Wire is hot, but no light at outlet


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Old 02-23-14, 01:56 PM
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Wire is hot, but no light at outlet

I have switch that turns on 5 kitchen lights. The lights stopped working yesterday. I assumed it was the switch and just went ahead and replaced it, but that did not work.

I got a non-contact voltage tester. The switch is hot, when turned on. I pulled out a bulb and the tester says the outlet is hot as well.

I checked the wire in the outlet that goes to ground to make sure it was not corroded, and it looks fine.

Any suggestions on what I should check next?
 
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Old 02-23-14, 02:57 PM
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I got a non-contact voltage tester.
Useless for this purpose. Your money would have been better spent on a cheap ($8-$15) analog multimeter.
I checked the wire in the outlet that goes to ground to make sure it was not corroded
A circuit will work fine with out a ground. It is for safety not function.

Tell us all the wires in the switch and how they are connected.
 
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Old 02-23-14, 04:08 PM
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Sorry I was incorrect, I did not check the ground. Thats the negative one I guess..or the one that goes back..not sure what its called

Ok so:
- Switch is not grounded
- One wire comes in goes into a cap, cap is attached to switch via another wire.
- Second wire, does the same, goes into the other end of the switch.

I checked under both the caps and the cables look fine.

What would I test with a multimeter?
 
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Old 02-23-14, 04:44 PM
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One wire comes in goes into a cap, cap is attached to switch via another wire
Odd if I understand you correctly or do you mean you have a dimmer with two leads? If there are only two wires in the box, a black and white, and they are connected to the switch turn off the breaker and connect the two house wires together with a wire nut. Turn the breaker on and check to see if the lights work.
 
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Only two wires. Already flipped the breaker..no dice. Guess I'll call for professional help, I'm already way beyond my abilities here.
 
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Just updating this post with the answer.

Essentially the problem was that one of the neutral wires got loose.

Neutral from the switch (this was working fine) was going to a chandelier. Same neutral from the chandelier goes to the kitchen can lights.

The one inside the chandelier was loose...my kid threw his ball at it.
 
 

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