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Outlet problem

Posted by JT on August 23rd, 1998 05:14 AM
In reply to Outlet problem after renovation by Elizabeth Cooper on August 23rd, 1998 01:04 AM [Go to top of thread]

Elizabeth, the circuit breaker (not a fuse) is telling
you that there is a short, either between the hot and
neutral or the hot and ground (the conduit you mention
is grounded). While it is correct to connect the hot
(black) conductor to the brassscrew (top or
bottom doesn't matter) and the neutral (white) to the
silver screw, reversing this won't cause the breaker
to trip.
You can try to isolate the problem by starting at the
first receptacle, and disconnecting down stream outlets
then moving to the next outlet if the breaker doesn't
Given your apparent unfamiliarity with matters
electrical, you may want to have an electrican look at
it, but if you want to forge ahead, post back your
results and/or further questions.

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