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Old 01-14-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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I have three outlet all in the same vacinity that have never worked. Finally decided to check them out today. Two outlets have one B/W pair running to them but the white is run to the top and the black is run to the bottom of the back of the receptacle. The third outlet has three B/W pairs. Two whites run to the top and one runs to the bottom. Then one black runs to top and two blacks on bottom. Pictures are below. I am not accustomed as a DIY as to this wiring configuration. I just know none of the three outlets work. Could be wired rights but does not look so to me. House is 25 years old. Not sure which circuit they are on in the house and not sure how to figure that out because I cannot get a voltage reading out of the outlet and dont want to disconnect a potentially live wired outlet that might be wired wrong. Voltage out of all three outlets measured by sticking probes into outlets reads zero.



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I have three outlet all in the same vicinity that have never worked.
Finally decided to check them out today.

Two outlets have one B/W pair running to them...
but the white is run to one side
and the black is run to the other side of the receptacle.

The third outlet has three B/W pairs.
I misread your statements... and edited them.
(only thing worse than no pics is too big pics)


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I just know none of the three outlets work.
Voltage out of all three outlets measured by sticking probes into outlets reads zero.
With the probes of a VOM...
someone can investigate more specifically to learn if any of them is hot and where they are from etc.
Someone should. Soon.

Or as jb said: Look at the last working receptacle in the area and check the connections.

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Nothing wrong with the wiring.

Look at the last working receptacle in the area and check the connections.
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Nothing wrong with wiring but using the push in connections is often a source of this problem. You be well advised to move all the connections to the screw terminals.
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Thanks all. This will get me started. Wasn't used to this configuration.
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The receptacles are wired correctly. Based n the tile it looks like a bathroom. I would look for a tripped GFCI receptacle. In a 25 year old house there may be only 1 and the other receptacles are wired on the load side.

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