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Cut Extension Cord Causes Power Loss to Outlets

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Electrical Question: While working outside I was trimming a hedge with an electric hedge trimmer and I cut through the extension cord. The outlet that I was using and three others lost power. I checked the breakers but none were tripped. I then replaced the outlet that I was using and checked the breakers with a volt meter. What can I do next.

This electrical question came from: Jose, from Oxnard, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Jose.

Restoring Power to GFCI Protected Outlets

  • From what has been described I believe that you should be looking for a GFCI Outlet which might be found in the garage or at another outside outlet location.
  • When a GFCI protected circuit senses a fault to ground, such as with the occurrence of a cut extension cord, then the GFCI outlet or circuit breaker will trip off.
  • The GFCI outlet will have a TEST and RESET button, so simply press the RESET button to restore the power to the affected outlets.
  • If the GFCI outlet will not reset then the GFCI outlet may need to be replaced.

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