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Bad Electrical Circuit

I own a new condo, and have lost power at four outlets. Two of these are in the kitchen, the other two in the dining room. The outlets in the dining area have only been used periodically while vacumming. The two outlets in the kitchen that aren't working have only been used for small appliciances. None of the outlets have burn marks etc. Other outlets in the kitchen are working fine.


I've reset all the breakers and still no juice. The advice given to others about electrical problems has been good. Hoping to get some help as well!


Steve B

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November 14, 20040 found this helpful

More then likely, a conductor (wire) has come loose in a junction box, most probably in attic. Another possibility if you have another working outlet (not refrig.) in the kitchen, is that a wire going downstream from it has come loose. You may want to check that first before crawling into attic. If you have no electrical experience, its best to find someone experienced to do it. Unless it turns out to be a nail through the wire behind a wall, it should take less then half an hour to fix.

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November 15, 20040 found this helpful

You could check each fuse is seated correctly - I had this problem and just needed to push one in slightly so it made the correct contact. Otherwise get an electrician - there's no second chance if you make a mistake - electricity can kill. As your condo is new is there any way you can find out who the original contractor was - you may have some redress.




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By jeanie (Guest Post)
November 15, 20040 found this helpful

THis recently happened to me, also. The plug was a GFCI and resetting it did not I purchased a new one, had it installed and all is well.

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November 23, 20040 found this helpful

I had this problem inside and outside and called an electrician. It turned out that mice were the problem inside, and bees were the problem outside.

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By walton electric (Guest Post)
November 29, 20040 found this helpful

look to reset a gfi in one of those are,

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December 22, 20040 found this helpful

Do you have a GFCI Receptical Analyzer? If not, get one at Lowes or Home Depot. Should be less than $10.00.If one of the wires is unhocked (open), it will tell you which one and the problem.


Work backwards to a good receptacle. Could be something like a loose wire at a twist nut.

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