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Six Outlet Plug In

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I have just moved into a 40 year old house.
Many of the standard two plug outlets have a six plug accessory outlet plugged in but only one or two of the six are hot. I noticed that none of the center screws of the accessory outlets are screwed into the outlet box.
Would this be the cause of the non-hot outlets?
I have a Sperry multimeter DM4100A, should I use this prior to cutting the power?

Hope someone can answer this for me. Thank you, VWR
 

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If you remove the 6-way splitter, do both halves of the duplex receptacle work?
 
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Old 04-17-08, 11:50 AM
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Just to add the missing screw isn't the problem. My guess is they are all on the same circuit and the first bad one or the last good one on the circuit is the problem. You have reset all breakers of 20a or less or checked the fuses if fuse box haven't you?
I have a Sperry multimeter DM4100A
If it is digital it may give you readings that you don't have the experience to interpret correctly. If it is digital just tell us what it reads. Don't make assumptions. Search the forum for ghost or phantom voltage to get a better idea why I write this.
 
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Only the three bottom plugs register. I turned the dial to 200V and plugged both leads into one of those three (red on left and black on right). Readout was 121.6.
Should I replace the six plug unit or just screw it in? Tks, Ginny Roby
 
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Only the three bottom plugs register.
What do you mean? are you saying there are three duplex receptacles and only half of each has power or are you saying three of the six receptacles have no power on both sockets?
 
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No, only the bottom one. Several outlets in this house have only one of a two plug outlet that works. How is this corrected? Tks, Ginny Roby
 
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No, only the bottom one. Several outlets in this house have only one of a two plug outlet that works. How is this corrected? Tks, Ginny Roby
Find the switch on the wall and turn it on.
 
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Ray, it's a six plug recepticle plugged into a two plug wall recepticle. Only the bottom three of the six plugger registers. I'd guess only the top plug of the wall recepticle is working. Should I try changing the wall recepticle with a new one, after turning power off?
 
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Remove the six-outlet adapter and then check each outlet on the duplex receptacle.

Are there any fixed-in-place light fixtures in the rooms where the suspect receptacles are located?
 
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