07:32AM | 07/28/05
Member Since: 07/27/05
1 lifetime posts
all of a sudden a light switch and outlet in my basement has stopped working. i replaced both and it still doesn't work. it has worked fine until about two weeks ago. when it quit it made no 'pop' or 'flash' or anything. i tested it with a wiggy have power across the to slots but not from slot to ground. any ideas?

Tom O

01:12PM | 07/28/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Look around in your basement & see if there are any ground fault receptacles that may have tripped. If there is a tripped receptacle, push the reset button.

If there are no ground fault receptacles tripped, then it is time to start troubleshooting. If you can see the cable(s ) that run to the receptacle, follow the cable back to the next box and check there for loose connections.

If the cables are concealed, check out receptacles and switches nearest the one that isn't working and see if there isn't a loose connection there.

Good luck.



06:50PM | 07/28/05
Member Since: 05/03/05
79 lifetime posts
Good advise from TomO. Also, have you noticed if anything else is not working? Try checking the rest of the basement for non-working devices.

Semper Fi Leatherneck!


07:23AM | 07/29/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Depending on the age of the house and how it was wired they might be supplied by a GFCI in a bathroom or garage.

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