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I am in no way a expert elec. but I know a enough to get by... working in my garage today and a neibhoor came over and said outlet in garage dead..easy right... the gfci in garage and both the exteriors (back and front) not working.. the two outside are circuts at end of run, no power. at garage outlet no power ...all gfci in house checked out (power in power out) test and reset worked fine all breakers have at least 124v coming out,searched high and low for someother outlet even up in the eves for xmas outlet. being this is a two story with bed over garage cant trace wire.:censored:..what am I missing...

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The only thing I can add is to check the 240v breakers too. I have found that somebody had split & used an old electric heater wire to supply 120v circuits. If it isn't on one of those, I would suggest you find where it enters the garage & into the house & trace it out from there. It should be UF "underground" cable which is usually grey. Good luck....................
 

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Sorry if i seem confused but just how many recepticles are in/out of the garage and which one is the GFCI? You mentioned that the 2 outside recepticles are end of run "circuit", so did they both branch off the same GFCI or are they two different circuits? I would begin by pulling recepticles apart that are dead and obviously with circuit off and check all conections. Then turn the circuit back on and begin testing to see where you have power and where you dont. Has this guy been doing any work to his garage like drilling holes anywhere or installing siding? Things to think about when someone "looses" power. As mrmike said if there is no power to the garage at all then you may have a problem with the wire servicing the garage from the home. Also check connections in the main panel too that service the garage. DO NOT TOUCH the connections for the main panel itself.
 

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Sorry if i seem confused but just how many recepticles are in/out of the garage and which one is the GFCI? You mentioned that the 2 outside recepticles are end of run "circuit", so did they both branch off the same GFCI or are they two different circuits? I would begin by pulling recepticles apart that are dead and obviously with circuit off and check all conections. Then turn the circuit back on and begin testing to see where you have power and where you dont. Has this guy been doing any work to his garage like drilling holes anywhere or installing siding? Things to think about when someone "looses" power. As mrmike said if there is no power to the garage at all then you may have a problem with the wire servicing the garage from the home. Also check connections in the main panel too that service the garage. DO NOT TOUCH the connections for the main panel itself.
Thanks for the replies...there is are two plugs in garage (one is for sprinkler timer,on breaker with garage lights) all GFCI's in house were pulled had power in and out just completly dead in garage,panel checked out as well. This is a fairly new house in a new sub division (4yrs) , no nothing has been modified,thats why this is so strange,heading out this morning...either I am missing a gfci somewhere, I have also ran across were mice eat into the wire if thats the case looks like I need to start cutting to trace wire.

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Is this garage attached? If not then there should have been a sub-panel installed inside the garage and powered from the home "main panel". At least that is how most common folks have a garage wired.
 

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Thanks guy's mystery solved, I knew there had to be more than one plug in that damn garage, what had happened was I went a few houses down to the same plan and asked to look in the garage...on the back wall there was a 2 inch recessed niche with the GFCI with test/reset ,the previous H/O I guess whanted a flush wall and firred that whole wall out and left the plug behind there!!!!:eek: reset and walla power:clap:

Thanks again for the replies..until next time
 

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I didn't get him for to much,during that time and a little bonding he hired me to do several other jobs around the house, I'll get it back there:whistling
 

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are you an electrician
So. What. :furious:

Sorry, but this has been ticking me off lately. Yes, I fully understand the possible repercussions of working outside of one's "proper" field, but come on, guys!

The point of a forum is [supposed to be] information exchange, not "who can I crucify next?"

Obviously the guy's not an electrician. So what? Is there any one of us who hasn't at one time or another stepped out of his comfort zone for whatever reason? At the least, if you don't, you're stagnating.

Not specifically picking on you, ampman; sorry. It's just that it almost seems like no one can post a question here about practically anything without such challenges, and by and large they are completely unnecessary. It's much easier to simply not respond at all.

The moderators here are all very experienced at sorting out the doofuses from the Real Guys, and generally are better at doing so without creating a bunch of bloodshed for the ghouls to feed on. I'd much rather live in that Happy Smurf World. :thumbsup:
 

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about 20 years ago till I got smart and got a general B now I just hire guys like you to do the work!!

well said tinstaafi..... dude its not like I was using a 12/2 to hook up the guy's welder and then black tape it and shove it in the wall
 

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He was looking for advice on this forum. That is what this forum is for. He had an interesting problem and solved it himself by looking down the street at a similar house. This was good detective work and is a valuable lesson for those on the forum who wish to learn.

The 'are you an electrician' comment is unwarranted. Do you think only electricians are qualified to reset a GFCI?
 

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I have no problem with non-electricians doing electrical work ... i installed my own toilet and re-tiled my floor the other day ( and i'm not plumber or tile guy)

What i have a problem with is guys charging :censored: OTHERS :furious: to do electrical work. I'll give out advice anyday to the home handyman trying to fix his own stuff .. but when he asks me how to fix someone elses stuff he's stealing my livelihood AND potentially putting lives in danger .. and that's what pisses me off.
 
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