||04-06-2012 03:15 PM
Outlet not working
I was doing some work on my rental property and noticed one of the electrical outlets is not working. Tested it and it had no power. I pulled the outlet out and hooked up to it was 2 neutral wires on one side and 1 hot wire on the other although the hot wire had no power. Also going through the box was 2 hot wires pigtailed together. These had power.
When I put the tester to the 2 hot wires pigtailed together and the neutral side of the outlet it lit up. So I connected these 2 hot wires that were pigtailed together to the outlet. When I tested the outlet it read open ground. Any ideas how to fix this? I don't understand why it was wired like this. It is older wiring were the outlets don't have an uninsulated ground.