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House wiring question #7230482
03/30/21 12:09 AM
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Have few bad outlets that no power an never use,just watch TV, dish box an tv just went out like no power, try different outlet an works, plug into outlet it was in an see blue Sparks come out , anyone know that is? Nothing l
Plug into it now, dangerous leave an not fix ? Or just outlet with no power ?

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230484
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More than likely that outlet is shorted. I'd change it. As it would be a fire hazard.

Re: House wiring question [Re: cwtrapper] #7230485
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It could start fire even with nothing plug in ? Very much chance ?

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Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230486
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Originally Posted by coonman220
It could start fire even with nothing plug in ? Very much chance ?


less chance with nothing plugged in

but not no chance.

replacing the outlets is a good idea


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Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230489
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Sounds like the plugins are bad , Change them all out on that line !

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230492
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Originally Posted by coonman220
Have few bad outlets that no power an never use,just watch TV, dish box an tv just went out like no power, try different outlet an works, plug into outlet it was in an see blue Sparks come out , anyone know that is? Nothing l
Plug into it now, dangerous leave an not fix ? Or just outlet with no power ?


Ya, get that fixed. You got a loose wire or a loose connection in there somewhere. Don't know how old your house is but there was a time that residential electricians liked to use the stab lock connection instead of the terminal screws on the device to land the romex wire. It was a speed thing, quick to install like that. They've pretty much got away from that anymore. That use to be a lot of residential service calls, fixing stab locks. Receptacles feed in out from one to another so if you have one bad, the others downstream from it will be bad also. If you do it yourself, be sure the circuit is dead before you play with it. Pay attention to what terminals the white and black wire came from. White wire go to silver colored screws and black wire go to brass colored screws.

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Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230764
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The first thing that you should do is make sure that the insurance is paid up.

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230769
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If an appliance or something is turned on when you plug it in a spark will come out of the outlet. If the plug shorted out and didn't throw the breaker or blow a fuse then you have bigger problems.

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230793
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Saw this in a mobile home at deer camp. Tightened the connections and it was fixed. May have been aluminum wiring.

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230799
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Make sure your smoke detectors are updated with good batteries and your homeowner's insurance is paid up. Replacing outlets is easy and cheap but bad wiring not so much.

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230805
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Have several other outlets an more than 3 bad lite switches not use, should have electrician out come up, wonder what charge

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230815
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Well If you do It yourself make sure you pull the main breaker before doing any work.


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Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230823
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If you know what breaker runs the bad outlets turn it off even if your not going to swap the outlets out.

Re: House wiring question [Re: The Beav] #7230825
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Originally Posted by The Beav
Well If you do It yourself make sure you pull the main breaker before doing any work.

And live stream it. Please

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230864
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If you ever take advise, take it now. Don't screw around with bad house wiring/fixtures!

If you can't replace them yourself, have someone do it for you but get'r done asap.

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7230887
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This isn't something to put off fixing. In fact, I really surprised you even had to ask about it. Just be careful if you try to do the work yourself.


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Re: House wiring question [Re: wetdog] #7230898
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Originally Posted by The Beav
Well If you do It yourself make sure you pull the main breaker before doing any work.

And live stream it. Please

Hahahaaaaaaa


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Re: House wiring question [Re: hippie] #7230902
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Originally Posted by hippie
If you ever take advise, take it now. Don't screw around with bad house wiring/fixtures!

If you can't replace them yourself, have someone do it for you but get'r done asap.

X100

Re: House wiring question [Re: Bigbrownie] #7230950
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I didn't get the jist of what you said, think you plugged your tv plug into a receptacle and a big spark came out. If several plugs and switches have no power then you likely tripped the breaker. Have a whole dead circuit Go to your breaker panel and see if one of the breaker handles is in a different position, you will have to reset the breaker before turning it on , just switch it several times. Also the plug that you used to test with when it arked in the receptacle .could be defective, bad cord. Try to liven circuit back up, get a lamp or something that you know , is working , use it to test the plugs. Likely something simple, now you got to find it. Spent my whole working life trouble shooting hydro.old243

Re: House wiring question [Re: coonman220] #7231223
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Doesn’t matter what it costs...get 3 bids and get it fixed. You obviously are not an electrician. Dead is dead.


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