Electrical Wiring in the Home/Electrical


I was changing a light bulb and when I unscrewed the light bulb a tiny screw fell out. I seen where the screw fell out from so I attempted to screw it back in. This was one of 2 screws in the socket.  I didn't not turn off the circuit and when I was trying to screw it in I hit metal and shorted out the light and the other 2 lights that are on the same switch. It's not the breaker because other lights on different switches that are on that breaker are working. I think I burnt out the wiring or something.

Please help on how to fix it



I would start by turning all the breakers in the house off and then back on twice. This should be done every year anyhow. I that will fix your problem. If not I would like you to call an electrician. The other problem would be loose wiring. An electrician should look for that.  
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