I have a switched outside outlet (the switch is inside and the conduit runs underground to the outlet). When I flip the switch, my voltage reader reads power at the switch. However, when I test the wires at the outlet (as opposed to the outlet itself, which is a gfi) I get no power reading. If there were a break in the line I thought I would have a breaker trip when I flip the switch.
My question is why I am unable to detect power on the electrical line at the outlet. I'm using a Klein NCVT-2 dual range volt tester. I have checked all other gfi and outdoor outlets, and they are working. It's hard to imagine that the conduit was compromised, so I don't understand why I'm not picking up some power. The outlet worked once upon a time but the protective cover was destroyed and the outlet was exposed to weather.