last night the kitchen overhead light went out. so i
bought some new ones. 60 watts. replaced with a new one
and turned the overhead light back on. the light
when out again. aluminum wireing. bad word i know. just
a suggestion please. the bracker box is cool to the touch
there is nothing wrong with Aluminum wiring. It is what the power companies
use, for weight and cost. The only difference with AL wiring this the guy
that installs it. You should be trained to use it. I was many moons ago.
Check the connections in the box. Probably got hot and the wiring is
brittle. You may need to splice it with a short piece of wire to get the
wiring long enough to do you job. Tighten the connections in your breaker
box and do not worry. I have used AL for years and nothing has burned down.
That is all that was used in the late 60's and 70's when the price for
copper was over a dollar a pound.
Just remember not to splice copper into the aluminum. Always use aluminum
wiring if that's what you already have. The different metals expand and
contract at different rates and any connection between different metals will
loosen over time and probably short out. This is one of the big reasons
folks shy away from using aluminum.....many fires have been caused by those
shorts (hence the high number of fires in older trailer homes). It's good
stuff if you know what you are doing, but trouble if you don't.
The ideal thing to do would be to splice copper clad aluminum wire to
it, but finding some may not be easy.
As for the bulb problem. You need to test some stuff to determine the
problem. First, test the original bulb in a known to be working
socket. Then test the new one that went out. If either or both bulbs
are still good, you have a bad switch, bad fixture, or wiring or
breaker problem. If rhe bulbs are actually bad you just bought a bad
bulb.... replace it and get on with life. If another bulb burns out
within a few seconds, you atr getting 220 to that fixture due to a bad
neutral, If this is the case, call an rlectrician. If the light
flickers, suspect the switch first.
The other option is that your wife is tired of cooking and doing
dishes, and she hired someone to screw up the light so she can get out
of the kitchen. If the bedroom light also burns out suddenly, she
needs sex. Give it to her and the lights will mysteriously be fixed
the next day.
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thanks for the good ideals, i feel that repair is needed.
a splice was made in the attic by someone, to install a ceiling fan,
a fews years ago. a ideal i didn't like.
last summer the fan stop working. next the garage outlets stop working.
then the kitchen overhead light bubs problems, now the front outside
is acting up, i believe that the switch,
from my past telephome days, repair or wire replacement is needed.
finding the right person at the right price, may be the the real
problem. i most allways buy new when somethings brakes. fix is another
bad word around here. the house was build 73-74. where would be a
good place to start looking for repair?
I bought a pack of six Sylvania lamps once: one lasted a week, two went
"pop" as soon as the power was switched on.
On 02/11/04 07:19 pm Joseph Meehan put fingers to keyboard and launched
the following message into cyberspace:
Have you done a check of the voltage? Are the lamps showing up extra
bright? If not then I would suspect that you have a poor contact at the
base of the lamp. While that could be related to the aluminum wiring, it
could also just be a bad (burnt) contact or connection which is heating up
On Wed, 11 Feb 2004 21:44:36 -0500, Minnie Bannister
I hope you sued them. Thats a bucks worth of bulbs, and $3000 labor
to install them, ($1000 per bulb), and what about pain and suffering
from lack of lighting, and the injury you incurred when you tripped
over the dog, causing you $50,000 in medical bills, another $250,000
because of mental anguish, and another $12,000 for vet bills for the
dog, plus $20,000 for dog counseling to releive dog stress.
And dont forget the $3.00 worth of gas to go buy more bulbs, and the
costly car collision that you had on the way to the store that cost
you &17,500 for car repair, and another $80,000 for medical care, and
another $100,000 for more mental anguish. Of course, all this
hospitalization caused you to lose your job, and cost you 10 years
lost income, which amounts to $1,000,000.
Your total law suit is for ....... A whole lot, darn near one and one
half million dollars. I cant add it up, because my calculator dont go
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