Perils of an old house. Ours in Auburn CA was started in the mid-20's, added onto by everyone who lived there, including us ... twice. With sheetrock gone, we found the reason why doors wouldn't close and windows were stuck--headers over them were spliced in the middle.

Barn out next to the pasture had 120V outlets with exposed wiring. Feed from house was 2 aerial wires, 240V between them. Finally figured out that the neutral was "ground," as in dirt. The two "phase" conductors were spliced into separate 120V breakers in the service entrance.


Fred K6DGW
- Sparks NV DM09dn

- Northern California Contest Club
- CU in the Cal QSO Party 1-2 Oct 2016

On 9/20/2016 9:24 AM, Alan wrote:
I recently have been having extensive electrical renovation done on my
early 60s era house.  We found wires spliced in the middle of a wall (3
different places), wrong wire sizes, a dead bat in the main meter panel,
and my favorite:  a 220V circuit with each phase on a separate single
breaker, which weren't even the same amperage!  :=)

Alan N1AL

On 09/20/2016 08:43 AM, Ken G Kopp [KX3] wrote:

My house ... built mid-60's ... had "modern" 3-wire receptacles
throughout ... and was wired with single conductor "knob and tube"
wiring.  To add to the difficulty, the boxes were mounted halfway
between the studs on 1 x 3 boards.  Terrible rework required!

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