Old 03-10-04, 07:47 PM
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i did a remodel job on a house in the hamptons here that was on the ocean...or close to it lol. the house is closed up during the winter [ this is when the work was done] and the only thing as far as service was the elec. anyway,at the end of the job we did a walk thru with the home owner,another builder, and when we went to turn on the lights in the kitchen we got nothing.all winter and this was the first sign of something amiss. we tried the electric stove and low and behold the lights came on and the thermostat acted like a dimmer. we immed. shut down the elec. and called the power company. they came out right away and told us that the 2 feeds to the home [ the insulation] had deteriated and we were getting a cross over in the panel. anyone ever hear of this?
Old 03-10-04, 08:11 PM
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These exact symptoms have been reported here a hundred times. This happens a lot, but it's pretty freaky when it happens to you for the first time. With one hot feed out, you were backfeeding that leg whenever you turned on a 240-volt appliance. Left untreated, this can cause damage to your appliances because they will get more or less voltage than they should.

You did the right thing by calling the power company. Did they fix it?
Old 03-10-04, 08:20 PM
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yep the took care of it in a matter of an hour or so. it was pretty weird. they said it was because we were so close to the ocean....the deadly salt corrosion lol. thanks for getting back to me on this.

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