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In my basement I have one section with a light bulb and three outlets. I plugged my vacuum in and it immediately shut off, and the light went out too. Now I have no power in that part of my basement. The rest of the house was not effected. Does anyone know what I should do to restore power? Thanks in advance!
 
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In my basement I have one section with a light bulb and three outlets. I plugged my vacuum in and it immediately shut off, and the light went out too. Now I have no power in that part of my basement. The rest of the house was not effected. Does anyone know what I should do to restore power? Thanks in advance!

Have a look at the consumer unit, see if any of the mini breakers have tripped.

They should be labeled to tell you which lights and sockets they supply.

Often as not, a lamp "blowing" is enough to trip a mini breaker

Unplug the vacuum.

Re-set the breaker. If the lamp doesn't come on, turn it off and replace the bulb.
If it comes on you should have cured the problem

I'd also check the plug on the vacuum, before you plug it back in, make sure there isn't a loose wire that has touched another.
If it's OK, plug it in and try it. If it doesn't come on, unplug it, change the fuse in the plug and try again.
If the mini breaker trips again, there's a short in the vacuum or its cable.


Check the plug. If it's OK.
 
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It looks like it was a mini breaker. Thanks for your help!
 
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I think you guys across the Atlantic wire things up a bit differently and lighting and power can be on the same circuit.
The clue is the trip when you plug the vacuum cleaner in.
If you have three outlets and a vacuum cleaner trips it, then the circuit isn't up to it.
Alternatively, the breaker is a ground fault unit and the cleaner has a fault on it.
 
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I think you guys across the Atlantic wire things up a bit differently and lighting and power can be on the same circuit.
The clue is the trip when you plug the vacuum cleaner in.
If you have three outlets and a vacuum cleaner trips it, then the circuit isn't up to it.
Alternatively, the breaker is a ground fault unit and the cleaner has a fault on it.

Piglet, look at the reply above.

The problem was resolved.
The lamp blowing tripped the mini breaker, as I said in my post, this often happens.

Even if one of the eight fifty watt halogen spotlights in our kitchen fails, it will as like as not trip the ground floor lighting mini breaker.
 

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