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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby Barnyard » Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:34 am

Electrician opened every receptacle and swith on the circuit and checked for tightness. He found one loose wire. I could have found it myself, but I'm glad I let a pro handle it in case there were other problems. It only set me back $50.00

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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby Rick Spivey » Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:18 pm

That was a fire waiting to happen. So glad you kept after it and found the cause.
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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby tst » Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:05 pm

glad you found it, good thing I was in my shop a year back, smelled plastic burning looked around and the panel was smoking, bad breaker burned up, good thing I was there to yank it out when it happened or the shop would have been toast, had to put in a new panel from the burned breaker

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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby Lt.Mike » Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:46 pm

That’s a smoking gun!
Rick’s 100% right, that was inches away from being a house fire !
Awhile back I bought a contractors box of receptacles and replaced them as I repainted rooms in my house (built in the 70’s).
I found ones that were broken but none burnt.
That’s scary stuff.
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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:42 pm

You have to be especially vigilant for loose wires if you have aluminum wiring. It was used during the mid 70’s in many parts of the country.
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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby Bob McCarty » Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:52 pm

I'm surprised the insulation was stripped back that far from the screws.
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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby Jeff Silvey » Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:53 am

I agree with Rick. Glad you got it fixed.


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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby Steve Butram » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:20 am

In my Business we call that Arc Heating. A common cause of household Fires.
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Re: Porch lights flicker

Postby BigBill » Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:12 pm

I found one problem were someone over tightened the wire on the box and it split. Not a good solid connection. It was on the transformer to the furnace, sometimes the furnace never came on. The PO had cracked pipes and never figured out why. I’m heating with wood so the problem didn’t show up right away. The house has all those bel ray castiron radiators.
Most are brand new.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.


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