Low voltage shows with circuit off

Old 08-26-19, 10:08 AM
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Low voltage shows with circuit off

In a standard House in U.S.A. I've shut off circuit breaker at wall panel, however when I connect a good (Klein) multi-meter to black and neutral wires I see a low voltage of .426. (read as point four two six).

What does it indicate to get that low voltage reading when circuit is off?
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Take that reading as zero.
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Just to add to joed's reply. Yes.... that is considered 0 volts. When using a sensitive voltmeter you can pick up residual voltage induced from a near by live wire. You could see anywhere from what you've measured up to half the line voltage. If you put a small load on those two wires you would measure 0 volts. A small 120v light bulb makes a good load.
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As the others mentioned, consider it zero.
If you notice with your meter, you can wave the probes in the air and pick up some AC voltage.
On house hold wiring, I'd consider anything under 3VAC as 0.
The lines as they come into the box will pick up from other wires near by and if they are ran along with other powered wires, a bit more. I've seen some runs over the 3 wire per hole max which would generate as much as 5+ VAC.
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Thank you Joed, PJmax and Northern Mike for excellent and full input,

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