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Need some help troubleshooting 2 GFCI Kitchen Outlets Reading 3v?

Need some help troubleshooting 2 GFCI Kitchen Outlets Reading 3v?


Old 08-24-20, 12:45 AM
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Need some help troubleshooting 2 GFCI Kitchen Outlets Reading 3v?

Hi Guys,

Have an issue that's puzzling me in my kitchen. Have 4 kitchen outlets on a circuit run from 1 standard single pole breaker. The way I think this circuit is setup is the line is split and you have one GFCI and one standard outlet after the split. So if you looked at it on paper, it'd be:

Standard Outlet[/b]GFCI Outlet=>Standard Outlet

Well, the outlets that are split to the right don't work. I figured since the ones on the left still worked fine, it must be a bad GFCI outlet, so I swapped the outlet and it still won't work. Tried to get a reading using my multimeter and the wires coming directly from the wall are only reading 3v? The outlets that are working on the same breaker circuit are reading 120v as normal?

My only guess is that something happened to the wire between where it split and where it comes into the first GFCI, but I don't know a ton about GFCI wiring. Is there anything else that could cause this issue??

Thanks for any tips!
Old 08-24-20, 05:51 AM
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Cabling inside the wall does not go bad unless you pounded a nail into or have rodents eating it. You have a loose connection somewhere in a junction box. It could be in a box that has a working device.
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Old 08-24-20, 12:22 PM
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Are you sure you don't have two circuits there masquerading as one ?

Through the use of a multiwire branch circuit..... there are two circuits that share a common neutral. This is real popular in kitchen counter receptacles.

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