Electrical Short - No Power Now
Hello all new to the board and need help with a problem.
Just finished some painting and was putting new switches, plugs and plates up. I noticed when I removed the old light switch the screw was not coming out of the electrical box behind the drywall because thread was partially stripped. So my first question is how can I get the new switch screwed into the box if thread is stripped?
My bigger question which is the more serious issue is that when I tried to force the screw into the box, it slipped and one of the screws on the switch touched he metal box and a short occured and a spark.
Now the light is not working. It is a switch that controls a light but there is also another switch at front of house that controls the same light it is not working either. Other switch in the box for laundry room lights isn't working. Living Room lights don't work, 2 sets of kitchen lights don't work, hood fan and light don't work, TV, cable box and audio receiver don't work. Lots of things do work though like stove fridge, micro, other hall lights, bathroom etc.
A breaker was not thrown at the electrical panel in basement. I turned power off then back on but it did nothing. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated as I know am without lots of lights, TV etc.
Thank you very much.