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Old 10-04-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Why do I get a buzz when only one end of me is connected?


Hello. I hope that you are happy and well.

I moved from Western New York State down South, and am living in a rented house. I have a bunch of hi-fi and electric music and recording gear.

Down here whenever I touch anything that is plugged into the ac power, I get a tingle. I don't have to be connected to anything. Rubber-soled sneakers, ugly carpet, touch a mic or a guitar string, tingle. Some of the gear is two-wire, some two-with-ground. No matter. Touch anything, tingle.

It happens with everything down here. It didn't happen with anything back in New York.

I haven't been able to apprehend any explanations of this on the Web.

I can't say that I like it very much. Is there a cure? Especially a cure that I could talk a landlord into going for?

Thanks

PA

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
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It's most likely a ground issue. You get the same phenomena when guitar amps in houses with no ground. Electronics, especially audio dislikes no ground.

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Hello. I hope that you are happy and well.

I moved from Western New York State down South, and am living in a rented house. I have a bunch of hi-fi and electric music and recording gear.

Down here whenever I touch anything that is plugged into the ac power, I get a tingle. I don't have to be connected to anything. Rubber-soled sneakers, ugly carpet, touch a mic or a guitar string, tingle. Some of the gear is two-wire, some two-with-ground. No matter. Touch anything, tingle.

It happens with everything down here. It didn't happen with anything back in New York.

I haven't been able to apprehend any explanations of this on the Web.

I can't say that I like it very much. Is there a cure? Especially a cure that I could talk a landlord into going for?

Thanks

PA
see if you can get us a picture of your electric box and maybe some plugs .... may tell us something...ben sr
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Hello. I hope that you are happy and well.

I moved from Western New York State down South, and am living in a rented house. I have a bunch of hi-fi and electric music and recording gear.

Down here whenever I touch anything that is plugged into the ac power, I get a tingle. I don't have to be connected to anything. Rubber-soled sneakers, ugly carpet, touch a mic or a guitar string, tingle. Some of the gear is two-wire, some two-with-ground. No matter. Touch anything, tingle.

It happens with everything down here. It didn't happen with anything back in New York.

I haven't been able to apprehend any explanations of this on the Web.

I can't say that I like it very much. Is there a cure? Especially a cure that I could talk a landlord into going for?

Thanks

PA
Two most likely possables are -

1 - There are some currents flowing in your earth line !

2 - Your system might not be earthed properly, or at all !

Without more details cant say for sure which one,
or it could be a combination of both.

A power outlet tester will tell you if you are earthed properly.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:02 PM   #5
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I bought my wife a new ( pre - owned ) sewing machine at an auction for 8 bucks that had a 2 prong plug. Beautiful old machine in a nice cabinet. She had the nerve to complain that it was shocking her therefore she couldn't sew a straight stitch.

I measured the volts at about 8 and after conferring with my electrical son was advised to turn the plug over. The volts dropped to half the previous reading and now the seam in the butt of my britches looks better because she couldn't feel 4 volts unless she licked her fingers to thread the needle.
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Ah new insite. Your house doesn't seam to be grounded properly. And your outlets are very out of date if you can turn the plug over and still plug it in
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Ah new insite. Your house doesn't seam to be grounded properly. And your outlets are very out of date if you can turn the plug over and still plug it in
It isn't the house out of date but the sewing machine is.
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Hello. I hope that you are happy and well.

I moved from Western New York State down South, and am living in a rented house. I have a bunch of hi-fi and electric music and recording gear.

Down here whenever I touch anything that is plugged into the ac power, I get a tingle. I don't have to be connected to anything. Rubber-soled sneakers, ugly carpet, touch a mic or a guitar string, tingle. Some of the gear is two-wire, some two-with-ground. No matter. Touch anything, tingle.

It happens with everything down here. It didn't happen with anything back in New York.

I haven't been able to apprehend any explanations of this on the Web.

I can't say that I like it very much. Is there a cure? Especially a cure that I could talk a landlord into going for?

Thanks

PA
If we are guessing, I might say 'bootleg ground'.
A 'bootleg ground' is where someone jumped a wire from the neutral (white wire) side of receptacle to the green ground screw.

You could pull a receptacle that is showing grounding and check this.(turn power off first)
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When Woodstock happened in 69, they had plenty of problems caused by poor electrical work. Shocks when touching equipment, hums abounded. Listen to some of the old recordings, and you will hear the hums load and clear. One in particular is Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock. Gives a cool edge to the sound.

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