Outlet issues


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Old 12-12-14, 04:58 PM
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Outlet issues

All my kitchen outlets do not work, my cheap meter says there is 118 V but nothing plugged in works. Any ideas? Checked the breaker box and it shows the same volts leaving the breaker. Could this be a ground issue?
 
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Old 12-12-14, 05:05 PM
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Welcome to the forums! What type instrument are you measuring voltage with? An analog meter is best for DIY work. About $10 at the box stores. I doubt it is a grounding problem, but it could be a neutral problem. Are you measuring at a GFCI receptacle? What are you measuring between? Hot and neutral or hot and ground?
 
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Old 12-12-14, 05:12 PM
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The loss of a ground will not stop the circuit from working.
 
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Old 12-12-14, 09:21 PM
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Measuring ground to hot, no GFI. Would checking between the hot and neutral indicate if there is a problem?
 
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Yes, you should be checking hot-to-neutral (the two blades, not the ground). Are you checking both top and bottom of your kitchen plugs? Kitchen circuits are supposed to be separated - top and bottom should be on two different circuits. If both are out, you likely have a missing neutral.

Edit: you should also read around 240V if you measure between the two hot spades.
 
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Old 12-12-14, 11:25 PM
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Matt..... I believe the split receptacle method is code in Canada but is not usually used here in the States.
 
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Ah, did not know that, PJ. Good to know. And still worth checking for
 
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Old 12-13-14, 08:46 AM
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Measuring ground to hot, no GFI. Would checking between the hot and neutral indicate if there is a problem?
Yes! If measuring hot to ground gives you 118 volts and nothing works when plugged in, you have probably lost the neutral.
 
 

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