COMMUNITY FORUM

RL

02:02PM | 12/20/00
Member Since: 12/19/00
2 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I've got an electrical problem. I've started getting shocked while taking a shower. It only happens when I touch the metal plate surrounding the water valve and stand on the metal drain cover at the same time.

An electrician came out yesterday and measured 1 volt between the metal plate and drain when only the lights were on. When the heater or a/c are running, it jumps to 10 volts. When you start the whirlpool tub, it jumps to 20 volts. After checking some of the connections in the house, he stated that it was a utility problem.

I called the utility company this morning and they came out and ran a temporary line to my meter. They also left a note saying that there was a bad neutral and that the permanent line would be run underground sometime soon.

My question.....how can I check to see the voltage between the metal plate and the drain without actually getting shocked again?? I believe it is truely fixed, but I would rather not find out first-hand if it wasn't.

rpxlpx

06:37AM | 12/21/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Sounds like your choices are:
1) use a test meter - like the electrician undoubtedly did
2) take a shower - not adviseable. When you're wet, it doesn't take much voltage to do bodily harm.

RL

04:42PM | 12/21/00
Member Since: 12/19/00
2 lifetime posts
Too late.....took another shower and got the you know what shocked out of me. Spent $272 on an electrician this afternoon troubleshooting my entire house, only to come to the conclusion that it was still the power company's problem.

Called the power company....they came out and said, "WOW!! You've got a big problem." They said I still had a bad neutral b/c a transformer was bad and the wire all the way down the street had burned up.

They came back a couple of hours later with a whole crew, put in the new transformer and wire, and now the world is a happier place.

Now, if I could just get them to pay the electrician's fees......

ElectrcBil

07:47AM | 12/30/00
Member Since: 07/21/00
77 lifetime posts
Sounds like you had a bad ground not which caused an open neutral. Often times the Main grounding electrode is connected to the water pipe. Because the neutral is bonded to the Ground in the panel you were seeing voltage over the waterpipe. Sometimes a pipe will be replaced in the water pipe system with a plastic pipe this breaks the grounding connection. For this reason a supplemental grounding electrode is required by code in new installations.

Joe Tedesco

11:25AM | 10/02/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
141 lifetime posts
www.joetedesco.com

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited April 09, 2003).]

Electrical Inspector

12:55PM | 10/02/02
Member Since: 09/27/02
76 lifetime posts
{he sure is Joe!}
:eek:

Q~ is this a municipal water main, integral with the rest of the nieghborhood?

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

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

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... 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... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2