Bathroom outlets won't work

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Old 11-18-13, 11:06 AM
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Bathroom outlets won't work

My bathroom outlets won't work and I usually just have to reset the GFCI outlet in my garage....but for some reason it's not working this time. I actually plugged in my radio in the GFCI outlet and it works, but when I plug in my radio in the bathroom outlets it doesn't. I also turn off and back on the circuit breaker labeled "bathrooms" and nothing. Do you have any suggestions what I can do next?
 
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Old 11-18-13, 11:28 AM
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There may be another GFCI between the garage and bathroom. It could be an outside receptacle or seldom used bathroom or even kitchen or maybe basement.
 
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Yes, there is one in the kitchen and I reset that one too and still no power to the bathroom outlets..
 
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There may be more hidden you are not aware of. Do you have a multimeter, preferably analog? (No, a non contact tester or receptacle tester won't work.)
 

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I do have two in my kitchen that I have reset and still nothing. I switched off and on the circuit breaker to my bathroom and now I don't have electricity to my bathroom lights.

And I don't have a multimete.....I don't know what that is.

Maybe it's time I called an electrician.
 
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Go my bathroom lights to work, but not the outlets yet...
 
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And I don't have a multimete.....I don't know what that is
OOps typo. I meant multimeter.

Example: GE 50952 Multimeter, Analog 14 Range 6-Function Non-Recording, Yellow - Amazon.com (Cheap digital multimeters are cool looking but not recomended for beginners.)
 
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I give up! I have 3 GFCI outlets and I reset them all several times and still my bathroom outlets upstairs do not work. I checked the outlets outside and the GFCI outlets and they all work. I called an Electrician and he is coming tomorrow!
 
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having a similar problem.......mind telling us what the electrian says and does to fix the issue, thanks.
 
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having a similar problem
Have you read http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...ther-info.html? Unlikely your cause is the same. Start a thread about your problem and we will try to help you.
 
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@jimbo1025............Electrician coming tomorrow afternoon and I will post what he says and does to fix the issue.
 
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Sorry to hijack the thread but...
I read the phrase "GFCI in garage" a lot on here. Is this common practice in the states to have a GFCI in the garage which also runs the bathroom receptacles? I can honestly say I have never seen that here.
 
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That's not common in the southern US. OP mentions upstairs bathroom. I'm guessing this was an addition.
 
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Prior to changes to the NEC bathroom receptacles did not require a separate circuit, just GFI protection. It was common to install one GFI to protect garage, bathroom and exterior receptacles.
 
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Prior to changes to the NEC bathroom receptacles did not require a separate circuit, just GFI protection. It was common to install one GFI to protect garage, bathroom and exterior receptacles.
30-35 years ago kitchens, garages and basements didn't need the GFI protection. It was just bathrooms and exterior receptacles that were required to be GFI protected.

I read the phrase "GFCI in garage" a lot on here. Is this common practice in the states to have a GFCI in the garage which also runs the bathroom receptacles?
I read it a lot on here too, but have never seen a house wired that way.
 
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I just had one a few months ago where the GFI was next to the panel in the garage. All the outside and bathroom receptacles were downstream. It was on a 15 amp circuit too.
 
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@jimbo1025....electrician advised that my GFI outlet was broken and replace it. I now have power to both my upstairs bathrooms.
 
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thanks, may give it a try as a last resort before I call.
@ray2047, I did start a thread, just trying to get some more ideas to fix the issue.
 
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