Electrical Wiring in the Home/Bad circuit


Bob, a bedroom light was losing power intermittently for a few weeks. Now it's completely out, along with a few outlets in the same general area. Breakers are all okay. I had the breaker box replaced a couple years ago, so I don't think that's the problem. Could a bad or shorted outlet be the problem for the entire area? I've always replaced outlets and switches myself and have never had a problem. I don't want to call an electrician if the problem might be relatively simple. I'd appreciate your opinion. Thanks for your time.


You probably have a bad connection, either in a wire nut or at an outlet.  If the wires are pushed into the back of the outlets instead of wired to the side screws, that could be a problem.  You also can't rule out something that is working on the circuit, because it could be the wire leaving a working outlet that is not making contact.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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