bottom half of outlet does not work

Old 10-02-13, 11:01 AM
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bottom half of outlet does not work

I am trying to help my girlfriend with the outlets in her house built in like 1920. She has 4 or 5 outlets where the top part is live...but the bottom half is dead. Where should I start? There does not appear to be any tripped breakers... but aside from the newer breaker box there is alos an old fuse box that takes those old ceramic fuses... I dont even know if that one is really working either. Any ideas for a newbie?
Old 10-02-13, 11:41 AM
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It's possible that half the outlet is switched so you could turn a table lamp on/off from a wall switch. It's also possible that the outlet is bad and should be replaced.
Old 10-02-13, 12:52 PM
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Open the receptacle and check if the tab is intact on the brass side of the receptacle.

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Old 10-02-13, 01:09 PM
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Also tell us how many wires are connected, and where they're connected, on each receptacle. Describe the wire color and the terminal color.

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