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    Default What causes this

    Using a 3 lite tester.
    Duplex receptacle, not controlled by switch
    Bottom of duplex shows normal
    Upper of duplex shows open ground
    found 3 like this in the house
    2 different rooms
    both rooms had other outlets that showed correct.

    Did not remove receptacle.

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    Default Re: What causes this

    Since there is no break-off tab for the ground that allows you to separate the two halves of the receptacle I would say you have bad receptacles.


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    Quote Originally Posted by James Duffin View Post
    Since there is no break-off tab for the ground that allows you to separate the two halves of the receptacle I would say you have bad receptacles.

    Or a bad tester.

    Those cheapie 3-light testers are too cheap to use and rely on professionally.

    Was the 3-light tester a cheapie one or a higher quality 3-light tester (not that I like them either, but at least they are better quality and usable for more than just 'night-lights'.

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    Default Re: What causes this

    Sorry, I misspoke, not an open ground, but open neutral.


    "Was the 3-light tester a cheapie one or a higher quality 3-light tester (not that I like them either, but at least they are better quality and usable for more than just 'night-lights'"

    I do not consider any thing I pay for as "Cheap"
    And I did not know there are "better quality" 3 lite testers available.
    But it is an Ideal tester

    "Or a bad tester."

    Only on those plug ins?

    I'm thinking bad receptacles, just wanted to know if anyone has seen this.
    Thanks for your suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    Sorry, I misspoke, not an open ground, but open neutral.
    Probably worn-out receptacles with loose contacts.

    "Was the 3-light tester a cheapie one or a higher quality 3-light tester (not that I like them either, but at least they are better quality and usable for more than just 'night-lights'"

    I do not consider any thing I pay for as "Cheap"
    And I did not know there are "better quality" 3 lite testers available.
    But it is an Ideal tester
    The Ideal 3-light tester is a "better quality" one those those $10 ones at the big box stores, and when someone says 3-light tester, those are the ones which come to mind ...

    "Or a bad tester."

    Only on those plug ins?
    Yep, with those cheapie 3-light night lights ... er ... testers.

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    I will change my guess to somebody has broken the break-off tab off of the neutral side of the receptacle. It is possible that the electrician had a bunch of receptacles that had been used on other jobs and grabbed some that had the neutral break-out tab broken off and then were not needed. I did some repairs on a house about three months ago that had one receptacle like that.


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    Thanks Jerry, and James

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