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Old 07-06-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I live in a condo. I am having kind of a weird. Last night I was washing down my patio. I heard a pop and the 3 outlets along the wall that separates the interior from patio stopped working. Also the outlet on the patio, the one outside the front door, and the two bathroom lights stopped working. The outlets in the bathroom still work as well as the vent fans. Just the light bars above the sinks stopped working.

The pop I heard sounded like a GFI. I have a surge protector that I plug my TV and other equipment into so I think that was what I heard. My TV, etc are all fine.

Nothing on the electrical panel seemed to have been tripped but I tried resetting them anyway. I also checked all the GFI's and they seem to be ok. So I am at a bit of a loss as to what is going on. Iím guessing I got water into the outlet but it seemed pretty dry when I checked it. It is also enclosed in a case with a hatch to protect it from the weather.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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The pop I heard sounded like a GFI.
I also checked all the GFI's and they seem to be ok.
Spend $5 on an outlet tester.
Get the one with the button (that checks GFI's) on top.

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actually i think i have one of t hose i just forgot about it. the GFI's in the condo have a light on them and a TEST button. when i hit the text button the light comes on then i push the reset button and it goes out.
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Most likely the pop you heard was a wire blowing off the back of a backstabbed outlet, or junction point blowing apart.
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Hi all,

I live in a condo. I am having kind of a weird. Last night I was washing down my patio. I heard a pop and the 3 outlets along the wall that separates the interior from patio stopped working. Also the outlet on the patio, the one outside the front door, and the two bathroom lights stopped working. The outlets in the bathroom still work as well as the vent fans. Just the light bars above the sinks stopped working.

The pop I heard sounded like a GFI. I have a surge protector that I plug my TV and other equipment into so I think that was what I heard. My TV, etc are all fine.

Nothing on the electrical panel seemed to have been tripped but I tried resetting them anyway. I also checked all the GFI's and they seem to be ok. So I am at a bit of a loss as to what is going on. Iím guessing I got water into the outlet but it seemed pretty dry when I checked it. It is also enclosed in a case with a hatch to protect it from the weather.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
Check your outdoor receptales for cracked gasket or loose cover those are famous for tripping the GFCI's.

Those are pretty common issue with GFCI with outdoor receptales.

Merci,
Marc

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