Outlets in one room stopped working

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Old 06-21-05, 02:06 PM
johnnybt
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Angry Outlets in one room stopped working

Ok I have outlets and switches in 2 adjacent bedrooms that have quit working. However I'm fairly certain they are on the same circuit breaker as a couple switches and an outlet that ARE working. I've drawn a diagram to show you what I've got that's working and what is not. Some notes:

The switch I replaced in the hallway (at the "NE" corner of the "north" room) only had two wires - so I think I'm correct in thinking this is a "dead end".

The outlet I replaced in the NE corner of the N room I replaced today with a GFCI outlet and my gadget that I plug in to check the wiring shows that it's wired correctly (and this problem was occuring before that, I just was trying things)

The two main outlets in the rooms that are labeled "Inteli-Switch" have 6 wires - 3 black and 3 white - coming into each one. All of the outlets have 2 black and 2 white.

Also, NONE of the wires in any of the dead outlets is hot. My best guess at this point is that there must be a disconnect in the wall/attic, but I really don't know!

Here is my Here is my diagram
 
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Old 06-21-05, 02:33 PM
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"However I'm fairly certain they are on the same circuit breaker as a couple switches and an outlet that ARE working. "

Shame on you! "Fairly certain" means that you don't know for sure. This is bad. Electricity can kill you. Not knowing what breaker controls each and every receptacle, switch and appliance in your house can lead to death and/or a fire. You should ASAP determine exactly what is on each and every circuit breaker.

As for your problem, you must check for power at each and every receptacle and switch on the circuit that is not working AND you must check those that are working. The problem could be at any of the working or non-working junction boxes. Do you get power but no neutral at any location? Do you get an open hot at any location?

The problem is not likely to be in the wall if the house was sires properly and you haven't been doing any pounding on the walls, such as pounding in nails, etc.

Your job is to find the open.
 
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Old 06-21-05, 02:45 PM
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I realize I should know, however with these outlets completely OUT it's difficult to do so. The reason I am fairly certain is that the circuit is labeled with two boys names, apparently labeling two rooms. A third boys name and bathroom are on a separate circuit that controls the third bedroom and the bathroom. I believe I'm making a fairly safe assumption.

I will, however, check each and every outlet and switch tonight when I get home. Since this just stopped working, out of the blue, is another reason I suspect something in the wall. However everyone I've asked has put that at a very very low probability, so I will keep checking my outlets.
 
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Old 06-21-05, 07:06 PM
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Checked all the outlets within 2 rooms of this room with an outlet tester and found nothing abnormal (in that the correct 2 lights lit up everytime). The dead outlets of course came up with nothing. If I had a load wire loose in an outlet wouldn't that show up as something with the outlet tester? I'm beginning to think this has got to be something in the wall.
 
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Old 06-21-05, 07:10 PM
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You must open the receptacles and check for power at the wires where they connect to the receptacle. The problem is either the last working receptacle or the first non-working one.
 
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