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Old 08-12-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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I got a Problem with a Couple Regular Outlets, I have no power to either 1, But when I hook up a Gauge I get a weak Light, So It getting a Bleed through Right? What is Causing this, I need to Fix Its driving me Crazy...
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I got a Problem with a Couple Regular Outlets, I have no power to either 1, But when I hook up a Gauge I get a weak Light, So It getting a Bleed through Right? What is Causing this, I need to Fix Its driving me Crazy...
Sounds like a loose neutral and or backstabbed outlet connections. Pull the outlets and look for any loose wires
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Need a volt Ohm meter to do any real testing. Even a chap one would be better then a test light.
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What did you use for the test ?

Non contact testers and digital type meters can give false readings !
Known as "Phantom voltage"

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You most likely got a bad / loose connecttion.
Or a thrown gfci hidden somewhere behind a shelf
or pile of box's. (very common).
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What did you use for the test ?

Non contact testers and digital type meters can give false readings !
Known as "Phantom voltage"

You most likely got a bad / loose connecttion.
Or a thrown gfci hidden somewhere behind a shelf
or pile of box's. (very common).
My money's on a tripped gfi
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Second on bad or tripped GFCI outlet. Where are these outlets located in your residence?



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Loose/intermittent connections - when there is almost no load - can check out okay with a voltmeter. But put a load on it, and a poor connection (assume 5 ohms) starts heating up as you draw a load - and that is one of the causes of fires! To be conservative, you could isolate the circuit when you are not troubleshooting that branch....to eliminate the risk.

To troubleshoot - you might have to pull all the outlets out of the wall and let them 'hang out' ...and check the wiring. Outlets might be daisy-chained...find the first one - find the last one ...the last one has wires coming in - and none leaving. Put a load on the outlet at the end of the string ...maybe 250 to 500 watts (at least 1 light, and maybe a small heater or other) - then go back to the other outlets that are hanging out and tap/wiggle the other outlets while having someone watch the light. If the light starts going on/off with the tapping - you might have found the suspect outlet.
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