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Old 07-28-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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I had a really bad power surge about a month ago. it actually burned up a surge protector power strip. since then I have had the lights and power on one half of my house get really bright or dim way down. this happens pretty much daily. I called rec the local power coop and had them come over to check the equipment. they said one of the grounds on the meter was corroded and loose and that they had tightened and cleaned it. since then it has continued to happen. I thought maybe the cartridge fuse in the outside disconnect might be bad and replaced one of them that powered the part of the house with the problem and that seemed to stop it for a while. then we had another storm and it started doing the same thing again. any ideas? any direction to look? thanks

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Sure sounds like a loose neutral, if so it can burn up anything that's plugged in or hard wired on that circuit.
I've seen houses burn down because of this. The neutral becomes a hot wire.

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What is the best way to locate the loose neutral? any meter or gauge that I could use?
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You call your power company NOW. They are the first step in getting this fixed.
This is NOT a DIY thing.
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You call your power company NOW. They are the first step in getting this fixed.
This is NOT a DIY thing.
Frank......This 'could' be a DIY thing....if you understood how it all worked. Please understand that Speedy and the others are not doubting your abilities...but as one of the new guys here, I too have learned real quick to tell how much someone knows by how the question is asked.

While I'm not an sparky like Speedy and the others....I work with electricity every day....so I could DIY it.....and did.

I had a similar issue....what basically happened is that the transformer on the pole had an issue....when I turned on a high amp draw...one side went down in voltage and the other went up.

One question....does it happen house wide or is it just in one section of the house?

Unless you know how to safely measure the voltages....call a contractor.
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it just happens in one half of the house.
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You call your power company NOW. They are the first step in getting this fixed.
This is NOT a DIY thing.

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If this involves the main panel you will still need the power company involved.

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