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How do I check if my outlet's ground and neutral are connected correctly?

Blue = hot, Black = neutral Appears it was used in Czechoslovakia (mid 1970's for unearthed fixed wiring) and never used anywhere else on the globe. This standard seems to be messy. The ...
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How do I check if my outlet's ground and neutral are connected correctly?

An RCD in circuit should have tripped, had neutral and ground got swapped in the outlet in question. Here's a way to check for the swap. Switch off the main incoming 2-pole circuit breaker. That ...
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How do I check if my outlet's ground and neutral are connected correctly?

NOTE THIS IS A WRONG ANSWER As per comments, this tester does NOT show ground/neutral issues. Leaving for future readers. There are a bunch of devices available for testing a 3 pin power socket. ...
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How do I check if my outlet's ground and neutral are connected correctly?

Neutral is not Earth They are completely different wires with completely different jobs. Neutral is the normal everyday path for return current. Earth is a fault catcher, it only flows current when a ...
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Can neutrals be landed in an old panel which acts as a junction box?

Current flows in loops. It's not like air tools where air only has to go one way. Electric current has to come back too in a full loop. Neutral is the return path that carries 100% of the current - ...
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Identifying neutral wire in switch box

You are in metal conduit, that is where I live. All of the research you've been doing has presumed you are dealing with Romex cables that are unchangeable in the walls, you need to ignore those bits. ...
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Identifying neutral wire in switch box

As I understand it, neutral is required to be available or able to be easily added later. Effectively that means that with cables you must have neutral as part of the initial installation but with ...
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Figure out which neutral to use

OK. You've got a black hot and white neutral coming into either the bottom of the box or the top right of the box. That hot connects to the single pole rocker switch. The black hot's neutral is wire ...
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Figure out which neutral to use

That's a 3-way switch. The first thing I see is a /3 cable (black, white, red) where all 3 wires go to the same switch. This is easy to recognize. This is a 3-way switch, and it is a "spur end&...
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