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Old 01-17-2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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hi i have my living room that has all the outlets not working on top any ideas?

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Old 01-17-2009, 11:21 AM   #2
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hi i have my living room that has all the outlets not working on top any ideas?

Half Switched receptacles, hit the light switch that you never knew what it did before now...

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is there a switch on the wall anywhere? That would be the first thing I would check, some homes are wired that way
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LOL, answered at the same exact time!!
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:24 AM   #5
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Half Switched receptacles, hit the light switch that you never knew what it did before now...
Yes, the one behind the tall plant.......LOL
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Yes, the one behind the tall plant.......LOL
Grandfather clock, painting, you know the story...
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:30 AM   #7
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Yeah, we had a service call last year with similar findings.

Seems that the old fogies "lost" power to an outlet in their living room, and could not figure out why.

I asked them over the phone about hidden wall switches, and you can guess their response: We have NEVER had any switches in that room, etc, etc.

Well, I got there, and discovered one hidden behind a large piece of furniture, flipped it, and voilą! The outlet worked again.

Upon further investigation it was determined that they recently had some grandchildren over for a visit, and one of them must had done some "exploring" around the house, and switched the outlet off.
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Look for a switch...
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I assume that these receptacles did work at one time.
If not, maybe someone removed the tabs and wired to the bottom screws.
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lol thanks so much for the advice, you saved me alot of time and money
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At least you found yours before calling a contractor to troubleshoot your outlets!

Image the embarrassment my customer felt when I showed them the "hidden" switch, after they paid me $75 to look behind that piece of furniture to find it!

I found it quite amusing, since I did try to encourage them over the phone to look for it first, before I had to go over there and hold their hand ...
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At least you found yours before calling a contractor to troubleshoot your outlets!

Image the embarrassment my customer felt when I showed them the "hidden" switch, after they paid me $75 to look behind that piece of furniture to find it!

I found it quite amusing, since I did try to encourage them over the phone to look for it first, before I had to go over there and hold their hand ...

My favorite call is when a light all of a sudden stops working, my first response is "did you change the lamps?" Always get a yes answer till I get there and change them and it magically works...
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Yeah, had one about 20 years ago, from a bunch of college kids living in a house.

The light at the backdoor was not working, so they said. I took my tester and checked the socket, all seemed to be fine to me. So I went into the truck and got a 60 watt bulb, screwed it in, and sure enough, the light worked perfectly!

They protested "...but we changed the bulb and it didn't work!"

Seems that they took a hot bulb from a lamp in the living room, shook it near the ear to be sure it was "still good" and then installed it in the outside light.

Of course, you should not shake a bulb to hear if it's still good, because in so doing, you can cause the filament to break. Especially if the bulb was lit when you removed it from the lamp, and the filament was still hot!
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I've had Friends and family call me and tell me their outside outlets aren't working and i tell them to check the gfi in the bathroom, basement, garage, etc. They say they have. I'll stop over and find the tripped gfi for them, seems like sometimes it's easier to let someone else handle anything that comes up rather than try to figure it out themselves.

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