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Replacing Receptacles


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Replacing receptacle outlets and inspecting the wiring – How to Test Outlet Wiring – Make sure you are testing the wiring correctly. When testing outlets it is best to use a circuit analyzer that will indicate the condition of the wiring with a three light display.

Electrical Circuit Testing for Receptacles

Electrical Question: The receptacles and light switches in my room do not work. I replaced all the receptacles with TR receptacles and light switch. There is power running in the wire every time I test it.
All the wires running in the room have power. The old receptacles did not work, but there was power in the line. I replaced all them with brand new TR receptacles and still no power in the receptacle but all the lines have power when checked with a voltage meter.
I tried numerous appliances, lamps, etc. Still no power.
All the wires are hot and have been checked numerous times with the voltage meter.
What is wrong and how can I correct this problem?

This electrical wiring question came from: John, from Belleville, New Jersey

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question John

How to Test Outlet Wiring
John, make sure you are testing the wiring correctly. When testing outlets it is best to use a circuit analyzer that will indicate the condition of the wiring with a three light display. You stated that the old receptacles did not work, so it is very possible that there is a loose connection at a splice within the circuit. Turn off the power to the outlet circuit and inspect any splices that are found in the receptacle boxes and make sure the wire connectors are good and snug.

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