Tip & How-To about Hammering
There can be a number of problems when this happens. Most times, the easiest way is to go to your electrical panel in your house and reset the circuit breaker. A majority of the time, this works. But then there comes a time when it doesn't, and you're left helpless - or what I seem to have happen a lot is, the handyman who knows just enough to think he can fix it, actually creates more problems. I usually just tell people to do the easy stuff first, and then call a professional next. Because more often than not, it's not a major problem - but it could be. And now, after having someone tinker around without letting me know what they did, makes matters worse. The biggest problem I usually hear about is when someone's using their hair dryer, and they blow a circuit. Most of the time - especially with the newer homes, they have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFI's) plugs in their bathrooms - which are very sensitive and great for protecting you around areas where water is. They're wired at times where they also are tied into other areas of the house. So now, upon tripping the circuit - it seems like half the house doesn't work, and none of the breakers at the panel are tripped, but that GFI is. I've had this happen a lot over the years. So remember to first check your GFI's and make sure they're reset before looking into other problems. And also, it could just be an old GFI that starts to go bad - which means it won't reset itself. But, call a professional if it starts to get to be too much, instead of tinkering, because as an electrician, it's easier to troubleshoot something that hasn't been tinkered with. And, this will also keep your costs down to, because I'd have to do extra tracing, etc. when it's been tinkered with, than not.
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