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Eric of Damascus Asks How to Troubleshoot an Electrical Problem with an Outlet and Lights

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Fix a Power Problem with an Outlet and Lights: I have two lights and a receptacle that do not work but everything else works fine.

Electrical Problem with an Outlet and Lights

Electrical Question: I have two lights and a receptacle that do not work but everything else works fine.

This electrical wiring question came from Eric, in Damascus, Virginia.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Eric.

How to Fix a Power Problem with an Outlet and Lights

Application: Troubleshooting and Repairing Outlet Problems.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester or Volt Ohm Meter or plug-in circuit analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on the age of the home and the condition of the electrical wiring and access to the circuit wiring to be inspected, evaluated and repaired.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit at the electric panel, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring inspections or electrical repairs. If an outlet or the electrical wiring is found to be damaged then repairs and replacement parts should be obtained with the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Burnt or damaged electrical wiring and circuit components should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.

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