Sparks from my neutral wire. I was swapping out a single gang to a double gang and i saw sparks off the white line.

Sparks from my neutral wire. I was swapping out a single gang to a double gang and i saw sparks off the white line. this junction box is heavily pack with four lines right next to the breaker box, grounded through my body, kept sparking. What tests should I do for safety?

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Plug one of these in and see what it says

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      will do, is it a common item?
      could I expect an older neighbor to have one?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        it's just a gfci/three prong outlet tester. like $15 and found at every corner tool store/home improvement place

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you should also pick up a non-contact voltage tester so you can test individual wires in the box

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/KZTxH0o.jpg

      Sparks from my neutral wire. I was swapping out a single gang to a double gang and i saw sparks off the white line. this junction box is heavily pack with four lines right next to the breaker box, grounded through my body, kept sparking. What tests should I do for safety?

      This kit should be on hand before fucking with electrical work as you are doing.

      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FPHS6HL?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      why not use a karoke mic?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm a pussy and use this to check wires I know aren't live every time I touch the wire.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why are white and black wires together in that yellow nut?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's a power down 3-way

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Why is it not marked black or red mother fucker?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Because an electrician would know that the white wire in a power down 3 way is the common without it having to be labeled for him.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Why would an electrician not do the simplest shit to code though?

            Shut up you a weekend warrior bitch

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              A good electrician would label it if it isn't already, though.
              [...]
              Using a multimeter is a little more complicated than using a plug-in tester, but it will provide more detailed results, and works for more than just 15 A single phase outlets.
              Also, could you stretch out the wires a little more, and take a pic showing more of what's going on?

              If you see a white wire tied in with a black it's either a switch loop or a power down. This is common knowledge.
              Git gud.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Or you're op and fucked up your wiring and why the fuck are you arguing about how you want to be such a lazy piece of shiy you can't be bothered to get a piece of tape off your belt?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >making assumptions
                >with electrical
                Kek, I hope you have good insurance.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                yes, its a 3 way
                >git gud
                stfu you fucking mongoloid. either do the job correctly (in this case you mark that fucker, a fucking sharpee is just fine) or dont do it at all.
                you are a fucking moron of the lowest order and i fucking hate working on shit after asshats like you fuck it up.
                >t. commercial service electrician

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            A good electrician would label it if it isn't already, though.

            Yes.
            [...]
            I would rather use a multimeter is there info that this provides that a multimeter will not.

            Using a multimeter is a little more complicated than using a plug-in tester, but it will provide more detailed results, and works for more than just 15 A single phase outlets.
            Also, could you stretch out the wires a little more, and take a pic showing more of what's going on?

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    OP, do you have a multimeter on hand?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yes.

      it's just a gfci/three prong outlet tester. like $15 and found at every corner tool store/home improvement place

      I would rather use a multimeter is there info that this provides that a multimeter will not.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This is the stupid shit on PrepHole that I hate. So you have a multimeter and you know exactly what to look for with testing, but you don't know what the issue is with the electrical situation you have? That doesn't make any fucking sense. Why ask these questions here then? You should have been able to figure it out in a few seconds then. GFCI testers are for people who would likely not know what a multimeter is telling them and likewise need a jumping off point for this issue.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Turn everything off at the panel and then take the yellow wirenut off those lines. They are probably loose in there and it's arcing. You will need to get a new wirenut and twist the wires together so it stops arcing.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Neutral would be sparking because you didn't turn it off at the board and you separated the neutral under load. Ofcourse it would spark

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