12:47PM | 08/01/05
Member Since: 07/31/05
3 lifetime posts
I was using a power sander in an outside outlet when it overloaded the circuit and tripped the breaker. Now, no outlets on the circuit will work. There is current in all of the wires throughout the circuit. Each outlet is hot when tested but will not power a device. When anything is plugged in, whether it's on or not, there is no current at other outlets. When tested with a receptacle tester, I get an open ground error. I have checked wiring in all outlets but can't find a problem. Any suggestions?


03:00PM | 08/01/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Sounds like an open neutral.

Could also be a tripped GFCI and I don't know how you are determining that receptacles are 'hot'. Some of them can give false information is you don't know to watch for it.


03:59PM | 08/01/05
Member Since: 07/31/05
3 lifetime posts
If it is an open neutral, can I fix it?

I have checked the GFCI on the circuit and it has not been tripped. By 'hot', I mean that there is current in the 'black' wire. I am using a 'circuit alert' current detector to check for current. It beeps when current is present in the wire. It may not be the best thing to use but it is all I have. Any suggestions on something better?

If a GFCI has been tripped, then I shouldn't detect any current in any outlet right?


07:03PM | 08/01/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Those tester on sense and electrical field.

To have "current" you need a complete circuit. That includes the source, the hot wire, a load, and the neutral or return.

Find the first receptacle that does not work and check the connects on the neutral wire. And any receptacle that use back-stab connections redo then and use the screw terminals.


02:19PM | 08/02/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Sounds like an open neutral to me. Can you fix it? I don't know how smart you are.

If every receptacle on the circuit is dead then the problem could be in the main panel. look for a losse or disconnect white wire.


08:42AM | 08/09/05
Member Since: 08/03/05
20 lifetime posts
get a lamp and go from one recep to the next. plug it in to each one TOP AND BOTTOM.if you find one that is "half hot" say the top works and the bottom doesn't, turn the power off and replace that receptacle. Chances are you just burnt up and outlet and the way most houses are wired that will shut down the rest of the circuit. Try it & let me know what happens.....PS wanna guess what my 1 is?


01:35PM | 08/09/05
Member Since: 07/31/05
3 lifetime posts
Problem solved. It was actually my parents' house and my brother's father-in-law fixed it before I could try out your ideas. It turned out to be a loose wire at the panel. Thanks for your help.

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