I'm learning how to use a multimeter and want to test a standard wall outlet. If I insert the probes (hot/neutral) to read AC voltage, shouldn't I get 120V? I have a Radio Shack meter with autoranging that is rated up to 400v, but when I try to test an outlet I always get O.L. (over limit).
Even with autoranging, check your settings. But, some multimeters (especially autoranging) will go to OL for a shorttime until it resets itself and will then give you a reading of 120.