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Old 06-13-2019, 04:29 PM   #1
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Outlet confusion


I just replaced a few older kitchen outlets expecting trouble (cynic in me and knowing my past troubles with electrickery) and sure enough I've got myself in trouble. I put in a new one being careful to use the existing pigtails and hooking them up correctly...black to brass screw and white to silver. Now my Sperry tester is telling me that hot and neutral are reversed even though I can see they aren't. The outlets down the line aren't working either although my voltage tester shows that the hot wires have power, the Sperry doesn't indicate anything when I plug it in to see what the fault might be.

What on earth have I done wrong here?
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Re: Outlet confusion


If black to brass and white to silver, gnd to gnd, and your tester indicates H & N are reversed, then somewhere upstream the blk and wht wires are crossed. This may have been an existing condition.
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If black to brass and white to silver, gnd to gnd, and your tester indicates H & N are reversed, then somewhere upstream the blk and wht wires are crossed. This may have been an existing condition.
I think it was the next outlet upstream. I made the change and switched a white wire from hot to neutral terminal. But the outlets downstream still aren't working.
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Look for a.tripped gfi.
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It was a loose wire. A neutral had popped free of the wire nut. I was trying to get four strands into the nut and it was a strain.
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Sounds like the wirenut was too small.
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