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The Case of the Defective Neutral

Routine residential call regarding lost TV service prompts electrician to diagnose problems with the open neutral conductor, saving the homeowner from future shock and fire hazards.

Based on my observations over the past 25-plus years working in the electrical trade, I’ve come to realize that sometimes the neutral conductor is treated as the Rodney Dangerfield of the electrical system — it simply “gets no respect.”

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