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Thanks for your electrical wiring questions Jose, Tom, and Valerie.

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Application: Electrical Troubleshooting an Outlet Circuit.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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Precaution: This is a project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor and typically requires specific tests of the electrical circuits.
Notice: Repairs to Home Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require a permit and inspections.

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2 Responses to “Cut Extension Cord Causes Power Loss to Outlets”
  1. Lora says:

    My husband was using power tools outside and accidentally cut power cord while it was plugged in. So I’ve turned off the power at the box, replaced the GFCI and the outlet the cord was plugged into. Turned the circuit back on. But I still don’t have any power to anything on that line. I have three outlets not working. I’ve replaced all three outlets. There is no power for the line. But there is power for the other areas on that circuit. What is really the problem and how can I fix it.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Lora,
      Fix a Cut Cord Power Problem
      Press the Reset button on the GFCI that provides power to the outlet location. If this does not restore the power then there may be another GFI outlet on the same circuit that needs to be checked.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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