I replaced the garbage disposal at my in-laws' place that has been leaking for years. It's an old house, and nothing in the panel is labeled. So I flipped what I assumed to be the right breaker and went to test the outlet. I put the probes on both bottom nuts and it popped and I lost power to G/D and dishwasher.
So I went ahead and replaced the disposal with new wire running to the switch and a new switch. I flipped the breaker back -- no power. I pulled the dishwasher out and there's a junction box that feeds both the dishwasher and G/D. No power there either, the wire then runs in the ground which I assume goes to the breaker.
I have power at the breaker. I have both a non contact tester and a light up with the probes. I striped the wire coming from the breaker to junction box back and exposed the wires, and turned on the breaker. And my non-contact tester will detect power, but my 120V light isn't going off.
Is it really as simple as "I burnt something in the wires and need to replace the run going from breaker to junction box"? Or am I completely missing something?
No GFIs are in-line that I can tell... everything is hardwired.