Entire home circuit not working

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Old 05-29-15, 04:17 PM
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Entire home circuit not working

I was cutting several slabs of stone for my fireplace using an exterior outlet to power my saw. About 2/3 the way through the cutting, the power ceased. There was no short and blackening of the outlet. I checked my breaker, it was not tripped for this circuit. Still I flipped it off and on for good measure. All other outlets (4 total) associated with this circuit I came to find are not working anymore.

Do I just need to replace the outlet that I was originally plugged into when I had initial issue(are circuits usually wired in series?)?

Could the breaker have gone bad, do I need to replace the circuit breaker?

Thank you for your time.

-Matt
 
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Old 05-29-15, 04:22 PM
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More likely as not you tripped a GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, for some reason. All outdoor receptacles are supposed to have GFCI protection as well as many receptacles inside the house.
Approximately how old is the house? Where are these other receptacles located? Do any of them have a "test" and "reset" button on them?
 
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Old 05-29-15, 04:50 PM
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Ugh! Seriously. lol. 3 of the 4 outlets did not have a GFCI. Sure enough the one tucked way back behind a shelf that I did not inspect previously in fact was a GFCI. Problem solved. Thanks for the help. Sorry for the amateur question. Have a great night.
 
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Old 05-29-15, 08:23 PM
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Yours was not an amateur question but a rather common one. I'll shorten my own story by just stating that my GFCI receptacle was in the garage and had one of those six-way outlet expanders on it so it was not obvious it was a GFCI. Both bathrooms, the garage door opener and the outside receptacle were on that circuit.
 
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