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Old 01-23-2013, 07:09 PM   #16
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Wiring from the breaker panel is daisy chained from one receptacle to the next.

There was a loose or corroded connection at the receptacle that had the meltdown.

Loose connections offer resistance to electrical current. When electricity encounters resistance, heat is generated. The more amperes drawn the hotter it gets. You can get the meltdown that is pictured up above before enough amperes are drawn to trip the breaker.

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I didn't see the pictures earlier as you hadn't posted them.

There is VERY likely damage to the wiring at that receptacle which MAY require the walls to be opened up to repair. This is no insignificant event, the landlord MUST ACT NOW to repair this properly.
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Looks like the symptoms of a bad back stab gone bad.
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If I knew the address i would personally call 311 and get you out of there until it is fixed at your landlords expense...that looks really scary and is a fire waiting to happen...good luck....this coming from an electrician, who lives in calgary and also is a landlord
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Looks like the symptoms of a bad back stab gone bad.
I thought this too, but it has happened to more than one receptacle
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I thought this too, but it has happened to more than one receptacle
I see the meltage is on the neutral side. I wonder if you've got two hot legs sharing a neutral somehow?
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No telling what may be going on with the electrical system, except it's clearly
inadequate and the place should never have been put out to let. This is
typical slumlord stuff. For all we know, other tenants are plugging in their
electric heaters to this same circuit.
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It sucks because I really love this space..it's old, the architecture is funky and as an artist it doubles as my studio space...so it would be sweet if they could rewire all...
That melted receptacle looks like something Salvador Dali would have painted ...

at which Edvard Munch would have Screamed!
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AllenJ has it, nail on the head, if you want to deal with this on your own then get to panel shut down circuit, remove bad outlet if wires are long enough then cut and strip clean section and wire back to new but not cheap 29 cent outlet. then only use space heater that is not like a toaster. Slow heat oil filled first setting only 500watts.
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I thought this too, but it has happened to more than one receptacle
Ummm....more than one backstab.
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I see the meltage is on the neutral side. I wonder if you've got two hot legs sharing a neutral somehow?
For some reason this almost always does this on the neutral side, even on two-wire circuits.
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I'm not an electrician by any stretch, just an observation. Could this be a branch circuit and the two circuits be on the same phase????
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I thought this too, but it has happened to more than one receptacle
Probably because the same guy installed all the receptacles the same way using the back stabs on all of them.
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The lengths of wires are probably okay between the outlet boxes. But you would want to inspect the wires inside the box to find out how far towards the back of the box the insulation of each wire got melted.
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The lengths of wires are probably okay between the outlet boxes. But you would want to inspect the wires inside the box to find out how far towards the back of the box the insulation of each wire got melted.
He does not own the place and he is not an electrician...the landlord needs to deal with this

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