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Old 02-08-14, 02:34 PM
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I have a circuit down but the voltage at the breaker reads fine and did not trip when the circuit went down. there is no voltage to any known outlets on the circuit so I can't tell if this is the result of an open neutral or a some other ground fault, I have a GFCI (possibly) on this line. There is voltage to the outlet works but when I plug in a nightlight to test it, the test button won't depress so it's not working properly. Is it possible this GFCI could have voltage but anything downstream could not?

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Michael
 
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Old 02-08-14, 02:42 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

In order to check for power you need an actual meter. Something with probes so that you can check between the black(hot) and the white(neutral). Newer GFI's will not reset without having hot and neutral on them so in your case..... you're missing something.

You need to check from black to white and black to ground (like the box)

If you are using a non contact type pen tester and it shows power..... then you are missing the neutral.
 
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Old 02-08-14, 07:33 PM
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There is voltage to the outlet
How do you know you have voltage to the receptacle?
 
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Old 02-08-14, 07:40 PM
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but when I plug in a nightlight to test it, the test button won't depress
Does the night light light up?
 
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