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05:55PM | 03/13/21
Long story. I have an outlet in my room that kept getting really hot. One night I thought I saw smoke from it so we flipped all the breakers for my room one by one. The outlet started to cool down.

Instead of leaving it alone, I decided to test it by plugging a fan into it. There was a tiny spark and all but one outlet in the living room went out. The breaker is not tripped and we've turned them all off and back on. We only have one GFCI outlet in my bathroom and it works fine.

I was told that replacing the outlet in my room would fix the issue so we removed the old outlet and it was all burnt and bad looking. Unfortunately we were unable to get a new outlet installed. So we separated the wires and wrapped them in electrical tape. Living room still does not work.

Then I was told that the living room may be downstream of my outlet, but if the kitchen is between my room and the living room, wouldn't it be downstream too? Kitchen is fine.

There are 5 outlets in the living room. 4 are on the living room breaker and one is on the kitchen breaker. 3 went out when I plugged in my fan. The 4th works sometimes and doesn't work other times. The 5th on the kitchen breaker randomly went out the other day. That spotty outlet could be loose wiring. Same for the kitchen outlet.

What am I supposed to do? We cannot afford an electrician and our landlord will not fix anything here. Why did the living room go out? How can it be fixed? The wiring is bad here so I'm clueless.

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