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Old 04-15-2010, 12:38 AM   #1
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Lost Power to all of my outlets throughout house

i changed a outlet. Old one shorted out while changing. It arched across 2 poles. Tried Breaker box didn't trip or blow any breakers or fuses. I still have no power to any of the outlets. Fluke t5 1000 said i have 220 coming into the house to main disconnect. Than it has Romex coming from the main disconnect to a breaker box that has 120 in the breakers if i go from common wire to bus bar. and also from common to hot wire. But it shows common to the breaker 16 volts out I have changed the breaker and still have 16 volts out. I checked the 2 junction boxes that the romex comes out of and the daisy chain outlets through out the house. Does anyone know where i can start to fix this problem or what might i do?


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Old 04-15-2010, 01:07 AM   #2
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I'm kind of lost with how things are organized but basically, since you have 240 at the main feeder. Do you also have 120 volts from each leg to the neutral?

If so, then check breakers in that panel to neutral to be sure you have 120 volts. Then continue on through breakers or branch circuits until your reach a point where you find a problem. When you reach a point where voltage changes, your problem the last good point and the first bad point.


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It is sometimes hard to tell when some breakers are actually tripped. They don't go to the off position and show no red flag. To reset they must be flipped to off then back on. Assuming you understood that, and it actually did not trip, then what he said. That circuit is still live up to some point that failed, most likely at a switch or outlet where there was a loose connection.
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Classic case of "Call an Electrician".
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Originally Posted by bobelectric View Post
Classic case of "Call an Electrician".

When you shorted out the receptacle you caused a lot of current to flow, that might have heated up a loose connection and caused it to fail in some unknown box somewhere down the line.
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Originally Posted by allie74 View Post
it shows common to the breaker 16 volts out I have changed the breaker and still have 16 volts out.
First, turn off everything in your house and slam all breaker handles fully off and fully on.

Trace back where you are losing 104 volts. Make sure you're not reading phantom voltages; your tester doesn't seem to have a Lo-Z option, unless it is already Lo-Z, like a Wiggy, so load your test point with an incand. bulb.

Watch out for arc-flash when working with load center cover off.


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outlet outage , to all outlets

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