open hot

Originally Posted By: mike garcia
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Hello


If a outlet shows no reading on a circut tester [open hot] because


it don’t work is this considered a hazard . if yes why if it don;t work


Thanks


Originally Posted By: tschwalbe
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If it does not work there is a reason for it and it usually is not good. If you have a loose hot it would be a fire and safty hazzard. If it does not work or is not needed it should be properly disconnected and a blank cover put over the box. No gray area here!


Originally Posted By: Greg Fretwell
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I don’t see the hazard but it is something you can note. Just be sure this isn’t a switched outlet that is “off”.


Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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As Greg said, look for a switch or a tripped circuit breaker. If neither is found, write it up as a nonfunctional receptacle and recommend repair.


Originally Posted By: jgriffith
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The first thing I do is probe it with my inductive tester to be sure there is no voltage present. icon_cool.gif


Originally Posted By: jpeck
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Not working is not necessarily a hazard, but it IS something you write up - because it is not working, and because it could be a hazard.


It might not be working because ...

... it may never have been connected.

... there may be a switch for it you can't find.

... that circuit could have been abandoned at the panel for some reason (but this would lead me to suspect a problem with the circuit wiring).

... it could be off a GFCI someplace, and you can't find it.

My point is, it is not necessarily a hazard, but it could be a hazard.


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Jerry Peck
South Florida

Originally Posted By: roconnor
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jpeck wrote:
... it is not necessarily a hazard ... it could be a hazard.

I agree ... if there are no tripped breakers or obvious switches for the receptacle, it would be a "defect" and possibly a "safety concern" also.

Just my opinion and 2-nickels ... ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)


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Robert O'Connor, PE
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