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Old 11-18-2008, 11:41 PM   #1
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Electricity in the Garage

I have a problem in the garage, the elec. is on in the house but the garage and all the outlets are dead how can I overcome this issue.

I know I am a newbie and a single parent, I have somewhat knowledge in this area but not much. What should I be looking for?

No breaker issue and no obvious elec failures Power is on in the rest of the house.

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Old 11-19-2008, 12:06 AM   #2
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all the outlets in the house? or the garage?


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Old 11-19-2008, 02:36 AM   #3
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Sometimes--pretty often actually--it's difficult to tell that a breaker has tripped (turned off) just by looking.

If that's the case, you can find it by feel, by testing each breaker, one by one. Turn each one fully off, and back on. If one of them is indeed tripped, it will have little to no resistance as you move it to OFF.

Have you tried that yet? (Make sure your DVR isn't recording your favorite show at the moment, ha ha. )

OK, now for the not-so-obvious... Check for any GFCI outlets in the garage that may need to be reset (recent codes require GFCI protection on most garage and outdoor outlets).

It could also be a wiring problem. Did the outlets work when you first moved in? Is is this an attached or detached garage? A detached garage could have a problem with the underground feed. (For example, on my detached garage, the cable was buried less than foot deep--sub-standard work--and it got cut by a garden tool. That's a problem...)

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Turn the breaker that feeds your garage off and then on again. When did it go out? I would check all of the outlets for a tripped gfi. Be sure to turn the bathroom breakers off and then on again. Check the bathroom gfcis aswell.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:24 AM   #5
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The first think you should do is buy a multimeter if you don't have one. Then you can start troubleshooting the circuits. The only way to figure out the problem is to just work a circuit at a time and see where the problem is.
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