- May 7, 2004
I have a wall outlet that seems like it bit the dust. Well, the breaker tripped. Looking at the outlet I can see some brown chair on the outside where a nightlight was plugged in. I don't know how this happened seen as how a nightlight doesn't consume that much amperage, but the outlet is very old. I have a tracer for locating circuit breakers but that requires power so since the breaker is off I can't use that. So I'm going to buy a toner and see if the line is good. Now I have a question. Can I check for continuity with my DMM and make damn sure the wires which are aluminum didn't fuse somewhere in the circuit? I'm thinking there should be no continuity, but if there is then I'm thinking the wires are fused or touching somewhere in the circuit. Is that correct? Will this be an issue testing for continuity with the breaker? Again, the breaker is off and it will remain off until I can diagnose this and replace the wall outlet.