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Old 11-13-14, 11:43 AM
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wire question

changing out a light fixture in kitchen.

black and white are showing hot on the volt tester when switch is on, not hot when off.

there is only black/white/ground in ceiling.

is it possible i do not have a neutral wire or is something else possibly the problem?
 
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Old 11-13-14, 11:45 AM
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What do you see at the switch and how are you measuring 'hot' in the ceiling?
 
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Old 11-13-14, 11:47 AM
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switch shows black/white/ground

i have a home depot voltage meter, beeps when wire is hot.
 
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Old 11-13-14, 12:10 PM
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Your tester isn't worth anything, can you get an actual multimeter? Cheap analog one (<$20) would be fine.

Something doesn't sound right; there aren't enough wires. With what you have in the ceiling, the wall switch should have twice as many wires - how is the switch itself hooked up?
 
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Old 11-13-14, 12:36 PM
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i'll have to find a multimeter

not sure how it is hooked up. don't know too much about this stuff
 
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Can you pull the switch out of the box and take a picture or two?
 
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Old 11-13-14, 07:19 PM
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the wires are so short it won't budge
 
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i have a home depot voltage meter, beeps when wire is hot.
A non-contact tester is not reliable when troubleshooting or analyzing a condition. The white is probably your neutral. I assume the old fixture worked, right?
 
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there was no fixture in the ceiling originally. more than likely to hide something wrong with the wiring during inspections.
 
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Old 11-17-14, 07:42 PM
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If all you have is a black,a white and a ground for the fixture the connections are just color to color.
 
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Old 11-18-14, 09:45 AM
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i did the black/black white/white/ ground/ground

nothing at all happens.
 
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Old 11-18-14, 09:56 AM
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We need to see the wires at the switch.
the wires are so short it won't budge
Pull it as far as it will go and take a picture. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...rt-images.html You may end up having to cut the wires to get it out but lets wait for the pictures. We may see a better way.
 
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