I have a GFCI receptacle that as far as I can tell is the first one from the panel (because nothing else is off in the house when the breaker is off). I have to replace the old outlet.

When the breaker is on, I attach my Klein voltmeter to the hot and neutral and only get a continuity reading (beep) but no voltage (shaking and reading on voltage dial).

If I then test the hot to ground I get voltage (both beep and reading)...

I don't get it...how could this happen? Searched online for a while but can't find an answer :( thanks for any pointers!

UPDATE: I checked the panel and the neutral is firmly attached to the ground bus. However when i disconnected the neutral and hot at the panel (with main breaker off) they did not have continuity with the neutral and hot wirenut together on the receptacle end . I'm wondering if the neutral is then compromised and touching ground somewhere?

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    You shouldn't be trying to measure continuity with the power on. – brhans Sep 26 '16 at 19:40
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    It's a combination voltage and continuity tester like this: amazon.com/dp/B000NBCD1K/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awd_x_DSx6xbXW5HWBK – Locokiter Sep 26 '16 at 19:47
  • So what's the problem? Receptacle doesn't work? – Mister Tea Sep 26 '16 at 20:14
  • It's in the bathroom next to the sink so it has to be GFCI but it won't work due to neutral weirdness... The gfi I'm replacing was very old and malfunctioned – Locokiter Sep 26 '16 at 20:20
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    Sounds like the house or at least that outlet is wired wrong. I have rewired entire houses that had the white as hot and the black as neutral. – Ed Beal Sep 26 '16 at 23:32

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