In my Son's room, there is a switch on the wall that used to control one of the outlets across the room but stopped working long ago. I'm now finally getting around to trying to fix it. Ran a voltage test with multimeter directly on the wires and nothing. Yet somehow, the outlet it used to turn on and off is working.

The switch has 1 white, 1 black, and a ground wire.

Why would I have no juice in these wires, but there is in the outlet it used to control? Is this a bad breaker or bad wire?

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    There are a few possibilities of what is going on here. Pull out (but don't disconnect any wires) the switch and receptacle and take pictures showing how everything connects and upload them into your question Jul 9, 2021 at 5:21
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    FIRST TURN OFF THE BREAKER and make sure the plug is dead. Then open switch and plugs, and carefully pull them out, slowly stretching the wires. If you are in north america, where we have dual receptacles, include pictures of both sides of the receptacle, the side with the white wire and the side with the black wire
    – P2000
    Jul 9, 2021 at 5:27
  • Did it all work before you started work? If so they may have wired the neutral side by mistake it happens sometimes. Jul 9, 2021 at 7:28
  • There may have been a problem with the wiring to the switch so someone abandoned the switch and installed a new receptacle with the "jumper" still intact on the new receptacle.
    – d.george
    Jul 9, 2021 at 9:43
  • Which wires did you measure and how did you measure them? Jul 9, 2021 at 13:19


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