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Old 01-17-2014, 01:05 PM   #1
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Hi. I've been replacing the outlets in my home for years, as I redo rooms I put in the new outlets, the old ones have no ground and are ugly.

Anyway, I noticed the hot wire in a couple of outlets still have 10 VAC charge to them even though the breaker is off. Turning off the breaker above the one with the 10 VAC charge reduced the charge to about 4 VAC. Should I be concerned? Is this indicative of shoddy electrical or something that can happen depending on the layout of the circuits used?

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Old 01-17-2014, 03:06 PM   #2
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Try to put a load on it to see what happens. (incad. bulb should do) Sounds like it may just be phantom voltage.

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What type of tester are you using? Is there a ground available in the box or are you using ungrounded receptacles?
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Anyone else get the impression he's just swapping out outlets and not using GFI's to make it legal?
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