I got a metal hole in the wall where there are 4 wires. There is a
red, white and black. Then there is a wire that is an error because
they forgot to put the colored plastic stuff on it. When I bought
this house there was no light in the bathroom. I have lived with this
for 11 years but decided its time to fix this. I wont use that error
wire because its defective but the other 3 are confusing. When I hook
the red to the black the lights go out in the bedrooms. If I hook the
red to white nothing happens and when I hooked the black to the white
there were lots of sparks, my finger got burned, and the whole house
went dark. I had to go in the basement and change that thing they
call a fuse. There was a 30 on the old one so the guy at the dollar
store told me to get a 30 bolt one. I asked him why they call it 30
bolts and he said its because it takes 30 bolts to fasten the wires
and keep them from wiggling on the electric pole. That makes sense.
Anyhow, I replaced that fuse. I wonder why they are called fuses?
They dont look like the fuse on fireworks. But when I replaced it,
the lights in the house work again, but still not the bathroom light.
I bet the problem is that defective error wire and it needs to be
changed. I dont know how to do that. I thought about cutting it off
and putting a piece of some other color wire on the end of it, but
what color should I use, and how many bolts do I need to hook them
together so they dont wiggle? What should I do to fix this mess?
You've got to be kidding !
Call an electrician - quickly.
what you have sounds like a 220v circuit with a ground wire (the one
with no plastic)
Fuses were called fusible links , cause they melted (fused) under too
but burn ointment on your finger .
Now tell me; Is a wire a piece of metal with plastic around it or is it
really a plastic straw filled with metal?
I say the chicken came first.
Did you know they construct the electrical towers using Kilo-Bolts. You
don't wanna touch those.
WOW, such deep thinking is disrupting my chain of consciousness. Oh
wait, it's not a chain, it's a plastic coated aviation cable......
Since this is about wire, it's obvious that Chicken wire came
And if you do, the wires in your head will wiggle forever after.
Wiggling wires are the worst. They disrupt sleep patterns and
eventually lead to drain failure which is referred to in the industry
as Drain Bamage.
Uh Oh, I better shut off this computer. I noticed the wires are
wiggling in my power supply. Time for more bolts...........
Your white and black are the power and the red either is switchable
from a switch in the vicinity or should be capped, stowed, and ignored
unless you want to hire an electrician.
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