Exterior Outlet Not Working Anymore...

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Old 06-09-05, 07:37 PM
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Exterior Outlet Not Working Anymore...

I have an outlet outside that no longer is working. I have one of those inflatable vinly pools with a filter and usually plug the filter into the outlet for about 2-3 hours a day. Today when I plugged it in the filter didn't come on...figured the filter busted, checked the outlet with my multimeter and it didn't register anything. I checked an outlet in the house to make sure i was doing it right and i was...registering 120v in the house.

I checked the circuit breakers and turned them off and back on anyway. There are two light switches on the inside that control two flood lights outside and they are working. There is an outlet on the inside on the other side of the wall of the defective outlet...that one works. What else can I check to see what's going on. I removed the outlet and tested the two wires (black and white) coming into the receptacle and they are dead, again checked the black and wire of the outlet inside the house and got 120v.

What else do i need to check or what else could be wrong????
 
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Old 06-09-05, 08:15 PM
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Well first of all the other outlets you checked may not be connected to the one outside. Check arround your house for a ground fault outlet and see if there is one that is tripped.

It is possible that you have a bad wire, but not likely. I would try to figure out what else is on the same breaker and go from there. That way you would know what else is definatly on the same curcuit and would help narrow down the problem.
 
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Old 06-09-05, 08:35 PM
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One other comment, and I say this so that you are aware of it.

In many places the pool you are using must be installed according to all applicable codes. This includes a fence and proper electrical wiring.

They may or may not care where you are, but they do where I live. Because of a death to a child, some codes enforcement officers are actually driving around and looking for such pools and enforcing the law, which means a hefty fine for failure to follow codes.

The pool manufacturers are starting to put notices on the boxes that there are laws that apply, because they are getting the returned by people who have realized they bought something they cannot legally use.

I'm not trying to start a debate or address whether this is right or wrong, I'm only trying to make you aware that you might want to discreetly investigate whether you might be subject to a huge fine.

I do know this, if someone dies in your pool, or is severely injured, and it is because you don;t have fence and/or it is wired improperly, you probably don;t have enough insurance to handle the lawsuit you will surely face.
 
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Old 06-09-05, 09:53 PM
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thanks for the advice...i'm not sure what else feeds from that same circuit...the breakers are labeled in the breaker box but there is nothing labeled for outside. And since there isn't anymore power...!!!! WAIT...i ran to the garage real quick to che the GF outlet there...AND IT WAS TRIPPED!!! Man you rock! I reset it, came back outside and plugged in the filter, it started up...MAN!!! Don't know how it tripped to begin with...that's kinda odd. Well at least it's working now...i thought i was gonna have to get someone to come out here and take a look at it for me...Again thank you very much for your help...odd how it was something as simple as that.
 
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Old 06-10-05, 08:03 AM
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That will sometimes happen on outside outlets when you have something that stays plugged in over a long period of time. Most likely it is because of being exposed to rain/dew/ ect. If you get a little moisture arround the prongs of the plug that can do it.

It would help to get an outlet cover from Lowes/Home Depot. These are the celar plastic covers that close over the outlet with the items still pluged in.
 
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Old 06-10-05, 08:17 AM
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come to find out my son left his radio plugged in overnight, not ON but just plugged in...wonder if that did it.
 
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