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Old 03-30-2013, 09:32 AM   #16
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I had this happen in my last house. Went on for years, went through light bulbs like nobody's business. No one could find anything wrong. I hired an electrian at a later date to install an outside light and he told me that my home was like a large box of flowing electricity. I believe it had to do with an outside ground or panel ground. Very very dangerous. Get an explanation, some electricians are to lazy or just don't know. Ask questions on the phone before they come out to make sure they know what they are doing. It took about 5 electricians before one found it.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:00 AM   #17
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Unless someone was using your power to your house it would have no effect on your lights at a differant location.
That is incorrect.

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Unless someone was using your power to your house it would have no effect on your lights at a differant location.
NOT correct .... usually there are 3-8 houses that share the same transformer on the pole or on the ground ....SO it could effect you ...
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NOT correct .... usually there are 3-8 houses that share the same transformer on the pole or on the ground ....SO it could effect you ...
This is interesting. I first noticed this phenomenon a week ago on Sunday. I checked again every day this past week and it seemed like it was gone. Today however, (Sunday again) I noticed that the lights are dimming again. If other homes close to mine have an effect on my power, it could conceivably be a neighbor doing something on Sunday that requires a lot of power. Is this correct?

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CORRECT .. that "COULD" be an answer ....

do you have a hot tub or anything?
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LOL any of your nieghbors do and welding .....
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CORRECT .. that "COULD" be an answer ....

do you have a hot tub or anything?
Actually I do have a hot tub in the back yard. Had it for over five years now and never noticed this problem before.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:35 PM   #23
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Could simply be an undersized transformer, sometimes people add loads and the POCO is never notified about these changes, or the POCO themselves overload a transformer...
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Update:

Well, I had the power company come out and this guy seemed pretty sharp. He changed out the power connection to the house (those cartridge things at the end of the wires, whatever they are called) and when I told him that the lights continued to flicker, he went up on the pole in the alley and said he put us directly on their power to see if the problem resolved. It did not. He said that he did everything he could and their end is fine, so since it is affecting the lights on multiple circuits it is a bad main breaker that needs to be replaced. He said it is not dangerous but needs to be changed as soon as possible. I will get on that right away. I assume that the power needs to be shut down in order to change out the breaker so I'll need an electrician as this is not something that I should do on my own. Is this correct? Thanks again for the responses.
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Final update.

Just wanted to let everyone know what the outcome was. Apparently there was nothing wrong with the main breaker in the house. The problem was a dying freezer. The unit finally gave out and we ended up losing a couple hundred dollars worth of frozen food. I believe the compressor was cycling on and off and that was causing the lights to dim. Ended up throwing out the old freezer and getting a new one. Problem solved and no more dimming lights.

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