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Old 12-19-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
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What would cause the electricity in only one room to suddenly stop working?


A fuse didn't blow (we're still on fuses, here) because all the rest of the house's electricity is working alright. It's just one room, but all of the outlets in the one room are not working as well as the exterior house light that is located on the outside of the same room.

The house's electrical wiring is all original and the house was built in '52.


Is this unusual? I've certainly never had it happen like this to me before...

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Old 12-19-2011, 08:48 PM   #2
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What would cause the electricity in only one room to suddenly stop working?


Oh, and it's just the outlets (i.e. wall electricity). The ceiling lights in the room are working.

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A fuse didn't blow (we're still on fuses, here) because all the rest of the house's electricity is working alright. It's just one room, but all of the outlets in the one room are not working as well as the exterior house light that is located on the outside of the same room.

The house's electrical wiring is all original and the house was built in '52.


Is this unusual? I've certainly never had it happen like this to me before...
yes if one wire is loose or burned off of rec or switch.quick possible find.
plug lights or better a buzzer in outlet not working and go arounf
d and sharply hit outlets and hopefully the li8ghts will flicker or come on .IF THAQT HQPPENS CHECK THQT OUTLET
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What would cause the electricity in only one room to suddenly stop working?


either a neutral wire or hot is loose going arond to the sockets...you need to hit the socket with a meter check each side to ground see if you get 115V to the mounting then take it to the other side of the socket ...if you don't get 115V then the neutral is open into the room...if you have baseboard heating around the room use that grounding onto the cover or actual piping....to check for 115V
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A fuse didn't blow (we're still on fuses, here) because all the rest of the house's electricity is working alright.
What does the rest of the house electricity have to do with this? You could very well have a blown fuse because I really doubt the whole house is on one fuse.
Sometimes those fuses can look good from the front but the filament can be open.
Start by replacing the fuse for that circuit.
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you need to hit the socket with a meter check each side to ground
Who said this 1952 house has a grounded electrical system?
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If you look at your circuit breaker, I'm sure you've noticed the numerous switches. Each of those are different circuits and each contain their own separate fuse. I would presume that your builders, in this situation, did not put the wall sockets on the same circuit as the ceiling lights. It's general practice. So! What may have occurred, which was somewhat touched on previously, is that somewhere along the line of outlets coming from that breaker box (If indeed not the fuse) has a loose wire. If one outlet has a loose wire, the circuit is broken and thus no current will go through to the rest of the outlets. It may even be that the first outlet is just bad due to "old age" and once you replace that one the rest will pop back on. But.. BEFORE you to ANY testing. SHUT OFF THE CIRCUIT!!! We do not want you zapped ^.^ Although... It is kinda fun the first few times :P and.. well.. subsequent times.. But this is completely besides the point.
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How many power circuits are on the fuseboard ?
Have you tested all fuses with a tester (multimeter) ?
Otherwise its probably a loose connection.
You have to figure out where the power comes from !
Does the room have its own fuse ?
Or is it connected to another power circuit ?
Is that circuit still working ?

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