I hope you people can help. This house is from 1930, modernized over the years as needed.
I plugged the vacuum cleaner and when I turned it on I heard a very loud pop and the circuit went dead: two outlets and three lights. The circuit breaker was undisturbed, but I recycled it just in case. Nothing.
I checked the circuit breaker for current going to the circuit and it was OK. This means the pop indicated a fault somewhere else, away from the circuit breaker. I took out the outlet in question and a light switch above it -a dimmer- and there were no signs of a short. No current was getting to either
- how can such a fault get past the CB on the panel?
- any suggestions as to what it is I am looking at here?
- I don’t want to tear the house apart trying to find the fault, but I don’t like the feeling of something like this left unattended because of any possible danger.
- is it easier at this point to simply lay out a new cable?
I never liked little mysteries, so thank you for any help.