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Electrical Outlet Question:
I recently replaced an outlet in my kitchen. It was a 20amp outlet and I connected it appropriately, using the back holes instead of screws to attach the wires.
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Electrical Outlets Question: I recently replaced an outlet in my kitchen. It was a 20amp outlet and I connected it appropriately, using the back holes instead of screws to attach the wires. I tried one with screws first, but it didn't work. This outlet is connected to two other outlets in the kitchen and I am getting nothing from this outlet when I test it!
So, I'm down three outlets in the kitchen.
What do you think might be the problem?
Hi Julienne - Great Electrical Repair Question! GFI Outlet or GFI Breaker
The first check I would make is to be sure a GFI outlet or breaker which may control these outlets did not trip.
Are these outlets protected by GFI?
They should be, especially the sink counter top outlets. Because you said that you tried wiring to the screw terminals before and it did not work, I am thinking that you may have a loose connection in the back of the junction box.
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So I would turn off this circuit and inspect all the wire connectors and splices very carefully.
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