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How to Repair a Kitchen Outlet Circuit

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Fix a Damaged Outlet Circuit: Whenever I power up the circuit on the panel the breaker trips automatically.

Damaged Outlet Circuit

Electrical Question: While installing a tile back splash in the kitchen I missed turning off one circuit on the panel and shorted out one of the receptacles with the trowel which caused a Big flash.


This electrical wiring question came from James, in Montreal, Alabama.

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

Repairing a Damaged Electrical Circuit

Application: Troubleshooting and Repairing Outlet Problem.
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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