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    hello fellow members: Need some help here ASAP.. I live in an apartment with my wife and son and her brother lives upstairs from us. Our electric has been going crazy from 97.2 to over 156 volts. I am very good with Electric [school etc] but I cannot find the problem on why it spikes or drops so low. This is a major issue since I have burned my power supply on my computer, blew out our inversol etc. when the electric drops, of course our components will not function properly such as our TV and or A.C unit. and when it spikes, look out!! we start to unplug things since we blew out the power cord for our rice cooker today. The landlord could give a rats ass about any of this, but being from the states, I know all to well what would happen to this dude if we were there, but we are not!! I have had 3-4 so called electricians to my home already, and believe me, I know much more than they. I have purchased a meter to find the issue myself and again--nothing!! Not sure if its a grounding issue or my wife's brother is attached to us as well since his inversol beeps when we drop and he is having the same problems as we are. Also, our electric bill is 2-3 times more than the others that live next or close to us. Our bill comes in at 2,200 per month while her brother comes in at about 500-600 per month, not too mention the others that are in the same 500-600 range.

    I need a good electrician, please, please help us! We live in the capital being Quequia close to nunez and 27, so anyone that know a great Electrician, please contact me through PM or just post here on this thread...

    Thank you so much!!! Joe

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    I don't know if an electrician can help!

    These spikes come from Edennorte. Our whole complex was fried last week, computers , TV's, cable boxes and refridgerators.

    Edennorte came the past two days installed all new wiring with a new box and meter and tonight the spikes continue.

    This is getting old!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike l View Post
    I don't know if an electrician can help!

    These spikes come from Edennorte. Our whole complex was fried last week, computers , TV's, cable boxes and refridgerators.

    Edennorte came the past two days installed all new wiring with a new box and meter and tonight the spikes continue.

    This is getting old!
    Thanks Mike, but we have 5 apartments all behind the main house on the same property. Its only our apartment and my wife's brother is having this issue as well. we did have the electric company come here to check our meter and wiring, and all is well as per their visit. they told us it's within our apartment, but I hear ya about these spike issues. I think its worse when it goes below the norm of 110-115, since our electronics and appliances start to fart out--I'm getting ready to move out of here because of this. making us nuts with worry. thanks for your reply! Joe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joerusso View Post
    Thanks Mike, but we have 5 apartments all behind the main house on the same property. Its only our apartment and my wife's brother is having this issue as well. we did have the electric company come here to check our meter and wiring, and all is well as per their visit. they told us it's within our apartment, but I hear ya about these spike issues. I think its worse when it goes below the norm of 110-115, since our electronics and appliances start to fart out--I'm getting ready to move out of here because of this. making us nuts with worry. thanks for your reply! Joe.

    it may be a short circuit (corto circuito)... in that case a good electrician can help, but he may need to re-do the wiring.

    Are you prepared to spend the money for hundreds of feet of replacement wiring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubio_higuey View Post
    it may be a short circuit (corto circuito)... in that case a good electrician can help, but he may need to re-do the wiring.

    Are you prepared to spend the money for hundreds of feet of replacement wiring?
    I was thinking the same thing and yes!! I plan to take out any funds needed to fix this issue from my rent. I paid for so many repairs over the past 2 months, the buck is going to stop here This landlord is a low life! I had to pay for my pump to be fixed last week at a whopping 3,500 and get this, its his pump too!!! he shares our water and when it stopped working, we had no water for over 2 weeks. He refused to do anything about it, so I paid. I can assure you, I don't care what it takes to fix this, he is not getting any rent until its fixed. I'm just waiting for somebody to post a good electrician now--hahaha thanks again. Joe

    P.S from the testing that I have done, the issue is between my bathroom where the main feed comes into the house and through 2 bedrooms. My bedroom lights will falsh on and off like a disco light when the wall switch is off, so its either a grounding issue or just a semi short which is real hard to find. I need that special volt meter that can sense voltage through a wall,the kind that beeps just like a stud finder, but all I have is a regular meter. This is why I need a good electrician, I'm sure he would have all the correct tools in his arsenal.
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    Do you have surge suppressors installed on any of your electronic equipment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike l View Post
    .........These spikes come from Edennorte........
    I would have to agree with you.

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    Unless the poster happens to be served by Edesur...

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    OP, are you able to get a voltage reading from HOT to Ground (not neutral).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbird View Post
    OP, are you able to get a voltage reading from HOT to Ground (not neutral).
    yes! There is voltage at the ground wire, therefore evidence of a short via the ground wire. I have searched all outlets, fixtures etc...Just can't pinpoint where its shorted. I spiked today real bad while my wife was washing clothes. Thank God i have my machine on a breaker--POP! I checked the outlet and it was at 170!!! WTH!! so between the sort and the possible spikes from the electric company, we need a real good electrician. I appreciate all of this feed back, but does anyone know of a good person for this job? please help! We are very concerned here and if you are married..than you know that my wife is driving me nuts especially when she knows I know about this stuff--yea yea yea!!--lol thanks again!

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