Dead circuit

Old 02-18-02, 08:45 AM
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Dead circuit

I recently replaced two light switches and two wall outlets in my home. The replacement switches and outlets were identical to the original except that the wiring for the original switches and outlets was "plugged in" to the devices and the new switches and outlets required the wires to be looped around the attached screws.

After shutting off the power to the entire house, I switched all four devices before restoring the power to check them. Upon restoring the power, I discovered that 3 of the 4 devices (one switch and the two outlets) were not working. Also, since they are wired in series, I have now lost power to an additional room.

Concerned that one of the new devices was faulty, I reconnected the original switch and outlets to the system and was still unable to restore power to either the switch, outlets or the adjacent room.

Any suggestions as to what went wrong and what I should do next?
Old 02-18-02, 10:17 AM
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Sounds like you may have made a mistake causing a short. Check your 15 and 20 amp breakers in your panel for a breaker that has tripped. Turn the breakers hard to the off position then back on. If you see one trip or make noise and trip then you probably have made a mistake in your wiring causing that breaker to trip. May just be a hot wire touching a grounding conductor when you pushed the devices back into the boxes.

Let us know what you found


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