Tripped Breaker?

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Old 09-14-06, 08:29 PM
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Tripped Breaker?

Earlier today I was replacing the outlet in my bathroom. I thought I had disconnected the power, but when I was trying to remove the black wire, there was a pop with some smoke and I figured it was just a case where I could reset the breaker. There are other circuits on the line. About 4 other outlets in rooms surrounding. I went to check the breaker box, and nothing was tripped. I switched all of them off and back on and still no power to those outlets. Any suggestions??
 
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Old 09-14-06, 09:24 PM
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Do you have a voltage tester or receptacle tester? Never trust the panel index unless you have proven it to be accurate as to what turns off what. Always check for voltage after turning off a breaker to verify all power is removed from the box your working in.
 
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Old 09-15-06, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by tdawg
Earlier today I was replacing the outlet in my bathroom. I thought I had disconnected the power, but when I was trying to remove the black wire, there was a pop with some smoke and I figured it was just a case where I could reset the breaker. There are other circuits on the line. About 4 other outlets in rooms surrounding. I went to check the breaker box, and nothing was tripped. I switched all of them off and back on and still no power to those outlets. Any suggestions??
Have you looked for a tripped ground fault receptacle?
 
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Old 09-15-06, 05:37 AM
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You might have tripped a GFCI or you really might have a tripped breaker.

Sometimes circuit breakers do not look tripped. Try turning all the breakers completely OFF and then ON.

As for you turning off the wrong breaker... If you didn't shut off the breaker you meant to, then you've learned a lesson. Always check first with a tester.

However, if you turned off the wrong breaker because you don't know which is the right one and you guessed, then shame on you. Shortly after moving in you should have completely and thoroughly mapped out what is on each and every circit breaker. This information couls save your life, and it invaluable when certain problems occur. Take the time this weekend to do this job.
 
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Old 09-15-06, 07:13 AM
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You probably have tripped a GFCI which in older houses could be in the garage, outdoor receptacle, or another bathroom.
 
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Old 09-17-06, 06:49 PM
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Take it from someone who worked in the mines as a electrical engineer. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER touch anything WITHOUT testing it first!!!!!!!!! No matter how many breakers you turned off. Sometimes you don't get a second chance. As for as your question goes. You either tripped a GFIC or a breaker in your box. As the guy says, sometimes they don't looked tripped.
 
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Old 09-17-06, 08:11 PM
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To add to the above; When someone tells you its OFF, Check it yourself!! It's not a trust thing, IT'S YOUR LIFE. They will understand. If they don't.. Get a NEW partner!!
 
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Old 09-17-06, 09:00 PM
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Since the op hasnt replied back I would guess it was a gfci....
 
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