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I accidently touched the outlet with a screw driver and it

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I accidently touched the outlet with a screw driver and it popped. Now all the outlets on that breaker do not work. Will replacing the original outlet resolve the problem
JA: Sometimes electrical issues that that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Electrician I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts.
Customer: it is a bthroom outlet but not GCFI as the house is from the 50s. copper wire not aluminum
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: maybe
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: all the hard wired light continue to work
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Mike G. replied 10 months ago.

Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. Did you try resetting the breaker?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 10 months ago.

Did it reset, trip again or is the handle loose? Do you have a 2 wire voltage tester?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I reset the individual and the house
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It did not reset. The outlets remained inoperatuve.
No I do not have a voltage tester
Expert:  Mike G. replied 10 months ago.

To continue you'll need a tester. Need to test, not guess. Any home center will have them. I suggest a Volt/Con type for ease of use.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok, What is the next step dependent upon the outcome with the voltage tester?
Expert:  Mike G. replied 10 months ago.

Turfiest thing is to verify the breaker has voltage output. Next is to check a dead outlet for loss of hot or neutral. Troubleshooting is a stepby step process and a tester is required.

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