How to electrocute an elephant
|How to electrocute an elephant|
| From 2011/04/09 10:00:00 to 2011/04/09 23:59:59
Blekerijstraat 75, Gent, Belgium
«Fixing the electricity, getting electrocuted»
We seem to be having an electricity problem, lets try to fix it!
 Bug report
The ground circuit is having some voltage on it. Touching the ground together with something grounded (e.g. the cable cage) gives a decent pulse through your arm. We already did a round of testing (unplugging things and measuring with a voltage meter from ground to body).
 We learned:
- our measuring technique is not always returning good (correct) results, resulting in false problem indications
- we need a proper setup for measuring, good ground, good connection to multimeter
- we should most probably also measure amps next to voltage with another multimeter
- the power is continuous: connecting the ground with a wire to e.g. the cages gives nice sparks, and it keeps on giving sparks, thus not a buildup of power, but continuous
- seems to have some punch at least, today we measured again 130 volts, and the previous time it went to 230 volts even, so this seems it could actually be hazardous. Watch out with the plugs everyone!!
 Also some questions:
- Is our ground actually connected to "the ground" since it seems to be able to carry energy.
- Do we have a differential switch or some other device that should detect power going to ground?
- We do it's in the fusebox behind the mailboxes. (See pictures)
- It's a 300mA version, current regulation requires 30mA for new installations.
- a differential switch doesn't detect power going to the ground, it detects the difference between the L & N wires. So it should still work if flows somewhere else then GND in a faulty installation.
- Is the circuit box in our space ok? It shows some black area's from way back, and it uses old-fashioned plugs. Do we have backup plugs btw - they are use once only.
- Is the electrical cabling in our space ok? If it is, why do we have such problem locating the source of the power?
 Attacking the problem:
We do this on a Saturday because:
- It should be daylight (hence weekend) to be able to turn of lights
- Shops should be open
- Our electrical specialists should be able to be present (hence not a weekend earlier)
- need a test-elephant ? Edison fries an elephant to prove his point, jan 4th 1903
Documents explaining the AREI (Algemeen Reglement op de Elektrische Installaties):
- Wikipedia article
- Huishoudelijke Elektrische Installaties (Vinçotte)
- praktische fiche Installatie (legrand)
- praktische fiche Beveiliging (legrand)
- samenvatting (O.C.B.)