My bathroom outlet is dead. I've done everything possible, trouble shooting
wise, and come up blank. It is wired with Romex and the box below it which
I'm sure feeds it is hot. I put in a new outlet so thats not it. I hope
someone has a simple answer for me, please. Everything else on that circuit
breaker works fine. I'm stymied. Thanks in advance for any help.
I'll ask the most obvious question: Is it a GFI outlet? Does it need
resetting? There could also be a GFI outlet earlier on the circuit that
needs resetting. I had the latter problem and it cost me $120 for an
electrician to push the reset button.
DUH!!!! Never entered my little mind that the button in the OTHER bathroom
had anything to do with this one. I had just returned from the hardware
store with new wire and boxes and ready for the big job. You guys saved my
ass. Thanks big time!
Hmmmm. Well, if you've done everything possible, then there's nothing more you
can do (by definition). Give up and run an extension cord from the nearest
OTOH, it really doesn't sound like you've tried to do any tracing with a
voltmeter (hard to tell from your description, 'tho). If you're sure the box
below is feeding the outlet, then open 'er up (with the breaker off, of course)
and make sure the wire going to the non-functional box looks like it's connected
well. With power still off, trying some continuity tests with the ohmmeter
part of your voltmeter.
As others have said, we get this question a couple of times a week. You
have not done everything, you have just done everything you can think of.
Hunt around the house for the GFI outlet (or a GFI breaker in the box)
that has been tripped. Now would be a good time to find and test them all.
Hit the test button on each one, you should hear a click and then hit the
rest button. The one that you don't here the click on is the one that was
It may trip again because a a fault somewhere else, like a leak in an
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