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I have 2 issues. One is the gfci outlet. Had a big rainstorm couple nights ago that shut off the display. The outlets don't reset at all or trip they just don't work.

 

Other thing is can't figure out voiceovers on Lor. I've recorded sections on phone and email it to myself on computer but it doesn't play. Is there a specific program you use.

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as far as your voice overs go is it an MP3 or WAV file if not find a program like audacity and us it to convert your files to MP3. 

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I'd first unplug everything from the outlet(s) on the circuit, reset the GFCI and then plug in a single (dry) item like a string of lights or floodlight.  If you are resetting the GFCI with your lights plugged in and you still have a path to ground, they'll just keep tripping.  If that doesn't work, make sure your circuit breaker isn't tripped - you can try switching the breaker on and off to see if it helps.

GFCI outlets do go bad periodically, you might have to replace it.

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5 hours ago, Mcas4380 said:

as far as your voice overs go is it an MP3 or WAV file if not find a program like audacity and us it to convert your files to MP3. 

Thank you that did it.

1 hour ago, jhoybs said:

I'd first unplug everything from the outlet(s) on the circuit, reset the GFCI and then plug in a single (dry) item like a string of lights or floodlight.  If you are resetting the GFCI with your lights plugged in and you still have a path to ground, they'll just keep tripping.  If that doesn't work, make sure your circuit breaker isn't tripped - you can try switching the breaker on and off to see if it helps.

GFCI outlets do go bad periodically, you might have to replace it.

The GFCI outlets won't reset at all no clicking no test no reset. Its not tripping its not resetting. I plan on replacing both tomorrow just wondered if it could be something else. There are 2 plugs and some lights on the breaker that's it and both won't reset and both don't have red lights saying theve tripped. Its like they don't get any power and its not the breaker 

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Don't know exactly what happened but we had a pretty decent storm 50 mph winds and heavy rain. I ended up replacing both GFCI outlets outside with ones from inside to get them to work. Both the ones I pulled out were black on the hot wire screw. Neither were wet like water getting in but I do have it fixed now. Gonna go to Lowes to replace them then hopefully should be all good from here on. 

It shouldn't be the load im not even using 5amps on that breaker. Its my backup after the one that runs the light show. Only has about 25 blowmolds, couple spiral trees, couple wire frame deers, and a 100 led lights. 

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When I moved into my current home, most of the GFCI's in the house are GFCI circuit breakers.  For me, this works out well because with the outlets, you may have one feeding (coming first in) the circuit.  It can be confusing which one tripped.  I used to live in a house where the GFCI outlet was in the bathroom and that was in series with the outside standard outlet.  When the outdoor outlet "tripped", I had to reset the indoor.

The GFCI breaker is more expensive than an outlet, but it is way easier to reset/test.

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Sounds like you could be overloading the circuit,  what is the wattage on the bulbs in the blow molds, generally they are 15-20 watts, is there more than one bulb in each blow molds, if you have 25 watts per blow mold x 25 units, 625 watts for the blow molds, the spiral trees if the older style are 40 watts per unit, plus if they are the old deer, another 40 watts, and generally the outside outlite is not on it's own circuit, so you already have a load on it and sometimes they gang it to another outlite with the gfi in the middle.  Just sayin.

 

Mike

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I apologize for not responding more timely. The voiceover worked with converting them to mp3

The plug was actually a fried wire tip from where the gfci burnt up, it was charred when I pulled it out, it also fried the front one as well. Both are replaced and took off about 1in of the hot wire that got fried to get a better connection.

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House is 10 or 12 yrs old so assume wiring is as old. The tip was not shiny but I cut off the non conducive end. The gfci was blackened all around the wire. Near as I can tell the front plugwas not a gfci so when it got wet it didnt trip it went to the back receptacle and the load fried both of the receptacles. No fire and both have gfci and new coveres. Haven't had any more issues

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