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Zamoora

08:00PM | 08/12/05
Member Since: 08/11/05
3 lifetime posts
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Folks

I am newbie so far as electical wiring in a house is concerned as I just became a old house owner.

There are two connections in the house on ground floor and one in basement kitchen which are not working properly.

I used that device that tells whether the connection is OK or polarity is reversed, open neutral etc.

It shows that circuit is complete but instead of lighting up two lights, it lights one indicator light for hot wire, while second light is only dimly lit. If this second light was completly off it would have meant open neutral but why the heck would it light up dimly??

So I have a complete circuit but it wont light up a bulb?

Any idea what is going on?

Plese help.

Billhart

08:12PM | 08/12/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
Those testers take very, very little current to operate and thus can be "fooled" by small leakage currents.

Sounds like you have a bad connection on the neutral.


househelper

05:23AM | 08/13/05
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
If the only light coming on is the one in the middle, and it is an old house with ungrounded circuits (2 wire), then that is normal. If you plug in a lamp at these receptacles, does it work?

Zamoora

03:50PM | 08/13/05
Member Since: 08/11/05
3 lifetime posts
If the only light coming on is the one in the middle, and it is an old house with ungrounded circuits (2 wire), then that is normal. If you plug in a lamp at these receptacles, does it work?

Yes the house is old and the lamp does NOT work. It for sure has something to do with neutral....but cant figure out what to do next

There are three live black wires connected to each other and three white ones conencted similarly

any ideas?


Billhart

05:40PM | 08/13/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
"There are three live black wires connected to each other and three white ones conencted similarly

any ideas?"

I am guessing that one of those pairs is the supply, one feeds the next receptacl downstream and one is connected to the receptacle.

First check the neutral connections. It is possible that one wire did not get under the wire nut and is just touching the other wires.

If this does not solve the problem you need to find the upstream connections. It might be in a receptacle, light switch box, or light fixture box or a box in the attic or basement. Or being in an older home it might have illegal hidden connections in the walls.

Figure out what circuit that this is on and turn the breaker off and then check all of the other devices that are off.

I suggest that you get Black and DEcker "Complete Home Wiring" and Rex Cauldwell's "Wiring a House" (Taunton).

That will show you what wiring is suppose to look like.


Zamoora

05:43AM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 08/11/05
3 lifetime posts
Thanks Everyone for your answers.

I will try to disconnect white cables to see if it helps.

Otherwise I guess it is time to call an electrician.


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