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OK so up until 2 days ago everything was working fine, and now all of a sudden I have a problem. I have a 120/240 feeder out the Garage (which was here when I bought the house) there is a 60 amp 2 pole breaker with 2 power wires going out to the garage, and a ground attached box to box, no neutral. As I stated up until 2 days ago everything was working perfect. Than lights started going out one by one, than the fridge. I checked the box in the garage for Power I get 250 across both legs of the main an 125 each leg to neutral with no load, as soon as I plug my fridge in that leg drops to like 40 volts an the other leg increases to like 207. I have been reading a loss of neutral causes this, but I have never had a problem til now. The neutral an grounds are separated an the neutral bar is bonded to the box. I also checked at the breaker in the house no affect to the breaker going to the garage
 

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You have an open neutral. There is no doubt about it.
Until you find and resolve the issue don't pug anything 120 volts in or it could burn up.
Straight 240 volt devices, like heaters, should work fine as long as they don''t use the neutral.
 

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Well there has to some kind of connection for the neutral. Probably using the ground wire. Is the feed to the garage in a conduit or is it direct burial? Either way, the neutral signal is using the ground and that has been compromised. Time to pull a proper 4 wire circuit out there and do it right. Two hots, floating neutral and separate bonded ground.
 

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Can't be.
Are the voltages in the house correct?
If you ran a good neutral then the problem would be fixed unless it was a POCO issue and then the whole house would be affected.
 

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Yes no problem in the house, I've done contunity checks from the house to the garage on the neutral wire 0 ohms, checked for shorts. Uhooked everything in the panel besides 1 circuit that has 1 plug on it, I'm at a loss here, I'm tempted to go buy a pull a new 2-2-2-4 aluminum cable, but is that going to fix it? Don't really wanna waste the time an money if that's not the problem
 

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Did you check the connection of the neutral in both panels and any junction boxes along the way.
The problem as described is 100% for sure an open neutral.

this should be in the electrical forum. maybe a mod can move it.
 

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Did you say that all the circuits in the main house are okay with no abnormal dimming and brightening of lights? Including when you ran a hair dryer in one of the bathrooms?

Did you say you took a long wire, connected it to the house panel neutral bus bar (terminal strip), strung it up the stairs and across the floor and into the garage, and connected it to the garage subpanel neutral bus bar? And this did not cure the problem in the garage?

While you are at it, tighten up all the little screws and set screws in both panels. Flip off each breaker before touching the screw on it.
 

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Yes all circuits in the house are fine, no light dimming when running things, no I did not run a long wire across the floor lol. I took the wire that was supposed be hooked to the neutral, that the previous owner used for a ground an hooked it from neutral bar in the house, to the neutral bar in the garage
 
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