11:34AM | 01/24/04
Member Since: 01/23/04
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I recently lost power to three outlets on a circuit. This circuit has several other outlets which are working fine. The breaker has not tripped nor does it have a history of tripping. I don't think the 3 dead outlets are connected because 2 are in the basement and one is in the kitchen. They may be connected at a junction box but it's hard to tell because the wiring is in a finished basement. Should I be looking for a bad receptacle, shorted wires, or something else? Also, how do I test the circuit breakers?


01:04PM | 01/29/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
You should be looking a tripped GFCI. It might be in the garage, outside receptacle, bathroom, other wet location.
It could also be a bad connection in one of the non working receptacles or one of the working receptacles.


08:02PM | 02/12/04
Member Since: 07/21/00
77 lifetime posts
I don't know if you have solved your problem, but I thought I might add another possibility. It is possible that you have lost the neutral to that part of the circuit. The best way to check this is using a voltmeter with one lead on the hot of the receptacle and one on the neutral. You should get 120 v if everything is O.K. If it is not take the lead out of the neutral and place it in the ground hole. If you get 120 v here and not the other way, then you have lost the neutral. Sometimes this is caused by a bad receptacle that had the neutral feeding through it( a bad practice). This could also be a bad joint in the circuit somewhere.

[This message has been edited by ElectrcBil (edited February 13, 2004).]


02:48AM | 02/13/04
Member Since: 01/23/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for all the responses. I did find an open neutral in a junction box, which connected two runs of this one circuit. Repaired the open and everything is fine. Thanks again.


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