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lights out then on

When I returned from a vacation, the lights in one bedroom did not work. Nor did several of the plugs in the same room and an adjoining room. I left on a business trip and when I returned the lights and plugs worked again. After half a day, they went out again. What might be the cause?
 
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You have a loose connection. If it is only one circuit (you do know what circuits everything in your house is on right?) then it is at a receptacle or other connection on the circuit.

Start opening the boxes (with the power off) and checking for a loose wire. Move any back stabbed connections to the crew terminals and remake any wire nutted connections. The problem could be anywhere on the circuit, including at a working location, so check everything on the circuit.
 
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Thanks. I will give it a try. Though I don't understand how the power supply could have reconnected just by sitting around for a couple of weeks.
 
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Old 11-27-07, 06:27 PM
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Suppose the reason for that could be anything, including:

- Temperature changes. Where I am, last couple weeks have been wildly fluctuating tempwise and would cause the copper to expand/contract. Since you were away you probably didn't have the climate control cranked up either.
- Some action on your part, such as flipping a switch or plugging something in to the receptacle with the loose wire
- Rodents in your walls may have bumped the loose wire
- Ghosts?
 
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- Rodents in your walls may have bumped the loose wire
- Ghosts?

Probably ghosts of all the rodents I have caught this fall!

thanks.
 
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Not to be rude, But is there any reason no-one suggested a loose or faulty Ckt Breaker?
That would be the first place I'd go, unless my logic is missing something.
 
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Old 11-27-07, 09:00 PM
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that would be a possibility and since it is so easy to check, I probably would have checked it first just to rule it out BUT the scenario racraft posted would be more likely.

Sometimes it is a matter of experience and what each of us have run across.
 
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Thank You, and point well taken......
 
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Unclediezel,

You are correct in suggesting a loose breaker. It could be. In my own defense, since that is also a loose connection, I did indirectly mention it.

I do feel, however, that a loose breaker is less likely than a loose wire at a receptacle or other junction away from the panel.
 
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Old 11-28-07, 12:02 PM
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Actually, as I was thinking about it , There really isnt much difference between checking the first Junction Or checking the breaker, as It would either have power coming in or not.
I do appreciate the explanation in any case.
 
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Just in case anyone is loosing sleep over this: it was a loose connection in a wall socket.
 
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Old 11-29-07, 07:14 AM
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Thanks for posting back; glad you got it worked out. I don't know about losing sleep, but I was sure having nightmares about mice ghosts.
 
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