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Old 11-04-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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buzz buzz goes the j box

Hi there,
New to the fourm, but looking for some answers/clues, here is the issue
I moved into a home that has an out building that was completely wired and has its own fuse box and all. It looks like a good install and everything seems to be in order.
Inside the home there is a switch that is at a door that goes to the back yard and when I turn it on, it doesnt do anything.... except buzz in a j box under the house! I dont want to undo all the conections yet as I am not sure where they lead. There looks to be a lead heading twards the out building and maybe to some lights (along a out door path)that dont work.

So my question is, can I test this line at the out building when the switch is on and see if there is power there with some sort of line tester or a remote tester?? If so, what is one of those devices called?

Also, as far as the buzzing that I get when the switch is on, is this a hot wire to ground? or hot touching the box maybe?
Is all of this too much for a DYIer with some electrical savy or should I call out THE MAN on this one?
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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What is in the junction box?

A loose connection can give off a soft buzz.

A transformer such as for a doorbell can buzz.

Maybe there is a buzzer (or bell whose clapper doesn't hit properly) inside.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:21 PM   #3
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Have you looked under the house while it is buzzing?

Maybe there is an outlet down there and someone left something plugged in?
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