Outlets have power, yet don't.


Old 10-15-04, 04:53 PM
Jeff Smallwood
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Outlets have power, yet don't.

I have a room full of outlets (and another one of the other side of the wall to the room in question) that show they have power when tested with a cheap-o voltage tester, yet fail to power anything plugged into them. The house was redone in the late 80's and this utility room added on, and the house's wiring was redone, and a 200amp breaker box put in. So all of the wiring in question is fairly new. (Just moving into this house, btw.)
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Old 10-15-04, 05:18 PM
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Sounds like an open neutral. Most likely in the last working or first dead receptacle in the circuit. Look for connection that plugged into the back of the receptacle. These are known as back stabbed and very prone to failure. Don't over look light fixtures and switch boxes as well. The problem could be also wire nut anywhere on the circuit. It could also be a loose neutral in the panel box.
Old 10-15-04, 06:54 PM
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It your tester shows power from the shorter slit to the "D" hole, but no power from the shorter slit to the longer slit, then Joe's diagnosis is correct. The failure usually begins when you turn on the vacuum cleaner.

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