locate problem in dead circuit


Old 01-29-20, 06:59 AM
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locate problem in dead circuit

I was trying to print from my computer when the printer suddenly did not print.
There was no sound nor smell.
I checked the fuse for the circuit and it is fine.
There is one light and one receptacle working in the same circuit.
The fridge - not working - is on the same circuit.
I took off the cover from the wall receptacle of the fridge and the multimeter read
--- 120 volts from black to ground
--- 0 volts from black to one of the white
--- 80 volts from black to another white
From the number of wires in this box, they lead to others.
I removed the coverings from two other wall receptacles in the circuit and
black to ground read 120 volts
but no power across white.
How do I identify the problem?
Old 01-29-20, 07:25 AM
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The problem is a loose white wire. If you know the track of the cabling the problem is in the last working box or the first dead box.
If any of the devices use the back stab pushin connections move the wires to the screws. Back stabs are a very common source of this problem.

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