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Old 11-23-2011, 09:23 AM   #1
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I woke up this morning to find one corner of my house dark. Inside and outside lights out.
I checked the breaker system to find NONE had popped....I looked at the power surge I have plugged in...nothing...but when I looked outside, my outlet that is there is soaked...its not a protected outlet as my house very very rarely gets water in that area...could that be a cause for the outage? if so...how do i resolve this quickly.

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Old 11-23-2011, 09:39 AM   #2
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Look for a GFCI in the garage, basement or a bathroom that controls all the affected devices.
Are they all on the same circuit?

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Old 11-23-2011, 09:41 AM   #3
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yes they are all on the same circuit....the outside plug is suppose to have a red "reset" switch but its not working...and there is water inside the outlet.
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yes they are all on the same circuit....the outside plug is suppose to have a red "reset" switch but its not working...and there is water inside the outlet.
You need to change the outlet. You also need to find out why there was water inside the box and fix the issue before the next outlet goes in.
You need to find the breaker the outlet is on and shut it off before repairs are made.
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You MUST test the outlet and wiring before you work on it - it's possible that your breaker isn't working properly - be safe, don't get shocked over a plug!
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the reason why there is water is because that outside outlet is not protected and it rained horribly here....I am wondering if its a NFG outlet...I am going to try drying the outlet first and reseting it...if that works I am going to try switching the outlet with one that is protected so water doesnt get back in.
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the reason why there is water is because that outside outlet is not protected and it rained horribly here....I am wondering if its a NFG outlet...I am going to try drying the outlet first and reseting it...if that works I am going to try switching the outlet with one that is protected so water doesnt get back in.
All exterior outlets need to be protected with an approved exterior cover.
Having an exposed outlet outside is dangerous.
I have no idea what NFG means, but once it's wet, it's garbage.
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once it's wet, it's garbage.
Correct. You dry clothes and other items, but drying electrical devices, rather than correcting the situation and replacing the device, is one of several first steps toward eligibility for a Darwin Award.

Your local hardware store or big box will have packages on the shelf, which will contain a GFCI and weather tight box. Follow the instructions carefully, but if you find yourself in unfamiliar territory, I suggest calling a local electrician.
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is one of several first steps toward eligibility for a Darwin Award.
Curiously enough, the award is always given out postumously.
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Yes, I believe that is correct. I wonder how many start with "here, hold my beer" and "watch this", as compared to "aw heck, this will work for now".
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just put 2 of those outdoor receptacles in at my house...very nice for the price. found a whole kit at lowes for about $10 i believe. they come with box, outlet, gasket, and sealant
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:27 PM   #12
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if NFG outlet means what I think it means if it got wet it truly is one. replace it and make sure you use a weather proof box. find out why it got wet in the first place. be sure to turn breaker off
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