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The GFCI for the master bath outlets was just replaced last week)(after Sandy 12 day outage. The new one is now off, and won't reset. I've looked at the two outlets in the bath and the GFCI itself, no noticeable loose wires, nothing touching boxes. Tested for continuity, and it's reading open. So no short showing up. I'm totally stumped, please help.

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Hi.

The GFCIs usually goes to the outdoor outlets too.  So, check them for any water damage.  You may want to replace the outlets, even if they look good.

If that does not fix it, make sure that the power coming in goes to the line, and the wires going to the other outlets go to the load on the GFCI.  You can disconnect the load, and see if it works.  You can go outlet by outlet disconnecting the load to narrow down where the problem is.

Another option is to replace every outlet with a GFCI, and connect everything to the line side.  This way, the only thing that can trip the GFCI is what is plugged into it.  But make sure every outlet is replaced, including any outside, the garage, basement, crawl space, etc.
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