Replaced outlet still not working


If they are working, then it is likely only a single faulty outlet. An outlet is easy to change yourself without having to call in a professional. New outlets can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store. Once the outlet is replaced, you should not have any more problems, but if it is still not working you may need to call an electrician.

Step 1

Turn off the breaker that controls the circuit that the outlet is on. Most breaker boxes are marked to show what breaker controls each area, but if yours is not, you may have to flip several until you find the right one.

Step 2

Use a circuit tester to check another outlet on that circuit to ensure that the power is off. If a circuit tester is not available, plug in a lamp or radio to test for electricity.

Step 3

Unscrew the center screw to remove the outlet cover. Check inside for any burn marks or any loose wires. If burn marks are found, it is best to call in a professional.

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EstPaul: i have an outlet that started acting up. i used a non contact voltage tester to probe the outlet. it would beep and light up quit for a few seconds then beep and light up again. it did this on top and bottom of recepticale and on both prong slots. any ideas?

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I am an national award winning DJ and I use large projection screens with my DJ rig. I purchased 2 HP laptops that I thought had the capabilities to run my DJ softward.2 X HP Pavilion G6 i5 8gb . About 2 years back there was a windows update and all of a suddeen I had no HDMI ouputs. I tried new cables, updating drivers etcetc until in the end I just gave up as HP said this was a Microsoft problem and MIcrosoft informed me that it was a problem with my HP laptop .

Thereofore for the last two years I have been using the good old VGA leads. AV engineers do tend to give me a funny look when they see I am still using VGA leads but I have noticed that there are numerous other people online that have lost their HDMI facility when using HP laptops.

I was hoping that wiht the new Windows 10 everything would be resolved but unfortunatey not. STILL no HDMI outputs.

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For no apparent reason, half of the outlets in my basement no longer power my devices, i.e. TV, Blue Ray, surround sound, and window fans. Everything worked fine for the last 10 years and through last night.

My voltage tester indicates power to the outlets. However, when I plug something in, it won't run. If I put the tester on an outlet that indicates "hot"; when I plug something in the outlet next to it the tester indicator light goes out. Any of the affected outlets that indicate "hot" go "cold" when I plug a device into it.

I'm not an electrical guy. Is there something that has gone bad that could cause my outlets to not get enough power or lose voltage? Remember, I'm not an electrical guy so, please make it as plain as possible. Am I gonna be out of a lot of money to an electrician or is this something simple I could fix myself?

By greasedog from Glen Carbon, IL


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