Power for a few minutes, then not so much


Old 12-30-10, 08:49 AM
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Power for a few minutes, then not so much

My mom blew a socket yesterday when two wires from an old curling iron touched while she was using it. I told her to flip the breakers, she did, but all did not go back to normal. She gets "full" power for a few minutes, then the lights in the fridge and anything plugged into the living room sockets (this is where the curling iron was plugged in) all go dim. Overhead lights are still bright, but anything plugged into the outlets goes dim and the alarm system is going bonkers!

So I replaced all her sockets today and flipped the breakers hoping for a quick fix. She loves the pretty new sockets, but we still get that weird "full" power, dim power phenomenon every 3-4 minutes. Any idea what could be wrong here?


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Old 12-30-10, 12:53 PM
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Jimmy Lee, welcome to the forums! What is a "socket"? Describe it as a wall receptacle, light fixture outlet, or something more descriptive so we can know. If it is "receptacle", did you use the stab back holes in back of the receptacles? If so, remove them and place the wires under the screw heads. You may need to do this on all the receptacles until you find the one with the loose neutral. Of course do this with the power off.
Let us know, as it isn't normal.
Old 12-30-10, 04:17 PM
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Once we know if this is a receptacle or a light we can be more accurate but you are going to need to open up the all the junction boxes on the circuit and check the connections. Replace any wire nuts. At the receptacles any wires back stabbed need to be moved to the screws. All screws checked for tightness.

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