hot on both sides

mdelmonteDecember 8, 2009

I have a 20 amp circuit that all the receptacles and switches are hot on both sides. Nothing on the circuit is working, lights or plugs. I'm going nuts for a solution. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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ionized_gw

How are you checking, meter? What kind of meter? What are you using for a reference (ground)? What is the voltage between the contacts? Have you looked at the connections in the service panel yet?

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 8:08PM
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mdelmonte

I'm using a voltage detector. Also on the plugs I'm using a plug-in that tells me that the hot & ground are reversed which I have heard that there could be a loose neutral somewhere.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 9:37PM
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normel

You have a loose neutral, most likely due to a pushin connection on a receptacle. Check the receptacles that are out AND those that are still working on this circuit.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 9:40PM
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mdelmonte

I don't have any push-ins, they are all screwed in. There is nothing on that circuit that is working.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 10:02PM
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brickeyee

"I don't have any push-ins, they are all screwed in. There is nothing on that circuit that is working."

Start pulling devices (receptacles) and checking them.
If nothing on the circuit is working it could even be in the panel.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 9:18AM
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mike_kaiser_gw

Pleae give us more details about your problem. Is this something that just appeared out of the blue? New circuit? Old circuit? Has anything changed?

Non-contact voltage detectors have their place but they are far from perfect and often susceptible to false positives.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 11:37PM
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