light started to dim after power outage

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Old 02-18-19, 11:01 PM
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light started to dim after power outage

Hello, after a power outage last week in the neighborhood we started seeing light dimming when appliances are switched on, despite different circuits. Also, the power tools in my garage shop have changed the pitch and can now hardly be used two at a time (like a table saw and shopvac) because the outlet doesn't seem to provide enough power anymore.

The local utility company took more than a day to fix the problem; they've replaced overnight some cables and equipment on two electrical posts several houses down the street.

Was wondering if this apparent lower power is caused by the problems in the city line or in the house equipment/lines? Thanks and best regards, h.
 
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Old 02-18-19, 11:50 PM
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First call the electric companies 24/7 emergency number (not customer service) and tell them you think you have a bad neutral. Call now. Turn off all 240 volt breakers till they can check.
 
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Old 02-18-19, 11:52 PM
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You could very likely have a problem due to repairs. Could be as simple as a loose connection.

At a minimum, I would call their 24 hr number. Any truck could check it in 5 min and tell you if it's your problem or theirs.
 
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Old 02-19-19, 05:55 PM
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Yes, loose neutral.

Thank you Ray2047 and Gunguy45! Right on! The electric company technician said the neutral was loose, got it back on in ten minutes. He also said it was somebody else's sloppy job, whoever worked on it last time. The house had been without a neutral for at least few days.
 
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