I have had problems with power since maintenance guy changed the breaker I disconnected the neutral and ground in my main panel and disconnected the hot I am having trouble with

I still show the one hot to ground 122v and I show 110von the disconnected hot How is this possible with themain ground and neutral gone and I disconneced all neutrals

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    Just a silly question but why are you simply disconnecting things without knowing what you're doing or why you are doing it? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
    – jwh20
    Nov 19, 2020 at 23:03
  • Do you really mean that you disconnected the main ground, main neutral, and one of the main hots in the main panel, or are we misunderstanding?
    – Mark
    Nov 20, 2020 at 0:10
  • Also punctuation is critical "...maintenance guy changed the breaker. I disconnected..." is different from "...maintenance guy changed the breaker I disconnected...". Did he change a breaker then you disconnected it, or did he change a breaker that you had disconnected.
    – FreeMan
    Nov 20, 2020 at 16:31
  • Where are you showing 120v hot-to-ground? In the panel? At a switch or outlet? If it's at a fixture, it's possible that there's a MWBC which is providing power and points out why there are special rules about how they must be wired to be safe.
    – FreeMan
    Nov 20, 2020 at 16:32

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When wires are in close contact the live ones induce voltages on the ones that are not powered. We call this a phantom voltage The voltage is real but there is no potential or current.

There are volt meters that have low impedance and eliminate this phantom voltage, most pros don’t use low z meters because the low impedance makes for inaccurate readings and we usually want to see the real values our meters are showing because other issues can be hidden with low z meters.

To prove you don’t even need to have a complete circuit use your meter ac volts plug 1 probe into a receptacle on the hot (small slot) and hold the other probe and you will measure a few volts.

  • possible typo in first paragraph, last sentence
    – jsotola
    Nov 19, 2020 at 23:36

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