Electrical outlets not working

Old 08-20-13, 12:57 PM
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Question Electrical outlets not working

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I have a situation similar to this:

The are two outlets on our upstairs bedroom wall that are not working (suddenly, as of 2 nights ago).
I checked the box in the garage, and nothing has flipped. I flipped the breaker for the bedroom off and on anyways - no change.

The house is almost 15 years old.

The outlet on the wall to the left, and the outlet on the wall to the right are both still working.

I have not yet purchased an outlet tester. Is this where I should start?
How/where would I check for a tripped GFCI??

Old 08-20-13, 01:07 PM
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I checked the box in the garage, and no change
Panel markings are often wrong . Try all 15 and 20 amp single pole breakers, all the way off then on.

An $8-$12 analog, not digital multimeter will be much more useful then a receptacle tester.

Bedroom in a 15 year old house will not likely be on a GFCI (check any outside receptacles though just to be sure). Our usual instructions apply. Problem may be in last working receptacle or first non working receptacle. Move all backstabs to the screws. Please read: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...ther-info.html
Old 08-20-13, 01:38 PM
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No bedroom circuit should have GFCI protection. All bedroom circuits should have AFCI protection on the entire circuit. Since that requirement is less than 15 years old, your bedroom circuits are probably not AFCI protected. If they were, you would have reset it when you reset the breaker.

An outlet tester is a very useful device to own and use, IMX. Be sure to buy one with a GFCI test button built in. That said, a multimeter will do much more. You should buy both, plus a copy of Wiring Simplified, if you want to get into this work in a meaningful way.

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