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  • #16
    Re: Receptacle acting funny

    "Ring out" usually means check for continuity.

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    • #17
      Re: Receptacle acting funny

      Thought I would give an update.

      Thanks to everyone who posted. I tested the outlets in the house and found them all to be open neutral (This included things like the receptacle on my electric stove). I thought my tester might be faulty so I started up my generator outside and the tester showed my generator to be operating properly, therefore the tester is fine. I noticed that two upstairs receptacles showed open hot. I took a close look at my panel and noticed that there is a green discharge (goo) dripping from the breaker (hot) wire for my electric dryer. Also there is a little amount out green discharge on the neutral wire in the panel for the dryer. Tomorrow I'm calling in an electrician.

      Love to hear your thoughts.

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      • #18
        Re: Receptacle acting funny

        Sometimes green corrosion is found on aluminium. Not unusual. It is possible that the terminations were lot landed properly...eg; terminals not rated for aluminum/did not use anti-oxidant paste.

        Be warned that if your house is missing a neutral, the circuits have no reference point and voltage can vary up to 240volts (depending on what loads are turned on). Essentially your house is now a series 240V circuit.

        Turn off and unplug anything you dont want blown up from over or under voltage!


        Hopefully, you just have a open branch circuit neutral that is preventing power at the outlets. The above scenario is much worse because it can fry your appliances or electronics.
        Last edited by johncameron; 06-02-2013, 07:39 PM.

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