Electrical Wiring in the Home/Wiring for outlets


Trying to reconnect wires cut to outlets after a wall was removed. Both the black and white wires are hot. It is a two wire circuit. What could the problem be?

Make sure they are not 220 volt outlets, which would have 2 hot wires.

Many times, when the white wire is disconnected, the white wire will appear hot because of feedback.

Make sure it is not a wire going to a switch.

Make sure that the wire was not damaged or misconnected.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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