No power in the outlets

Old 11-29-02, 05:16 PM
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No power in the outlets

I replaced 2 outlets which just fit in the eletrical boxs. When I put the breaker on it immediately tripped. I took out the 2 outlets I replaced, but now a few of the other outlets don't work. What can I do to have these other outlets work again?
Old 12-01-02, 11:18 AM
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We need more information. What is the project you were attempting? What did you start with, and what did you add, and what did you hope to end up with? Where in your house are these outlets?

There are a lot of possibilities. You didn't mention whether or not your tried to reset the breaker and whether or not it was resettable. Is anything on the circuit working, or is the whole circuit out? You didn't mention GFCI -- have you got any?

An $8 receptacle tester would be an excellent investment.

If none of the above suggests a course of action, you'll need to check every connection in every box on the circuit. This will require you to open up every box on the circuit -- both those with working outlets as well as those with non-working outlets. Move all backstabbed connections to the adjacent screws. Check for tightness of wire nuts (try pulling on each wire one at a time).

If all this has failed, you need to have a qualified person check the connections inside the panel. As the last resort, you can have this qualified person replace the breaker.

P.S. It sounds like your box may have been illegally overcrowded.
Old 12-03-02, 06:15 PM
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Thanks for your reply. You're right I didn't give you enough info. I left one of the outlets unhooked so that's why the others didn't work which I found out when I hooked it back up.

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