Need help with a home electrical wiring problem.
January 1, 2014 6:26 PM Subscribe
I am attempting to add one electrical outlet to my attic wiring. After installation there is enough power to the outlet to set-off a wire tester but not enough power to run anything plugged into the outlet. If there are any electricians or experienced DIY'ers around who could take a look at the wiring diagrams I made and see if anything is obviously wrong it would be much appreciated. Or, if you know of any forums where I could post the diagrams for help that would be good too.
posted by pixlboi to Home & Garden (15 answers total)
The current attic wiring has one switch that controls one hanging lightbulb. Everything works properly.
Here is a link to the "before" wiring diagram.
After adding the outlet, the light switch and light bulb continue operate correctly but the outlet does not. There is not enough power to the outlet to run anything plugged into it but it will set off a wire tester. Multiple things have been tested in the outlet. Nothing works. The outlet itself is connected properly. I know how to do that. I double-checked all the connections. They are tight and secure.
Here is a link to the "after" wiring diagram.
I am assuming it is a circuit problem but I cannot see what the problem is. This is a 1920s home with older wiring but definitely not knob-and-tube. Thank you very much for any help you might have.