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kse007

03:17PM | 03/04/07
Member Since: 03/03/07
6 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Ive got a question regarding dead sockets. I recently upgraded the power sockets in my room as well as the light switch. Now all the sockets in my room work except for the sockets in the garage. Is this a coincidence? Ive tried turning the power on and off at the fuse box outside and it didn't solve the problem. What can I do to fix this?

Ive also got another question. My light switch that I replaced in my room doesnt work. I tried wiring it using the "quick wire" method (Pushing the hot wire and white wire into the hole) and it didnt work. So I tried wiring it by wrapping the wire around the screw and it still won't work. Maybe its just a light switch thats broken?

Billhart

05:55PM | 03/04/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
It is possible that the switch is bad, but unlikely.

Most likely the problem is in the "last" receptacle in the room that feeds the light switch.

Go back and check the ones that you replaced and make sure that you have good connections.

That is also possibly the problem with the garage receptacles also.

But depending on the age of the house it might also be a trippled GFCI. And that GFCI can be in the garage and behind some equipment, in one of the bathrooms, in the basement or crawlspace, or in an outdoor receptacle.

kse007

10:41PM | 03/04/07
Member Since: 03/03/07
6 lifetime posts
Ok so what does a trippled receptacle mean? And yes there is one GFCI that currently isn't working. Also what do you mean the "last" receptacle? Does this mean the socket that the light switch controls?

Billhart

03:24AM | 03/05/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
That is suppose to "tripped" GFCI.

And the "last" receptacle means the one that feeds the lights and probalby the garage receptacles.

I use "last" because us practical to figure the actual path. So you need to check all of them.

fugazi48

07:17AM | 03/05/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
If you have the recepticals throughout the garage wired to the load of the GFCI, then they won't work if it is tripped. If the GGCI won't untrip, then there is a good chance you wired something incorrectly.

Since light switches usually don't have a Hot and neutral, then that may be the place to start. Most often, light switches are just wired to interrupt the Hot leg of your wiring. the incoming and outgoing wires of a switch will have the same potential when the switch is closed. The neutral should be wired to the other side of your load (light fixture, switched outlet)

fugazi48

07:31AM | 03/05/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
pardon my misspellings of "recepticles"

kse007

07:33PM | 03/06/07
Member Since: 03/03/07
6 lifetime posts
I found out that the problem was that the tab on the recepticle wasn't broken off so the light switch wouldnt work and also the hot wire was wired wrong for the gfci so it stopped the flow of power to the garage. thanks for the help everyone
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