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Old 07-14-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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I accidentally cut through a lamp cord and got big spark. The outlet it was plugged into and one other stopped working. There was a tripped breaker in my box, so I flipped it back on (after unplugging the lamp of course), but I still don't have power to either outlet. The two outlets seem to be the only things on that breaker's circuit, which probably makes sense since they are the only two in an addition to the house. There is no GFI. The wires inside each outlet box look fine. What is the next thing to check?

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I accidentally cut through a lamp cord and got big spark. The outlet it was plugged into and one other stopped working. There was a tripped breaker in my box, so I flipped it back on (after unplugging the lamp of course), but I still don't have power to either outlet. ... What is the next thing to check?
Open up the two boxes and check all the connections...
and with a tester for proper voltage.

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The two outlets seem to be the only things on that breaker's circuit, which probably makes sense since they are the only two in an addition to the house. There is no GFI. The wires inside each outlet box look fine.
uh huh ...check anyway.

If the breaker is on and holding (=you've read power on the wire there) but you have NO power at either box and... and there really is no other device (GFI or other)... then you have a fault somewhere in one of your walls. You *really* don't want this to be true.

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The plugs may have blew open. Check the connections with a meter as suggested, but I suspect you need a couple new receptacles or you blew apart a wire inwall.
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Check the affected receptales and make sure you double check the wirenuts if they are loose the short circuit can make them more looser.

If you did have backstabbed receptales then it is a good time to move to the screw types.

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Flip the breaker off and on --some need to be switched off fully before they will reset---
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Flip the breaker off and on --some need to be switched off fully before they will reset---
Now why didn't I think of that? Although the breaker shouldn't sit in the on position correctly without a reset it can still be deceiving. Good catch.
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Now why didn't I think of that? Although the breaker shouldn't sit in the on position correctly without a reset it can still be deceiving. Good catch.
Maybe the OP will come back and tell us if that worked?

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There was a tripped breaker in my box, so I flipped it back on (after unplugging the lamp of course), but I still don't have power to either outlet.

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