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How to fix a wall power outlet that is not working or has no electricity?

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I have a basement where on one side of the wall, the whole section of the wall power outlet has no power and isn't working at all. I couldn't charge my phone with the power outlet, neither could i use my table lamp. It was working the previous day but today for some strange reason, several power outlet on one side of the basement wasn't working. I was wondering whether it has something to do with the power outlet socket being too old and i almost went to buy new power outlet socket. I didn't want to spend too much money on buying four power outlet socket and i might have to install them myself. I am not good at all when it comes to fixing electrical problem. If there is a quick easy fix, i could definitely give it a try.
asked in Markham / York Region by Park Mai (160 points)

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Most of the time a failed power outlet or non working could be fixed with a very simple method. It depends on what kind of electrical boxes you have installed in your house. If you have the older electrical boxes system, it would probably be using the old round fuse plug system. In this case, you simply need to identify and locate the exact fuse plug which controls the power outlet along the side of your basement wall. Then you need to twist turn the fuse plug usually anti clockwise and remove the fuse plug. Install the new fuse plug by turning it clockwise. Be mindful of the power amp the old fuse plug uses, so you can go and buy the exact same fuse power amp for replacement.

If you do not know the exact fuse plug which controls the power outlet along your basement, you have to resort to the trial and error method. You will need another person's help to remove each fuse plug one by one until you find the exact fuse that controls the power outlet in your basement, while you observe to see which fuse plug controls which power outlet or location throughout your entire house.

Electrical box fuse plug

For the newer electrical boxes, they don't use the old fuse plug system anymore. So you don't have to go out and buy those fuse plug. All you have to do is to identify the switch which controls the power outlet in your basement and then reset the switch by moving it either left or right and then returning it to its original switch position. Again with this method you will need the help of another person to check which switch controls which power throughout the entire house. 

answered by Joshua Wright (131 points)

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