This morning I went out to the garage to go to work and discovered that
we have no power to the outlets. The overhead lights work fine as does
everything else in the house. We do have 2 GFCI outlets on the circuit
(they are outside the house) and one of them is currently doing work
with Christmas lights. This is the same setup, same lights, etc. we
ran last year with no problems. My husband has checked the breaker,
reset the GFCI outlets, taken the lights off the circuit and still no
power. Anyone have any suggestions?
On 12/6/2004 2:46 PM US(ET), Rose took fingers to keys, and typed the
If the christmas lights are plugged in and light up, and the garage
outlets are dead at the same time, and they are on the same circuit, and
the GFCIs and the panel breaker are reset, then I would suspect a break
in the circuit between the outside outlets and the garage outlets. It
could be as simple as a broken wire in one of the outlets, either in the
garage or in the outside outlet.
Bad GFI receptacle or a loose connection somewhere along the circuit or the
electrical panel would be my first choices. You could also have a bad
I don't know how old your house is or if you are the original owners, but I
have seen instances where homeowners have installed GFI receptacles in
places that are already protected by another GFI receptacle. For instance
the regular outdoor receptacle that is protected by the bathroom GFI is
replaced with a GFI receptacle or a GFI was installed in a bathroom that was
already protected by a garage GFI. Try reseting your bathroom GFI
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. My husband found the
problem this morning. A GFCI outlet that is relatively buried in the
back of the garage had tripped, cutting off the power to all the
outlets. He took your suggestions and began to follow through on them
and then found that outlet. Viola, power was restored.
I have $50 minimum on coming out to do work on homes. I cannot tell
you how many times that I have made $50 by pressing a reset button
because people refused to believe that there had to be a GFCI that
I bet I have made over $500 on those this year alone.
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