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Old 06-25-2014, 07:49 PM   #1
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Hi, I stumbled upon this site while googling to try and find a solution to a problem I have and thought I'd give it a shot.

So a few weeks ago after an electrical storm I found that I had one electrical outlet that was no longer working and one light switch that was no longer working. These are in different rooms of my home.

In the case of the outlet, it receives no power when I test it with a meter. This outlet is near a light switch and the hot wire runs from the switch to the outlet. I replaced the switch and outlet and also the wire nut on the hot wire, but still get no power to the outlet even though the switch works fine.

In the case of the light that stopped working, this switch gets power, but there is no power on the end of the hot wire that connects to the light. I replaced this switch as well but still get nothing at the light.

Now I know very little about electricity and probably will need to call an electrician, but it really aggravates me that I can't solve this dilemma.

Can anyone give me an idea of what is wrong? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-25-2014, 08:04 PM   #2
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I expect this will get moved to the electrical section and some electricians will be able to help you. But a couple of questions they may need answers to are, are the affected items all on the same circuit (breaker)? Was anything else in the house affected at all by the storm? What type of tester are you using to check for power?

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No these are on separate breakers and everything else on those breakers works fine. I'm using a multi tester I borrowed from someone. I have tested other outlets to make sure it works correctly and I read around 120 volts. On the two problem areas I get 0 volts.
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Sounds like the wire got burnt but not probable it the circuit breaker and wire are sized right. Is it possible that you have a 20 amp breaker and 14 ga. wire.
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Both are 20 amp breakers but I don't know what gauge the wire is. There is no visible burn on the wire and there was no burned smell.
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I don't have any experience with lightning strike problems but it is pretty much a no brainer if you have power a one end of a wire but not the other the problem is the wire. Unless the wires are not going where you think they are.
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That was going to be my next step, just wanted to get other opinions before I waste anymore time or money. Not looking forward to pulling the wire for the light.
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Look for tripped GFCi receptacles in bathrooms, garage, kitchen, outside. Close lightning strikes can cause them to trip.
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No gfci outlet
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What are you using as a reference when checking for voltage at the lights?
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I just followed the directions on the meter and touched the hot wire with one test lead and the white with the other
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You need both the power and neutral to be intact for the meter to read voltage and the light(s) to work. Do you have a separate ground wire in your house wiring? Try testing with your meter between the black and ground.
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Okay I'll try that

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