Ground fault interrupter wiring device with improved moveable contact system

  • US 5,594,398 A
  • Filed: 10/24/1994
  • Issued: 01/14/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/24/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A ground fault interrupter (gfi) wiring device for connection in an electrical circuit, said device comprising:

  • a) housing means defining an enclosed space;

    b) at least one pair of electrical terminals fixedly supported in spaced relation within said enclosed space;

    c) a unitary, electrically conducting member carrying a pair of spaced electrical contacts;

    d) mounting means for said conducting member to permit movement thereof between a first position, wherein said pair of contacts are in respective, circuit-making engagement with said pair of terminals, and a second position, wherein both of said pair of contacts are in spaced, circuit-breaking relation to said pair of terminals;

    e) biasing means urging said conducting member toward movement to said second position;

    f) latching means releasably retaining said conducting member in said first position; and

    g) actuating means for releasing said latching means to permit said biasing means to move said conducting member to said second position in response to a predetermined fault condition in said electrical circuit.

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