Unbalanced A.C. line

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An electrician removed a defective breaker from a friend's house but he never returned. A year later she had me replace the breaker. (Evidently those outlets were not terribly critical.)
I did a routine check of her AC line and found it horribly unbalanced.
One side was 108v the other 125v
I did not have time to investigate, and will have to get back there this week end. What do you folks think? I'm guessing it's a bad ground.
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You are calling it a ground, but if it is the third wire comming from the power pole, it is the neutral.
That loose neutral is most often the problem with unballanced sides of the power line. If one side of the line comming in is drawing much more power than the other, you can try cutting off some of the load and see if the ballance changes. Loading the opposide of the line should change the ballance.
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On Wed, 9 Mar 2016 12:59:15 -0500, "Ralph Mowery"

If the neutral lug in the panel is tight and not discolored, call the power company. They usually will come out, cut the seal, tighten the lug in the meter pan and reseal the meter. They will also verify it is not farther up stream on their side.
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On 2016-03-09 1:05 PM, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Absolutely, we had a floating neutral at one point, power comes in via overhead wires, had flickering lights and such on windy days. Called the power company, they were here fast. First one guy to inspect our panel, then a crew to check out the lines coming in. Cost was nothing, but problem was fixed, loose wire at the top of the mast.
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On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 1:14:01 PM UTC-5, FrozenNorth wrote:

They get there fast, but do they have to bring those giant trucks with the yellow flashers that light up the neighborhood for blocks around?
"Hey, Martha! Something big is happening over at the Kawolski's place. Grab you coat...let's take a walk."
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On 3/9/2016 1:39 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Cost was nothing? So, the guys all worked for free?
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On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2:02:48 PM UTC-5, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Don't ask me, ask Froz. He said it.
(BTW, I think you're just being a wise ass.)
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On Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:12:12 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03

Extra cost to the customer was nothing. If he's in Ontario he's prepaid a few years service due to the overcharges on his bill for the last 20 years or so.
As far as Stormy being a wise ass - you DO know why they don't send Dopnkeys to school, don't you???
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< rant ON > .. that Ontario thing - I would love to see a big, factual expose on our electricity system fiasco. But it would require going back to the CANDU days < early 70's ? > where the new nuclear power would be so cheap - it would not pay to even meter it ! ... dear me - what happened ! Ontario Hydro was once the industry leader - in North America - rates reliability safety innovation etc etc Really ? .. just compare our rates today with our Canadian neighbours - Manitoba and Quebec .. it's quite scary. .. and Ontario is still storing 45 years of nuclear waste in swimming pools - with no plan for storage / disposal ! I suspect that Manitoba and Quebec have a plan and budget for their nuclear waste problems - zero dollars - they have none... .. geeeze ! .. where do we move to Clare ? Parlez vous .. John T.
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On 2016-03-09 2:02 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Cost was nothing to me.
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On 3/9/2016 2:24 PM, FrozenNorth wrote:

You mean you pay the power company zero at any time? I suspect if you ask a few questions, you'll find the cost is averaged into your utility bill (and others bills).
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On 2016-03-09 3:49 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Pedantic much?
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On Wed, 9 Mar 2016 14:02:53 -0500, Stormin Mormon

The Poco owns the crimps at the service point and they also own the seal on the meter base. They may even own the meter base itself, depending on where you are. Why would you pay to have them fix their own equipment? It is buried in one of those fees on your power bill and paid collectively by all of the customers.
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On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2:27:34 PM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Stormy was just being a PITA. He knew the answer to his own question:
The answer you gave.
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On 3/9/2016 3:53 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Stormy was combatting the socialist mentality which says that all government stuff is free. It is not; it's very expensively paid for by tax payers.
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On Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:52:21 AM UTC-5, Stormin Mormon wrote:

AKA Stormy was being a PITA.
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On 3/10/2016 10:07 AM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

When I provide a thoughtful and informative thought provoker, you say I'm a PITA. What does that say about you? Oh, never mind. You're too lazy and brain numb to even consider the thought.
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On Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 11:11:46 PM UTC-5, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Don't shortchange yourself. I think you're a PITA a more often than that.

Hey, I thought you were supposed to be the nice one.
I guess I need to "learn more about Stormy".
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On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 12:54:13 PM UTC-5, Ralph Mowery wrote:

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Bad neutral will cause those symptoms, not a bad ground.
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OK
From the replies it seems the problem is the neutral.
If all is OK inside the house. I will call the power company.
There was nothing noticeably wrong inside the breaker box and I know better than to attempt anything other than minor repairs.
Thanks to all who have answered.
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