1 line goes on and off

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Old 11-21-02, 12:48 PM
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Question 1 line goes on and off

One electrical line in my home kicked off. The breaker was fine, and about 15 minutes later it came back on. I tried to use it again, but it kicked off again for about 10 hours, then came back on. I plugged something in, and it kicked off again. Does anybody have a clue or has anybody experienced this situation?
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Old 11-21-02, 01:04 PM
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You might have a loose connection when you say one line are you just talking a single device or are you talking about an entire circuit? Has ther been any recent work done around the house?
Is there a possibilty that a GFCI is on the circuit and it is tripping and being reset?
Check each receptacle and switch on the circuit in question for bad connections, check carefully any receptacle or switch that you find that have the connections backstabbed as opposed to screwed on, these do tend to viberate loose with time and can cause a variety of problems.
 
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Old 11-21-02, 01:19 PM
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If it's all on one circuit, you need to find your loose connection (as gard says).

If it is affecting multiple circuits, call your power company.
 
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Old 11-22-02, 07:20 AM
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I have that problem, or similar; the lights flicker in two rooms when anything is turned on or off in those rooms, and the rest of the house is fine. I've been told it may be a loose connection, but unfortunately I don't know how to look for it Does it involve taking off all the outlet and lightswitch covers and what exactly does a loose connection look like?
 
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Old 11-22-02, 07:39 AM
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You have to first figure out which problem you have: (1) when you turn on something on circuit "A", it causes flickering on the lights only on circuit "A", or (2) when you turn on something on circuit "A", it causes flickering on the lights on circuit "B". These two problems call for different measures.

No magic for finding a loose connection. Just a lot of time-consuming work.

Shut off the breaker. Take out every receptacle and switch on the circuit. Tighten all wire nuts (replace loose ones). Move all backstab connections to the adjacent screws (adding pigtails if necessary). Tighten all screws.

If all that fails, you might need to check the connections inside the panel -- not a job for a novice.

Or maybe you don't have a loose connection. Maybe your circuit is overloaded. Or if the flickering is mild, maybe you don't have a problem at all. Maybe it's just a moderately poor circuit design.
 
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