electrical outlet troubleshooting - need help....


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Old 06-03-10, 09:01 PM
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electrical outlet troubleshooting - need help....

3 outlets in one room dont work. others in the room do work. have reset the breaker box. tester shows the 3 outlets getting power - but when we plug something in, it doesnt work. replaced the outlet with one that we know works - still no dice. not sure what else to check..
 
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Old 06-04-10, 05:11 AM
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How are you testing????????
 
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Old 06-04-10, 05:40 AM
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Non contact testers and digital multimeters may give false readings. What are you testing with?
 
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Old 06-04-10, 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by wilsoncl
3 outlets in one room dont work. others in the room do work. have reset the breaker box. tester shows the 3 outlets getting power - but when we plug something in, it doesnt work. replaced the outlet with one that we know works - still no dice. not sure what else to check..
From one of the 3 outlets that work one probably feeds the rest of the outlets that don't work. Shut off the power and check the connections in the 3 outlets that work. Hopefully you'll find a loose connection that feeds the ones that don't work. Let us know.
Jim

 
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Old 06-05-10, 04:27 AM
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As Ray pointed out, non contact testers will tell you if you have a hot wire but it will not tell you if there is an open neutral. Use a meter set to at least 125 volts and test from hot to neutral.
 
 

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