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Loose neutral wire

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Jakeh83, 11 Oct 2020.

  1. Jakeh83

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    I've recently had my house rewired all is working ok but when i plug in my socket tester on both ring mains there is a neutral fault, would this indicate a fault at the board or has a neutral popped out on a socket? How would i locate this neutral without removing sockets? Only thing that is pointing toward board is that the fault is showing on two separate circuits. Any help appreciated
     
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    If a neutral came all would not be working OK. I would be checking the socket tester on a known good circuit, maybe at a relatives.
     
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    What rubbish if a Neutral came out the sockets would still work ok.

    I seem to recall that these testers can indicate a Neutral fault when its actually a poor earth, the way these things work causes it.
    Can you get the Actual voltage safely measured between L and N, L and E, N and E
     
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    Really. Tell me how a circuit would work without a neutral connection.
     
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    If its all sockets probably the CU.

    Or check the tester in another house
     
  7. Jakeh83

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    I could get my multi meter out but dont fancy taking all the sockets off the wall again
     
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    Did you do the rewire yourself ?
     
  9. Jakeh83

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    No an electrician did
     
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    You could ask the electrician to come and check it out , but you should verify the accuracy of your tester first.
     
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    would it? o_O
     
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    Then why the need for a neutral in the first place?
     
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    There are many open circuit rings still working where a neutral has come out, this is the main dis advantage over a radial circuit
     
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    Er yes, why shouldnt it
     
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    The socket would have two neutrals, so there would still be a Neutral connected
     
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    I think these exchanges may be getting a little silly. Whilst all-but-one of the sockets on a ring final will definitely "work OK" if the neutral 'comes out of' (or 'becomes loose at') one of them, I would think it is probably fairly unlikley that just one of the two neutrals at one socket would 'come out/loose' - so it's very possible that one of the sockets (the one with the problem) will not "work OK".

    ... so I think people are probably quibbling about what "A neutral coming out" actually means.

    Kind Regards, John
     
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