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By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I lived in my house 16 years, a month ago the socket and lights stopped working in one upstairs bedroom. I changed the fuse but that did not fix the problem…

Identifying and Repairing Electrical Wiring Problems

Question: I lived in my house 16 years, a month ago the socket and lights stopped working in one upstairs bedroom. I changed the fuse but that did not fix the problem. i used a socket tester and it said the “hot/ground reverse”. Why did this happen after 16 years and what can i do to fix it.

This electrical question came from: Joseph, a Homeowner from Charlotte.NC
Additional Comments: first time visiting; seems informative.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Joseph.
Use testers as shown below to positively identify the wiring, if the readings are not correct then trace the wiring back towards the source inspect and make any necessary repairs.

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