Canada, 120v 60hz
I have two ceiling lights in my family room. Panel supply is in the ceiling to RIGHT LIGHT, with a runner down to the switch. There's a 14/3 wire running to the other, LEFT LIGHT, and the box is also used as a junction to run power further down the chain.
I recently took down the brick facade on my fireplace, and found, embedded in the concrete, a junction box used to splice wires down to another wall outlet. As I was going to re-bury it, I needed to disconnect these wires. (and run power up from the basement to that outlet).
I followed protocol and flipped the breaker and made sure the lights were off. While I was removing the fixture (LEFT LIGHT) to disconnect the offending circuit, I received a mild shock. I pulled out my tester, and found 120v from white to ground, even though the circuit was off.
Feeling that that famous electrician, Some Genius, had once again been set loose in my house, I decided that it was time to call in a professional.
He arrived the next day and found no voltage on the white wire.
I"m wondering why I found the voltage, and he didn't. Is it possible that CFLs act as a capacitor and can energize a wire for a period of time?