From: Jim Thompson
Subject: Re: Why is the home voltage so high ?
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On Wed, 02 Oct 2002 15:16:56 -0700,
"Christopher R. Carlen" ,
In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
Entitled: "Re: Why is the home voltage so high ?",
Wrote the following:
|Gary Tait wrote:
|> On Wed, 02 Oct 2002 18:21:16 GMT, "News2020" wrote:
|>>I measured the voltage at the power outlets at home and found it to be close
|>>to 140 V.
|>>This is way beyond the expected range (110-120) ?
|> Yes. You may have a bad neutral in the panel, or in the circuit if it
|> is a shared neutral circuit.
|Yes, please do check the neutral. I had a friend who described
|something like this to me, he was getting up to 170VAC, depending on
|whether or not some other lamps and things were on or off.
|When I told him to check the neutral bar in the fuse box, he confirmed
|that indeed he found a blatantly poor connection.
|This is dangerous! Please check it out and fix it!
Absolutely! Our oldest daughter was house sitting for us while we
were in Australia. Upon our return she complained that she got
shocked in the shower! I checked it with a meter and the shower head
was 40VAC off of ground.
I called the power company and told them they had a bad neutral. The
"broad" on the phone pooh-poohed my analysis.
I told her "get a tech out here ASAP or I'll sue your ass off".
Within 20 minutes I had a temporary neutral "extension cord' in place
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