From what I've read here I assume you don't use residual currant devices much over there?
Originally Posted by SBKold
The more I learn about the power reticulation system used in the States, the more it horrifies me.
We joke about using the earth wire as a neutral return path over here but nobody would actually do it.
It sounds positively 19th century...
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In the US, the neutral is a grounded conductor, and the service neutral is bonded to an earth electrode for surges and lightning.
Originally Posted by Slatts
Earth can never be used in place of a neutral to the power transformer. Here, that neutral is a transformer secondary center tap, so that the full secondary voltage is 220v, and one end of the secondary referenced to the center tap is 120v, which is our basic residential voltage for lighting and small appliances. We send the two ends of that transformer secondary and the center tap neutral from the pole to the home. A two pole breaker provides 220v, and a single pole breaker referenced to the neutral gives 120 volts.
Does that help?
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