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Re: living room lights don't work!!

Original poster: "Harold Weiss" <hweiss-at-new.rr-dot-com> 

Hi John,

I recently had a problem with the main breaker in my box.  It wasn't
tripped, but stopped making contact and cut one leg.  Some rooms had power
and some didn't.  Cycling the breaker a few times seemed to fix it.  As the
breaker is 36 years old, I will be replacing it shortly, as I no longer
trust it.

David E Weiss

 > Original poster: Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-twfpowerelectronics-dot-com>
 > Hi John,
 > The breakers trip when the current gets too high.  Once in a great while,
 > connection along the wiring can blow open too due to high current.  It is
 > possible something shorted and instead of blowing the breaker, a
 > somewhere failed instead.
 > Tonight, I would flip the breaker "off" to be sure a bad connection does
 > not have power which might possibly start a fire.  Tomorrow, maybe an
 > electrical tester from the hardware store could find the blown
 > connection.  You start at the breaker and work forward.
 > If not, maybe just call an electrician to come find it.  Better to blow a
 > hundred bucks on a pro there than burn the house down.  In a way, it is a
 > good thing since a bad connection is far better "found out" before
 > something bad happens.
 > Cheers,
 >          Terry