The black wire is connected to the neutral bar and the white wire is connected to the breaker. Should it be this way for any reason?

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    Not any normal reason. Can you post a picture of the panel? – manassehkatz Jul 9 at 1:05
  • That's pretty weird, no, there's no legitimate reason to ever do that. Maybe they had a black wire go bad on them and they used white for hot and bootlegged ground for neutral... – Harper Jul 9 at 1:06
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    @Harper doesn't sound like bootlegged ground - sounds like a simple reversal of black & white. Which is dangerous. – manassehkatz Jul 9 at 1:19
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    Yes, can you post a picture of the inside of the panel? Also, can you find the first outlet on the circuit, and post a picture of the inside of its box? – ThreePhaseEel Jul 9 at 2:15
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    Voting to close. Not enough detail and OP hasn't been back. – isherwood Aug 13 at 13:20

No. I suggest you test the outlets on the circuit with an outlet tester. I use the Gardner Bender GFI-3501.

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