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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Why is the home voltage so high ?
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Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2002 14:23:29 GMT
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> You might have a point there. Though to be politically correct, as Mr.Ban is
> repeatedly saying, I will let the system figure it out. I am not going to
> keep quiet while these guys experiment with me, though. Expose every one of
> them to the full light of the day.
> To answer some oblique questions by other posters :
> The description 'white' was just to show that there don't seem to be any
> 'non-white' people in some professions. Perhaps bringing a (falsely)
> targeted group into leadership of critical functions such as police,
> utilities, food is important in troubled times such as these. Not to
> disparage any particular individual. And I do not know any culture where
> 'white' represents the devil. If people join in devilish things, then they
> should be aware of what they are doing, though. It is a 'conscious'
> activity; not un-conscious accidental happening.
There are cultural issues that affect individual attraction to
particular work. For example, in my immediate area, the stereotypical
liquor store owner is oriental. However, one nearby liquor store owner
near me is Ethiopian. I would not know he is Ethiopean except for the
fact that the first time he saw me, he somehow knew I had lived in
Ethiopia for a time. As a refugee isolated from his own culture, he
becomes exceptional in ours.
I still wonder how he knew I had lived in Ethiopia. I suppose it could
have been a childhood memory because I left Ethiopia when he was maybe
10 (more than 30 years ago) and perhaps 10 years before he left. We did
live in the same city at the same time.
> What is 5 % of 120 Volts ?
> So, 120 (+-) 5% would allow for 114-126 at most.
> What I am seeing, 140 is way beyond even that.
Check the neutral! Goodness, do you need an engraved invitation?
> I have no reason to suspect the meter. The same one has read correct 110-120
> V before and I have used it quite a bit without problems. And it reads RMS
> (Mr.Harry). This tester technology is stable like cars (time-tested over
> tens of years) and is somewhat like the neon-testers - unlikely to be bad.
Multimeters having a d'Arsonval (or however you spell that) meter are
almost always average reading but calibrated RMS assuming a pure
sinusoidal input. Digital multimeters can be average reading, peak
reading or true RMS reading but all still calibrated for RMS assuming a
pure sinusoidal input. The three types can disagree significantly. True
RMS reading meters are usually more costly than the other two types
because they must calculate RMS from the input wave form. Average
reading is the most common. Multimeters are not "neon-testers." A little
understanding of the meter is sometimes helpful.
> As far as steps are concerned, there is no doubt that all the people
> concerned - including police, government, etc. - would be aware of the issue
> by now from these postings. If they are 'capable' of doing the right thing,
> they would do it without prompting. < These are troubled times, when
> companies are going bankrupt. >
If there were a general issue with line voltage too high, it would be
corrected immediately. Light bulb life drops dramatically with voltage.
Motors overheat and some consumer electronics will fail. It is not a
Check the neutral!
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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