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So I moved into an apartment recently and I decided to try out the electric stove for the first time. I put my skillet on the burner and turned it on. I started laying raw bacon slices into the pan and noticed my hand getting tingly. I let go of the bacon and the feeling went away. I went to lay another piece in the pan but this time I held onto the slice longer and felt my arm get even more tingly and it began to feel like it was going to fall asleep, like I was being shocked. So I turned the burner off, touched the raw bacon and felt nothing. Turned burner on and felt the shock again.

Today I got my internet going so I turned my laptop computer on for first time. I had the power supply plugged into the wall and the computer was charging. I began to type on the computer and where my wrist rests against the corner of the computer I felt a sharp stab/poke. I lifted my arm and looked for something sharp. Nothing sharp. Thought nothing of it and began to type again. Again, I felt the sharp poke and my arm began to tingle and I could feel my muscles start to contract. So I unplugged the power supply and waited a few min and tried again. With the computer unplugged I began typing and no longer felt the sharp poke/tingle. I haven't plugged it back in yet to see if it comes back because I don't like the pain.

Whats going on? Is the apartment wiring not grounded? Note, the stove is on 220V (or is it 240V?) and my computer is plugged into 120V.

I called my landlord and he acted like I'm crazy and claimed I'm the first to complain. He said he'd come check it out but he definitely had an attitude that indicated he probably won't do a thing about it.
 

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I wish.

I hooked my volt meter up to the pan on the burner and put the neg lead on my stainless steel sink. It reads 11.6V. Then I placed the pan on another burner, without turning the other burner off, and it only reads 0.4V which I figure is normal. So something is definitely not right.

Also, I just got a really good zap to both arms as I was typing this on my laptop. I just unplugged it again because it hurts.
 

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I called my landlord and he acted like I'm crazy and claimed I'm the first to complain. He said he'd come check it out but he definitely had an attitude that indicated he probably won't do a thing about it.
well there's one thing that shouldn't shock you
 

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I'd look into getting a grounding strap for your dick.
 
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Yeah you're laptop doesn't charge directly from 120. It should have a step down transformer. What is the outlet reading that you are plugging it into?

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Or you are turning into durka durka and God's telling you to stay away from pork and porn. What happens when you listen to music?
 

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See what you need to do is charge yourself to 240V. That way you'll be the same potential as the stove, so it can't shock you. Same thing linemen do. Science. Probably.



Serious talk though, get a DVM or test light and check voltage vs. different surfaces. Wouldn't be the first time wiring was messed up.
 

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Yeah you're laptop doesn't charge directly from 120. It should have a step down transformer. What is the outlet reading that you are plugging it into?
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There's 67V between neutral and ground in all the 120 outlets. The 240V outlet has a little less between neutral and ground. Like I said, I read 12V when I touched my skillet to ground with the burner on.

If you put the toaster in the bath tub what does it do?
I don't have a bathtub. Can I come over to your place? We could do it together.

See what you need to do is charge yourself to 240V. That way you'll be the same potential as the stove, so it can't shock you. Same thing linemen do. Science. Probably.



Serious talk though, get a DVM or test light and check voltage vs. different surfaces. Wouldn't be the first time wiring was messed up.
My landlord came over yesterday and gave me hell. Called me crazy and blamed it on the few things I have plugged in. Then the neighbor came over (landlords friend) and said we need to measure voltages. That's when we discovered voltage on the ground circuit. Landlord got more pissed and claimed this didn't happen till I go here and told me that it's normal and I wasn't getting shocked. Neighbor was on my side so he helped argue and then finally got landlord to sit at my computer and he got a real good zap. Spark and all. Then he started laughing crazy like and said he'd call an electrician.
 

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Yeah I have found a ground tied into a neutral at a light fixture that gave me about half the voltage of 120 neutral to ground. They didn't run 3 wire so they just said, hey let's use the ground.
 

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Don't feel bad Bandit. On the 3rd day of working at the rural king warehouse I was working on a fork lift with another new guy and we kept getting a slight tingle when we touched the frame. I went to go try to start it and got a jolt. The guy that was hired on to be a mechanic for the lifts came over and pointed out that the lift was grounded wrong.
 
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