(Preface: I have read all of the related, earlier questions I can find... still stumped.)

I added an outlet to a run by cutting (before Outlet A) what I thought I had identified as the line in to Outlet A, and adding a Romex pigtail to the new outlet (Outlet N).

With breaker back ON:

  1. Outlet A is powered and fine.
  2. Outlet N is NOT powered.
  3. Outlets B and C (down run from Outlet A) are NOT powered.

What did I do wrong? Did I add the pigtail to the wrong wire? If the answer is YES, wrong wire, I did my best to ID the line coming into Outlet A; what is the trick I missed?

Additional info: House built in 2003; breakers are identified in box, but IMO oddly organized (example: "kitchen outlets" turns out to include random outlets in living room);

Thank you!

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    Pics or it didn't happen. – brhans Feb 11 at 1:19
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    a cable contains several wires within a sheath. Each wire is a different color. When a cable is involved, I would not call it a pigtail, I would call it an extension. It would be clearer if you could edit to make sure you are using the appropriate words, you can also add a photo the same way. – Harper Feb 11 at 1:24
  • Can you post photos of the insides of all boxes involved? – ThreePhaseEel Feb 11 at 2:28
  • THANKS to all who kindly suggested clarifying edits and pics; I will get this done later today. – DIYMakesMeHappy Feb 11 at 14:51

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