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Re: Strange Electrical Outage!

Posted By: Charlie
Wednesday, 30 May 2001, at 4:31 a.m.

In Response To: Strange Electrical Outage! (Michael Brooks)

It sounds like to much load on a circuit and a bad electrical connection(s). When a loose connection overheats it can stop conducting if you're lucky! Once it cools, it may start to conduct again. This process is called a "runaway joint". You don't mention how old the house or whether you might have aluminum wiring (susceptible to this process). Check to see if all the lights and recepts are on the same circuit. You may need to add additional circuit breakers to split the load. The stove is a quandry! I'm not sure how it factors in, but you need to start at the source (load center) and trace all the lights and receptacles. If the stove is on the same circuit, it needs to have it's own dedicated one of a higher ampacity. I have learned that electricity can do some strange things. If you don't feel comfortable doing this call on some expert. It sounds like a job for a knowlegeable electrician. Sorry it's not something easy.

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