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Old 01-12-2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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Power outage in dining room!


Yesterday my wife and I layed a beatiful cherry floor down in our dining and living rooms. We used an air compressor and nail gun.

Unfortunately halfway through the project the air compressor turned on and the power went out in the dining room, but the breaker didn't go off. The breaker on the compress went off, and it just needed to pressed back in.

Does my breaker For the dining room need to be replaced? is it even possible that my breaker can break?

All electrical outlets are controled by one switch and none of the outlets work when I turn the switch.

I need help... Can anyone help me with this?


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Try replacing the switch. If the breaker says 20 on it, get a switch rated for 20 amps.

If that does not work, try replacing the outlet that the compressor was plugged into.

(If you know how to do these things, otherwise call an electrician.)

The above is an easy way to solve this problem, if this does not work, then there are ways to troubleshoot using a voltmeter which would be more involved. Or examine the other outlets for burned wires. These things go in a line - one outlet to the next. I suspect something is fried along the way.

And best to turn off the main power before doing electrical work...

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Thank you BillyBob, your suggestions are much appreciated. I will let you know how things turn out. Cheers.
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Thank you BillyBob, your suggestions are much appreciated. I will let you know how things turn out. Cheers.
Yes, indeed. You don't mention anything about the living room lights. (Only the outlets.) And when you DO start checking the electrical connections with a voltmeter, please note that one of the Two terminals on the switch should have a reading of 120 Volts to Ground. A simpler way to see if the switch is faulty, would be to "Jump" the power across the terminals with a piece of wire. In any case, it is always better to call in a professional if you don't have the confidence to do it yourself. BTW. You should pick up a book about residential wiring at any Home Center!
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