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sheila max

07:57PM | 11/08/00
Member Since: 11/08/00
3 lifetime posts
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I plugged in my blow dryer and it blew my GFI and the breaker in the bathroom, which knocked out the electricity in 1/2 my kitchen one plug in the living room, and one in the adjoining bedroom. I changed the gfi and breaker, checked the wiring all if o.k. Whewn i ran a sensor ofthe plugs the kitchen in dead but the bathroom and the bedroom and the livingroom plugs read HOT AND GROUND REVERSED. I also replaced the wall switched and lighting in the bathroom. All mentioned run on the same breaker. CAN ANYONE HELP

rpxlpx

07:23AM | 11/09/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Sheila, it's impossible to tell precisely what the problem is from your description, but I'd say it's likely that you got one or more wires connected incorrectly when you replaced the devices you described.
Can you go back and verify that each is correctly wired? Generally, black is hot and goes on the gold (small) connector; white is neutral, and goes on the silver (large) connector. The bare wire is ground, which often goes on a green connector.
One more thing: many of those testers can give you misleading information. You might or might not have a hot and ground reversed.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited November 09, 2000).]

sheila max

06:56PM | 11/09/00
Member Since: 11/08/00
3 lifetime posts
I did make double checks of the all plugs involved. They are all wired correctly. I even tried to remove the GFI in the bathroom and connect the wires just to each other and still get the same reading. I know that there is electricity goingto the plugs because I have personnally got zapped a few times while testing. But When I plug anything in its not geting electricity to the appliance.

I even checked the wiring to the light fixture there is current going through the wires but nothing runs when directly plugged to the wires.

Sheila


rpxlpx

04:24AM | 11/10/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
You should get an electrician in to look at it.

ljs

03:45AM | 11/19/00
Member Since: 11/18/00
6 lifetime posts
by now you have probably found your problem, but if not: if you have a voltage reading on a receptactle but your appliance will not run, you have an open neutral circuit.

sheila max

04:32PM | 11/19/00
Member Since: 11/08/00
3 lifetime posts
No the problem is not solved yet. I think is is coming from the breaker box or the wires going to the breaker box, because my son slammed the back door and the power came back on for a split minute. How would I check that.

Sheila

ElectrcBil

06:12PM | 11/20/00
Member Since: 07/21/00
76 lifetime posts
Shiela I think you should get an electrician to find out what is wrong. It sounds like it could be a dangerous situation if it the slam of a door turned it back on temporarily. This sounds like a loose connection or broken conductor that really should be fixed right away, It could definately be a fire hazard not to mention a shock hazard. If the neutral wire is the broken conductor then the hot is looking for a place to go, this can be very dangerous. I am an electrician, and i strongly urge you to call an electrician out to fix this.

ljs

02:28AM | 11/24/00
Member Since: 11/18/00
6 lifetime posts
Sheila:
I will not disagree with electricbil, but you have an open neutral ! You have a white wire which may or may not be on it's own dedicated bar,loose. As time goes by heating and cooling will expand and contract these wires and they sometimes come loose. It will happen more often if these wires are aluminum. You need to tighten these lugs and all ground lugs as well. There is a chance you might have a loose hot wire on a breaker, but do the neutrals and grounds first. You MUST be very careful not to be grounded yourself or touch anything which will provide a path for electricity to flow...it can be very unforgiving !!
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