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Troubleshooting requires...

In my humble opinion, troubleshooting requires fundamental knowledge, persistence, patience, attention to detail, and a willingness to learn continuously.

My Father-in-Law passed away this past week.  After the funeral, we came back to the house to spend time together. That evening, everything in the Family Room connected to electricity started acting very weird. Lights flickering, TV going on and off, etc.  Honestly, my first thought was his ghost had come back to haunt us. 
Then, we began to smell the odor of something electrical going bad.

Let the troubleshooting begin!  
After unplugging everything, I inspected each outlet.

The last outlet I checked behind a bookcase and one that we never use looked liked this...

The discoloration on the face of the outlet is what caught my eye. 
The picture above is after I removed the cover plate and pulled it from the wall. Don't forget to switch off the correct circuit breaker before doing any of this type of work! 

After fully removing it, I foun…