Problem with house lights, off/intermittent


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Old 11-06-17, 03:16 PM
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Problem with house lights, off/intermittent

We have an old 1960's house and are now having an electrical issue. 2 lights don't come on at all and one works 30% of the time (all on separate switches)... I have no clue of the schematics of the house...

I have a general electrical knowledge, but thought I would come on here for a better idea on how to troubleshoot this problem?

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Old 11-06-17, 03:43 PM
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Have you checked that there is or is not power at the light when it's not working? Have you tested or replaced the switches?
 
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Old 11-06-17, 03:59 PM
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You don't necessarily need schematics of the house but a GOOD suggestion is to make a list of what is on what breaker. When there is a problem you can easily spot if it's a circuit problem.

You need to determine if the items that you are having a problem with are on the same circuit.
 
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Old 11-07-17, 12:13 PM
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I will test for power, was wondering if there was a standard troubleshooting order....
 
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I generally check the light first by putting in a new light bulb and give it a few taps to see if it flickers. Then I'll giggle the toggle on the light switch and see if the lights flicker. Then I'll do the same with the circuit breaker. hopefully one of those easily replaced items will be the culprit.
 
 

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