kitchen Outlet

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Old 11-17-12, 10:16 AM
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kitchen Outlet

I have a normal kitchen outlet which has white, black and red wires running to it.
the brass link between the red and black wires is cut/removed. My problem while I detect power on my black wire, the outlet does work.
my question is, should the link be cut? I`m afraid if I do not cut that link, between the red and black, the C/B will jump.
 
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Old 11-17-12, 10:40 AM
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my question is, should the link be cut? I`m afraid if I do not cut that link, between the red and black, the C/B will jump.
You are corect assuming either two separate 120 volt circuits or one multi wire.

My problem while I detect power on my black wire, the outlet does work
If the silver link isn't broke then this is a multi wire circuit and you have a bad neutral. You will need to check the receptacles upstream of this one for a loose neutral. Be sure to move any back stabbed wires to the screws. Note the wires on a GFCI are back wired and not back stabbed and should not be moved to the screws.

I detect power on my black wire
If you used a non contact tester the reading is meaningless. You need to use an analog multimeter, test light, or solenoid tester. Above suggestion of a bad neutral may not be correct if you used a non contact tester.

For terminology and more help on trouble shooting see also: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...ther-info.html
 
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