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cu1980

05:53AM | 12/13/06
Member Since: 12/12/06
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I have three outlets in my basement that show they are hot using a simple tester. However, when I plug anything in they do not work.

Any ideas on what steps I should follow to get the circuit working?

househelper

06:00AM | 12/13/06
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
What is this "simple tester"? If you are using a proximity (induction) tester and are getting a "hot" reading, then I would suspect a loose neutral wire. Look at the closest receptacle on that circuit that is still working. You may have a loose white wire, probably loose because the push-in connection was used. Repair using the screw terminals.

cu1980

06:34AM | 12/13/06
Member Since: 12/12/06
2 lifetime posts
That did the trick. The white wires at the good outlet had loosened under the cap and were not in good contact.

I never thought to go back to where the circuit was good.

Thanks
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