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Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be glad to assist you. Do you have a 2 wirevoltage tester?
In order to determine what the failure is, yes you'll need on. Knowing what you're looking for is the first step. I suggest getting a Volt/Con type tester
No setting for voltage or continuity. Easy to use and understand. Any home center will have them. Cost $20.00.
Yes you may. Set it to a 300VAC range and test the dead receptacle for voltage as follows.
Hot to neutral
Hot to ground
Neutral to ground.
If there isn't a voltage reading on the upper tests, set the tester to any Ohms range and test for continuity neutral to ground.
Let me know the results.
Any multimeter has settings or it is auto ranging and is a Volt/Con.
I don't think you would have dead outlets and a plug tedter that verified that.
What settings does the multimeter have?
You may by using the paper clip icon on the tool bar