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ginaca 04-19-2009 02:52 PM

Electrical problem in garage
 
Half the electrical is working & the other half is not in the garage. One outlet below the fuse box, the security light on the front of the garage & the lights in the garage are all working. The garage door, the security light on the back of the garage, the outlet outside the garage & one just inside the garage are not.

There is a fuse box in the garage & all the fuses are o.k. Not sure what the problem is. I'm a widow & I'm thinking I'll have to hire an electrician but if anyone has a suggestion before I do that, I would greatly appreciate it.

Chemist1961 04-19-2009 03:07 PM

What was going on when you first noticed this as in was something plugged in and runninmg and the lights went out or what. Has any work been done in the garage recently.
I would start be changing the fuse even if it looks OK.

PaliBob 04-19-2009 03:26 PM

Make sure all the lights in the rest of the house are OK. If some are out then ask your closest neighbor. If they have the same problem. If they do, then it is a problem with the Power company local transformer.

HouseHelper 04-19-2009 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ginaca (Post 262407)
Half the electrical is working & the other half is not in the garage. One outlet below the fuse box, the security light on the front of the garage & the lights in the garage are all working. The garage door, the security light on the back of the garage, the outlet outside the garage & one just inside the garage are not.

There is a fuse box in the garage & all the fuses are o.k. Not sure what the problem is. I'm a widow & I'm thinking I'll have to hire an electrician but if anyone has a suggestion before I do that, I would greatly appreciate it.

Good chance you have a GFCI receptacle in the garage that has tripped. Look for a receptacle that has two buttons labeled "test" and "reset". Press the reset button and see if power is restored.

joed 04-19-2009 04:58 PM

Look for a GFCI. Look behind the pile of stuff in the garage, outside, in bathrooms or in basement. Those are the common places for GFCIs and they could all be one GFCI.

ginaca 04-19-2009 05:11 PM

No other problems in the neighborhood & I'm not really sure how long it's been this way. My best guess is at least a month or more. There is only one GFCI receptical, the one just outside of the garage. I did push the test button & it made no difference.

ginaca 04-19-2009 05:13 PM

Also, I ran an extension cord from the garage door opener to a working outlet & the garage door opened, so there is an obvious electrical problem in the garage.

loyal 04-19-2009 05:33 PM

Still could be a GFCI tripped like he said.

Usually the garage door opener recept. isn't GFCI'd

because it's up high and nuisance tripping.

But code might have changed. So I'm not sure.

Yoyizit 04-19-2009 05:36 PM

I'd suspect the GFCI, regardless of test button results.
If turn off all breakers that are likely to supply the garage and you run short pieces of wire from the line terminal to the load terminal on both sides of the GFCI
http://www.rd.com/images/tfhimport/2...CI_001_sz2.jpg
and everything starts working you've found your problem.

You may need clip leads to do this conveniently
http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/Full/fe23a.jpg
which are available at H/W stores.

PaliBob 04-19-2009 06:49 PM

Try the RESET button again
 
On many GFCI's it is NOT sufficient to push the RESET to where it is flush.

The RESET button needs to be pushed hard to where it is about an ⅛’’ below flush.
Then it will return to the flush position when pressure is released.

Report back if this works.

joed 04-19-2009 06:51 PM

It could be a loose connection but GFCI is the most likely cause. Does the GFCI work? Have you tried plugging something into it for a test?


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