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Crisita
GFCI hard to plug into

Our house was built in 2001. Since day one, several of our GFCI outlets have been tough to plug into. They function, they're just "sticky." Is this how they are supposed to work?

canuk
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Different manufacturers will make the contacts snug while others don't ---- basically it's hit and miss as to how snug they are.

Re: GFCI hard to plug into

There is a tool that measures the proper tension on the outlets, I am not sure if its something that you can get at a HD or Lowes. Its called a tension test or something like that. Generally, GFI's are a little tighter which is a good thing. You want a strong connection.

canuk
Re: GFCI hard to plug into
ohmy wrote:

There is a tool that measures the proper tension on the outlets, I am not sure if its something that you can get at a HD or Lowes. Its called a tension test or something like that. Generally, GFI's are a little tighter which is a good thing. You want a strong connection.

Let's see --- by a device to check the tension --- and then what ?
Unless it can make adjustments to the tension I don't see the point. Besides, the OP has pretty much tested it for free.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: GFCI hard to plug into

Hard to plug in usually means it has better and heavier contact springs.
Jack

electricianhelper
Re: GFCI hard to plug into

I work at Lowes part time in the electrical department. At my store we don't sell it but you may want to check your local store.

Re: GFCI hard to plug into

http://www.woodhead.com/data/current1921/Test_Instruments2.pdf

Here it is. Its called a woodhead Receptacle tension tester (generally its used for testing to see if outlets in a house are worn out, but I guess you could use it the other way).

I don't own one.

canuk
Re: GFCI hard to plug into

Still don't see the point of checking the tension level when you can't do any adjustment.

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