Basic wiring stuff
OK, pretend you are a caveman unemployed recently from a prominent insurance company's ad campaign (I won't mention which insurance company but it rhymes with fico). Now you have an idea of how much of a grasp I have on wiring and electricity in general. Just enough, it turns out, to get me into trouble (probably).
I am having trouble with figuring out how the neutral wire works. If the current comes in on the black 'hot' wire, I thought it returns to the power company on the neutral? This is a/c, of course, so it will reverse directions 60 times a second, but if we isolate each movement of current separately at 1/60th of a second and freeze it, that looks like a circuit to me. But I also see that the ground is connected to the neutral circuit... so if the current comes 'in' on the hot but reverses direction all the time, that means half the time it is coming in on the neutral? but if the neutral is connected to ground, why wouldn't it simply short to ground half the time? Sorry for the retarded questions, there should be a baby question area for me
Also, for 220v, I took both the hots and put them into each side of the receptacle and didn't use the neutral.... so how is that current going back to the electric company? I know my welder works, but not how...