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movistar 04-24-2008 12:25 AM

electric outlets no longer work
 
I was replacing my kitchen outlets over the counters, I successfully changed the first of three. On the second one, when I pushed it back in and heard a pop and saw sparks. The outlet had a burn mark where the hot wire was connected. Now none of the outlets work, I tried the breaker but it didn't do anything. What happened and how do I fix it?
Thanks

CowboyAndy 04-24-2008 05:08 AM

Check the breaker again. Sometimes when they trip, you have to move them ALL THE WAY to the off position before switching back on. Also, is there a GFI receptical somewhere?


The question is WHY did something touch metal and sparks go flying?

BigJimmy 04-24-2008 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by CowboyAndy (Post 118657)
The question is WHY did something touch metal and sparks go flying?

Probably touched the brass screw to the plaster ring. The bigger question would be, why on earth were you wiring the recepts hot??!

movistar 04-24-2008 11:26 AM

Thanks Andy, hit the switch again and that did the trick.

Termite 04-24-2008 11:36 AM

That's why a lot of electricians wrap the receptacles' terminals with electrical tape.

You should never work on this sort of thing with the circuit hot. Bet it made you jump!

BigJimmy 04-24-2008 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 118719)
That's why a lot of electricians wrap the receptacles' terminals with electrical tape.

Understood but the OP's first line reads: "I was replacing my kitchen outlets over the counters..." If you're doing a one-for-one swap out, at some point you have to put a screw bar on the hot screw.

Quote:

Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 118719)
You should never work on this sort of thing with the circuit hot. Bet it made you jump!

Couldn't agree more. Even many professional electricians that I know will avoid hot-wiring unless it's absolutely necessary.


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