Troubleshoot receptacle issue
Hello forum, ...I tried a search but didn't find what I'm looking for. I'm anxious to get some input.
I'm installing 3 outlets around my workbench in the basement. Not for heavy tools, just a lamp or two.
Hidden behind the previous owners pegboard was 14/2 Romex that was not connected to anything. Voltage tester said it was hot.
I turned the breaker off, extended the line with a junction box and wired 3 receptacles. When I flipped the breaker back on, not only were the receptacles all dead, but now the original wiring was not reading any voltage.
Disconnected the run, and the original wiring was hot again.
Reconnect, and tried the wiring in what I believe to be both series and parallel. Triple checked all the wire nuts and all the screw terminal connections. Still no voltage reading.
Disconnect the run. Connect receptacle directly to original wire and all hot....but outlet does not work.
My only guess is that maybe there's something going on upstream that I cannot see or get to. To be honest, I have no idea where the original wire comes from....or what it may be connected to.
Does anyone have any ideas on this? See pic