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Old 11-23-2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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i have a circuit which has a wall light and 4 outlets there is power everywhere in the circuit but none of the outlets or the wall light work any clue what it could be?

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Old 11-23-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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i have a circuit which has a wall light and 4 outlets there is power everywhere in the circuit but none of the outlets or the wall light work any clue what it could be?
Take down the lights and check the wires make sure there is no loose connections

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Old 11-23-2008, 03:33 PM   #3
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Check the lights and switch first for loose connections...have you been doing some work with saws, drills, etc?
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:21 PM   #4
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i have a circuit which has a wall light and 4 outlets there is power everywhere in the circuit but none of the outlets or the wall light work any clue what it could be?
How have you determined there is power everywhere?

My best guess would be that you have lost the neutral. Check all of the connections in the circuit and also check for voltage with a meter. Measure between hot and neutral, and then between hot and ground. If you have power between hot and ground but not between hot and neutral, then you have a bad neutral connection somewhere.
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there is power between hot and neutral if i check it at the terminals on the back reads at 120 is there any tests i can do with the multimeter to narrow things down? thank you for your help
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there is power between hot and neutral if i check it at the terminals on the back reads at 120 is there any tests i can do with the multimeter to narrow things down? thank you for your help

Are you sure you checked ALL connections?

Check for loose connections, Ive seen issues with low voltage ONLY when current is applied.

Do you have aluminum wire? (silvery, soft wire)

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With 1200w into the house and a neutral connection of 3 ohms instead of zero, you can have 96v on one side of the house and 144v on the other side. This bad neutral connection would have 24v across it.
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no its copper wire didnt check all connections its probably in the light because thats where the recepticles are wired from
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:59 PM   #9
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By any chance is one of the receptacles on the circuit a GFCI? If it is, I'll bet the GFCI has tripped, cutting power to it and all downstream.

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