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Sounds like a floating neutral. Do you have lights that are excessively bright? If so, call your power company right away. This is a dangerous situation.
 

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Loose connection from that receptacle to down stream receptacles.
Wiggle the plug with the vac plugged in and see if the light flickers.
 

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loose connection from that receptacle to down stream receptacles.
Wiggle the plug with the vac plugged in and see if the light flickers.
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Loose connection from that receptacle to down stream receptacles.
Wiggle the plug with the vac plugged in and see if the light flickers.
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When someone makes a post like the OP and asks "Where do I start?", my first impression is to say "Call an electrician".
We know nothing of the OP's capabilities, experience or tools/testing equipment.


shakydoctor, can you tell us a bit more about this situation and your level of expertise?
 
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I plug in a vacuum and the lights come on in ding room. Also other receptacles dont work. Where do i start.
Has someone wired an recepticule into a switch loop ?
bad neutral also poss'
Loose connecttion somewhere ?
Unless it's something simple like a loose wire
then it's not really something for a novice to fix.
Recomend an electricain !
 
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