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Old 10-31-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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Stray voltage question

The other day I was feeling a tingle in a small cut on my finger when I put my hand in the water.. I just tested the water 3 ways with the volt meter. Red in the water of course. And the black in all 3 prongs. Start with the ground... No reading. Then in the small prong I'm getting 100v.. And in the big prong I'm reading 14.4.. I do not have a gfci plug.. But everything is plugged into a surge protector 60$ home entertainment center extension .. With out the red in the water. The small prong was getting readings.. I am electrical illiterate !! In the big prong. Everything unplugged and plugged in one at a time. The volts slowly go up. 3v to 5v to 7v.. All the way up to my last power head. It ends up being 14.4. An I doing anything wrong? Do I need to do it differently?
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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I may add to. All fish and corals are doing good. . Just fighting algae.. But I'm sure voltage is not causing that issue. Haha
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:36 AM   #3
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I'm not sure how you test water..but try unplugging everything and testing again to see if it changes..I once felt the same sensation in my tank..specifically in the return pump tray..I figured out it was the pump vibration..
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:43 AM   #4
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its normal to feel a slight shock-like sensation if theres abrasions or cuts on your hand. easiest thing to do is shut everything down, put hand in tank, then have someone turn it on while your hands in there. youll know if theres a voltage leak
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:29 AM   #5
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Lol. Should I stick my tongue in there? Like when you check a 9 v battery?
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:46 PM   #6
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Omg I just had the same thing happen to me this morning when I was messing in my sump the finger with the cut felt like it was getting a little shock and the fingers with out cuts felt nothing so I stood there unplugging things one at a time and sticking my finger with the cut back in and seeing if it still shocked me lol i must be an idiot
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Omg I just had the same thing happen to me this morning when I was messing in my sump the finger with the cut felt like it was getting a little shock and the fingers with out cuts felt nothing so I stood there unplugging things one at a time and sticking my finger with the cut back in and seeing if it still shocked me lol i must be an idiot

Well..some people are just smarter than others i guess.. hehe jk! when it first happened to me i went nits trying to find it as well!
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:46 PM   #8
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I did it.. I even stuck my cut in my bucket of saltwater to see if it was just the salt doing it. But it wasn't stinging then. I unplugged everything and stuck my finger in each time I plugged something in. Lol.
After reading in reef central. With saltwater. There is always going to be voltage. 40v and under is normal. But as you unplug things if the voltage drops big time. There is a problem with that item.. My question is why was one prong 14v and the other prong 100v?? I'm going to further investigate this weekend. Please pray from me!! Lol
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What you are reading sounds accurate.
14 V from neutral and 100 V from line = approx. 115 V total.
Some stray voltage is normal but I am not sure how much.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:57 PM   #10
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From what I read. 40v and below is normal. And its not volts that is harmful. It's the current.. If there is a connecting point. Were the electricity can complete its .. What's the term I'm looking for... Complete it's circuit?? That's what is harmfull.. Like I said. In illiterate when it comes to electricity. Lol
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