Hanging a pendant light

Old 09-17-20, 05:27 PM
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I am replacing a kitchen light. I wired it like the one I took down. Exactly. The breaker is turned off but while struggling to get the 2nd wire down there was a flash of electricity as if the something blew. Not in my hand but it blew. So I got it wired and it will not work. Is there something else I can do besides checking the wiring?
I came here before I did anything. It's a normal wiring in the ceiling and the light is just normal wires. Well that's not true. The wires are exactly the same but they had a black sleeve on one side. So I took that they were trying to tell me something and I wired it accordingly.

Old 09-17-20, 05:40 PM
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Is this an older home ?
The wiring may be older cloth covered and what happens is that the insulation crumbles off.
Sometimes a sleeve of shrink tubing is used to reinsulate the wire.
The insulation can crumble off where the cable enters the box and actually short to the box.

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If there was a flash while you had the breaker turned off are you absolutely certain you had the correct breaker? If you look at your breaker panel did a breaker trip?

I have occasionally seen a older house wired with two circuits in the same box. I also check any wires with a multi meter before touching them even if the breaker is off. I've been bit too many times by houses with improper wiring so have to be careful.

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