Recepticle doesn't Work


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Old 06-16-02, 02:10 PM
Mike Pender
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Recepticle doesn't Work

Hi,

I have a recepticle inside my medicine cabinet that stopped working. Is that something I can replace or fix?
 
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Old 06-16-02, 02:37 PM
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Yes, it's certainly fixable (almost everything is). Is this a two-hole or a 3-hole receptacle? And do you have any electrical experience or test equipment?
 
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Old 06-16-02, 03:47 PM
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The recepticle is 3 hole. I have limited electrical experience. What I noticed is when I plug my radio in the recepticle I hear it for one second and then it goes dead. The recepticle is part of the lights above the medicine cabinet.

All I have for electrical testing equipment is a continuity tester.

What should I do?
 
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Old 06-16-02, 09:10 PM
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First, go to Home Depot and spend $7 on a GFCI receptacle tester. It has two amber lights, one red light, and a button on it. Plug it into the receptacle and see what reading it gives you. Wiggle it a bit and see if the reading changes.

In what year was your house built?
 
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Old 06-17-02, 08:58 AM
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My house was built in the 1930's.
 
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Old 06-17-02, 09:02 AM
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It's now time to consider whether this may be a simple GFCI trip. Do you know what a GFCI is, and do you have any?
 
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Old 06-18-02, 07:45 AM
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I do have one GFCI. I will check it out and get back to you.

Thanks so much.
 
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Old 06-18-02, 08:31 PM
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Originally posted by Mike Pender
The recepticle is 3 hole. I have limited electrical experience. What I noticed is when I plug my radio in the recepticle I hear it for one second and then it goes dead. The recepticle is part of the lights above the medicine cabinet.

All I have for electrical testing equipment is a continuity tester.

What should I do?




If this is one of those snap-in receptacles, you can cut the power to the fixture and remove the receptacle. Replacements are available at Home Depot.
 
 

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