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Last night, I came home and noticed that certain areas in my home had no power, bedroom and living room outlets. I figure out a breaker as tripped. I tried resetting them by flipping two switches on one breaker and I seen a spark and my wife said she her a pop.

She went to get her dad, since I don't know much about electrical stuff(My main knowledge is computers).

Her dad flipped one switch one one breaker at a time. Two of the breakers were tripped. He go the power on, and after I notice that my TV, DSL modem, and later on noticed there is a problem with our cordless phone and DSL router. I have the TV unplugged, got a better surge protector. To give a little more insight. The DSL modem and router was hooked up to a APC battery backup/surge(which is suppose to be really good), the APC is hooked up to a different outlet. I had the TV hooked up to a seperate surge protector, which had other electronics on it, like surround sound, pc speakers and other things. Some how only the certain electronic items got hit.

After this, my wife was using the microwave and noticed the lights were flickering. I never noticed this before the above issues. Today I was in the restroom and noticed the lights flickering, though a thunderstorm was kinda near but not yet here.

What can it be? One more thing, I noticed one outlet between the living room and kitchen doesn't work, though from what I read a breaker might look like it is on but in reality it is tripped. My main issue is the flickering and what happened to the electronics.

The flickering also seems to be mainly in the kitchen, living room, and bathroom(these are the areas I have noticed at the moment). The back bedroom may, but not tested. The main bedroom doesn't seem to flicker from what I have seen.
 

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I also wonder if it only does it when there is a storm. Because I had a light on in the kitchen and used the microwave and didn't notice a flicker after the storm passed?(At least at the moment I did this)
 

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I just found the source of what happened. Apparently, lightning stuck my TV Antenna. The cable near the sig booster was fried and a connector to the other cable is burned and so is the one that ran into the house. So apparently it ran into the TV cable, into the electric sig booster into the TV. Which also ended up getting my DSL modem, router. Like I think what I mentioned above, is the modem and router was hooked into my APC battery/surge unit(hooked into a wall outlet) and the TV and sig booster was hooked up to a regular surge protector(separate wall outlet).
 

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I replaced a light bulb in the bathroom, currently it isn't flickering. The wall outlet doesn't look like it hasn't been burned.

Also while I am thinking about it, I felt the temp of the breakers and all felt cool, none was hot.
What do you guys think?
 

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Lightning knows no boundries.
It might be time to have an electrician to come out and look at your system.
I had lighting hit a tree 5 feet from my house.
Took out the bottom element on the stove, took out my modem, took out the splitter for the cable on the side of the house, tripped all my gfci's and blew out 3 tires on my stepson's car!
 

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Also I can tell you that the plugs doesn't look fried. What I mean, the outlet doesn't look like it has been burned like I thought it would.
 

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Well I went to take a shower and now the bathroom light is flickering again. Also the ceiling fan doesn't work, but the light part of the ceiling fan works. UGH. This bothers me. Could it be a breaker is bad?
 

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There possiblty the connection got loosen up or damged by near by lighting strike and it can happend in odd spots.

The last house just have work on it. that place did got lighting strike in in the wall and replace the meter socket , water heater , stove and few other items plus about 100 meter worth of cables have to be replaced few were safe.

But I think it will be wise to call in the electrician to come out and check out your system to make sure it is safe and I am pretty sure you have home insurance that do cover the lighting strikes.

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There possiblty the connection got loosen up or damged by near by lighting strike and it can happend in odd spots.

The last house just have work on it. that place did got lighting strike in in the wall and replace the meter socket , water heater , stove and few other items plus about 100 meter worth of cables have to be replaced few were safe.

But I think it will be wise to call in the electrician to come out and check out your system to make sure it is safe and I am pretty sure you have home insurance that do cover the lighting strikes.

Merci.
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Sadly, no insurance. I have already replaced most of it. The lights mainly flicker in certain areas, currently it seems to maybe be only in the bathroom
 

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You may have to climb up in the attic and look for the juction box somecase you will find loose connection up there otherwise at the switch boxes sometime it can get loosen up espcally this is true with backstabbed switches and recetpales that is the most common cuprit.

Merci.
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You may have to climb up in the attic and look for the juction box somecase you will find loose connection up there otherwise at the switch boxes sometime it can get loosen up espcally this is true with backstabbed switches and recetpales that is the most common cuprit.

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I don't have an attic. Sadly I don't know much about electrician stuff. I know very little. If this helps, when the breakers tripped, they weren't fully tripped to the left(off), they were about half way.
 

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I don't have an attic. Sadly I don't know much about electrician stuff. I know very little. If this helps, when the breakers tripped, they weren't fully tripped to the left(off), they were about half way.
Most, if not all breakers trip to the mid point, so that is normal.
 

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Are ur "flickering lights" part of the same circuit ur tv was plugged into ??
U say 2 breakers a tripping ?? Unless ur an electrician or know someone who is (or is comfortable working with electricity) maybe pop open ur electrical panel and swap the 2 breakers that tripping with another 2 (less used circuits) and go from there. Could be a couple weak breakers after taking the zap. Or even check the ccts that got hit and looked for any charred/burnt wires (maybe a neutral due to the flickering)

A buddy of mine whos house got hit by lightning few years back had it actually mess with his main 100amp breaker on the panel. It was the wierdest thing. only certain cct's and stuff would trip the odd time even with almost no load on them here and there but the main never tripped. Tested all breakers 1 at a time and no luck. i went ahead and changed his main and its been 2 years now without a problem..........I've seen some funny things

Anyway, these are my 2 cents and once again I do not recommend anyone fiddle with any electrical unless licensed or certified.

good luck :)
 

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My wife's dad said that what may be causing the flickering was the ceiling fan motor is trying to turn when it will not turn, so I guess it is pulling elec and wasting it. Could that be it?
 

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The bathroom light flickered a few times, only seems to do it if the bulb has been on for a little while, though currently the dryer and washer is on, and hoping maybe that is it, idk.

Update: The washer and dryer is off and it started flickering after the light was on for a little bit. Though I was going to start couting seconds in between and it stoped and I waited and didn't flicker. Hmm...
 

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I thought about something last night. My APC battery/surge unit was on after I turned the breaker back on, so it aparantly the APC unit didn't shut off like I thought it would. I figured maybe it was bad and causing some issues. I unplugged it, and currently the bathroom light flickered maybe twice while I was in there around 5-10 mins or so.
 
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