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Old 07-17-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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First off a little background. The old lady decided to use an electric power washer over the weekend. She told me she plugged it into one of the outlets in the powder room.

Later that day I noticed the light in the basement, the light in the powder room and the outlet in the powder room were not working. I figured the breaker tripped, so I reset it. That didn't solve the problem.

We have one GFCI for the house. The lights in the two other bathrooms work, but the outlets do not. The actual GFCI outlet is in the kitchen, which works. There has to be something I'm missing. All the outlets by water have to be on the gfci circuit, but if the gfci circuit was tripped why does that outlet work?

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Are you sure there is not another GFCI? Usually it is found in the garage behind the pile of boxes that has been there since you moved in.

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Look again at the breakers to see if one of them says reset on it and has a red button on the face of it.
I've found GFI in places that made no since controling outlets on a differant floor on the other side of the house.
In the garage, behind the fridge, out on the deck, basement, differant bathroom.
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Are you sure there is not another GFCI? Usually it is found in the garage behind the pile of boxes that has been there since you moved in.
I'm almost positive there isn't another one. It's a pretty small, older townhouse. I double checked and there was only one that had the test and reset button on the actual outlet.
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Look again at the breakers to see if one of them says reset on it and has a red button on the face of it.
I've found GFI in places that made no since controling outlets on a differant floor on the other side of the house.
In the garage, behind the fridge, out on the deck, basement, differant bathroom.
In the panel box, there is only one that has a yellow test button on it. That's the one that I turned all the way off, then all the way on. I'm starting to think it could be the actual circuit in the panel box. When I hit the yellow test button, nothing happens. The inspection sticker says 1976 on it. Do those go bad? Are they easy to replace?
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