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Adamsmami29 05-22-2012 09:04 PM

Only one outlet in my front room works tried changing the fuses and flipping the brakers and nothing can someone help

user1007 05-22-2012 09:23 PM

Have you checked them with an outlet tester? They are handy to have and only about $10-15. Get one that can test GCFI type outlets too.

Any chance the outlets are controlled by wall switches? This is not uncommon in living rooms.

Is there a GCFI protecting outlets in the room that might have tripped? Sometimes they are found in weird places. I lived in one place where some of the living room outlets were on the same circuit as the bath and the GCFI was in the bath. I found one set of family room outlets protected by an outdoor patio GCFI.

Adamsmami29 05-22-2012 09:40 PM

Yes we have one my husband got one and my brother in law checked it and said no electric was coming from the outlet

Adamsmami29 05-22-2012 09:42 PM

It's a old house and we just bought it a few months ago and I checked the front room outlets only one works

rrolleston 05-22-2012 10:05 PM

Could be a receptacle somewhere that was backstabbed or a nicked wire broke and is breaking the connection. Removing and inspecting one receptacle at a time with the breaker off is where I would start.

k_buz 05-22-2012 10:25 PM

You didn't happen to change a ceiling light fixture in that room did you?

user1007 05-22-2012 10:51 PM

Loose hot or neutral wire a the box? Failed breaker switch?

frenchelectrican 05-22-2012 11:21 PM

Do you have a switched receptale in there ? if so you may want to take look at the receptale itself and see what colour the conductor you have in there the normal unswitched verison will only have two conductor useally black et white.

The switched verison will useally have black et white et red so you know that is switched verison.

But the other common item will fail is splices on wirenuts or backstabbed recepatles.


dmxtothemax 05-23-2012 06:15 AM

Have you got any gfci's anywhere in the house ?
Have you checked all recepticules for gfci's ?
You might have one somewhere and not know it !

andrew79 05-23-2012 06:21 AM

So the outlets worked when you bought the house or they've never worked? If they've never worked you could spend hours trying to figure out what the problem is. If they've stopped since you bought it the first place you should look is anywhere you've installed new electrical devices.

danpik 05-23-2012 06:29 AM

do you have any switches on the walls that you don't know what they go to?

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