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picsaro 12-13-2009 11:19 AM

Outlet Issue
 
I have 2 outlets that are along the same wall, about 30 feet apart. In one outlet I have plugged in a Carbon Monoxide Detector. In the other is a lamp and the charger for my laptop, which i frequently connect and disconnect. Sometimes when I plug in the charger, there is a small spark and the other outlet seems to turn off and then turn on very quickly (I can tell by the carbon monoxide detector beeping when it resets itself).

I ve looked at both outlets, and everything looks normal. Are they somehow connected to each other? And why would this happen in the first place? I'm getting worried.

thanks

wirenut1110 12-13-2009 12:02 PM

Sounds like you may have back stabbed connections on your receptacles causing an intermittent loose connection, If so, pull the wire out and bend a little hook and install the wire on the screws.

300zx 12-13-2009 12:12 PM

Yes they are prob connected i would change out both oulets sounds like a bad connection and maybe even the other rec on that circuit.

300zx 12-13-2009 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wirenut1110 (Post 365988)
Sounds like you may have back stabbed connections on your receptacles causing an intermittent loose connection, If so, pull the wire out and bend a little hook and install the wire on the screws.

Didn't think about that. That is prob the problem.

picsaro 12-13-2009 03:20 PM

thanks for the responses. What does "back stab" mean? The wires are directly into the outlet? If so, neither of them are like that. I replaced both outlets about 2 years ago and the wires are around the screws.

Yoyizit 12-13-2009 03:31 PM

Whichever outlet can't run a hair dryer has a problem, at the outlet or upstream.

300zx 12-13-2009 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by picsaro (Post 366122)
thanks for the responses. What does "back stab" mean? The wires are directly into the outlet? If so, neither of them are like that. I replaced both outlets about 2 years ago and the wires are around the screws.

Post #7 shows the back stap and one wire around screw http://www.diychatroom.com/f18/use-r...ts-okay-57876/

joed 12-13-2009 05:04 PM

It sounds like a loose connection. Pull the receptacle with the carbon monoxide detector and check the connections.


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