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pag 05-05-2009 01:47 PM

please discuss my problem outlets in house go off
when i turn something on-or by them selves i can t really afford a pro right now i am praying for advice

pag 05-05-2009 01:59 PM

would appriciate any thoughts on this as i am hoping for a solution i located a main breaker but i dont want to mess with live current

220/221 05-05-2009 02:09 PM


i am praying for advice

Well, THAT aint gonna help.

"outlets in house go off when i turn something on-or by them selves" is not enough info to help.

You need to be specific with your "prayers". Avoid the 20 questions game and be more specific. It is very likely that you WILL need to call someone to fix your problems.

About the only things you can do are:

1. Call the power company. They will come out for free and there is a chance that it is their problem.

2. Turn all breakers off and on again. This probably won't help your issues.

drtbk4ever 05-05-2009 02:09 PM

sorry Pag,

But I don't really understand your question. Are you saying that when you turn something on, everything plugged into your outlets turns off?

What are you turning on? Is this in one room or the whole house?

InPhase277 05-05-2009 02:09 PM


Originally Posted by pag (Post 269882)
would appriciate any thoughts on this as i am hoping for a solution i located a main breaker but i dont want to mess with live current

You need to be patient. Alot of folks are at work, and so you won't get alot of attention til everyone gets home. Please don't double post.

It sounds like your problem is a loose service neutral. The first people to call is the power company, because they don't charge for checking the line. If the problem is on their end, they will fix it. If it turns out to be in your house, you will need to call an electrician or tell us what your electrical experience is. Some DIYs with good mechanical skills could solve this problem with proper direction. Others are better off calling a pro.

pag 05-05-2009 02:10 PM

lights stay on- used to be breakers would go off now- just no power to every where except kitchen -stays on if you turn on oven-220- outlets begin to work until they shut down

pag 05-05-2009 02:15 PM

thanks 227
i would like to know where to look for loose service neutal -behind outlets in panel the main power on the outside?

220/221 05-05-2009 02:15 PM

See other post.

One "leg" is out.

Reset main and/or call power company

pag 05-05-2009 02:19 PM

thanks 220/221
do you mean the thick silver cable on the outside box or ? leg -one lead -right ? is that the outside?

InPhase277 05-05-2009 02:40 PM

Sorry, I guess I didn't read the details deeply enough. Yes, you have a leg out not the neutral. This is not something to fix yourself, because you sound like you don't have the necessary experience. Not a dig, just the cold hard facts. DO NOT go poking around trying to find the problem! You could get killed, or even worse badly, burned (yes, you read that right).

This thing could blow right up in your face before you even know what's going on. And believe me, liquid metal is HOT!

pag 05-05-2009 03:01 PM

need to know in laymans terms i can understand -a hot leg out - please clarify- i would like to know more i do not intend to deal with live current -you say when the 220 appliance runs it ? back into the system 1 -why does this happen is it a case of slow wear or an all at once occurance 2when i hired the guy he said i didnt push the main breaker hard enough it worked for months after that 3is it the main breaker or half of it -i dont understand 1 hot leg out but i appreasiate the quick explaination of the way it wors -thank you -ps i have some experiance a s an electrican helper for 3 months

220/221 05-05-2009 03:13 PM

It's difficult jumping back and forth between posts here :yes:


To help you understand, you have two hot legs @1 120 vots each, 240 volts between them. You have a bad connection somewhere in one of them. It could be the wires, the breaker or the internal compnents of the panel like the lugs or bus bar. The "silver" wire is the neutral/ground.

Turn the main off and on...maybe a couple times. Turn all other breakers off first. Breaker need to be replaced at some point. It may be dead already.

drtbk4ever 05-05-2009 03:17 PM

Oh man, I think this may end badly.

Take the advice of the experts, get an electrician in there before you kill yourself.

pag 05-05-2009 03:19 PM

aha - i have not tried turning off all the closet breakers -then resetting main might that be the reason its not setting? otherwise how weould electrition chang breaker without having power off?

pag 05-05-2009 03:28 PM

thank you db4ever all i said was if i let the power go off anyhow i could switch out the breakers i dont want to -the computer quit twice in the last hour i hade to turn on the oven and reboot 10 minutes each time -but HOW DANGEROUS IS THIS can i leave for a while as i dont have any more savings

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