I just posted readings separately... However, I was simply inserting the
black (neg) test lead into the 'longer' of the two slots and the red (pos)
test lead into the other. I guessing that this is the Hot/Neutral that you
Mind explaining the Hot/Ground test?
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I guess I'll be flipping the breaker and inspecting / redoing the
connections at the box...
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: On 10 Jan 2004, pray4surf wrote:
: > How about a hand here...
: > I have two switches right as I enter the front door, one
: > operates the porch light and the other switches power to an
: > outlet 5' away on the interior wall. Both switches are the
: > 'Decora' type. They are on a 15A circuit that also provides
: > power to the bulk of the houses lighting.
: > The other night I went to turn on both the porch light and
: > the lamp plugged into the switched outlet. Neither came on.
: > Swapping out 'good' bulbs and testing the outlets with
: > working lamps had no effect and none of the other items on
: > the circuit are affected.
: > Using a 'Circuit Alert' tester (beeps and flashes if current
: > is present) on the outlet tells me that even with the switch
: > 'Off', I have power at the receptacle. Is this normal? I
: > thought with the switch off, the tester would've remained
: > silent and dark...
: Hard to tell what those are trying to tell you. Use your
: multimeter and look for ~117VAC between hot and neutral &
: hot and ground. Don't be confused by leakage millivolts (mV)
: as they'll show up on most multimeters.
: > House built in 61, I'm at least the third owner. Original
: > wiring is the three-wire silver cloth covered type. I did
: > swap out the original switches 5-6 years ago, but if I had a
: > problem shouldn't I have seen it 'immediately'?
: Nope, not if something popped loose inside the boxes.
: > I'm going to focus my attention on switches themselves
: > (cause I can't think of anything else) while waiting on
: > replies. I did receive a multi-meter for Xmas, time to give
: > it a whirl.
: Educated guess - you lost your wire nut and connection for
: the white wires in the box holding the switches, or possibly
: at the box riht before that in the circuit.
: That would make everything dead, but the dummy tester could
: still be sensing a voltage difference between hot and ground.
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