1. The house is not properly grounded. Proper grounding will make any static buildup next to impossible.
2. When given a lemon. make lemonade. If his property is close enough I wonder if he could be inductively coupled to the power lines. Say the power line is the primary side of a transformer, he could run a parallel length of wire and treat it as a secondary side of a transformer and have it drive a load. Free power! Another way of looking at it is the power company was broadcasting on to his property and he was merely receiving the signal.
posted on 12/28/2006 5:58:55 AM PST
by Mark was here
(How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
To: Mark was here
If his property is close enough I wonder if he could be inductively coupled to the power lines. Say the power line is the primary side of a transformer, he could run a parallel length of wire and treat it as a secondary side of a transformer and have it drive a load. Free power!
This is known as theft of services. It is one of the charges the government(s) use when people go skiing at a ski resort, and then ignore the boundaries, and ski in closed areas. Can be good for jail, and/or fines.
posted on 12/28/2006 6:23:01 AM PST
(Trust can't be bought)
To: Mark was here
Number 2 might work on D.C.
Number 1 is my guess; I searched for two hours inside a room inside a hangar for a loose ground one day, I was able to measure 95VAC from the concrete floor mounted drill press leg to ground at the outlet and the fluorescent lamps had a mind of their own.
I finally tracked it down to a 4square box on the roof of the room that the neutral had gone open.
Couldn't find the break, so I simply ran 20 feet of #12 over to a J-box and connected neutral there.
Repowered the breaker and problem fixed.
posted on 12/28/2006 7:29:52 AM PST
by Old Professer
(The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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