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Old 12-13-2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Whichever outlet can't run a hair dryer has a problem, at the outlet or upstream.
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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 Use recept instead of wirenuts okay?
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It sounds like a loose connection. Pull the receptacle with the carbon monoxide detector and check the connections.

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