only about 70 vac at light switch and rec.??? help

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Old 10-24-10, 04:23 PM
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only about 70 vac at light switch and rec.??? help

At the light switch I can measure from ground wire to hot (black) and get 120v. However if I measure from neutral (white) to hot (black) I only get about 70v. There is a receptical on the circuit that does the same. I have not traced the wire from receptical yet.

I am thinking open neutral somewhere. Does this sound correct or am I off base? Any help is greatly appreciated. thanks.
 
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Old 10-24-10, 04:30 PM
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Not an open neutral, but a poor and/or loose neutral connection. Seen it many times.
 
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with your experience, any suggestions on fastest way to trace it down? thanks
 
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I would check the receptacles on that circuit for poor back-stab connections.
 
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You also need to redo all wire nut connections on the circuit including at switches and lights.
 
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Backstabbed devices and bad connecton like poor wirenut connection is the most common curpit and the way you tell us the voltage that mean bad conenction on netural conductor so check that circuit for any issue with connection and if bad badstabbed move them to screw and toqure them down good.

And when you check the netural connections with wirenuts it will be wise to buy new wirenuts as well they are pretty cheap and it will really slove the issues.

If you have alum conductors stop right there and let us know ASAP we will tell you the correct way to deal with it.

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Thanks for the help. I will try to fix it today. Update later.
 
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