Reading other similar posts, I called an electrician friend (doing a favor, not on the clock), who checked the main breaker, it was fine; he checked GCFI's, one wouldn't reset but he said it wasn't the problem. He said there must be another panel (or something) in the attic, but didn't have time to look for it. I asked what I should be looking for, but all he said was that it was octagon shaped. What exactly should I be looking for?

  • 1
    How much of the house is without power? If it's just a room it could be fed from the GFCI that can't be reset. Do you have an electric stove or water heater?? Do they work?? – JACK Nov 23 '19 at 21:23
  • 1
    Breakers aren't magic problem detectors; they detect one thing: current overload. Most electrical problems aren't that kind. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Nov 23 '19 at 22:25
  • 1
    What all in your house is without power? Can you map out which circuits at your panel work, and which don't? – ThreePhaseEel Nov 23 '19 at 22:36

There's only one thing in electrical that is octagon shaped: a stop sign. No just kidding; an octagon box.

enter image description here

This is a special type of box with a single purpose: mounting lamps in ceilings. Your electrician clearly expects it to be a ceiling box, then; or, has seen evidence that the installer loved using octagon boxes for junction boxes.

The box is trying to resemble round, but still be made by the same machines that make drawn steel boxes. A 4" box is 4" on the diagonal (what it would be if it were round), somewhat less on flats. This is confusing because "somewhat less" is actually 3.5" and 3.5" octagon boxes also exist. Measure the diagonal.

  • @AllInOne "all he said was that it was octagon shaped. What exactly should I be looking for?" – Harper - Reinstate Monica Nov 24 '19 at 20:21

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.