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Old 03-21-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Electrical lights problem


During a thunderstom Tuesday night I flipped off a light switch to the kitchen and at the same time the lights in the living room went out and we then checked the rest of the house and only have lights in some rooms. We have power to all our plug ins and all appliances work. We have checked the breaker boxes, nothing blown. Replaced a few light switch boxes and that did not help. Any suggestions?

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Check the voltage (hot to ground) at the circuit breakers.

Are you getting the full 120 volts at each?

Are you getting 240 volts from hot to hot at the big lugs at the top of the breaker box?

Where one incoming branch circuit cable has red and black wires going to two different breakers, do you get 240 volts between those two breaker screws?

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Yes you have an added measure of safety if you turn off you main breaker when there is a thunderstorm.

But hardly anyone does that because it is still handy to have power on for lights, etc. and also it is inconvenient to reset clocks, VCRs (DVRs), etc.

I can never get digital clocks reset right, typically it ends up 45 to 90 seconds fast or 45 to 90 seconds slow. While I have your attention, can you give me some hints on how to get them set more accurately?
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