Sounds like good detective work. Being a detail man, I'll
point out that a "short" is electrical connection where it's
not supposed to be. Short circuits often lead to safety
problems, or breakers that trip. You're describing an "open"
which is something that should be connected, but isn't.
For me, a switch is a device that turns something on or off.
To switch an outlet out is like to pizza a cheeseburger. Me,
well, I replace outlets. That said, please be sure to turn
off the breaker, and use your beeper gadget to make sure you
turned off the correct breaker. (Mine says "volt sensor" on
the back of it, I also don't know what they are called).
Some electrical sockets are called back stabbed. The wires
can be stuck in the back. This is a bad design. Please wrap
the wire around the screws, and snug down. Much better
contact. Much more dependable.
Christopher A. Young
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