i did some small add on wiring in my home and decided to check with the plug
in (3 light) tester to make sure it was done right...to my surprise it told
me i had an open neutral..so i disconnected the circuit and started cking
other outlets through out the home and every outlet came up open neutral??
the house is only 12 years old...can this be possible?? how would i begin to
solve this problem?? thanks for all replies!!
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Nothing except the tester.
They will show an open neutral on a grounded circuit. Now whether they work
or report on an ungrounded circuit I can't say.
Does anyone know how these things are wired to do this? Strange I was
thinking about this just this morning.
Appreciate what the test does. It can detect a defect but
cannot confirm a good circuit. It can report a problem but
does not provide sufficient information to say why a problem
exists. Confirming those tester readings with a digital
voltmeter can also provide numbers that will better target
reasons for the problem. Voltmeter taking measurements Hot
(black wire) to Neutral (white wire), Hot to ground (bare
copper), and ground to neutral. Readings taken both with no
load on the receptacle AND during a major load (ie. steam
iron) on that 'under test' receptacle.
With those numbers, others can better identify suspects.
An open neutral should have resulted in no appliance
operation which is why the tester report is seriously suspect.
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