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Old 09-10-2011, 03:24 PM   #1
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I have a single receptacle in my shop. It has no power but the circuit wasn't tripped. The only two services on this box are overhead lights, which work, and the receptacle. The receptacle is directly below the box, with no exposed wiring. What could it be?

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Old 09-10-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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How are you testing the receptacle to determine it's not working? Do you have any testing equipment like a multi-meter or Wiggy type tester?

Could be:
bad breaker
bad connection at the receptacle
problem somewhere else that you aren't aware is part of that circuit
tripped GFCI ahead of the receptacle (located in another part of the house)
tripped breaker that doesn't look tripped.

Give us more information about what you have done to troubleshoot the problem.

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The shop is standalone, 50 feet from the main residence. I only changed out extension cords to see if they were bad. I don't believe there is anything else up line of this. A single power source feeds to the shop from the house and there are two circuits.
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:09 PM   #4
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Is the breaker that feeds the shop a 2-pole breaker? Try turning it off then back on. If your shop is being fed 240V or is a MWBC, you may have 'dropped' a leg coming from the house. Sometimes a 2-pole breaker will trip internally, but not trip the handle or the other leg.
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