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Old 04-20-2007, 03:45 PM   #31
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The green wire is a safety ground and your wiring doens't have equipment ground so it is unused and meaningless. I am assuming here that you have cables as a wiring method.

JWWhite asked what your wiring method was.... if it isn't cables then what do you have....ie...metal conduit.... knob and tube etc....

You seem to not quite understand what we are trying to do. When you reconnected the working outlet and you say power then showed up in another box or boxes. You should then install the receptacle in the box that showed power and test it to see if it works. If it doesnt then the neutral is open between that box and the one outlet that is working. Do not continue to hook up the other outlets at that point you need to find why the neutral is open. Do the instructions that came with your multimeter explain how to do continuity tests? It is also possible you have a hidden junction box somewhere and in that jb you have a connection failure. At any rate it appears that the neutral is broken in the cable carrying onward power from the first and only working receptacle. If you want to verify you need to do continuity checks on the white wires and see if they show open. But if power shows up everywhere else and nothing works then it is most certainly an open neutral in the cable leaving (carrying onward power) from the working receptacle box.The fact that power is at all the electrical boxes shows you do not have a problem with power getting to the receptacles and switches on the hot wire (black) so its ok. Test the continutiy of the cable leaving the first working receptacle box. You know the black wire is ok so finding where it goes will tell you which white is paired with it. Set the multimeter up for continutiy and turn the power off to the circuit. Disconnect all the wires downstream again.Touch one probe of the multimeter to the black wire in the cable leaving with onward power in that working receptacle box. Now touch the other probe to the black wires of the other receptacle boxes one at a time (you may need to improvise a long length of wire to extend to the other electrical boxes.) Wire nut this wire to a black wire then take the other end to your multimeter. If no continuity then wire nut it to another black wire. Touch the long wire to the other probe. When you show continuity on a black wire then this is the same black wire that originates in the first working outlet. Now set up the white wire that is in the same cable with the black wire in the same manner. See if it shows continuity... if not then it is broken somewhere, it may be in a junction box or nail driven through the cable any number of things.

Some other observations.....you lost power when vacuuming, Closely check the outlet you were plugged into for a poor or loose connection of the neutral white wire. If you replaced that outlet then disregard, do not use backstabs anything that is backstabed move the wires to the screws. Black to brass screws and white to silver screws. Be sure of your wiring if the receptacle is half switched.

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Old 04-20-2007, 04:11 PM   #32
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I think you should hire this project done and watch the electrican closely. You do not seem to have the grasp of the basic concepts needed to do this on your own.

Next buy a book on residential wiring and read up so that next time you will be prepaired for the situation.
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Old 04-20-2007, 06:01 PM   #33
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Yeah I think I'm gonna just break down and get an electrician. I was hoping this was something really simple, which it probably is for you guys. I just figure that being a first time homeowner I need to learn a few things like this so that I won't have to pay someone every time something breaks or stops working. I'll give myself an A for effort and try to learn more.

Thanks to all that gave input and tried to help!
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If you want to learn pook, grab a good book and read. Then, experiment safely with the electrical in your house that DOES work.
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:01 PM   #35
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Hello Pook

Jw is probably correct an electrician might be best. I'm sorry if things became a little confusing. It's very difficult to do long distance troubleshooting when we can't see what you have there. I was trying to hope for an explanation you would understand that would lead you to a solution, but to that end I didn't fair very well. There are just to many other things you must understand in order to see the logic in what I was asking you to do.

I agree that you get an "A" for effort and perseverance.

Good Luck

BTW ... if you do try the continuity check remember that continuity is done with the power removed (breaker off).

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