I need the input from you electro-wizards. I'm in the Philippines, the power is 220v, 60Hz. In most places there is an absence of a ground line.
Lots of people in our area have issues of getting "zapped & bitten" when touching metal parts of table lamps, etc., and even resting on the palmrest of my (aluminum cased) laptop I get the occasional "bite"
To me it is bizarre, but if I connect ONLY the + lead of the voltage tester to the live line I get a power reading , usually between 40 - 60 volts.
I am at loss as to why I get a voltage reading when I connect only to the live line. If I test between the line and neutral I get the expect 230v.
We've ordered up a ground rod and will be driving this in next week to ground the neutral line and another one will be driven into the ground to act as a true electrical ground.
It isn't causing any great problems (yet), but I am trying to figure best how to resolve these issues.