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Old 04-21-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Ok so yesterday an outlet in my hall way I noticed a burning smell pops the cover off&saw one of the screws was cherry red.I then killed the main power&put in a new outlet.Used my tester to make sure it was wired correctly,said it was so I cut the power back on ran for 2 minutes then kicked off.I went&checked the breaker it seems fine clicks on & off as it should.My question before we start tearing up the walls is there a way the breaker could fail without thru normal non click of it?My buddy is an electrician he's on a job up north for a few days but when he he's back he said he will take care of it.But just looking for ideas.I'm guessing a short in the wire somewhere.

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is there a way the breaker could fail without thru normal non click of it?
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In the spirit of cooperation, have you checked for loose connections at this receptacle?


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In the spirit of cooperation, have you checked for loose connections at this receptacle?
ha!Sorry I'm on via my phone&the kiddos are jumping allover me.I meant is there a way for the breaker to go bad but still click from the on to off position as if it was normal?Yes I've tightened everything up as best as possible.
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I then killed the main power&put in a new outlet.Used my tester to make sure it was wired correctly,said it was so I cut the power back on ran for 2 minutes then kicked off.
What tester is telling you it is wired correctly when the power is off ?
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I apologize I worded that wrong.After I cut the power off I wired in a new socket&I turned it on&used one of those plug in testers that said it was correct then the power died,breaker didn't trip.I just went&pulled the breaker&tryd a new one same issue.
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ha!Sorry I'm on via my phone&the kiddos are jumping allover me.I meant is there a way for the breaker to go bad but still click from the on to off position as if it was normal?Yes I've tightened everything up as best as possible.
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I wired in a new socket&I turned it on&used one of those plug in testers that said it was correct .
Sockets are not a conductor of electricity. That is the problem.
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Not sure Hammer, seems that that socket will conduct pretty well
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Ok so yesterday an outlet in my hall way I noticed a burning smell pops the cover off&saw one of the screws was cherry red.I then killed the main power&put in a new outlet.Used my tester to make sure it was wired correctly,said it was so I cut the power back on ran for 2 minutes then kicked off.I went&checked the breaker it seems fine clicks on & off as it should.My question before we start tearing up the walls is there a way the breaker could fail without thru normal non click of it?My buddy is an electrician he's on a job up north for a few days but when he he's back he said he will take care of it.But just looking for ideas.I'm guessing a short in the wire somewhere.
Once you see one of the screw got red hot you will have to check more closer to the rest of the conductors ( wires ) to make sure there is no more damage. This part you will have to take a closer look toward back of junciton box to make sure there is no more heat damage inside that receptale loctaion.

What ya running on this circuit which do use a bit of power ?

If the breaker do kick out very fast more likey that you have a short circuit so as I mention above check the affected recpetales then check the others recepeticals for any more damage.

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