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Old 06-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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All my 120 volts outlets read 240 volts when i take a reading with my volt meter. Taking the reading from side to side on the outlets. But when you plug something in the outlet nothing works.

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Call an electrician immediately, and don't plug things in.

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AS BOB SAYS IMMEDIATELY....AND IF IT is all your circuits (you can test with your multi-meter, but donj't plug stuff in, actually I go around and unplug TV etc.)... Call the POCO...They will respond immediately.
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I check the main breaker with volt meter from the terminal to ground reads 120v on each side . Then check main breaker across the two terminals reads 240v
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Call an electrician before you or someone else gets hurt or killed. I have nothing more to say about it.
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Agreeing with everyone call power company, they will check their end of things.
Call an electrician, make sure they can come out if power company says their end is fine.
It sounds like you lost a neutral some where, if you haven't guessed by now this is dangerous.
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Thank Ya Gac... Guess this is a reson to not try skydiving
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Have you called your POCO allready ?

If the POCO say ok on their side then get a electrician to come in and I have a very strong feeling that the netural is super serious compreised so as other poster posted to you.,, turn it off or unplug everything much as possible.

This part is not a joke at all I have see some serious damage with it.

Let us know the outcome of this situation.

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If you are not concerned with your safety, do you like your electronics?

They will all be fried if you do not heed the advice given on this forum.

Bye Bye TV, DVD, Computer, appliances. You name it, you could find yourself replacing all these things.
Pull (turn off) the main breaker and wait for a professional.
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It's either an open neutral on a multi-wire branch circuit or an open service neutral.
Either way, not a typical DIY repair.

See previous replies.
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Bye Bye TV, DVD, Computer, appliances. You name it, you could find yourself replacing all these things.
Pull (turn off) the main breaker and wait for a professional.
maybe too late

Wonder why the OP has not replied back
hope he has a laptop and WiFi
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If you are not concerned with your safety, do you like your electronics?

They will all be fried if you do not heed the advice given on this forum.

Bye Bye TV, DVD, Computer, appliances. You name it, you could find yourself replacing all these things.
Pull (turn off) the main breaker and wait for a professional.
Yea.... Depending on your load configuration, a lava light will really lite up... maybe even explode!

I'm sure / hopefull you are aware of the danger from all above here!!!!

But, come on back after the electrician/poco is there and let us know how you lost a neutral.... just for our education and experience.

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It's either an open neutral on a multi-wire branch circuit or an open service neutral.
Either way, not a typical DIY repair.

See previous replies.
Speedy.... Yea... and in my opinion.... it was smart of everyone to not start diagnosing for him and advise going pro on it.... but interesting sorta contradiction in what he said:

1) He said ALL recepticals went 240 (ie service neutral) BUT
2) Then said he MM'd service entrance and got 120 from hots to ground/ neutral (ie service fine and just a branch circuit)

To me, would be interesting to find out.... just curious.

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