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May 9, 2003
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ELECTRICAL Issue

1) plugged in vacuum cleaner into a "6-receptacle wall power bar"
2) I vacuumed regularly and while moving, I ran out of cord
3) the plug came half out of the wall power bar and *power went out*
4) went to check the breaker and it was NOT popped (regular breaker, not a GFCI or AFCI.
5) turned breaker off, then on
6) while on, no lights work, lighted switches are dead. When I plug in my receptacle tester it reads "Hot ground reverse" (but note the outlet cannot power anything).
7) I had no issues with this circuit in the past. Panel is about 6 years old.
8) I have turned OFF the breaker for the night

Any ideas would be appreciated! Totally at a loss.
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Wire came loose or the receptacle's been damaged?
I smile when I see container ships sailing past my house laden with stuff made in China
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Jun 14, 2008
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Not sure what is a 6-receptacle wall power bar, something you install in the wall?

But yeah maybe the whole thing wasn't installed properly, and hot wire wasn't screwed down, which fell off and is now touching the grounded box.

Do you have a multimeter to check if there are voltage between neutral and ground?
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jzmtl wrote: Oh the type that plug into the standard duplex wall outlet. I assume you did the test directly on the wall receptacle after removing this thing?

Yes I removed this unit from the wall and tested the receptacle directly..

I am going to remove the receptacle in the morning when there is natural light.
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bizzyseller wrote: Yes I removed this unit from the wall and tested the receptacle directly..

I am going to remove the receptacle in the morning when there is natural light.
Yeah take a few photos if you can't figure out what's wrong.
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May 9, 2003
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Opened up the receptacle and 1 of the 4 back-stabbed wires broke off.

Lesson to those reading in the future, do not backstab receptacles!

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