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Testing and Repairing Outlet Wiring

How to Test and Repair Outlet Wiring – Having a Circuit Analyzer style plug in tester that will check the power and polarity of your home receptacle outlets is invaluable.


Repairing an Outlet Problem

Electrical Question: How do I fix an outlet problem when my tester shows that the hot and ground are reversed?

I have two floor outlets in a small room that I use for my office. One morning last week I had both computers running and a couple of hours later they were dead. Resetting the circuit breaker didn’t restore power to them and my pocket tester reported that the hot and ground were reversed. Is this something I need an electrician to fix or should I just turn the breaker off again and reset the wires to the outlets?

Thanks.
– Steve

This electrical wiring question came from: Steve, a Homeowner from Modesto, California.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Steve.

How to Test and Repair Outlet Wiring

Electrical Tip

How to Use Electrical Testers
Receptacle Tester

The Following will assist you with your testing and wiring electrical outlets:

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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

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