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Electricity is dangerous!

You can be injured or killed!

Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death!


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Mastery of the art of troubleshooting is the measure of the knowledge and skill of an electrician.

It is the knowledge of how electricity works, and of the methods and materials used to create a functional wiring system, that enables a skilled troubleshooter to locate the problem and repair it.

Where should the "voltage" be, and how does it get there?

When you understand that, you will understand what is keeping it from getting where it should be...

The only reason there is "not enough voltage" somewhere is because there is a partially open connection providing resistance and a location to allow a voltage drop [bad splice, bad switch, bad breaker, broken wire, burned splice, ...].

If five [5] of the six [6] outlets in the room don't work it is because there is an open conductor somewhere!

I expect, since there are 6 outlets, that this is a big, relatively new house. Since it has a master bathroom [I assume this is the root of the reference to a GFCI], it is not an inexpensive starter home.

The bath GFCI is very likely [absolutely in a newer house] on a separate appliance circuit, which is why it still works.

It is possible, but unlikely, that the sixth receptacle is on the same circuit as the five that don't work [most electricians don't wire circuits that way]

You may have a tripped/bad breaker or there is a bad/failed connection at a device [often because a "speed-wire" connection - those little stab hole terminations - in the back of a device has failed]

And remember that it can be the hot OR the neutral that is open!



REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS. If you do this work yourself, always turn off the power

at the breaker box/fuse panel BEFORE you attempt to do any work AND

always use an electrician's test meter having metal-tipped probes

(not a simple proximity voltage indicator)

to insure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.

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Q: What could be wrong if 5 of the 6 outlets went out in your master bedroom but the GFCI's did not trip and still work?
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