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Old 07-05-04, 06:28 PM
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Angry electrical problem

okay it started when my wife spilt water on a wall socket. Now that socket and two others dont work and three wall switches dont work they are in three different rooms. I replaced the wall socket that got the water with a gfci but still no power. i took one of the wall switches out and put it in another room and it worked. someone please help, dont know anything about electricity other than it bites.
 
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Old 07-05-04, 06:40 PM
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The receptacle was probably already GFCI protected and did not need your new GFCI receptacle. You may need to find the upstream GFCI (receptacle or breaker) and reset it. And it's not necessary to replace a receptacle that got water on it--all you need to do is dry it out thoroughly. Once you do both of those, you may want to put the original receptacle back and save the GFCI for another day.

Tell us in what year your house was built.
 
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Old 07-05-04, 06:46 PM
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If the circuit that received the water has a GFCI type breaker in your panel, it probably tripped, and needs to be reset. If it's a plain circuit breaker, it may have tripped as well, but you should have checked that before removing the outlet cover. If no breakers are tripped (or fuses blown, if an older box), then you have a more involved problem, and probably should call an electrician if you don't want to educate yourself in basic electricity. Just my humble opinion...
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Old 07-05-04, 06:53 PM
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we dont have any gfci's in the house. I checked all breakers all good even turned all off and then back on. this is my mother inlaws house and it is a moduler house. the wall plugs don't have the reset button on them. thanks
 
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Old 07-05-04, 07:11 PM
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I wish I had a nickel for every time somebody said that they had no GFCIs, and then found one later.

Tell us in what year this was built.
 
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Old 07-05-04, 07:23 PM
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Hi. there is a plug in the bathroom that has a sticker on it gfci protected. that one has power. she thinks the house is ten years old.
 
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Old 07-05-04, 07:27 PM
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If it's only ten years old, then it has a minimum of three GFCIs. Send me fifteen cents when you find them all. They could be anywhere, even behind the stack of old magazines in the basement.
 
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Old 07-05-04, 07:46 PM
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hi john i looked threw the whole house and found one gfci that had a reset button on it it was at the other end of house. that took care of my problem. you are the best. thanks again jeff
 
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