power just stopped but breaker OK...?
Came home from work, TV, fishtank already on, then they just stopped - no sound, smell, click, spark, nothing. Found that all outlets on Breaker 7 were dead, but Breaker was not tripped. Turned off power, set breaker to off, then restored power, turned breaker on - nothing.
Bought new Breaker at Home Despot, pulgged it in - nothing.
Turned off power, switched wire with circuit and Breaker that did work (Breaker 5) and still no power to the circuit that was served by Breaker 7.
Just as a TEST plugged hot cable from Breaker 7 onto Breaker 5 - still nothing - though when I plug hot wire from Breaker 5 into Breaker 7 the outlets on that wire DO work (the outlets formerly served by Breaker 5).
So Breaker 7 seems to work but no power to those outlets. Breaker 5 definitely works but no power goes to the Outlets on the affected circuit.
This is a 1905 house in Burlington, Vermont. Most wiring replaced at some point but still plenty of "two prong" outlets and inside the Breaker Box there are some wires, which I did not touch, that have very old "fabric-y" stuff on them.
Should I call an electrician or can anyone tell me why this is happening.
One odd thing is that all the WHITE (ground) wires attach at the TOP of the breaker box, so there is only one BLACK wire going into each Breaker.
Thank You, Oh Handy Handypeople!