Electrical Wiring in the Home/wiring in mobile home


QUESTION: this morning we discovered that two of our rooms were without eletricity of any kind .lights and plugs dont work. we tried breakers and they seem to be working fine. we just cannot figure this out. any help would be great.

ANSWER: First thing to check is the gfci in the bathroom, then the one for the outside outlet, and then any in the kitchen.

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QUESTION: check for gfci in bathroom and outside. we do not have any that i can find. what do i check for now?

Now you will need to use a voltmeter. If you are not comfortable working around live circuits then it is time to call an electrician.

The best place to start is right at the panel. Just because a breaker "seems" fine you don't really know until you test the voltage coming from it on the black wires.

It requires that you take the cover off and that can be tricky and/or dangerous if you have never done it, plus it exposes the live wires.

If you feel like this is something you can do, and you have a digital voltmeter, let me know and I will help walk you through the troubleshooting.

In a mobile home it is not uncommon to have a wire break in the wall, or in one of the boxes. These can sometimes be tricky to find and even more difficult to fix.

If you do have a broken wire you have a fire hazard because the wire can arc and create sparks.

So you need to approach this with a sense of urgency.
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