My mind is not working tonight…
Inspected a house built in 1966. Most of the electrical was great, but one outlet in living room was dead, then 2 others showed ok with the tester.
When I check an outlet, often, I press the GFCI test button, just to see if it does something. One time I found a living room with GFCI outlets all around…
Anyway, these other 2 outlets were OK, but with the trip button pressed, the middle light and the Red light came on, indicating the Hot/Neutral reversed - only when the GFCI trip button was pressed in.
What does this indicate? Please?
Built in 1966…I bet two things…the living room did not have a ceiling light fixture and second, that “dead” outlet is on a wall switch so a lamp could be plugged into it and when someone enters the room they can turn on a light (lamp) at the wall switch. See it all the time especially in older homes from that era.
I plug a tester into the receptacle then try all the switches at the entrance areas until I find the one that operates the receptacle, identify it to the customers.
Doug - that’s the 1st thing I try - the outlet was dead - not controlled by the switch. There is a ceiling fixture. I am sure that at some time, some wiring work was done as the kitchen and baths have GFCI outlets.