Electrical Outlets not working

Old 06-18-03, 01:18 PM
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Question Electrical Outlets not working

All of the electrical outlets in one room except for one have stopped working. If it isn't a blown fuse, what else could be the problem? Is it something I can do myself or should a contractor be called?

Also, should a contractor already have a tester?? One that I called said I needed to buy him one or reimburse him if he had to buy it but it seems like a common item to me?

Old 06-18-03, 01:32 PM
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somebody else....if he has no tester he is no electrician....did he say if you get to keep it if you pay for it....ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The mention "blown fuse" which suggests you have fuses instaed of Circuit-breakers. All that is need for testing is a test-lamp socket.

First be sure this problem is not GFI related-check all DFI devices for a "Tripped" condition. Next, remove the cover from the fuse-panel and with the test-lamp, test from the Neutral terminal-strip where all the White wires are connected to all the terminals where the wires connect to the fuses. You could connect one lead of the test-lamp socket directly to the Neutral terminal strip and Wire-nut a "test-lead" to the other TLS lead for reaching all the fuse-terminals.

The next step would be to Wire-nut the TLS directly to the wires that were connected to the receptacle terminals which requires dis-connecting the receptacle,and than searching for an open connection. If you have a Black-to-Ground voltage, not to be confused with a Black-to-White voltage, at the dead receptacle, than the problem is an open White wire connection.

Good Luck!!
Old 06-18-03, 04:04 PM
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I guess I need to clarify "do it myself" means have hubby do it! haha

I just wanted to say thanks for the quick reply - I'm going to print this out and show to hubby and he can go down and check it and see if he can get what the problem is.

I do think I'm going to call another contracter though - this man is the father of the tenant and I think maybe he's not a genuine contracter but maybe just a general handyman.

Thanks again for your help

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