Electrical Wiring in the Home/lost power in master bed room


All but one of the wall outlets and light switches of the Master bedroom in my parent's condo has lost power for the last few days.  However there is power in the walking closet.
This morning I removed and checked all wall outlets and light switches for any broken wire but I did not find any broken wire.
There is one GFCI in the master bathroom that I tested with voltage tester. There was no power. In addition all the switches in the main panel are on position. One thing I noticed and compared with my own house main panel is that there was no specific switch for GFCI outlets in that condo.
Do you have any suggestion what could be wrong. All wires are connected and are switches are on.
One thing my dad said is that as he was replacing a light bulb in the master bedroom, it sparked and power went off.

Well it likely some sort of open wire somewhere,  most often a neutral wire will open causing this kind of thing,         

There are non contact voltage tracers that you can buy for less than $100 that follows live power and beeps/blinks without having to remove sheetrock for visual inspection,   

But it could a be a dozen different things,   

Without me re-writing all the possible issues, and likely it is one fairly simple open  somewhere,   go to this site,  


He has put the simple for the homeowner in a easy to read, step by step, based on the issue, list of methods to narrow down and often find the problem on your own.

Remember  DIY electrical can be dangerous,  so go no further than your comfort level and common sense.

Because the power went out at the change of light bulb,  I would suggest starting there,  you will need adequate light,  power to the room and fixture off at the breaker,  and do a visual there first,  see if something did not short   THEN OPEN,  in the fixture,    

Most of these things end up being very simple to resolve, the hunt is the biggest problem,  and where to start,  past that  you will find your scenario on the site, and he will have the step by step plan to look for it,  if you find nothing in the local fixture,  

Be careful  and if within a reasonable time, you are not on the track,  then it is well worth a service call,  for one, they have the non contact tools  can find these opens very quickly, and while there,  most good electrical outfits will give you a look over of your or your Parents system,   don't be upsold,    just ask for a review if they see anything have them explain it,  if you don't  ask again,   if that is not good enough   let me know, I will help you  

I apologize for the delay, I have been head down with this damn flu   and unable to be much help to anyone,   but hopefully you can find a simple issue such as a wire nut come loose or something you can quickly and safely put back,    but again    electricity is nothing to fuss around with and if you have doubts,     call a reputable electrical outfit,  

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