Electrical Wiring in the Home/receptical


I have a receptical that does not have power when I check the plug in but if I put I test probe on the ground wire and one on the black wire I have power.

If you have no power from the black to white (hot to neutral) but have about 110v from black to ground it means you have a broken or disconnected neutral.

It could be as simple as the outlet needs to be replaced.
It could be as difficult as a broken neutral in a wall or attic.
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