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Old 12-24-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Well, I think I really messed things up this time. I tried to replace the light fixture over my dining room table. Thought things were going nicely until I realized that there was some tension on the electrical cord that was weaved up through the extension chain hanging from the ceiling. My husband being the nice guy he is did something with a pair of pliars to fix the problem, but somehow touched the wire and must have pierced the cords rubber lining because we heard a loud pop something like a light bulb going out. Someone made the suggestion that we must have fried the wiring in the lamp so today I rewired the lamp and rehung it, but when we flipped the switch, nothing. What could we have done and how do we fix it. Thanks so much

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You have checked the breaker, right?

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Another wire could have melted
Any way of checking for voltage ?
You checked the breaker/fuse & reset/replaced?
Was it on at the time....did you check the bulbs ?
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You have checked the breaker, right?
I was thinking it might be something like that. I'm not sure how to check the breaker, might need to go and buy a tool for that?
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No, just open up the electrical panel and run your eyes and finger down the breaker switches, if one is "tripped" it will not be in line with the others (slightly off). Push it over to the opposite side of every other "on" breaker, then move it back to the "on" position....

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It's kind of like a "sideways" light switch, there will be a bunch of them in the panel, each for a different circuit.

Unless your house is fairly old (knob and tube wiring)...then dave better have a solution...I'm a carpenter.
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Oh yes yes...I did check to see if a breaker was tripped..I was thinking that you meant that I ruined the breaker. I don't have a way to check the voltage on the wires that thought did cross my mind..maybe I should start there ..if there is no electricity could I have ruined the wires from the lamp to the breaker box?
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dave!!!!! I'd be more hindrance than help at this point...got any judges paneling questions?

Good luck with it. I hope someone with more electrical knowledge is about. Merry Christmas.

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Thanks Jay for trying to help I appreciate it..Merry Christmas !!
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Just make sure that as Jay said one breaker is not slightly out of line
Some are tripped - but they do not look like they are tripped

I do not know of any way to check a breaker to see if it is defective
I have spare breakers that I could use to test
But haven't had to at this point

The wire hanging down you replaced
Did you check the wires up in the canopy ?
That would be where the other connection wires are
Since you replaced the wire going down then I assume you were in the canopy to make the connections

Also - put good light bulbs in
They might have blown when the wires shorted
Or check the light bulbs one by one in another known working light
Other possibility, the sockets were messed up when the wire shorted

Is it a single light bulb fixture, 2 ...3 ...4 or more?
If multiples then there is additional wiring inside the fixture where all the wires to the lights tie together

So a number of things to check
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Well thanks so much for your time especially on Christmas Eve. I'll tackle this again the day after Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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yeah, have some eggnog and light some Christmas candles

you may want to make sure the breaker for that light fixture is turned "off" just for safety's sake.

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