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ground wire problem ?
iceman11

I recently had an outlet quit working in my shop. 20A outlet (12/2 w/ground romex) in midstream. my contact tester showed power coming in and going out, but this outlet and 2 downstream were not working. looking closer, the ground screw was a little loose (wire was still in place, maybe a little loose). after tightening the ground screw, all outlets worked. it appears to be wired correctly (black on brass, white on silver), and my little plug in tester also showed that it was wired correctly.
any ideas?

thanks

Re: ground wire problem ?

Iceman, it appears the neutral is not connected back to the main panel and the safety ground is supplying power to the circuit, which is not good.

Starting at the main panel, check the neutral and ground wires are not touching each other and connected to the correct terminals, at every box.

On 2 wire circuits some folks would buy a grounded receptacle and jumper the ground to the white which is a safety hazard.

iceman11
Re: ground wire problem ?
iceman11

thanks semi-retired.
the problem would be "upstream" (between the bad outlet & breaker panel) from the bad outlet, correct?

Re: ground wire problem ?
iceman11 wrote:

thanks semi-retired.
the problem would be "upstream" (between the bad outlet & breaker panel) from the bad outlet, correct?

That's correct

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