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GFCI. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Looks like this. They sometimes trip when you cycle the breakers. One GFCI can protect other outlets downstream from it on the same circuit. Press the button to reset it:

 

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ok GFI's are not the prob in wall plugs in the kitchen
power coming into 2 main breakers and not the 3rd? I've turned the main off before several times over the years, never had a prob with all the breakers coming back on. Coincidence?
 

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OK, GFI isn't the issue. Have you tried to reset that circuits breaker? Also, check the wire in the breaker and make sure it's secure. It may just not have a tight connection to the breaker. Be careful when you do it, that's a live box.
 

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Ohhh this gets really good, breaker bad on refrig? (worked fine before shutting off main) ok but still can't get the other 2 circuits to work. Still checking
 

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Are the breakers staggered in the panel?
Does the dryer or stove work?
You may have a bad connection in the main breaker.
I have seen that happen before!
 

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2 column panel, dryer had power (I think) lost track now. So far 2 bad breakers and one circuit no power at all, and possible another circuit out. I'm exhausted. How do you check the main?
 

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do you have a multimeter?


check voltage from L1 to L2, L1 to N, L2 to N, L1 to G, and L2 to G

L1 - Line 1(usually black)
L2 - Line 2(usually red)
N - Neutral(White)
G - Ground(Green/bare)
 

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multimeter is just another name for voltage tester.

without one you're probably going to have to call in an electrician
 
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