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Live neutral reverse

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by chippy5, 5 Jul 2015.

  1. chippy5

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    I have just changed some faceplates and in doing so discovered that one single socket is powered by the old storage heater supply the socket tester showed live neutral reverse but this is wired correctly.
    This socket is back to back with another socket which is also wired correctly.
    The board is also correct.
    Can it be left alone (it's bin like that for years) or do I have to trace the circuit and find the fault
     
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    Does the socket tester show reversed polarity on the socket it's back to back with?

    You need to find the fault
     
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    The other socket is "looped" the wire is only bent and not cut and yes its reverse
     
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    You need correct polarity as this is dangerous!
    It is worth looking at all socket plates and accessories on this circuit, it could be a junction or joint box in floor space too.
    Check for polarity at all sockets, this should narrow down the fault area.
     
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    I just isolated all circuits except the one with the fault and the only two outlets that work are the two with the fault.
    Out of interest I checked another socket on another storage heater circuit and this one has no earth.
    It's going to be a long day!
     
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    Yes simple jobs can escalate, it has to be corrected as there is only a fuse in the plug on the line, so if wrong way around then the fuse will not protect the appliance or cable.
     
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    Not against L-E faults (which are the ones which put human beings most directly at risk), no, but a neutral fuse will protect against ('L-N') overload. The OP clearly needs to get this corrected.

    Kind Regards, John
     
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    That is a good point the RCD will protect against line - earth and fuse still protects against line - neutral so as long as the circuit is RCD protected then no real difference to using a Schuko socket. In fact if ex-storage heater there may be a 16A fuse anyway. However I still think it needs correcting.
     
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    I don't follow that.
     
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    20amp fuse
    fuse wire v old board I have recommended upgrade
    But for the time being pulled the fuse out of two faulty circuits and told the mother in law not to put them back in.
     
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    Sounds as if the plug in tester has given the neutral reverse result, but physical inspection shows the correct colours going to the correct terminals.
    So either the Plug Tester is faulty or the reverse has taken place elsewhere on the circuit.
    I have seen it before where the DIYer home owner has replaced the 'old' socket with a new one without checking if the terminal locations have moved.
     
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    Plug tester is fine (tested it when I got home) all visible connection on the circuit (two sockets and the fuse board) are wired correctly. I assume there must be a connection under the floor.
     
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    I take it the problem showed up in both sockets?
     
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    But if the colours are wrong then the conductors are not going to the correct terminals.


    If the latter then it's not wired correctly, is it.



    Clearly they are not.
     
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    Do you think you are helping? This is someone who has realised there is an issue and has come here for assistance after doing some basic testing themselves.


    Try to remember this is a DIY forum, where people of many levels post.
     
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