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Old 08-22-2011, 10:03 PM  
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If I'm barefoot and touch outside faucet i get shock. Tested 7 volts from dirt to faucet. 30 ft. Away is ground rod for main panel. I put ground lead of volt meter in dirt and red on ground wire and again measured 7 volts. What is the best way to trace this back to the cause. Any help would be great



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Old 08-23-2011, 08:31 PM  
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Thanks for all the great info. But I think I'll go ask a tree.



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Old 08-23-2011, 08:59 PM  
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We are all waiting for someone to gives you the shocking truth!! Well the tree won't give any dumb ideas. I have no idea, ground should be ground.

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Just a thought--is it possible there might be some cross-feeding going on, from a low-voltage source? An improperly wired door bell transformer comes to mind. Have you done any improvements recently that could have shorted a door bell circuit, like nailing or screwing fasteners into framing that your spigot is shorting out through?

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If I'm barefoot and touch outside faucet i get shock. Tested 7 volts from dirt to faucet. 30 ft. Away is ground rod for main panel. I put ground lead of volt meter in dirt and red on ground wire and again measured 7 volts. What is the best way to trace this back to the cause. Any help would be great
My first thought would be a bad connection at the ground rod and possibly an element in a water heater leaking current. You said you measured from the ground wire to earth, what about from the rod to earth or rod to wire? I would hook up your meter to one of the points you are reading the 7 volts and start turning off breakers until you loose the voltage and then find out what is not working. I would get someone who knows what they are doing to check out the ground rod and connection. Be careful as this could be a dangerous situation.
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Stray voltage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Check out what they say about "stray voltage"!


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