07:32AM | 07/28/05
Member Since: 07/27/05
1 lifetime posts
all of a sudden a light switch and outlet in my basement has stopped working. i replaced both and it still doesn't work. it has worked fine until about two weeks ago. when it quit it made no 'pop' or 'flash' or anything. i tested it with a wiggy have power across the to slots but not from slot to ground. any ideas?

Tom O

01:12PM | 07/28/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
Look around in your basement & see if there are any ground fault receptacles that may have tripped. If there is a tripped receptacle, push the reset button.

If there are no ground fault receptacles tripped, then it is time to start troubleshooting. If you can see the cable(s ) that run to the receptacle, follow the cable back to the next box and check there for loose connections.

If the cables are concealed, check out receptacles and switches nearest the one that isn't working and see if there isn't a loose connection there.

Good luck.



06:50PM | 07/28/05
Member Since: 05/03/05
79 lifetime posts
Good advise from TomO. Also, have you noticed if anything else is not working? Try checking the rest of the basement for non-working devices.

Semper Fi Leatherneck!


07:23AM | 07/29/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
Depending on the age of the house and how it was wired they might be supplied by a GFCI in a bathroom or garage.



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

A simple banquette piled with pillows and lit from above with a wall sconce is a tempting spot to curl up with a favorite ... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon