Trouble shooting/repair outdoor outlet


Old 10-30-18, 01:44 PM
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Trouble shooting/repair outdoor outlet

I have and outdoor outlet that when I test, both sockets show as live with power to them

Yet when I plug in cord, tools only one will supply power?

All wires seem to be connect properly to the back of the outlet.

Any ideas as to the cause?
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Old 10-30-18, 01:48 PM
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Receptacles only need hot and neutral to work. There is a bridge on both sides where you can break it off if you want to switch one half of the receptacle. Be sure that bridge is in on both sides.

For a more reliable connection.... the screw terminals should be used.
When you check for power..... use a meter..... not a non contact test pen.

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Old 10-31-18, 10:01 AM
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thanks.........appreciate your taking the time to reply.
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How are you testing that both outlets show hot? If using a non-contact type tester they are notorious for giving false positives.

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