What type of wire do you have feeding this circuit? BX, NM, ETC? Also, post a picture of the load center. I suspect maybe old Knob/Tube wiring that someone hacked into. These are tough to determine hot/neutral.
This circuit starts out in the main circuit breaker as an old two wire cable without ground. I did not notice till today that the new wire used in these outlets does have a ground wire . Downstairs on a three way switch some idiot attached that ground wire to the black hotscrew on the switch. One thing I did learn from this is that there was indeed a reason my wand went crazy in that room. The boxes were obviously all hot so it immediately sounded when it came within an inch of a box. Thanks all for the help. The outlets now all test fine and to find if the outlet is hot I have to put the wand all the way in the slot to get a reading.
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