08:54PM | 08/18/07
Member Since: 08/18/07
3 lifetime posts
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?


04:53AM | 08/19/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 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.


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.
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