06:04PM | 11/30/99
Member Since: 11/29/99
1 lifetime posts
The 'off' traveler wire (in either mode) on a 3-way switch reports 23 volts. (I would expect 0 volts). The switch tests ok and the wires are not shorted. Where is the 23 volts coming from!? (Note: This situation exists, with varying voltages, on every 3-way switch in the house).

In another, SEPERATE but seemingly related, problem: I have 3+bare coming into a switch box to feed 2 seperate circuits (black-circuit [A], red-circuit [B]). When [A] breaker is off I continue to pickup ~7 volts on [A]! When [B] is turned off: [A]'s voltage drops to 3 both in the box and at the breaker. Assuming the breaker is faulty (leaking 3 volts) why would [A] pickup 4 volts from [B] when [B] is on? I have not tested the voltage on the reverse: [A] on [B] off. (Note: These 2 lines are connected to the same phase).

(I've confirmed these findings by using 2 testers).


01:47PM | 12/02/99
Member Since: 10/24/99
31 lifetime posts
Hello jpbacj:
Let me ask you, what kind of billing do you live in? Is it one where all of your wiring is in metal conduit or is it exposed?
Induction sounds like the problem here,
if the wiring is inclosed in conduit there is a strong chance that there might be to many wires in that pipe and some voltage is leaking through the insulation and going into the other conductors or the other possibility might be that the insulation is old and broken down causing leakage as well.
If the wiring is not in-cased in conduit there might be to many wires jammed into a splice box and the same goes here for broken down or damaged insulation.
I hope this help ....
If you have any other questions please post them here and for a speedier response you can email me at, please include Bob Vila's BBS in the subject heading.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Having settled on a shape for the faucet, you must next decide on a finish. While polished chrome and brass are perennial ... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon