Just buy an outlet tester. There are some things that just aren't
worth doing yourself. I'm sorry. I can't believe I just said
that. If you can suppress the construction urge, they're like 6
bucks at Amazon. Search for GFCI tester. Also available at HD,
Lowes and about a thousand other places.
At 11:27 AM 2/2/2008, Randall wrote:
> > Maybe only the test button itself was
> > bad and they were actually still working, but why take a chance?
>I agree entirely. But if you wanted to find out, it would be easy enough to
>rig a dummy plug with a leak to safety ground in it. Start with a
>replacement 3-prong plug from HD and add a 10-15K 1 watt resistor from Radio
>Shack between the hot & ground pins. Plugging it into a working GFCI should
>trip the GFCI instantly. A second plug with ground shorted to neutral would
>test the other function.
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