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How do you fix an outlet that is not working if it works when it is taken apart but not when it is is put back in the box?


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2015-07-15 21:28:26
2015-07-15 21:28:26

if this is a regular 110 plugin, just replace it.

I suspect that you are either shorting out the wire when it is folded back into the box or the wire has been flexed too much and when folded back into the box is creating a disconnect. In either case, check the box for scorch marks, the wire for weak points or breaks in the insullation, *and* replace the receptical.


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