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Hot/Ground Reversal

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Uzi2, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. Uzi2

    Uzi2 NES Member

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    Main panel, there are no subs, and I'm aware of the issue with subs.....they are not bonded, only at the main. Thanks!
     
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  2. chuckster

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    After reading this thread I bought one of those testers, all the receptacles I tested read "open Neutral" what means that?
     
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  3. Spanz

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    not so good! If correct, it means the third prong on your outlets is not connected to anything.
     
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  4. AHM

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    FTFY?

    I Am Not An Electrician, But... Dept.

    Before you have a cow, take the tester and plug it in to a few outlets at other peoples' houses.
    Your brand-new tester could have a broken wire or burned out neon bulb.

    Try the tester in a room that's totally dark, in case the bulb is glowing dimly
    (or some poor slave laborer assembled it with a gob of glue covering the bulb).

    If your two-prong plug table lamps, etc. work in those outlets,
    then there must be some continuity.

    But maybe there's unacceptable resistance on the neutral connection on those outlets,
    and the tester rejects it even though appliances are bulling their way through with
    reduced performance. Which is not a failure mode to ignore. If there was a poor connection
    or sub-par wire, it might mean there was a hot spot in the wall or the fuse box,
    especially when running high wattage devices like toasters.

    The Seaside Park/Heights boardwalk (the one with the roller coaster in the ocean)
    burned down the year after Hurricane Sandy,
    allegedly because the tidal surge soaked wiring with salt water, and it was never replaced.
    So supposedly the wires slowly corroded over the course of months,
    until one day some random wire became a toaster element...

    Anyhow, until more people chime in, do a Google Search on:

    "open neutral"​

    (yes, quoted phrase), and see what you can learn.

    Report back your progress.
     
  5. Spanz

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    If you go with the terminology hot, neutral, and ground,
    Then yes, an outlet that tests “ open neutral” should not work at all. So if that outlet works with an appliance, the tester must be bad
     
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  6. AHM

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    (Thanks for the sanity check).

    Still hope to hear what the problem is some day.
     

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