Help! I have a problem with a circuit in my home. A home inspector
just finished and one of his serious concerns was a circuit that he
said had a ground problem. He was very concerned and said I should
address it immediately. He used a tester that had 3 prongs and a set
of lights for each. All 3 lights were on.
I checked it with 3 different tester I have and they also indicated
that the neutral and ground were hot.??? I called a local service
group and they sent an electrician. He had a similar tester to the
inspector's, it showed there was no problem. After he left I rechecked
and got mixed results. I ended up using an alligator clip and ran it
between the ground wire and the probe tip on a PAMA circuit tester.
The light would come on in varying intensitity and stay for varying
periods, then go out and return later.
I also noticed that a surge protector's ground light on another outlet
on the same circuit flickers. The evidenece tells my I have a problem,
but with conflicting opinions, I thought I'd check it out here. The
house is 18 years old and we haven't had any prior noticeable problems.
16 years ago