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Old 06-08-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Can not power Device, but have power at oultet

Wife was using the Toster, she said it was taking longer than it should to toast the Bread. When it was done It sparked in the toaster and the Phloresent light quit working at the same time.

I replaced the toster but the new one still didnt work. I also checked the Breakers to see if they were triped. No breakers were triped but i reset them anyway.

I got me a Voltage tester and a multimeter, both items show curent and voltage at the outlet.

I still can not get a device to power up at the outlet or get 2 lights to come on.

I saw no broken or burnt wires on the outlet.

I hope this info helps because I am cluless as to what the problem is. If I show power at the outlet I would think it should work. Thanks for any help that may solve this.


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Old 06-08-2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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If you are reading voltage but nothing works, you have a loose wire. There is enough contact for a few milliamps to pass so you can measure voltage, but not enough for anything drawing more current. Check the receptacle and the ones closest to it that are on the same circuit.

If you have no voltage, then check for a tripped GFCI receptacle.


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Old 06-08-2009, 06:47 PM   #3
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Ok thank you I will check that out.
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With no GFCI upstream, a correctly wired outlet should be able to light an incand. lamp when run from hot (short slot) to neutral (long slot) and from hot to ground (round hole).
A lamp doesn't respond to phantom voltages like many testers do.

If it passes this test then power a hair dryer from this outlet; the voltage should drop less than 3v when the dryer is switched on.

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