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Old 05-31-2005, 02:13 PM   #1
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receptacle upgrading blunder - help!

Please help! - My house was built in 1987. I began replacing the old receptacles with new ones. After finishing, I noticed 3 of the receptacles went dead - 2 in the dining room and the one for the fridge. (there are only 2 receptacles in the dining room).

I should point out that when I tried to remove the receptacle in the dining room, I got a slight shock. I was suprised by this as I switched the circuit breaker for the lights and receptacles to the "off" position. After switching the Mains to off, I continued to remove the dining room outlets only to find out their wires are slightly thicker than the others. I used a drill to widen the holes on back of the new receptacles and finished installation (I think this may have been a bad idea).

After powering up, I noticed the fridge was not on. Then I checked all of the outlets and switches I upgraded. All of them were working except for the three receptacles.

I checked the circuit breaker and resetted all of the them including the main. Still nothing.

Please help - could I have shorted the circuit branch feeding these 3 outlets? Why is the fridge outlet related to the dining outlets?

Any feed back or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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Old 05-31-2005, 07:30 PM   #2
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I used a drill to widen the holes on back of the new receptacles and finished installation (I think this may have been a bad idea).
I agree this was a bad idea Before you go much further I would recommend getting a professional in on this. No offence intended but it sounds like your playing with fire. Litterally.


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Old 06-01-2005, 06:16 AM   #3
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The reason the wires would not fit is they are # 12 and the recepticles will only accept #14. As stated before, it is time to get an electrician in. The only way to fix this is replace what you replaced and use pigtails and not the holes.
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