boost240 wrote:Wow i didn't think we had an around the house forum sorry.
The outlets have electricity as well but only from the terminals to the ground. Should they be carrying 120 between the two wires. For example on an outlet there are 3 holes two on top(call them 1 and 2) and one on the bottom(call this 3). When checking with the multimeter i have ~120volts from either 1 to 3 or 2 to 3 but not from 1 to 2. I would think i need 120 volts from 1 to 2 for anything to work. could this be the actual switch on the breaker?
If you remove the wall plate covering the outlet you should see a black and white wire going to 1 & 2
Black is hot and white is neutral
Green is ground and goes to 3
If you have a red wire instead of black then that is hot coming from a switch.
Sounds like you've got a missing neutral?
Electrical problems, shorts, etc can burn a house down.
If you are not sure what is going on get a licensed electrician. Sometimes previous owners do strange things.