All Lights on Same Circuit Dead - Not Triipped

Old 01-10-16, 10:16 AM
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All Lights on Same Circuit Dead - Not Triipped

Lights in 3 of my rooms are not working. When wife turned on pantry light the light in the next room blinked all all lights went dead. Wide also claimed to hear buzzing in light switch at same time.

The circuit breaker is not tripped and there are no GFI or outlets connected to this circuit. I check all outlets and other lights in house(they are fine)- the issue is all linked to same circuit.

The house is 8 years old and there has not been any electric work done in the house.

My thoughts is that the switch that was buzzing is the problem - but not sure what the issue is.

Any help or guidance is appreciated.

Old 01-10-16, 10:46 AM
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First, remove the power from the circuit by turning the breaker off. Then pull the switch from the box. I have a feeling you will find stab back wire insertions which almost always go bad. Remove the stab backs and put the wires on the screws. Secondarily, pull the closet light and ensure all the wires are securely fastened or wirenutted. A loose wire could affect downline lighting.
Old 01-10-16, 11:36 AM
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To add to what Larry said don't just look at any wire nuts. Undo them and redo the connections. If the wirenuts have corrosion or no spring inside replace with new.

If both the back stab and its associated screw or used, remove both wires, connect the two wires to a pigtail, and the pigtail to the screw.

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