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"lighting issues"

The lights in my bathroom and hall just quit working today.
I put in new bulbs and , NOTHING. The breaker wasn't tripped.
I turned the breaker off and on again and, NOTHING. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Dawn O'Haver
 
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Old 12-27-08, 11:57 AM
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failed wire connection

mouse chewed up the wires

the troll under the house disconnected the wires so you would come down there to fix it and he could eat you


Sorry. With very little info on your side, hard to provide much assistance.

do you have and are you capable of using a voltmeter?

and please remove your name from your post. You never know, I may be the troll.

Just a safety thing.
 
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Does the receptacle in the bathroom still work? If not, you most likely have a tripped GFCI.
 
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Originally Posted by John Nelson View Post
Does the receptacle in the bathroom still work? If not, you most likely have a tripped GFCI.
lights in hallway out too. Shouldn't be wired like that. Doesn't mean it isn't, just that it shouldn't be.

bathroom circuit when serving a single bathroom can feed the lights in that bathroom but nothing outside of bathroom.

if this circuit feeds more than one bathroom, it can feed only the bathroom receptacle outlets.

Of course, this is recent code so it may have been installed prior to these requirements or it may have been installed improperly.

but anyway, that is why it should not be the GFCI recep in the bathroom.
 
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All of the codes you mention are fairly modern, within the last dozen years. If Dawn's house is older than that, there could be a lot more variations.
 
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Originally Posted by John Nelson View Post
All of the codes you mention are fairly modern, within the last dozen years. If Dawn's house is older than that, there could be a lot more variations.
Um, John, you did read this in my post didn;t you?

Of course, this is recent code so it may have been installed prior to these requirements or it may have been installed improperly.
 
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If you have a GFCI device in use in this bathroom make sure it is not tripped. Sometimes, when a device is changed out, the wires don't get reconnected in the same order. If the problem still exista, turn the breaker of for this circuit and make note of what is not working. Turn the breaker back on the locate the last working device closest to the problem. Usually there is a lose or a burned connection.
If you have a "hot stick" you can check if power is present. If you have power and the lights are not working, you have a loose or broken neutral wire.
You can get a "hot stick at Lowes for about $10.00.
This is a time consuming process, but you will usually find a loose wire on a recepticle or at a light fixture if it was used as a junction box. If you have replaced any devices or fixtures in this circuit, start there first.
Good luck!!
 
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