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brownie4u2
Flickering Lights

Over the past few weeks, my house has had all lights in the house flickering like crazy all through out the day. The lights will flicker randomly no matter what breaker it is on. The lights will flicker all night long no matter what appliance is on. What would cause an entire house to flicker like this? My house was built in 1972, so it is older. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Jeff Brown

Gabriel
Re: Flickering Lights

According to my understanding, lights flicker throughout the house when there is lower voltage than the load demands. It may flicker, also, if somewhere aong the line there is a poor connection: especially connections in series.This is easier said than done. Are you willing to check every connection? If there is a mistake of connecting conductors to chime or doorbell line, then the lights are going to flicker.

Debra
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YukYuk wrote:

Debby,

The power company generally provides to your home two hots and a neutral (grounded conductor) to your home, alternating current, 60Hz in North America. The two hots make up both sides of the sine wave for a phase from the transformer (we'll call them phase half A and Phase half B, for the hots, through the meter head, then your service entrance to your panel. There you bond to your own earth connection for a safety ground. Your 220 circuits use both halves of that supply, your 110 circuits use just one half of that supply.

Perhaps your old problem Deb was an intermittant ground fault.

That's it Yuk although it was one of the load lines that had worked loose.

goldhiller
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Women and cats will do as they please, men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. - Robert A. Heinlein

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There are so many things that it could be. Have the power company check the service to your house for loose connections. If it is not the utility company then it is something inside the house. Being the date is 1972 that is right in the middle of the aluminum age. If you start checking inside connections and they are aluminum you could cause more serious problems. Much care has to be taken in re-terminating aluminum conductors. I suggest you call a licensed electrician. He can put an event meter on the service and circuits and monitor when the sags or brown outs occur and diagnose your problem. Then more importantly correct your problem. Do not use a handy man good luck

brownie4u2
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I decided to call an electrician to the house. The connections outside were pretty old and corroded. He replaced the Risers on the house and all seems to be fine now. Thanks for the replies, atleast the ones that tried to help and not just used this as a BASHING of someone trying to provide me help. Funny, cause what she said was the real issue! HAHA.

kentvw
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Funny how things work out......... I did not post on your thread but I'm happy to hear that it all worked out and is fixed. And, thanks for letting us know.

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Cool that was the cheapest fix.

Ernie_Fergler
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brownie4u2 wrote:

I decided to call an electrician to the house. The connections outside were pretty old and corroded. He replaced the Risers on the house and all seems to be fine now. Thanks for the replies, atleast the ones that tried to help and not just used this as a BASHING of someone trying to provide me help. Funny, cause what she said was the real issue! HAHA.

Glad all is well.

bsum1
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brownie4u2,
Good to hear everything is safe and sound.:)

Shaun , don't forget the flip flop between YukYuk and unregistered.

flip = Yuk Yuk
flop = unregistered

hedgeclippers
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I too am glad that you had your electrical problem fixed and couldn't have advised you very well anyway since I am not an electrician. Oh I have done minor things such as wire up plugs or put in a new light switch but nothing major.
I do though want to share with you a bad experience we had at our house and warn people about water and panel boxes. We have always had our panel box inside our house and at one time we had an upgrade made to our panel box from 100 amp to 200 amp. What we didn't realize at the time is when the electrician ran the wire into our panel box inside from the meter he never properly fixed the box to keep water from getting inside our panel box either on the inside of the house or outside. We never had flickering lights although things were getting badly corroded inside of our electrical box. We probably would have never found out except for the fact that we were having a new three way light switch installed and the new electrician wanted to go into the panel box. It was then that he spotted water in the box and corrosion. The electrician said that if I don't replace your box you will have a serious fire and maybe even and exploding electrical box. Like you we caught that in time and nothing happened but it certainly could have and if we hadn't had a better electrician come to our house we would have been dead by now.
Here are a few things too look for to determine if your box is installed correctly from what I learned from our electrician. Is your panel box up fairly high and if so does the wire coming from the meter box point up or down as it enters your electrical box? If it points down then you have a good installation as water can never enter your box through the sleeve that covers the wires coming from your electrical box. If it points up then water will get into your electrical box if there isn't maybe some already there. Whatever you do though don't take the cover off of your panel box yourself! It is very dangerous and you could get electrocuted. Instead call an electrician and have him or her look your box over and change your wiring and your box if necessary. Also have the electrician replace any putty at the top of your meter box to keep out moisture and if allowed in your area have him or her replace your meter box. If they can't do it then tell your electric company you want a new meter box. So be warned and be safe!

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