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.
Maybe there is still a short circuit, or the breaker and GFCI got damaged. This is the stage where you call an electrician.
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.
Gto, some breakers are like that: Switching to OFF doesn't reset first time. Try switching quickly with great vigor to ON then OFF
BTW, how is his life insurance? Paid up?
Might be time to add a double indemnity.