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Hello,

In one of the rooms (in 4 bedroom house), when an AM radio is held a couple of feet from the outlets, it detects a lot of static (electric field?).

That only happens in that room and nowhere else in the house. Any idea why it's doing that?

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Ginny
 

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On the back of the radio is a statement, referring to Part 18 of the FCC rules.

You've got something in that area producing a lot of RF.
 

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Its actually because all the AM radio stations went offline a long time ago.
 

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besides being good for detecting EMF, AM radios are (unfortunately) also good at picking up AM band signals (duh), which means that it is up to you to determine
a) is it a wiring issue
b) is it a case that you have simply located a good antenna or point of view to relative to the source of the signal that provides greater signal or signal focusing

you need to do a polar (spherical) sweep at set distances from the alleged source, orienting the antenna at 90 degrees in the x, y, and z planes, plotting the signal strength at set distances of double, quadruple, etc. and post the results so that we can help you with an answer, Cletis
 
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Thank you for everybody's reply.

The signal seems to nicely follow the wires from the outlet to the ceiling. Two of the outlets are like that in that room. The signal is pretty strong, even 2-3 feet from the wall.

How do I find a good electrician in Sacramento, CA? Any recommendations?

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Call a guy name Kessler. He might show up with a bunch of rabbits, but just ignore them. Also, there'a a person name YRman that sometimes is a man, and other times is a lady, who might be able to help.
 
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Ginny came up with a possible idea, can a AM radio be used to find wiring underneath a finished wall?
 
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480sparky said:
I wonder why there's always a certain crowd that just wants to razz the new people all the time with useless responses. :whistling2:
That doesn't even warrant a response. Troll
 

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Ginny came up with a possible idea, can a AM radio be used to find wiring underneath a finished wall?
definitely, but you need a signal. So a decent load will do, or superimposing another signal even better (essentially what many of the locaters do)
 

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I wonder why there's always a certain crowd that just wants to razz the new people all the time with useless responses. :whistling2:
when the "newcomer" is Cletis, is it really razzing ?
 

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oops doubleclick
 

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Ginny,
You are likely to get this thread locked, this forum is not for homeowners it is for professional electricians so once the Admins get around to it, they will close this thread. But you will need to find a decent electrician who knows how to troubleshoot bad connections, which is likely your issue. How to find that person? No way to know. Were it me, I would go to an electrical wholesale house near you and ask the counter sales people for a recommendation. They usually know who are the clowns and who are the pros. Platt Electric supply in Sac is a good resource for you because they deal primarily in residential electrical supplies to contractors.

Good luck.
 
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