house wiring, outlets

Old 02-09-04, 11:19 AM
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I've lost electrical power in part of my basement. Apparently, all of the outlets in my basement are on one circuit, when I shut off the circuit breaker they all go out, but when turned back on, only one is still working. The first outlet in the series had a slightly singed wire and it has two other hot and neutral wires attached to it. I have replaced all of the outlets, except the one that was still working and the others still do not work. I plugged an analyzer in and it read that there is an open neutral. Can anyone suggest what I can do next? Any suggestion would be appreciated.
Old 02-09-04, 11:29 AM
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Check the one that is still working. The open connection is probably in there.
Old 02-09-04, 05:12 PM
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You answered your own question. You should replace the receptacle that is testing bad unless it is relatively new. If a receptacle is older I replace it regardless since the cost is negligible and I have the old one out anyway.

You probably have a bad backstab connection, where the wire is just poked into the hole in the back. VERY common problem.
Do not re-install any new receptacles this way, you will only be asking for the same problems later.
A bad connection would be in the last working receptalce or the first dead one in a circuit. It is possible for the receptacle box to have power and not be feeding the receptacle.
Old 02-15-04, 04:33 PM
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Thanks for the help, problem solved.

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