Did I screw up wiring this outlet?
I spent the day replacing wall plates at my house. When I turned the electricity back on at the end of the day, one of my electrical outlets didn't work. Using a tester, it showed "open neutral."
So, I turned the power off and opened up the outlet... it had the hot wire attached to the top brass screw and the neutral attached to the bottom silver screw.
I thought they were supposed to be attached parallel (either both top or both bottom.) So, as a shot in the dark to try to fix the problem, I moved the hot wire to the bottom brass screw and turned on the power. But the problem remained.
An hour later, I figured out I pushed the "test" button on an upstream GCFI while changing the plate. Whoops! I hit "reset" on the GCFI and suddenly the downstream outlet was working again.
But, now I'm wondering... maybe I've wired the outlet improperly by moving the hot wire down to the bottom screw. Both outlets (top and bottom) seem to test OK, despite the hot/neutral being only wired to the bottom screws.
So, should I move the hot wire back to the top screw and leave the neutral on the bottom (the way it used to be?) Or is it OK as-is?
Sorry for the newbie question! Thanks for any help.