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newhomeown

06:16PM | 06/14/03
Member Since: 06/13/03
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Bvelectrical
I returned after a thunderstorm to find the living room outlet (and phone line) where the cordless phone is plugged in to be completely dead. No fuses were blown. What happened. Can one outlet completely lose power? How to fix?

k2

10:04AM | 06/19/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
The outlet wouldn't be on a GFCI-protected circuit, would it? Perhaps the circuit goes to a bathroom/kitchen first and then to the outlet in question. You might check all the GFCIs in the house--one of them may have tripped and you may not know it yet. Just for what it's worth.

rpxlpx

04:53AM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
The phone line isn't dead. The ac outlet that the bas is plugged into is dead.

MrElectricOly

07:19PM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
64 lifetime posts
Yes, one outlet can be damaged by a power spike. If you are handy you can (shut the circuit off first) pull the affected outlet and check for damaged wires or bad connections at the outlet. It the problem is not in the affected outlet then it will probably be in the next outlet toward the source (panel). You should check all of your GFCI type outlets and smoke detectors as spikes commonly damage them.

I would reccomend that you call a proffessional to install a whole house surge arrester in your main panel. This will reduce the odds of future probles dramatically, and will extend the life of your electronics. Mr. Electric

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