Originally Posted by jrclen
Wildie, I meant no offense to you, but I've been an electrician for a long time. I'm saying from experience that the chances of this being a bad receptacle outlet is just about zero. Possible, but not likely.
A voltmeter and a little time will find the actual problem. If it is a bad receptacle, the voltmeter will tell you.
What do I think it is:
Tripped GFCI upstream or a bad connection.
I wasn't really offended with yourself! I was just having a bad day (family med prob) and responded inappropriately!
Going back to the original post, I'm given the impression that the OP was using a neon tester!
On occasion, I have encounter recepts that have carbon deposits on the blade contacts. In this case, voltage can be seen with a neon lamp, but current is limited by the carbon resistance!
As the 'french electrician' has mentioned, back stabbed recepts. are prone to a similar failure.
Another possibility is that the recept may not be compatible with aluminum wire!
It could all be as simple, as a loose wire nut!
What we all failed to question, was what type of tester the OP was using?
Would it be a neon pig tail tester? Or perhaps a neon pole tester? Was the test made from the neutral slot to the 'hot' slot? Was the test made from the terminal screws?
Bill (electrician since 1957)