electrical outlets


Old 11-22-00, 04:02 PM
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i.m changing electrical indoor outlets. the last one i changed had only 2 wires , a black and a grey along with a ground, my outlet has 4 screws along with a ground screw. i connected the two wires to the bottom 2 screws, the white on the silver and the black on the brass, along with the ground, but the receptacle does not work.
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Old 11-22-00, 05:22 PM
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I'm having a bit of trouble following your description. Forget the last one you installed. Let's just focus on this one. Are there only three wires (black/grey/ground) in this box too? It seems like you did everything right, so it should work.

Some things to check:
(1) Is the new outlet straight from the store, or does it have a history?
(2) Are all the connections good?
(3) Did you pack all the wires back in the box without shorting anything?
(4) Do other outlets on this circuit work?
(5) Any chance this outlet is in a kitchen, garage, basement, or bathroom?

Let us know what you find.
Old 11-22-00, 06:00 PM
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You might also check you panel. When you turned off you breaker of fuse you may have disturbed something and caused a loose connection to appear. Check you fuse to be good or reset you breaker hard to the off position then back on. You may also have another cable hidden in the receptacle box that you forgot to connect.

Good Luck


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