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Old 12-12-2012, 11:23 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any advice for me? Wife plugged in a bad power cord last night, causing the breaker for the room to trip. Reset the breaker, but ever since, we have had lights in the entire house periodically flickering. Power dips bigger when microwave is started or heat kicks on. Power company came out and found nothing wrong outside. We replaced the tripped breaker today and that didn't solve it either.

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Old 12-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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Loose connection somewhere. I'd start with the receptacle you were plugging the bad cord into.

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We already examined the outlet. What would be the next step?

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We already examined the outlet. What would be the next step?
Did you check few other receptales if not that is the good time to check it out once you verifed that you have good soild connection then check the panel box Warning There will be two conductors that will be alive all the time unless you have main breaker outside.

If you feel not too confortable with it then it will be wise to call in Electrician to assit you on the troubleshooting on this one.

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but ever since, we have had lights in the entire house periodically flickering.
If it is effecting the entire house, this means it is not just
the recepticule, but further back,
in the panel probably
or even a poco problem.
Are you sure it is effecting all of the house ?
Or just large area's of it ?
Please be precise !
It is important.
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Yes, it is the entire house.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:14 AM   #7
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If the entire house is affected, the problem is either a power company issue in or ahead of the meter or in your main panel.

Power companies have crews to check this 24/7 and many will check their connections for free. Call them now before you start frying your equipment. If they don't find anything, then it is time to call an electrician to check your panel.
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sounds like a bad main breaker
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The flickering went away for about 3 days and then I blew a light bulb in a lamp last night, which was in a socket adjacent on the wall to the one where the original breaker-tripping happened, and the flickering has been back ever since. Seems very random.
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This type problum can fry anything that's plug in and can cause a fire.
Did you call the power company or at least an electrition as suggested?
This is nothing to put off and just hope it gets better.
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Power company has been slow in responding - said they didn't have any recorders available and only today installed one on our power box.

Also have noticed that the flickering tends to get much worse right around 12:30 - 1 AM. Then I usually go to bed - so i don't know what it does overnight.
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Ah, the old flickering light issue again...The first thing to do is tighten the neutral lug in your panel and neutral bar. If those seem to be tight, antioxidant on your main neutral connection should do the trick. Did the power company check the neutral connection at the service and the pole?

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