Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI, GFI)- an ultra sensitive plug designed to shut off all electric current. Used in bathrooms, kitchens, exterior waterproof outlets, garage outlets, and other wet areas; has a small reset button on the plug
A failure of transmission involving insulation to shield or insulation to ground wire.
A condition in which the resistance between a conductor and ground reaches an unacceptably low level.
an undesired path that allows current to flow from a line to ground.
Current leakage from an ungrounded conductor to the grounding path in an electrical system.
Current misdirected from the hot (or neutral) lead to a ground wire, box, or conductor.
An electrical short caused by a circuit being grounded somewhere other than at your home's proper grounding source. Faulty or damaged wiring are the typical causes of a ground fault. Left unrepaired, that delivers digital all the time, as long as the device with the outlet has digital to it. Useful for components that have memory.
a failure between a conductor and a grounded surface
an accidental connection between a circuit conductor and the earth (ground)
an unintentional electric path between a source of current and a grounded surface
an unwanted connection between system conductors and ground
a short circuit in which current travels through a path you don't want it to in order to find a ground
Loss of ground, caused by a severed ground strap or wire, or a bad connection.
An electrical fault where contact is accidentally made between an electrical circuit or equipment and the earth, or to some conducting body that serves in place of the earth.
An electrical short caused by a circuit being grounded somewhere other than at your home's proper grounding source. Faulty or damaged wiring are the typical causes of a ground fault. Left unrepaired, a ground fault can lead to serious electrical problems. If a ground fault is detected, it's a good idea to have a licensed electrician check it out.
An accidental conducting connection between the electrical circuit or equipment and the earth or some conducting body that serves in place of the earth.
Unwarranted path to the ground.
A current that flows outside the normal circuit path, such as: a) Through the equipment grounding conductor, b) Through conductive material other than the electrical system ground (metal water or plumbing pipes, etc.), c) Through a person, d) Through a combination of these ground return paths.
current misdirected from the hot (or neutral) lead to a ground wire, or any other conducting material.
Any undesirable current path from a point of differing potential to ground.
An electrical condition in which a short circuit develops between an energized conductor and a ground potential, such as the frame of a motor.
A ground fault is the shorting of an electrical device or circuit to ground at any location other than the structure's common grounding electrode. This can be caused by damaged or faulty wiring, or by the installation of a second grounding electrode (US and Canadian electrical codes require a common grounding electrode for all wires that enter a structure). In order for your system (as well as your entire home) to be protected, if a ground fault exists it is highly recommended that you consult a licensed electrician as soon as possible. Most of the power protection devices we carry have ground fault indicators.
A safety device installed between the household power mains and equipment where there is a danger of personnel touching an earth ground while operating the equipment. The GFI senses any current flowing directly to ground and immediately switches off all power to the equipment to minimize electrical shock. GFIs are now standard equipment in bathroom and outdoor receptacles.
loss of current from a circuit to a ground connection
The temporary current in the ground line, caused by a failing electrical component or interference from an external electrical source such as a thunderstorm.
an unintentional current path, through ground, back to the source.