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How to Locate an Electrical Wiring Problem

Wayne in Washington asks: I have a very unique problem in a home where on a 20 amp circuit the bare conductor is carrying the positive or hot side of the 120 volt and the black conductor is acting as the ground and the white is the neutral.


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Electrical Question: How can I trace an electrical problem where the bare ground wire is the positive or hot side of a 120volt circuit, and the black wire is acting as the ground?

This electrical wiring question came from Wayne, an Electrician in Walla Walla, Washington.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Wayne.

How to Locate an Electrical Wiring Problem

Application: Troubleshooting an Electrical Problem.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the , turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Walla Walla, Washington. A permit and inspections may also be required.

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