No Power After Installing New Breaker

I changed all the outlets in my house from two to three prongs. Within a week my son's room lost power. I checked the breaker and reset all GFCIS, but nothing. I then I bought a multimeter; it revealed that the lower pole out of a two pole breaker was dead (this was the only breaker dead in the box). I did buy a new 20 dual pole BR type breaker and replaced it, but there is still no power, in fact the lower pole is not giving me a reading just like the old one.


What can be the problem now?

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

You probably have a loose or broken wire in the circuit.

What you have is either a broken or loose wire in the circuit. It is usually the white neutral wire, but could be the black hot wire. The most common cause of failure is a weak backstab connection at a receptacle; this can be repaired by moving the wire to the adjacent screw terminal on the receptacle. The problem is usually at the first dead receptacle or the last live receptacle in the circuit; each device that is downstream from the break will not function. The method of fixing this is basically trial-and-error until you find the receptacle, switch or light fixture with the loose connection.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

If you have replaced all the outlets in your home, you have one that has a loose connection. There is a short in your wiring that is shorting out your breaker.


Before replacing the breaker a second time, check all your outlets. Make sure the wiring on the outlets is secure.

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August 3, 20170 found this helpful

It sounds like the problem is with the new install in your son's room. Is this room the only one with a power problem. We have had to buy a new outlets when something like this happened because it damaged the old (even if its new) outlet. If this outlet is not getting power start with redoing it before calling an electrician. Unless of course you are one of the fortunate ones that has a friendly electrician.
You may be able to get help from the store where you purchased all your new outlets. There are people available at Home Depot, Lowe's and they sometimes have people that give classes that will help - also, Ace Hardware has some quite knowledgeable people or can call someone.

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