The Hills Are Alive

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

A while back I was doing an inspection and I needed my electric tester to determine if an exposed wire, beside a building, was energized or not. I had recently replaced my "tick" tester as we inspectors call them. I was not happy when I took it out, turned it on, and it immediately started beeping and lights were flashing when I was standing in the parking lot of the building I was inspecting.

I figured I had wasted my money on that one. Then I took out another one just like it. Imagine my surprise when it, too, started going wild.  Now that was odd. I do not use the wimpy testers from home stores. I use testers that do not even beep until you are looking at 90 volts.

Suddenly the light in my head clicked on. I realized that I was inspecting near high tension lines.  It makes sense, thinking about it, but I had never taken into account how intense the electromotive force is around such power lines.

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Rainmaker
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Susan Neal
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks

That's pretty scary!  and yet people keep being told that it is not dangerous to live next to those towers.  Hmmmmm ...

March 09, 2011 08:36 PM
Rainmaker
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Conrad Allen
Webster, Ma, Realtor
Re/Max Professional Associates

Hi Steve - What are these electromotive forces doing to us?

March 09, 2011 08:43 PM
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Adam Malachi
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Great post! Excellent consumer's information's!

Thank you very much for sharing Steve!

Adam

March 09, 2011 09:20 PM
Rainmaker
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Steve,

Great example of stray energy. Now do it in a lighting storm ;)

March 09, 2011 10:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Don,

I was doing it in the road, so to speak.

March 09, 2011 11:20 PM
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Howdy and evening to you Steve

Steve,
A guy I was hunting with one time was standing near some high tension lines, and the lines made his hair stand straight up.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

March 09, 2011 11:41 PM
Rainmaker
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Tony Orefice
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC
Wilkinson and Associates/www.TonyOreficeRealtor.com

Hey Steve,

make sure to check that you don't have a third eye growing or anything like that!  lol

March 10, 2011 07:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

And yet there is still the debate as to whether those lines generate any power field around them!

March 10, 2011 07:08 AM
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Robert Butler
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
Aspect Inspection

The power level increases exponentially as you get closer, so anti-climbing notices are usually plastered all over the towers. It is an induced magnetic field that is showing up on the testers, that's what they use to measure the presence of voltage in proximate wiring. If you had a metering device that sowed you the levels it would be informative to watch the readings drop as you pace away from the lines. It drops fast.

March 10, 2011 11:54 AM
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Praful Thakkar
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
Keller Williams Realty

Steve, you may have an idea about High Voltage lines and it's impact on home-owners who live withing 150 feet of the lines....Can you share your expertise on that? Thanks.

And I am sure not many home inspectors go THAT level - to inspect a home...

March 10, 2011 01:22 PM
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

Did the bulb in your flashlight light up too :) There's a lot of big toweres near where your standing.

March 10, 2011 09:02 PM
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC
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Steve,

Next you need a Tesla Coil to have some real fun!

March 10, 2011 10:21 PM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Praful,

That is all such controversial stuff that you are better off doing a google search. No question about it though, there are invisible forces out there.

March 12, 2011 10:57 AM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Jay,

Nutsy says that in your case it is all in your head

March 12, 2011 10:58 AM
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