Circuit tester question

Old 03-16-03, 10:35 AM
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Circuit tester question

I have an Ideal Circuit tester 61-035. I tested an outlet in my home and it showed "circuit OK". The amber and white light clearly lit while the red light stayed dark. No question at all about this.
I then tested an outlet in my garage and the amber light is clearly lit. The red and white are dim but they are lit as well.

What does this mean?


Old 03-16-03, 05:25 PM
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There shoud be a chart attached to the tester showing all the combinations and their meanings.
Old 03-16-03, 11:45 PM
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There is a diagram.
All three lights ON is not listed.
Also the red and the white do not light normal in this outlet.
In other outlet the lights are fine. So the tester should be OK.
It seems like a open ground with a little reverse polarity and open neutral thrown in.

Old 03-17-03, 06:46 AM
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All three lights can come on at the same time if you have two things wired in series, or some feedback voltage from a multiwire circuit. Suppose, for example, that you had 120 volts on the hot, 60 volts on the neutral, and 0 volts on the ground. This would make all three lights come on.

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