So, here's the situation: I have run about 100' of 3/4" steel conduit from a circuit breaker box with 4" X 4" boxes at roughly 1/3 intervals (30', 60' and 100'). Through this conduit I have run 10 wires, 5 hot, 5 common. Two sets of wires (4 total) stop at the first box, two more sets stop at the second box and the the final set extends the full 100' to the last box. All the wires are single 12 ga. strands from breaker panel to each box.
Here's the problem: One of the sets of wires was giving me voltage (25V) even though both ends were disconnected. The other sets of wires are hooked up and (obviously) powered up at this point.
I pulled that wire (the hot) out of the conduit and thouroughly checked it three times for any cuts and found nothing. I then checked it's neutral (common) and it was showing voltage as well (25V again) even with both ends disconnected and hanging free in the air. Now it gets even better. I started shutting off the breakers for each station, one by one and checking the voltage on this disconnected wire. The voltages obtained through this disconnected wire when each station was shut off (but all the rest were ON) were (the bad one is #4):
That's right, the line shows MORE voltage when one of the stations is shut off.
How is this possible? Could it be that one of the wires got a really bad cut in it as it was being fed through the conduit and it is leaking voltage onto the rest of the wires? I have yet to check the rest of the wires for this mysterious voltage, and I'm rather afraid to at this point. I almost think I have to disconnect everything and start checking for continuity between individual wires and the ground?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I'm stumped as to how (without some sort of coil) the voltage could be induced and, as I stated previously, there does not seem to be any cuts in the wires.
Last edited by Legrand; 05-09-2007 at 06:43 AM.