help troubleshooting house electric today??

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Old 11-15-10, 06:37 AM
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help troubleshooting house electric today??

I am working on fixing why some outlets in daughters house don't work. Any help is greatly appreciated. I will probably be asking questions throughout the day.

first is why on an outlet would I have nothing across outlet and 120v on hot and about 116v on neutral? is the neutral mistakenly tied to hot somewhere? if so wouldn't this have cause a short?
 
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Old 11-15-10, 06:49 AM
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You have 116v from neutral to ground? If so you have an open neutral someplace.

It might not cause a short for two reasons:

1) The hot is the same phase as the other hot or is of the same hot.

2) There is nothing connected to the outlet. In which case you would have 240 volts between hot and neutral.
 
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Old 11-15-10, 07:41 AM
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Ok, found that one. too many wires shoved into same wire nut in pull box in basement ceiling and wires could just be pulled out of wire nut with very little effort. almost fell out of wire nut. On to next outlet. will probably be back. thanks
 
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Old 11-15-10, 08:18 AM
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Just for reference I always twist the wires together using a linesmen pliers. Not a requirement but makes a good connection.
 
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