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.