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Old 01-22-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
 
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Hi I recently bought a house in South Florida and came across a dead outlet in bedroom. I checked all breakers and gfci's, opened outlet and checked wiring. No power in wires to outlet. I removed nearest outlets in room to check for disconnected wiring but couldnt find any problems. How do I figure out where problem exists?
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:50 AM   #2
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Check for a switch that may control the receptacle.
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no switch controlling recept

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pic of outlet with wires please
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Will get pic as soon as possible Sorry Didnt think of taking a pic (right now room is used for storage and has a heavy desk in front of outlet)
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how many wires in nonworkig outlet box
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there are two wires
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I also think it is a switch issue. If you are certain it is not then go to the working receptacle nearest and check it for loose connections.
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I don't know what kind of access you have to wires and stud bays, but how easy would it be to simply run a new wire from another working outlet? It may be easier than finding (then fixing) the fault. You could spend hours poking around in adjacent boxes and in understanding your house circuits trying to figure this one out.

Make sure you cap off your old wires if you take my suggestion.
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Hey All Thanks for your input. I have checked switches, gfci's, breakers and nearest working outlets but could not find any capped, disconnected or broken wires. Because of its placement in the room it is a necessary outlet . So before I run new wires or cut a whole in the wall I thought there may be some kind of signal (or wire) tracer that can identify where the wiring terminates in the wall with some kind of input into the plug? Does this exist?
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Yes, they exist. I don't think they work well with non-energized wiring, however. Perhaps you could rig some sort of jumper from a power supply (another wall outlet?) and energize the dead wire, then trace it, but this sounds like a little more effort and risk than I would be willing to take. I guess it all depends how much work it would be to run a new wire.
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check plugs on either side to see where its fed from
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You could try replacing the outlet first - would rule that out, and outlets are cheap.
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there are two wires
is there a ground wire, bare copper, is it a plastic box?
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