I have 4 outlets on one circuit breaker switch. The outlet closest to the
breaker box is working and the three others past the first are dead. With
the breaker on, a humming sound is coming from somewhere inside the wall of
the first outlet (the good one). No humming when breaker is turned off.
However, when I plug in a tester on the one outlet that is working, the 120
light 'blinks' on and off . BUT, if I plug it in on a good outlet somewhere
else in the house, it does not 'flash' on 120...the light is nice and
steady. How do I troubleshoot this?
Turn the breaker off and take the cover off the first breaker. I'm thinking
that you have a loose connection in there. Tighten all the screws that you
find and do the same to any "wire nuts" you see in there too.
That 'humming' (buzzing?) noise with no load going through the outlet is
worrying! That coupled with three outlets 'downstream' suggest that
something may have burnt off inside that wall outelt box? Correct
I located the culprit. A burnt wire between the first and second outlet. I
pulled the wire and it was cut off about 18 inches down...so now i have 18
inches of wire and i need to install a new wire between outlets. Is it easy
to run a new wire?
If you are lucky and the run isn't too long, you can use the old wire to
pull a new one through to the next box by attaching the new wire to the old
one and using the old one as a snake. It sounds though that you have already
pulled the wire out and that presents an entirely different kettle of fish
to deal with.
I would sure want to know what burned that wire before proceeding.
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