Once again I can't find my original post, so I will start a new one.
To refresh, a couple days before Christmas our lights flickered, then
went off for a couple minutes, then completely. It seems like the
things that are off are the same things that go off when a fuse blows,
but it doesn't seem to be a fuse.
Thank you all for all your advice and information. This has proven to
be just beyond me though, and although my husband has more electrical
knowledge than I do, he is too ill to help much.
I have called 3 electricians to come over and give estimates, in the
hopes that one of them would come up with something we might be able to
afford. One took the time to check out the fuse box and says he feels
the problem is not in the box. He also changed my husband's
jumper-clipped fuse holder to a light socket with a fuse screwed in to
it, which I am sure is much safer. The first two said that if they
can't find and fix the problem easily, they would need to change the
fuse box to a circuit breaker panel because though they could bypass
the break there would be no room to put the new wire. What my husband
wonders is why couldn't they put in the new wire where the old wire
was, and are they just saying that as an excuse to put in a new box.
Apparently to follow code, putting in a new box would entail moving the
meter and a whole bunch of other expensive stuff.
The man yesterday said something about breaking apart the dryer fuse
circuit (I hope you can understand what I mean because I didn't
understand clearly what he was talking about) and putting a smaller box
to the side of the main one. I don't know why he would do this, if he
is also indicating that he would need more room, or just in case we
needed room for something in the future. He said that way City Light
couldn't make us move the meter. I wonder if you could tell me if
this would be a viable alternative or even necessary. If it would, I
guess I would somehow have to find out if it meets code, as I
wouldn't want to throw money away on work that would need to be
One electrician said that the first thing to do would be to check all
the outlets. Another one said our knob and tube wiring doesn't work
that way. The one who talked about breaking out the dryer fuse and
putting a smaller box to the side wanted to troubleshoot and said that
he was really good and that if he didn't find the trouble in two
hours we should kick his butt out and whatnot, and I almost agreed but
my husband mustered up all his strength to keep him from it. He was
going to start by looking in all the outlets but my husband says he
thinks that would have been a waste of time, that the break has to be
closer to the fuse box because of all the things that aren't working
Meanwhile my husband's friend rewired his own house 30 years ago and he
keeps trying to get me to read a book and rewire ours myself. Ha!
Anyway, it's been almost a month since we lost partial power and
I'm really wearing down here and at a loss.
If any of you can help me with my many questions, it would be much
Thank you so much!