|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3 x 1.5 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||GFI-501A|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||One Year warranty|
Gardner Bender GFI-501A Ground Fault Receptacle Tester and Circuit Analyzer
|Price:||$10.99 + $4.08 shipping|
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I plug this into every outlet after I've done any wiring work with it to double-check that I didn't miswire it. Also, sometimes when cramming an outlet back into a tight fitting box, a wire will get disconnected. This will identify that immediately.
A disconnected ground wire will generally not stop something from working when it is plugged in, but could increase the chance of electrical shock. Crossed hot and neutral lines will also not stop the item from working, but, again, can increase the risk of shock.
Don't take chances -- test them.
It is very common for additional outlets to be wired to a single GFCI "downstream" of the main one. This allows a single GFCI outlet to protect multiple, non-GFCI equipped outlets in the same area.
The test button built into all GFCI outlets (required by code) will test the mechanism in that single outlet, but is not as useful for testing outlets that are wired downstream from the GFCI. They will turn off when the main GFCI is tripped, but then you have to test them for power when the GFCI is both on and off to make sure they are properly wired, which is a real time waster and is not as comprehensive.
So, make sure you get a tester with a ground fault button to check GFCI circuits. Not all testers like this have one, and it is worth the modest extra cost.
The little black button fell off of mine, though I can still press it with a fingernail. So, minus one star for that, but otherwise a very nice little unit for quick tests.
Sean P. Logue, 2008
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt sure I had wired new GFCI wrong but it was such a hassle to get it back in water proof box I didn't want to take it apart again. This let me test my wiring . Read morePublished 3 months ago by David G
Nothing spectacular about it. Sturdy little gadget that does what it's suppose to. Would be a good purchase for anyone.Published on January 23, 2013 by lemon1906
A well made ground fault receptacle tester that does the job at an excellent price. Would purchase again at the price I was charged.Published on November 7, 2011 by M. E. Ries
GFCI outlets greatly reduce the danger of accidental shock or electrocution, and are required by NEC code in all outdoor areas, Kitchens, Baths, Workshops, Garages and any... Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by GS