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allen7982 03-30-2012 03:15 PM

Electrical power failure
 
In my barn, I lose power (120 volts) as soon as I plug something in. When I unplug, the power comes back.

sublime2 03-30-2012 03:22 PM

How do you know power comes back when you unplug?
Does it happen with all plugs or just one particular plug?

allen7982 03-30-2012 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 888617)
How do you know power comes back when you unplug?
Does it happen with all plugs or just one particular plug?

Before I plug in, I use my multi-tester. Shows 123 volts. When I plug in something, (a light or anything), voltage drops to zero. I unplug, and the voltage comes back to 123 volts.

It happens to this one particular plug. This is the only outlet in my barn.

sublime2 03-30-2012 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by allen7982 (Post 888669)
Before I plug in, I use my multi-tester. Shows 123 volts. When I plug in something, (a light or anything), voltage drops to zero. I unplug, and the voltage comes back to 123 volts.

It happens to this one particular plug. This is the only outlet in my barn.

Could possibly be a bad connection at the outlet.
loose wire or screw.
Also,are you sure the item your plugging in does in fact work.
try it in another outlet.

allen7982 03-30-2012 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 888679)
Could possibly be a bad connection at the outlet.
loose wire or screw.
Also,are you sure the item your plugging in does in fact work.
try it in another outlet.

No bad connection in the outlet. They're all spit-spot perfect.
Yes, it does work, I tried it in another outlet.

joecaption 03-30-2012 08:09 PM

As long as there just one strand of wire making contact you will still read full voltage, As soon as there's a current draw the amp's can drop to 0. Go back and check all the wiring for corrosion, or poor contacts. Something as simple as a loose connection can cause this.

allen7982 03-30-2012 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 888755)
As long as there just one strand of wire making contact you will still read full voltage, As soon as there's a current draw the amp's can drop to 0. Go back and check all the wiring for corrosion, or poor contacts. Something as simple as a loose connection can cause this.

Ok, thanks for the info. My barn is 700 feet away from my house, that's where the power comes from. The wire is buried underground, over 700 feet of wire. Guess I'll have to bury a new wire from the house to the barn.

sublime2 03-30-2012 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by allen7982 (Post 888777)
Ok, thanks for the info. My barn is 700 feet away from my house, that's where the power comes from. The wire is buried underground, over 700 feet of wire. Guess I'll have to bury a new wire from the house to the barn.



It would be cheaper and less time and energy to call an electrician out.
700 ft of buried wire is ALOT. would hate to do all that digging and find out it was the outlet.


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