Electrical Hot & Ground Reversed


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Old 01-18-20, 08:29 PM
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Electrical Hot & Ground Reversed

I have a standard plug that is not working. I also have a series of other GFCI plugs not working and a three way switch light not working.

The standard plug shows “Hot & Ground” reversed.

I think the GFCI’s are all in one loop.

I am not a guru at this but after reading other posts I know that these switches and plugs are not stuck in the backs. All newer plugs and switches w/in 4 years. 1990’s built home.

I have voltage meter but honestly no idea how to use it.

Any ideas on tracking down the issue would be appreciated.
 
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Old 01-18-20, 08:33 PM
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Hot ground reversed on those testers often mean an open neutral somewhere.
Start with the receptacles and device closest to the panel. The problem could be in a good working device.
 
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Old 01-19-20, 09:27 AM
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I have a standard plug that is not working. I also have a series of other GFCI plugs not working
Unless I miss my guess you are referring to receptacles. Plugs have 2 or more prongs in a male configuration and get inserted into receptacles.
 
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Old 01-19-20, 11:35 AM
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Check for a tripped GFI. .
 
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Old 01-19-20, 12:47 PM
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Tripped GFCI should kill the hot. If resetting a GFCI fixes it I would be changing the GFCI.
 
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Old 01-20-20, 07:54 AM
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The standard plug shows “Hot & Ground” reversed
Look for black and white wires reversed upstream. The black should be connected to the gold screw and the white should be connected to the silver screw.
 
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Is this a new/old problem? If new, was any electrical work done prior to the problem?
 
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Old 01-20-20, 05:05 PM
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Did you check for a tripped Gfi? I have had tripped this open both the hot and neutral.
 
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Old 01-20-20, 05:36 PM
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But, if a GFCI receptacle opened both hot and neutral conductors, the plug-in receptacle tester would just be dead and not show anything. The OP says he is getting a hot/ground reverse reading which usually means, like joed already stated, an open neutral.
 
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Old 01-20-20, 07:19 PM
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Thanks CJ, I didn't go back and was using a multimeter to test when I saw the opens, not a 3 light.
 
 

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