Need electrical help

muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
My skills here are slightly above how to screw in a light bulb. So, here's what happened.

My 2 channel rig has power strip/surge protection that everything is plugged into. I normally do not leave the strip plugged into the wall when the rig is not in use. Last night when I was done listening to tunes I powered off everything and unplugged the strip from the wall outlet as usual. When I did this the ceiling light(controlled by a wall switch) went dark and several wall outlets(including the stereo one) now have no power...yet a few outlets farther down the wall do have power. What happened?
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,616
    First thing I would suggest is to kill ALL of the power to the entire home. Some homes have multiple circuit breaker boxes, so make sure ALL of them are turned off. Do this while NO ONE else is home!

    (If You have a DVM, you can just kill the power to that circuit) If you don't know what a DVM is, simply move to the step below AFTER the power is turned off...

    Take off the wall plate where the surge protector was plugged into, then there are two screws that will allow you to take out the outlet. Take the outlet out and inspect it for loose wires and evidence of arching. If it's just a loose wire, tighten it and reassemble. Otherwise,

    Take a photo of both sides of the outlet and post them both on this thread please.

    If you are not comfortable with doing this, Call an electrician!!!

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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
    Thanks Tom, that's basically what I was going to do. I don;t understand why the light switch is out too though.
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,385
    The light switch and other outlets are on the same circuit. You should find a tripped breaker in the box. Do NOT turn it back on. Let the electrician deal with it. You may want to ask about running dedicated lines for your hifi rig.

    FYI, There's no reason to unplug a power strip after every session.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,287
    F1nut wrote: »

    FYI, There's no reason to unplug a power strip after every session.

    yea I'd just flip the switch on the strip to off.

  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
    Unplugging the strip is a habit that I'm glad I got into after the last storm here took out my subwoofer, washing machine, boiler circ .transformr and phone.
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,385
    Then get whole house surge protection.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
    That is probably something I should look into. What does one need to know before deciding on a product?
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
    So, been doing a little reading. It seems I need both type 1 and 2 SPDs. If I understand things correctly the type1 will catch most of anything from outside the house at the meter and type 2 will help prevent any issues caused by something inside the house.

    So, if this is correct....what specs would be considered good protection and any brand names I should consider over others? I plan to pick up the SPDs and hire an electrician to install.
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,385
    edited January 10
    Look at SurgeX.

    If something shorts out inside your house it'll trip the breaker. I can't think of anything inside a house that would cause a surge like you could get from the outside.
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,505
    You also could have tripped a GFI if there's on on that circuit. If the breaker in the panel wasn't tripped, check all your GFI's by pressing the "reset" button.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,565
    If it's a newer home, check the arc fault breakers in the main panel.
    Good call Doug.
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
    No breakers were tripped. I checked all the GFI outlets and the one on the same wall as one of the interior outlets that is out has a small light and it was on. I thought that meant it's working but apparently it is lit because there is a ground fault? I pulled the interior wall outlet that I was using for the stereo rig and while a few screws were a bit loose all the wires were making contact. Did not notice any indication of arcing. I even replaced the GFI hoping maybe it was shot but still have the same problem. Expecting an electrician here this week.Looking to resolve this and get a quote on whole house protection.
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • All the GFI outlets in my house have a small rectangular reset button that you push in hard with your thumb nail and if there is no problem it should reset ok.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
    Reset all of them...no improvement
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
    Just started searching whole house protection, will look at SurgeX for sure. A person told me about this one, kinda like the breakers that can be replaced:
    https://www.intermatic.com/en/surge-protection/whole-house-surge/ig2240-imsk
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,505
    edited January 17
    Another GFI story.....

    A good friend of mine had a similiar issue a little over 3 years ago. He called me one evening stating he tripped a breaker installing a server but cannot get the power back on in a few of his receptacles. I asked if he checked all his GFI outlets and he assured me he did.

    I went over with my son who was 8 at the time and we checked everything. We double checked all the GFI outlets...we pressed the TEST button followed by the RESET on all of them to be sure.

    We checked the breakers and verified voltage leaving the breakers. We plugged in a circuit tester in all the outlets which took forever.

    We went back down to scratch our heads at the panel, and walked by a long, oval table with a lamp that was also not working. My son looked under the table and exclaimed...."Here's one!" Sure enough, that was the culprit.

    We also have one in our linen closet, never saw it for years.

    Point is, check everywhere, even outside. Check the garage, all wet locations, even check the attic.

    It's just odd you lost power on more than one receptacle unless the guts of one fried and you have a few feeding off that receptacle
  • JimKellyfanJimKellyfan Posts: 695
    So what was it ? / I just saw this today and suspected either a GFCI myself upstream or the outlet that the strip was plugged into with a late thought on the breaker itself.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,192
    It was GFI related. Apparently the GFI tripped and could not be reset. I replaced it with another I had on hand but still nothing. Electrician came out and saw that I had the 2 black wires on the wrong poles, switched them around and nothing still unless a wire was jiggled. Then determined that the 1 screw on the GFI was not clamping enough for the wire to make good contact. A new GFI solved everything.

    Now onto the whole house protection. I'm not sure what specs on these things mean the most or at what point it's overkill(if that's even possible). I'm wondering what the SurgeX products offer over the above mentioned Instamatic that justifies the considerable higher expense? The electrician has never installed something at the meter and wonders if the utility company would even allow that. So I'll be looking for something to install at the panel. Does it matter what breaker a unit is installed to? It seems to be it needs to be at the 1st breaker that the line runs through?
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 2,451
    As far as I know, utility companies will not allow you to install anything at the meter, and if your meter is security locked, they would have to come out and remove it anyway - or you could go through like 3 Sawzall blades... but it's really not necessary.

    You can buy a good surge protector made by Intermatic, Eaton, Seimens, etc. for under $200 that installs inside (or next to) your main panel. If you are the least bit apprehensive dealing with electricity, hire an electrician to install it, otherwise you can easily DIY.


    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


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  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,314
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    F1nut wrote: »
    FYI, There's no reason to unplug a power strip after every session.

    yea I'd just flip the switch on the strip to off.
    I agree w/Jesse - seems a bit much.

    I unplug everything* if I leave the house for more than 24 hours or if I believe/know an electrical storm was coming.
    *anything using a microprocessor including a coffee maker

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  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,314
    GFCIs - a blessing and a curse. Whatever you do/decide, do it right. Your life and those you love are NOT worth the few dollars.

    Sidenote: GFCIs are in kitchens*, bathrooms*, garages, & any outside outlet.
    *water!

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    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 17,010
    edited January 17
    FYI, Russ (aka @lightman1) installed a whole home surge protector for me. I got the model recommended by Ryan ( @ZLTFUL ) .

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    Took Russ more time to pick the dust bunnies out of his ear than to install it, he is at least a credit to his craft, if nothing else :smile:
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,287
    In my area I believe that stranded ground wire would be a foul. Pretty sure ours must be solid .
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