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Richard
Home renovation
Richard

Hello all,

I moved to Toronto with my family last year. We live in a house which was built by father 10 years ago. The first thing I decided to do is an electrical inspection. I enquired and found home electrical repair services. He told me to rewire the house. But I was not able to do it. Later, I faced electrical issues. I've just replaced an old bathroom outlet with a GFCI outlet and it doesn't seem to be working. I've checked the circuit breaker and turned every single one of them off and on again. I used my voltage tester on the wires and it read 121. However, I cannot get the reset button to push in and the lights don't come on the outlet. I'm a bit stumped. What can I do to resolve it? I think it is better to rewire the whole house and get an electrician's help. The wiring of the house is too old. It will be very costly if I am planning to rewire the entire house.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Home renovation
HandyAndyInMtAiry

Richard,

Why would you replace the device unless something was wrong with the other? You should Never go thru the entire panel switching circuits on and off like that. There is no reason for that. All the electrical devices in a home do not like to have that sudden instant surge of electrical upon startup. Especially items that are electronic and that have an electric motor.

Every house I have ever purchased first things I do is rewire and replumb the entire house. Every time, I find some things that are just a head shaker as to why some idiot would do something so stupid.

The issue you have is that the ground and neutral are tied together in the panel. Nothing wrong with that, but AFCI/GFCI will not work like that. Separate the wires to their own bus terminal and wire the inbound lines accordingly. There is nothing wrong with the age of the electrical wiring. There will be things that you will shake your head about.

If you decide to rewie the house, use the largest wire that you can for circuits. I mean, I never use 14 gauge wire, I always use number 12. I never mix 15 and 20 amp circuits. I always use all 20 amp breakers. I also never use the device as the beginning of the GFCI point. I use all AFCI/GFCI breakers. I like SquareD Commercial grade QO panels, breakers, Surge protection. I also wire all of my houses using BX wire, it is now known as MC. It is metallic covered, I never use romex. Remember that the NEC or the one for Canada is merely a starting point base. You may go above that line and start there.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Kevin
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Kevin

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