flickering lights

Old 03-19-03, 07:51 AM
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Angry flickering lights

I was doing some repair work in my garage. I just purchased a Craftsman Router. I had the tv on and cable box and the overhead light. I plugged the router in and made my cut. While I was doing the cut, I thought the light had flickered. My daughter was in the room with me and she said she did not notice. I finished with the router and then the light flickered again and the power went out. No tv, cable box or light. I went to the breakers and the circut for that room did NOT trip. I reset the circut anyway and everything came back on in the room. Seconds later the light flickered again and power was out again. The breaker did not TRIP. What could the problem be?
It is a 15amp breaker. Is the router too powerful? Why didn't the breaker just trip? Please help!! Thanks, Stacey
Old 03-19-03, 08:47 AM
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Loose connection somewhere. The flickering you observed coincided with "arcing" at the loose connection. The bad connection could be in a splice or perhaps a backstabbed receptacle (very common). The load applied to the faulty connection created the arcing which created the "open" circuit. There have been several posts on this board that explain how to determine where the problem might be and how to fix it. First determine what is on the circuit, and then figure out at what point on the circuit the "open" occurs. Inspection of the devices in that general area should reveal the problem. For instance, you might pull out a receptacle to examine it and notice that one of the wires that had been stabbed into the back of the receptacle has become disconnected. See the backstabbing post a day or two ago for more information about this common problem.

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