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    jsb Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jul 5, 2005, 05:24 PM
    Outside outlet problem
    Hello anyone,

    This is the first time I've done this so I hope I explain this O K

    I have an outlet on the outside of my home ,actually there are two,
    One in the front and one in the back of the house. Whenever I plug anything like Christmas lights or the swimming pool filter into either of them a circuit breaker on an outlet in the upstairs bathroom pops out and both outlets and bathroom outlets do not work for a while. I can not push the breaker back in for at least a Half hour and only when I unplug whatever I have outside, obviously. I have been told I need to connect to two outside outlets to a new circuit but I do not know where to start.

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    Jul 5, 2005, 06:09 PM
    Sounds like its time to call in an electrician... something might not be functioning correctly such as a bad receptacle, etc. that may cause it to do that... but I would suggest calling an electrician who will have test equipment, etc. to figure out all those issues... maybe some of the experts will have an opinion also, best of luck.
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    Jul 5, 2005, 07:41 PM
    To start with, plug in the filter and what you were plugging in in the front somewhere else, use a extension cord if you need to. If they kick the other breaker out, the devices are bad. Does the outlet in the bathroom have a circuit breaker or is it a GFCI outlet? GFCI outlets usually have a red reset button plus a yellow test button and are one rectangle instead of the 2 part round pieces. I know modern codes require GFCI on outlets in the bathroom or outside. I would go buy 3 GFCI outlets, replacing all 3 outlets. They used to be expensive, but are only about $5 now. Put each of the outside outlets on its own circuit. In rerouting the wires for new feed to the outside outlets, make sure any splices are in a box.

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