We moved into a home not long ago. There was an outlet that was not working. We bought a new one, shut the power off, and replaced. The new one is not working either. It is an old home that only has 2 wires. The hot wire was hooked to the gold screw and the other was hooked to the silver screw. All other nearby outlets work fine and are on the same breaker. What could be wrong?
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The two wires in the wall are both black. They are old. I do not know what knob and tube wiring is but I know that the box was coverted from the fuse kind to the modern kind, but it appears the wiring was not. It appears to be te same age as house.
Sounds like knob and tube, the house should really be rewired. Sounds like you've dropped the neutral coming in but with that style wiring it could be almost any where. You're probably going to need to get a local electrician to take a look.
yes there are other outlets on the breaker. I tested the two wires this morning. Only one is getting a beep from the voltage tester.
We checked it all with no luck! So annoyed this is the outlet me wanted to plug our Christmas Tree lights in! Thanks!
So sorry I was no help......I hope you discover the problem and that it's a simple, inexpensive FIX.....!!
Some times circuit breakers are in the on position, however, the mechanism inside of the breaker housing is not. Always turn the breaker to the fully off position and then fully to the on position. You can feel if it has been properly reset.