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VectorFL 08-19-2013 05:29 PM

indoor/outdoor power
I'm totally stumped on this one. I'm having a screened porch built. The sub was here today using the outside outlet for power in the rain. The power to the outlet cut out and the sub called me at work. I came home to give him access to the breaker box in the garage. No breakers are broken. We checked all the GFCI's in the house, and all are active. Now, I have power all thru out the interior of the house, but no power to the three outlets on the exterior of the house.
The outlet on the side of the house, which is right behind the breaker box, has two lines attached to it. The other two outlets in the front and rear of the house each have one line going to them. Any ideas?

kok328 08-19-2013 05:47 PM

Some power tools can pull a lot of current.
Remove the outlet and inspect the wires to the outlet.
Trace the wires back to the origin and test for power there.

VectorFL 08-19-2013 06:10 PM

I removed the outlet in question as well as the other two and checked the wires. Everything is connected tight. Since every breaker in the box has power coming out, I don't know where to trace the wires to.

nealtw 08-19-2013 06:10 PM

The problem should be a loose connection in the box closest to the breaker box or a loose wire at the breaker itself.

nealtw 08-19-2013 06:13 PM

Look for a loose wire at the breaker or neutral. Some breaker don't appear to be off but they have to be turned off to reset them.

VectorFL 08-19-2013 06:51 PM

I just shut off every breaker and tightened every screw. I checked all three outside outlets and everything is tight. Turned on the breakers and checked for power. Each breaker has voltage coming out. There is still no power to the three outside outlets.

nealtw 08-19-2013 07:24 PM

At the plugs not working, check for power between black and ground. Did any outside light s go off at the same time? Is there an outlet on the inside that might be on the same cercuit, perhaps some one added one. The one with the problem may still be working. Do you have an outlet up in the soffet for xmas lights.
Did you tight all the screws on the white wires too

VectorFL 08-19-2013 07:49 PM

There is no power between black & ground. No lights went off. Everything else around the house is working fine. Every outlet, switch, light, ceiling fans. Just the three exterior outlets are dead. I had this house built in 2004. Nothing has been added and there are outlets in the soffit. I tightened all the white and bare wires in the box. One bare wire was completely loose. It's been that way since the house was built, it's tight now.

nealtw 08-19-2013 08:23 PM

and there are outlets in the soffit
Check the wires in the soffit outlet, most often they are on the same cercuits as the all the outdoor outlets. And yes you can have a problem behind a plug that still works.

VectorFL 08-20-2013 12:52 AM

My apologies. This situation has me tired and stressed. That sentence should have read, Nothing has been added and there are NO outlets in the soffit.

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