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Old 11-19-10, 05:44 PM
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Hot Neutral Reverse

Just bought a GFCI Outlet Tester, and find that some of the outlets in home have a "Hot/Neu Rev" problem. This is after many years living in this home, with no known problems. Do not have any GFCI outlets in home. Serious enough to have corrected? Thanks.
 
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Old 11-19-10, 05:50 PM
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Yes, it should be corrected. It means that the white and black wires are connected to the opposite screw terminals of the receptacle.
 
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Old 11-19-10, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil View Post
Just bought a GFCI Outlet Tester, and find that some of the outlets in home have a "Hot/Neu Rev" problem. This is after many years living in this home, with no known problems. Do not have any GFCI outlets in home. Serious enough to have corrected? Thanks.
Why would you buy a GFI tester if you have no GFI outlets in your house? Just curious.
 
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Old 11-19-10, 08:29 PM
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It's probably a 3 light tester that has a test button that will simulate a ground fault and trip a GFCI. Most of them are like that now.
 
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Old 11-22-10, 10:16 AM
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"Hot/Neutral Reverse" more often than not means "No Ground" with that type of tester. It cannot determine the difference between the two conditions.

Is this a two-wire circuit which someone has incorrectly installed three-prong receptacles?
 
 

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