Troubleshooting Outlets and Lights that Do Not Work
Troubleshooting a Problem with Lights and Outlets: Electrical wiring repairs should be made using the right materials for your particular application. Here are a few choices to help you decide what you’ll need.
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Electrical Question: Everything seems to be working except three outlets in the living room, one over head light in the living room, the front porch light and the kitchen light. All the rest are OK in those room and the rest of the house. I checked the breakers and the receptacles and they are all intact not sure what is going on with the others.
This electrical wiring question came from Carl, in Bedford, Indiana.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Carl.
Troubleshooting Problem with Lights and Outlets
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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The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.