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#20532 - 01/15/03 06:52 AM Help!!! My Outlet Exploded and melted.
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Registered: 01/15/03
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OK fellas, I am a 1 year old first home owner and I have done quite a lot of stuff to our home in the last year but yesterday is the most scared I've been.

My wife called me on my cell phone and told me that the power was out in 2 rooms and she smelled something like it was burning.

When I got home, there was one circuit breaker that was reset to off position. I went upstairs to look in the room she smelled the odor and there was a wall outlet that was black. There were a few small burn marks in the carpet where sparks must have shot out of the outlet. I took the outlet off and replaced it with a new one. The wiring was fine, one of the wire that was connected to the outlet was melted/fused to the screw but the others were fine.

Now I went downstairs to reset the breaker but it doesn't stay in the on position. In fact, it doesn't even click anymore like it usually does when you flip it to on.

My question to you folks is: What could cause such a thing? Should I be as worried as I am? Should I just replace the breaker? Or should I call someone in to take a look at it?


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#20533 - 01/15/03 07:19 AM Re: Help!!! My Outlet Exploded and melted.
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Registered: 04/02/02
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Loc: Stevens Point, WI, USA
Call someone in to look at it. A professional.

#20534 - 01/15/03 08:12 AM Re: Help!!! My Outlet Exploded and melted.
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I agree. It seems you are in unfamiliar territory here. Calling in someone to check everything out would be the best advice we can give here.


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