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If I have Hot/neu. reverse on my tester. What problems will that cause?

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    Jyackle5 May 11, 2010

    It will not cause a problem at all. The only problem you will have is when you go to sell the house and have it inspected they will want it fixed. To fix you need to call an electrion and have them reverse the hot and neturel wire.

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The Solution posted by jyackle5 is incorrect. If you HAD a problem with a breaker with Hot and Neutral reversed, you'd have the possibility for a short circuit, and it would adversely affect any electronic device plugged into a outlet on that circuit.

Fortunately, you are describing an issue with your test meter.
If you have the leads reversed on your GB (Gardner Bender) meter/tester, it will provide a negative value/number instead of a positive valve in the readout. Depending on the diagnostics you're trying to do and if you're testing voltage or resistance, you should have the correct orientation of the lead.

It's always best to make sure the red and black leads are in the proper jacks for AC or DC Voltage and in the Ohms sockets when taking resisitance measurements. Always start with the higher setting if in doubt about the voltage you're testing and you can go down one setting at a time until you have a good reading.

Hope you find this helpful and best regards!

Posted on Sep 16, 2009


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