Tripped breaker won't go back to ON position

Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 11:26 am
My husband installed a light fixture in the bedroom without turning off the power. One of the wires touch the metal bracket, there was a big Flash, and then the power went out to that part of the house. He went to go check the breaker one of them was tripped so she turned it to the off position and then turned it back on. The tripped breaker looks like it's in the on position but it's loose not like the other ones that are on. He also tried to reset the GFCI button, he turned off the power and turned it back on, but that didn't work either. Any ideas as to what it could be?
He was incredibly lucky to not get hurt and he's learned his lesson.
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 12:06 pm
Maybe there is still a short circuit, or the breaker and GFCI got damaged. This is the stage where you call an electrician.
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 12:10 pm
@gtoscano04 ,
It could be the breaker, the GFCI outlet or the wiring.

Take a voltmeter and check to see if you have power on the inlet side of your GFCI outlet. If you do, the breaker is good. If not, the breaker is probably bad.
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 12:14 pm
@gtoscano04 ,
Gto, some breakers are like that: Switching to OFF doesn't reset first time. Try switching quickly with great vigor to ON then OFF
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 04:48 pm
@gtoscano04 ,
BTW, how is his life insurance? Paid up?
Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 07:18 pm
Might be time to add a double indemnity.
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