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Old 03-14-2010, 06:22 PM   #16
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OK...got it! While at depot buying a tester wife calls and says the washer / dryer aren't on either. Now I know...since I put the sheetrock on those walls that they are on a different / newer circuit than the old wiring. Therefore the problem has to be closer to the sub-panel than I had thought. Get home with a non-contact tester and go straight to the sub-panel..sure enough...had lost one leg. Go outside to the main panel, pull the breaker, lots of corrosion on the contact. Guess with all the rain we've been getting here water had leaked down and messed it up. Cleaned the best I could with a screwdriver put the breaker back on and everything is back to normal. Moral of the story here...check the easy things first. Thanks for the help guys!
I'm glad to hear your problem is solved (thankfully). I was going to jump in with my Two cents. Just for general knowledge. Some junction boxes, especially in older house wiring, are behind ceiling lights. Older wiring methods were different than those used today. For example, lighting circuits were not run from the bottom up through the switch box and on to the light. Rather, the ceiling box was like a central station where the receptacles and the switch were run from there. And on to the next room, where the same scenario played out from the ceiling box. In all that jumble of wire, there could be a break in one wire or a loose connection. Thankfully, the wiring methods have changed due to code restrictions on "Box Fill", among other things.!
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Thanks again guys! Can't believe all the traffic I now see on these forums...wow...appreciate the responses to my issue. And thanks to those that so freely provide help in a forum such as this to everyone else!! I'll try and lend a hand in a few of the areas that I do have experience with.
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If it were my house i would be concerned about the corrosion on the main breaker in your disconnect and how the water was getting in there. Corrosion like that is a good receipe for heat and fire. Might want to consider sealing things up and replacing the breaker. Just my two cents.
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