’re not buying a separate product and a self testing ground fault circuit interrupter simply means that it’s going to test on a regular interval of time regardless of you doing your monthly duty and pushing that test button and seeing if it’s failed as a homeowner or business owner or a facilities manager, you want to routinely push that test button on that GFC UI.

And see if it tests and see if it trips out. You’ll hear a click and then you’ll hit reset, and then you’ll hear another click and power will restore there, whether it’s in the shape of a red light or green light. Check with your brand and manufacturer of that type as always, here at your Edmonton electrician, contractor, we’re happy to bring you the best customer service that you can possibly imagine. So stick with us. We’re happy to bring you more videos and uh, take care of Edmonton. Have a great day.

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