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Old 12-06-2009, 10:53 PM   #1
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hi guys,
i have a problem where everything powered off a single circuit is flickering, including the lights and plugins. I checked the main junction box on the circuit and everything seems tight. I also checked the connections at the breaker box and the connections are fine. Its all copper wiring. I was wondering, the breaker on the line has tripped many times over the years, is it possible that this breaker is going bad, causing the power to flicker? or when a breaker goes bad just it just trip easily? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated


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Old 12-07-2009, 12:39 AM   #2
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can you swap the circuit to another breaker to see if the problem persists after doing so? If it does not, then a loose connection in the circuit - likely at an outlet.

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would a loose connection on an outlet make everything on the circuit flicker?
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:30 AM   #4
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Yes, as power would be going off/on as connection was made/lost
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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ok, I just thought it the power at that outlet would flicker, now the entire circuit. This is going to be a hard one to locate then, because there are about 6 outlets on the circuit. I don't have another breaker free that I can test it with right now. I just figured there may be a good chance it was the breaker as it tripped a couple of days ago then this problem started.
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i'd start with the outlet closest to the box first, since you say all the rest flicker as well.
it's likely a backstabbed 'spring-grip' outlet. lol
they're notorious for this. if so, use the screw mounts or swap out for better outlets.

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Is it a reg breaker or an arc-fault breaker?
Seem like a loose connection
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It is customary for the circuit's cables (and therefore the power) to be daisy chained from one outlet box to the next, so say if the problem were in the second outlet box, then the first will behave OK and all the rest could flicker.

With the whole circuit affected, the problem would be in the first outlet box or down at the panel, or, heaven forbid, rats chewed the cable in the wall.

With that breaker flipped off, also unsnap it from the panel and inspect the contact underneath for discoloration that could indicate a loose connection down there.
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I would also feel the breaker to see if it is warmer to the touch than the others in panel. If it is the breaker going bad it would more than likely be abit warm.

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