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Old 09-25-2012, 09:25 PM   #31
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Pick up one of these at any home improvement store.... usually around $5. They have 3 lights that illuminate in different patterns for various indications..... VERY handy thing to have around.

ELECTRICAL RECEPTACLE TESTER AC OUTLET PLUG 3 PRONG GND - Amazon.com

I grabbed one when I bought my house, and found a bunch of open grounds in the basement sockets from the "handyman" who lived here prior..... You should've seen some of his plumbing work
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:50 PM   #32
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I agree with the open grounds. Always use circuits with GFI breakers around saltwater. They have saved my life a few times over the years,
Even the tiniest of moisture leaks with saltwater on a cord or a power head motor can leak dangerous amounts of current into the water. If you can stand on the concrete floor in bare wet feet and touch the tank water, if there is any tingle at all, it is too much. Remember, we are adding 110VAC motors and accessories into a saltwater tank that can conduct electricity like no ones business.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:16 PM   #33
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Thanks. I'll pick up one of those testers.

I switched the main cord that everything plugs into that goes into the wall to a brand new one and still read about 25 in my tank.

So then I switched plugs on the same outlet. No difference. Then I switched outlets to a newer one we had installed over the summer. No difference.

I'm going to try switching power strips and buying one of those testers now. I felt the tingle again putting my hand into the sump.
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Would one of you guys be kind enough to test your stray voltage levels hooked up to a grounded outlet and then test not hooked up to a grounded outlet?

I'm wondering if that could be the difference between the equipment leaking stray voltage or not?

I can't get my hands on an outlet tester tonight. Hardware stores are closed and walmart doesn't have any in stock.
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I'm going to run all tests tomorrow, I'm gonna bring equipment home from work.

I'll post results even if someone beats me to it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:23 AM   #36
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I'm going to run all tests tomorrow, I'm gonna bring equipment home from work.

I'll post results even if someone beats me to it.
Thanks bud! Really appreciate that. It will be interesting for you to see too haha.
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Thanks bud! Really appreciate that. It will be interesting for you to see too haha.
Yeah I'm brining very gadget I can. I'm curious also because all my equipment is plugged into a battery back up surge protector which is self fused and everything so I'm wondering if that helps.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:33 AM   #38
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Would one of you guys be kind enough to test your stray voltage levels hooked up to a grounded outlet and then test not hooked up to a grounded outlet?
Sorry, can't help you there..... Any open-ground outlets that I found were immediately fixed!!!
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Sorry, can't help you there..... Any open-ground outlets that I found were immediately fixed!!!
Old style outlets without the grounding hole are open-ground, right?
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Old style outlets without the grounding hole are open-ground, right?
Yes. And I would have an electrician install a properly grounded GFI outlet for your tank at least. Again, saltwater and electricity can kill you really quick without warning. Just the engineer in me, so sorry to beat the drum.
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