I hope someone can help me with this weird situation.
Recently Ive started having problems with the wall switches in my basement.
All of a sudden they've stopped working. On the dual switch circuit, if I
jiggle the switches it sometimes it works and sometimes doesn't. On the
single switch circuit, I unwired the switch and connected the wires directly
and it all worked fine. This has happened on two different basement circuits
This summer our area has been hit by a lot of short power outtages. Im
thinking that this may have something to do with it. But Im unsure b/c so
far it seems limited to the basement area of the house.
Anyone have any thoughts? I would appreciate any advice. Hopefully I wont
have to keep buying and replacing switches indefinitely.
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I just finished replacing the single switch and now that seems to work
perfectly. Ill tackle the other 2 switches later this week. Just wanted to
make sure that this wasnt a sign of some faulty and potentially dangerous
wiring problem in my house.
Well, it is. But luckily, it appears to be all switch related. Buy a
box of commercial grade switches, replace all of them and don't use
the backstab method. Might want to check the outlets as well, if they
were wired at the same time with the same grade materials.
<< I unwired the switch and connected the wires directly
and it all worked fine >>
If you have back-wired bargain class switches, simply replace the lot for
safety's sake. Newer (pricier) back stabbers are supposed to be better at
clampng the wires. If you have aluminum wiring (rare these days) plan for a
copper upgrade. Good luck.
In alt.home.repair on Sun, 24 Aug 2003 15:37:00 GMT jim
I'm glad you're all right. I don't think an expensive welder would
have used any less electricity than a cheap one. At any rate it
didn't use any more than the circuit breaker allowed. If loose screws
were the problem, maybe they need to be tightened more, or maybe a
better quality receptacle needs to be used.
Bad connections will cause heat. This could include wires attached to
the receptacle with loose screws, loose clips that grip the prongs
inside the receptacle, and even a bad connection inside the plug of
Enough heat and you can start a fire. In 1980, I had an 1100 watt
heater plugged in the receptacle from 1930. I woke up to look at the
wall and see flames about an inch and a half high from the plug,
burning the hard rubber plug. I pulled out the cord and hit the plug
on the floor a couple times until the flame went out.
Check early, before everything is hot, and you can tell if the plug is
getting hot first or the receptacle
Good connections remain cold. If one of the posts on your car battery
is hot and the other cold, it doesn't mean the first one is working
and the second is dead. It means the first has a bad connection
between the post and the battery cable.
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