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Gismo782 07-30-2012 09:47 PM

Home neutral wire attached to neighbor
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Not sure if this is a problem in term of billing or an overload for the neutral wiring in to our home. We only have two (2) wires from the pole which is positive and neutral. However, my neighbor has a wire coming from his "neutral wire" leading up to my home "neutral wire". He is not home for me to speak with plus everything we touch we get electrical shock. Enough to make you move. hahahaha!!!!

Here are pics showing our line above with a line showing vertical which is the wire I am speaking of. Our home is to the left and neighbor to the right.


AllanJ 07-30-2012 11:34 PM

The "neutral" wire coming from the utility pole doubles as a "ground wire". It is supposed to be grounded at the panel or switch box containing the master switch or breaker or fuse block for your house. Grounding at the panel includes a fat ground wire (typically #6) connected to a metal water pipe and ground rods (two, 8 feet long and at least 6 feet apart).

In your house modern circuits have a third wire for a ground wire (equipment grounding conductor) accompanying every branch circuit (with hot and neutral wires).

Stubbie 07-30-2012 11:46 PM

What country do you live in ? This doesn't appear to be in the USA. Regardless you need experienced help ASAP. Getting a strong shock whenever you touch something is likely a life threatning issue.

Gismo782 07-31-2012 05:00 AM

Home neutral wire attached to neighbor
Ok Guy's get ready for this. I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada and when I retired last year we move to my wife home town and country (Philippines).

There is a fat wire looks to be a #6 that is attached to the breaker box. also the voltage here is 240 unlike the States 110 and we only have two wires, Positive and Neutral.

AllanJ 07-31-2012 06:39 AM

Well maybe you don't need a third wire (EGC) for each branch circuit inside the house in the Philippines but the neutral still needs to be grounded at your house. See whether the fat ground wire goes to a cold water pipe.

Incidentally the neutral out to the utility pole should be attached to a neutral that goes from pole to pole. On some if not all poles a #6 ground wire comes down to a ground rod at the bottom of the pole.

If the bonding to grounded wires is not good out on the utility pole and large amounts of electricity are being used, it is possible for the water pipe may not provide adequate grounding. Thus in the U.S. ground rods are also needed.

gregzoll 07-31-2012 07:48 AM

Gizmo, it is not Postive & Neutral. You have a Ac or Alternating Current system, which means that you would have a single leg of 220 volts, then the Neutral or 110 volt & Neutral. Grounding is usually done as a Ufer due to soil conditions, and that some areas may not have a deep enough soil structure to get a 8 foot ground rod into. See This will also give you another person that is in the PI their perspective of the electrical system

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