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Old 12-10-17, 02:20 PM
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Shorted circuit

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I stuck something that I shouldn't have (12v auto fuse tester) into a wall socket.There was a spark and a loud pop and after that, neither one of two lights worked. These two lights (4,6) are attached via power strip (5) to a ceiling outlet (1,2). There appears to be no ground in this wire circuit.

I tried flipping the breaker switch with no result, then bought one of those cheap tester kits. The outlet tester reads "open hot" , possibly because there is no ground. The confusing part is the voltage tester: it beeps like the outlet (2) is live, but no lights work when they are plugged into this outlet. the power strip (5) doesn't show power either.

Here is the crappy Paint diagram for reference. Any help is appreciated!
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Old 12-10-17, 02:24 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

That is certainly a confusing array of adapters.
Have you tried unscrewing adapter 2 and see if a light bulb works there ?
 
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Old 12-11-17, 09:56 AM
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Thank you for your help!
Yep, it's two lights and a power strip all off of fixture 1. My explanation wasn't exactly clear, not knowing the terms and such.
I put a bulb into fixture #1 and sure enough, no light, so it looks like my next step is testing fixture #1. Hopefully the wiring in the walls isn't fried; the voltage tester indicates wires close by so that is encouraging, I think.

Here's a photo of some of what's in the diagram:
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Old 12-11-17, 10:48 AM
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Usual place to start is at light. drop light down and redo all connections. ( Be sure breaker is off) If not there than the last working outlet, switch in circuit.
Are you sure there is not a better place to plug in extras????? That is not a good setup.
 
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Old 12-11-17, 07:27 PM
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A non contact tester may indicate power in the area but power is only half the circuit. There is also a neutral which that tester can't show you. You'd need a two probe voltage tester or a meter to actually check for 120VAC between the black and white wires.
 
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