08:47AM | 04/11/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
25 lifetime posts

This weekend I washed my house (vinyl siding) and in the process managed to trip an electrical circuit. The garage door opener, outside motion detector lights and garden outlets are not working. Everything else within the house if fine.

Did I break a circuit?? Did water get in through the outlets and do some thing to the circuit?

I did not see any "outside" cricuit switches on the electrical board in the basement.

Thanks in advance...


03:34PM | 04/11/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Sounds like you may have tripped a GFCI. It is the receptacles with the TEST and REST button on it. The circuits you mention are all supposed to be GFCI protected. Look at all the receptacles that are dead. Start in the garage. It is very likely to be there. Don't forget to look behind all the boxes and tools for the one hidden receptacle. It only tales one GFCI to protect all the others. If it won't reset there is probably still water in one of the outdoor receptacles from your washing.
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