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Old 07-12-2012, 04:08 AM   #1
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I just moved into a house and it has a dead receptacle. There's power coming into it. When I attach a prong to both it reads DC... weird I know. So I decided to run a extension cable to the receptacle to test it out. Here is a diagram of my findings. There is also two white wires attach to C and D that feeds to the outlet on the otherside of the wall.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:42 AM   #2
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Usually, when I find "two white wire" running between walls, it's because some one in the past has used a "zip-cord" to hook-up an additional outlet.

If this is so, then beware... Zip-cord is not rated for "permanent" use, and poses a code & safety violation.

(The probable reason why the outlet doesn't work, is because a competant electrician wouldn't use such means to wire an outlet).

(Note: In the electrical trade...using the "white" wire...or the "green" wire as a substitute for a phase wire (the "hot" wire)...is worse than a Mortal Sin... Why, it's simply --- cheesy!

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Old 07-12-2012, 05:06 AM   #3
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what will happen if two hot wire workin the same lamp
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:19 AM   #4
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If they're on the same leg nothing will happen. It won't light up. If they're on different legs you'll get 240v on your lamp and the brightest 60w bulb you ever seen for about half a second.
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The dead receptacle probably has a loose neutral (the left wire in your diagram for the duplex receptacle),, which goes tot he side with the larger prong slot.

This could be either at the receptacle in question or at the last working receptacle in the daisy chain from the panel.
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or it'll blow the breaker...

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