COMMUNITY FORUM

jdortiz71

08:54PM | 08/18/07
Member Since: 08/18/07
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
We woke up one morning to find that electrical outlets on two walls and the light were out in our bedroom and also the outlets on two walls and the light was out in our living room also. We found the circuit breaker that controls this area and made sure it was in the off position until we could call an electrition out. This Saturday night came home, and out of habit, tried turning on the light switch and the light came on. Our bedroom light is working also when it hadn't been for a couple of weeks now. How is this possible if the circuit breaker switch is off?

Billhart

04:53AM | 08/19/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Those most common cause for loss of power in an area is that backstab receptacles where used to join the wires in each box and one of those has failed.

However, it could a number of thigs.

And, yes, when you have a loose connection they can sometimes start working again. But it does need to be fixed. Any place that you have a loose connect that can lead to arcing and heat and more damage.

"We found the circuit breaker that controls this area and made sure it was in the off position until we could call an electrition out."

How do you know for sure that was the correct breaker?

Either it was the wrong breaker or either it is being feed by two breakrs, which is not cool (both litteraly and figuratively).

While waiting for the electrican now is a good time to make a map of the circuits and circuit breakers.

make a crude sketch of the house showing all of the receptacles and lights.

Turn off all of the breakers, except one. Then find all of the receptacles and lights on that circuit. Then repeat.

The older the house and the more times that it has been remodeled the more likely that a) the circuits are not in simple logical layout b) circuits got combined. This is specally true if the remodel is partial, IE only one or two rooms worked on.

joed

03:26PM | 08/20/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Only three possibilities.

1. You have the wrong circuit breaker off.

2.The circuit is cross wired to two different circuit breakers.

3. Someone turned the breaker back on.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

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

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

A sticky keyhole just needs a little lubricant. The problem is that WD-40, spray silicone, and other liquids attract more ... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... 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... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2