The power went out in part of the house - the living room outlets do not work and the kitchen lights do not work. The kitchen outlets work (but not the lights).
I have used a dumb tester (plug-in type) and it says the outlets in the living room have a hot/ground reversal issue. I read here in the forums that it meant the wires could be loose and/or a ground is not hooked up somewhere, thus causing a break in the flow of electricity.
Each of these outlets, light switches, and light fixtures have been tested with a voltage detector - they say that there is voltage going to the outlets. I've also tested the wires with a voltage meter, and they say that there is power going to the wires as well.
Here's the breakdown on the outlet and switches wires.
Kitchen overhead light:
1 red wire, 2 black wires, 2 white wires. It's a simple switch on and off switch.
Kitchen sink overhead light:
2 black wires.
Living room outlets: 1 red, 2 black, 1 bare, 2 white wires. The 2 black and 2 white wires were pushed into the back of the outlet.
There's also a kill-switch outlet that has 2 red, 2 black, 1 bare, and 2 white wires. The 2 black and 2 white wires were pushed into the back of the outlet.
The grounds for these two outlets are firmly connected.
On the living room outlets, I pulled out the two black wires, and applied them to the screws on the left side of the outlet. Didn't work.
On the kitchen overhead switch, my dad and I disconnected the wires (boy, should have remembered where they went) and tested them. Using a voltage meter, there's power going to the black wires and the red wires.
It's showing there's power going to the outlets but nothing is working. So, I'm lost as to what to do next.