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Old 06-21-2012, 08:49 PM   #16
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4V is not perceptible except under extraordinary circumstances. Whatever you felt, if it was as you described, was not a 4V shock. Your measurement may not have been between the correct reference points.
You ever feel how painful a 4 volt shock is getting out of a pool?
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I shut off the main and was still getting a reading of about 3.5 volts. What's this mean?
The voltage is unrelated to anything inside your home. Could be a bad/failing primary neutral conductor... call your utility company.
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4V is not perceptible except under extraordinary circumstances. Whatever you felt, if it was as you described, was not a 4V shock. Your measurement may not have been between the correct reference points.
If he stuck his meter on a spigot and the earth, and read 4 volts, then something is wrong.
This picture was taken from a job a troubleshooted awhile back, after further testing, this street had a underground primary concentric neutral that was failing, a little boy was shocked at the spigot, hence why we were called.... again, this is a very serious issue.

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It is time to call POCO.
they can check out there system,
It looks like a problem external to your system.
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If he stuck his meter on a spigot and the earth, and read 4 volts, then something is wrong.
This was from a job a troubleshooted awhile back, after further testing, this street had a underground primary concentric neutral that was failing, a little boy was shocked at the spigot, hence why we were called.... again, this is a very serious issue.

Am I seeing 2 metal probes sticking out of the red lead?
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Am I seeing 2 metal probes sticking out of the red lead?
I was using two meters at once to ensure a reliable reading.
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I was using two meters at once to ensure a reliable reading.
Oh good.....I was thinking I had to upgrade my leads to have the latest and greatest.
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So the energy company came out ad said everything is fine from their side. His recommendation is to call the phone and cable companies. He said its only a few volts.
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I can find potential difference anywhere I want with a high impedance volt meter like that.
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I can find potential difference anywhere I want with a high impedance volt meter like that.
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To answer your question, I felt the energize when unhooking the hose. Not a strong shock, but the "buzzing" feeling that makes you want to let go.
Im sure, but we obviously have an issue here....
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So the energy company came out ad said everything is fine from their side. His recommendation is to call the phone and cable companies. He said its only a few volts.
Power companies always suck at first, and to make a blunt comment like that is just crazy talk.... He is uneducated in what to do. Check out the picture I posted with 6 volts at the spigot, funny how it became a million dollar job as they had to dig up the entire street and replace the degraded neutral connector...

One thing you could do is see if your neighbors spigots have the same reading, then get them to call and complain as well...

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Doesn't it seem odd that the consensus is an outside source but only one of three spigots is affected?
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Doesn't it seem odd that the consensus is an outside source but only one of three spigots is affected?
Nope, the other two could be supplied by plastic plumbing.
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I had a hot tub to troubleshoot one time.
12v to ground from the pad.
I turned the main off and the voltage was still there.
Called the poco while I was there, and they came opened the transformer and found nothing.

Underground service with outside disco.

Lady called me back a couple days later, the ground was freshly dug, a poco lock on the customer side of the diso, and the voltage to the pad gone.

To this day, i still don't know what they did.
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I had a hot tub to troubleshoot one time.
12v to ground from the pad.
I turned the main off and the voltage was still there.
Called the poco while I was there, and they came opened the transformer and found nothing.

Underground service with outside disco.

Lady called me back a couple days later, the ground was freshly dug, a poco lock on the customer side of the diso, and the voltage to the pad gone.

To this day, i still don't know what they did.
They replaced the neutral conductor...
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