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I lived in my house 16 years, a month ago the socket and lights stopped working in one upstairs bedroom. I changed the fuse but that did not fix the problem…


Identifying and Repairing Electrical Wiring Problems
Question: I lived in my house 16 years, a month ago the socket and lights stopped working in one upstairs bedroom. I changed the fuse but that did not fix the problem. i used a socket tester and it said the “hot/ground reverse”. Why did this happen after 16 years and what can i do to fix it.

This electrical question came from: Joseph, a Homeowner from Charlotte.NC
Additional Comments: first time visiting; seems informative.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Joseph.
Use testers as shown below to positively identify the wiring, if the readings are not correct then trace the wiring back towards the source inspect and make any necessary repairs.

The Following links will assist you with your electrical question:

Types of Electrical Testers

Using Electrical Testers

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Bedroom Electrical Wiring Requirements
This wiring diagram and pictures explain the basic bedroom electrical code wiring requirements required for most new or remodel projects.

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Electrical Safety and Voltage Testers
When working on home electrical wiring, quality voltage testers can play an important part in electrical safety. Electrical testers enable you to identify electrical circuits and help prevent the possibility of accidental electrical shock.

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Circuit Breaker
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A guide to home electrical circuit breakers and how they work to protect your electrical wiring. When properly installed, your home electrical wiring is protected by a circuit protection device.


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