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Old 10-05-2011, 07:25 PM   #1
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Service call today, had a Gfi receptacle with an alarm ! First time for me. How long has this product been out ?

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Service call today, had a Gfi receptacle with an alarm ! First time for me. How long has this product been out ?

Never seen one, but I've homemade them before. I used an icecube on load side terminals feeding a light.

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I can't even find one online ? I will post a picture of it tomorrow.
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Dronai, stupid question but are you positive it was a GFCI? I've seen surge-supression receptacles that had a buzzer built in but never a GFCI and I couldn't find it online, either.

Would be great, though. There've been a lot of threads here lately asking how you'd know if your GFCI failed where your fridge/sump pump was plugged in.

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Yeah, I think Big John might be right. A lot of TVSS recepts have the alarm on them.
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Dronai, stupid question but are you positive it was a GFCI? I've seen surge-supression receptacles that had a buzzer built in but never a GFCI and I couldn't find it online, either.

Would be great, though. There've been a lot of threads here lately asking how you'd know if your GFCI failed where your fridge/sump pump was plugged in.

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Yeah, I think Big John might be right. A lot of TVSS recepts have the alarm on them.
Either that or it was a GFCI where the trip coil was buzzing...I've had that happen before.
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Had a friend call me because her GFI sounded an alarm in the middle of the night. Turns out it was actually the room's smoke detector going off when the incorrectly pigtailed aluminum wiring behind it burnt out in the box... and the house was built a decade after Al wiring was made illegal. Ugh.
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Had a friend call me because her GFI sounded an alarm in the middle of the night....
Smoke alarm goes off and she thinks her receptacles are making the noise. I gotta ask, is she blonde?

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I will take a picture tomorrow, when I return to find the ground fault. But it looked just like a standard gfi, with a deeper backing, and a small audio hole in the front corner for an alarm.

It's not this
http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-7280-W.../dp/B001FB64JE

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They make a "freezer" alarm. Not sure if it is a GFCI receptacle or something added to alarm if power is lost to the freezer.
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I will take a picture tomorrow, when I return to find the ground fault. But it looked just like a standard gfi, with a deeper backing, and a small audio hole in the front corner for an alarm.

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http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-7280-W.../dp/B001FB64JE
That looks good..
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They make a "freezer" alarm. Not sure if it is a GFCI receptacle or something added to alarm if power is lost to the freezer.
This is in the bathroom. I also found another one somewhere else in the house.
Thing was tripped, and screaming ! Cut the line side, and It died. GFi is probably fine. I installed another, and it tripped as well. So their is a ground fault, I will have to go back and find tomorrow. Could be something getting wet in this rain.
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Smoke alarm goes off and she thinks her receptacles are making the noise. I gotta ask, is she blonde?
Nah, but I'll cut her some slack- getting woken up from a deep sleep only to have the thing stop before you even realise what went off would probably confuse me too.
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jandjpoolspa.com/pdf/GFCI_Alarm_Systems.pdf

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http://jandjpoolspa.com/pdf/GFCI_Alarm_Systems.pdf
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This is a first for me.
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I'll be damned. Who on earth makes that? Doesn't look like any of the big names.

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I'll be damned. Who on earth makes that? Doesn't look like any of the big names.

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Looks like these are the only folks who make them. This will now be my standard answer to everyone worried about their fridge or pump being GFCI protected.

Great find.

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dronai, you find the weirdest things!! Save that, I'd like to dissect it and see what failed.

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