Yeah - when I turned on the power ground was hot. Lucky for me, the very first thing I checked - the ancient dimmer switch - was the issue.
And yes, this is the ground from the box, not a phone or whatever ground.
I got a "repair" since service could not be fully upgraded, and the old 2 breaker box could not be repaired itself. New meter socket, new box, conduit down the middle of the room (lol I'm OK with that), with kitchen / bathroom GFCI and smoke alarms running off it, and the old system tied into the new box. I have mostly new wiring, except for a few circuits with very low load. Hope to get all new by March. The wiring was state of the art, built for the builder's mother, back in 1939. House was partially remodeled once, in 1973ish.
I do have a background in electrical work. Most of the work done I was OK with - the smoke alarms were a crappy brand, and this ground wire should not be like this... few other small things, like the old 1939 metal house number was ruined...
Y'all just don't understand what it's like for me. People (yeah plural) argued with why "someone like me" would need any of this, just hookup the old burned out crap... my "friend" helping me even got upset that I didn't move into the house (it was an estate abandonment for taxes, I got a crazy deal on it, luck really, but it was vacant and unkept for 2 years. Weeds to the roof. Snakes moved in...) and just "camp" (in October) since I didn't have payments. Many electricians flat out lied to me about costs, etc. ("$20,000 but we'll finance if you sign over the house" was my favorite...)
In case you are wondering, I get zero disability, it's a somewhat rare neurological injury thing, so I work at home on a computer ("don't you just need an extension cord from a neighbor?"). On another note, I'm trying to collect some 38k owed me and their lawyer laughed, said I couldn't even stand up half the time, they'll take their chances getting sued by "someone like you who can't even stand up half the time" that is "if you can even afford a lawyer".... do it to a black person, gay person, whatever, people pitch a fit. Do it to me, no biggie.