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#### wapayne

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Good breaker. all outlets read 120 volts form white to ground and black to ground. from white to black zero voltage. pull all outlets. no joy

#### ChiTownPro

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How would you get 120 volts from white to ground?

#### Oso954

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How would you get 120 volts from white to ground?
The short answer is an open neutral and some load that is plugged in or switched on.

Voltage (potential) passes thru the load, but the load does not operate because there is no current flow.

#### joed

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Open neutral. No doubt in mind.
If the garage is detached the buried cable could be damaged.

#### ChiTownPro

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Open neutral. No doubt in mind.
If the garage is detached the buried cable could be damaged.
How do you figure? There is no voltage on the neutral to hot. But voltage on H-G and N-G.

#### Oso954

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Your meter reads the differance between the 2 probes. So with 120v of the same leg on the hot and the neutral, the difference is zero.

Yet each reads 120v to ground.

#### joed

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The voltage on the neutral is being fed through some device on the circuit. The circuit is not complete because the neutral is open between the test point and the panel.

#### ChiTownPro

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That doens't explain why the hot is dead or why he's ready 120 on the neutral. If it's being fed from another device it should be lower than 120.

#### rjniles

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That doens't explain why the hot is dead or why he's ready 120 on the neutral. If it's being fed from another device it should be lower than 120.
The full voltage is read thru the load on the neutral because without a closed circuit there is no voltage drop.

#### joed

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That doens't explain why the hot is dead or why he's ready 120 on the neutral. If it's being fed from another device it should be lower than 120.
You don't understand how electricity works. It is not being fed from another device. The voltage is passing through a device on the circuit.

#### ChiTownPro

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You don't understand how electricity works. It is not being fed from another device. The voltage is passing through a device on the circuit.
I do, it's symatics "fed" "passing through", whatever. The fact is even if it passes through a device it will have some voltage drop. Both will not read 120v. In fact it's suspect that it's reading 120. Most often it will read between 116v-118v.

#### joed

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Please explain how there can a voltage drop if there is NO current flow.

#### randyhenke

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At your breaker do you have 120v to ground? Are your lights on the same circuit breaker and do any of them work? Is anything operational on that circuit? Last thing make sure you don't have a disconnect somewhere that is wired incorrectly (switched nuetral) that you may have overlooked.
Check for an open nuetral. You shouldn't have more than a volt or two max between ground and nuetral. You should really see only a few millivolts. I'd suspect the breaker then the first device that feeds power since none of your outlets work. I would be checking all connections are tight.

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