02:02PM | 12/20/00
Member Since: 12/19/00
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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 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.


06:37AM | 12/21/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 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.


04:42PM | 12/21/00
Member Since: 12/19/00
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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......


07:47AM | 12/30/00
Member Since: 07/21/00
76 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
140 lifetime posts

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

Electrical Inspector

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

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

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