04:00PM | 09/26/06
Member Since: 09/25/06
2 lifetime posts
The main outlet in the garage doesnt work and shows an open neutral when i plug the tester in. is a quickfix possible?


07:37PM | 09/26/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
If this is a NEW new home then call the builder.

"The main outlet in the garage doesnt work and shows an open neutral when i plug the tester in. is a quickfix possible?"

I don't know what you mean by the "main outlet".

First of all those testers will sometimes not give the correct answer if there is more than one problem.

With the breaker off, open the receptacle and check all of the checks.

The black wire should be on the brass or dark terminal, the white on the silver. And the ground on the green terminal.

And if the wires are pushed into the back of the receptacle pull on them and make sure that the are not lose.

If you don't see a problem then check with the upstream receptacle that feeds this one, if any.

But the problem might be in the panel or in the wiring in the wall. Then you should get an electrican.


02:59AM | 09/27/06
Member Since: 09/25/06
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Main, meaning the only. It's an existing home, 50 years old. A recent garage door opener added to the line makes me think the problem is upstream so will do some checking today. Any obviuos things to look for?
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