Why is my outlet (and 3 or 4 in a row, to include the GFI) reading 60 volts, vs 120 volts? I took the GFI plate off and it's wired correctly. Thanks.
Looking at GFI wiring, and checked all recepticles around this outlet (to determine the ones affected). Four outlets are reading only 60 volts.
Hi, I'm Mike and I'll be glad to assist you. 1) Is the lead outlet a GFCI or is there outlets ahead of it? 2) What are you using for a tester?
1) I'm not sure if it's the lead, but all 4 recepticles to the left of it are reading 60 volts. They are downstairs in our sunroom, which was an add-on structure. We found where the 60 volt readings stop, and 120 volts resume (on both sides of that "circuit").
2) I have a neighbor who has a volt meter - he came over to look at it, checked them, then had to go........... and was a little perplexed with the issue.
OK, I need to have the dead outlet tested as follows to determine which wire has the bad connection.Test for voltage Hot to Neutral Hot to Ground Neutral to GroundLet me know the readings.
The reading were as follows:
Neutral / Ground = 60 volts
Ground Hot = 60 volts
Neutral / Hot - 120 volts
This all stems from an inspection that we had, because we are moving. The inspection came back to fix.
The reading you gave me, if correct, indicate that the ground is hot (60V to neutral). There must be a ground wire touching a hot termination or a strip on a hot wire in the circuit. I suggest that you identify the outlets on that circuit. Turn off the breakers until you kill that circuit. Turn all the other circuits back on. You can now see exactly where the circuit goes and check the oulets individually. If you remove the wires on what is thought to be the middle outlet, that will enable you to eliminat the problem in half of the circuit.
To let you know where this stems from, it's an issue of an inpection that I just had, because we are trying to sell our house. The inspector cited that we have "reverse polarity", and it needed to be fixed. Does the answer change? Thanks.
Home inspectors use a cube tester for checking outlets. the reading of reversed polarity is either an actual reversal or in most cases a open neutral. With the reading you gave having a good hot to neutral and voltage on the ground, it is possibly an actual reversed but the voltage on the ground could be a bootleg ground or as I stated a ground touching a hot point. The only way to know and correct is to follow the previous directions. You'll need that voltage tester to see if when you disconnect wires that the situation changes.
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