I'm trying to solve a tricky situation...
Our boat has a/c outlets available. However, they are non-functional at the moment.
The surveyor recommended changing the old standard outlets out with GFCI. So, we bought GFCI outlets at the local Home Depot and installed them (yes, I know, they aren't marine...
OK, now, here's the tricky part. The feeds show power (meter shows good voltage). The green light on the outlet comes on. However, the outlet is dead. The outlets cannot be "reset." I suspect a faulty ground. Also, at this point I cannot check polarity. I do have an outlet tester, but, as the outlet isn't "reset," it won't function yet
I found the ground block over by the panel and checked it with a known ground cable and got good continuity. Although not 100% certain, and as my meter leads don't reach, I am assuming the wiring has good connection there. I would like to check that however.
So, my question is, how do I go about solving this one?
What's the best way to check the ground connections at the outlets? Are the outlets we bought compatible with the marine environment (irrespective of the corrosion factor, I'm implying the electrical setup)?
Any good advice would be welcomed!
/s/ Jon C. Munson II