Outside sockets get corroded. Have you looked into the socket to determine
its condition? It's also easy to think there's no current at the socket
because the meter probes often don't make good contact because of the
corrosion. Switches along walls that have a temperature/humidity
differential (mostly outside walls) are also subject to corrosion from
condensation. I've had the back stabs on an outside wall kitchen fail from
what seemed to be corrosion from condensation cycles.
Another thing I've seen in cases like yours is that a junction box or
upstream outlet got rerouted or disconnected.
You definitely need at least a pencil-style non-contact current indicator to
futz around with outside stuff because the corrosion can otherwise fool you
into thinking the line's deactivated.
I'd also get a fox/hound wire tracing set. That would allow you to trace
the wire back and perhaps discover where it's become disconnected.
Coincidentally the bedroom and bathhroom lost power over night. The
breakers were untripped and power was coming out of each breaker at the
circuit box as evidenced by a tong meter.
Because my bud and I had just been working on the main panel, we were
certain that was where the problem was likely to be. But no amount of
inspection or probing with a wooden dowel revealed anything. The solution
came this morning, quite by accident. It
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