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Outlets and Light on Same Circuit Quit Working?

I came home from work and the outlets in one room were not working. The breaker did not trip, but I reset it to be sure and still nothing. I tested the breaker with a multimeter and it has current. I checked the outlets with a receptacle tester and found that the hot and ground are reversed. How would this happened if they were working earlier that day? Could this be a bad breaker? I should add that there is a ceiling light on the same circuit that is also not working.

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

Even though it sounds like you are quite handy, I am always of the safety first mindset and call in an electrician when there are issues. I know of too many tragic fires from diy electrical projects. Post back what you learn! Prayers for an easy solution!

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April 4, 20190 found this helpful

Hi crawfordwick. I am responding to contact an electrician because I don't want to see a person I don't know crowd source for information on how to fix something electric, doing it, and then it causes a fire and burns down his or her house.

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We had two fires on my street in the past 20 years, both were caused by DIY electric projects gone wrong. This was devastating for our neighborhood.

This site (Thirty Fun) is designed for people who like to have fun and save money and time. The website is not called Expert Electricians Offer Free Advice.

The folks on this site are NOT electricians (at least none that I know of). We are an online community of concerned people who try to look out for one another and offer guidance and support.

There may be sites out there where electricians offer free electrical advice, but I am not aware of them.

I am very sorry if my advice or comments were somehow offensive to you. You have my most sincere apologies.

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

Was someone else working on your electricity when you were out. It is quite strange that the hot and ground could be reversed like that. I would call an electrician

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