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I removed the cover of my circuit breaker box ( story) and

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Hi so I removed the cover of my circuit breaker box (long story) and the second the final screw was out everything in my apartment shut off and wouldn't turn back on for quite some time after the cover was back on
JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?
Customer: I turned all the switches on and off a few times and then sat down in defeat. Then all of a sudden after one more try before giving up everything turned on. Should I be concerned? Do I have anything to worry about? Why did everything shut off?
JA: It's hard to know for sure. The Electrician will figure it out. Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: There is no more work to do.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: I don't think so no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.
Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. Let me review your question.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.
The box cover acts as a means of securing the breakers to the buss. My first thought is that your main breaker may have a corrosion issue and isn't making a good contact. The only other possibility is a loose wire connection on the main breaker. Check visually the connection end of the breaker for signs of arcing or heat marks.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Nothing visually looks wrong. My main concern is that having to turn everything on and off multiple times either ended up messing something up
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Everything was fine before I removed the cover
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.
If multiple circuits are affected the problem is the main breaker or on the utility's wiring. Do you have a 2 wire voltage tester? You can test to pinpoint exactly where the issue is.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I don't think so? Is that something that I should have? Sorry I don't know too much about this stuff.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.
Tester are available at any home center for around $20.00. with cover off the testing is very easy.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Well the cover is back on now..
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I thought that would make everything turn back on
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.
You have an issue that will only get worst if left unattended. From our conversation I think you need to call an electrician to make the corrections.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I was hoping you weren't going to say that ha! Okay thanks. I'll have to find a way to get money together to do that. Thanks though
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.

You're welcome. Get it checked ASAP.