Electrical Wiring in the Home/possible blown neutral

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How easy is it to find a blown neutral? Several outlets no longer work and one section of our 3rd floor lighting does not work, after our treadmill was moved to a new location and the power went out after about 2 minutes of use. I checked the circuit breaker box, but it does not seem to have been tripped. A simple tester indicates that there is power if you connect one side to ground.

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Hi.

There is no fuse or breaker for the neutral.  The wire has become disconnected somewhere.  Check all of the wire nuts on the circuit.  Also check if the wires were pushed into the back of the outlets rather than screwed to the sides.  If anything on the circuit still works, don't rule it out, since the problem could be where the wire leaves that device going to the next one.
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