Lights flicker after someone stole outside wiring


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Old 03-24-15, 09:29 AM
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Lights flicker after someone stole outside wiring

Hey guys,

Last night my main break tripped and i couldn't figure out why.
This morning I went I stepped outside, I noticed that someone stole about 15 ft of wiring for my 220v water heater (which is outside the house).

I put some caps on the wires to make sure they don't touch anything but the lights keep flickering HARD inside the house.

What do I do to get rid of the flickering? I won't be using the water heater for a few months so that's not really an issue, I just don't want power surges or something like that.

The wiring for the water heater ran from the outside panel to a subpanel inside the house then back outside.

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Old 03-24-15, 09:58 AM
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I just don't want power surges or something like that.
I don't think you are getting surges. I most often here people speak of surges when something they don't understand happens. Flickering lights are most often caused by a loose connection.
 
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Old 03-24-15, 11:40 AM
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All the lights or a few?
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Old 03-24-15, 12:58 PM
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All the lights in the house.
The fridge came on a couple of minutes ago and it turned my tv off.
like there's not enough power or something.

btw, whoever stole my wiring cut it while the power was still on. There's burn marks on what's left of the wires.
 
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Old 03-24-15, 01:05 PM
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huh, I turned off a breaker for a 220v AC and it solved the problem. Well, sort of, now I don't have air conditioning.
 
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Old 03-24-15, 03:12 PM
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That would be the place to start,do the lights only flicker when the AC starts? Can we assume the breaker for that WH is off?are any of your neighbors having the same problem?
Geo
 
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Old 03-24-15, 07:11 PM
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thanks. loose neutral in the panel.
 
 

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