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Old 10-28-2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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Anyone here an electrician?



or know any near the etobicoke area?

half my house has no electricity (my kitchen, bathroom, one bedroom, and half the basement!)

I checked the fuses but they all seem to be working!
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:50 PM   #2
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Are they screw in fuses? If so, they may look good but internally they may be faulty. If you have an multi-meter set it for continuity and check for a closed circuit. If you have a GFI outlet - located either on the outside of the house plug or bathroom/washroom plug check to see if the Test button is not pressed in. You're allowed up to 12 devices (recepticles/light fixtures) per circuit so if it's more than that it's either wired incorrectly or you have a major failure at the panel. Are other circuits working properly on the same side of the fuse panel?
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:36 PM   #3
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try switching between the good and what you think is a bad fuse.

if the good fuse still dont work then you have problem with your main fuse box. they are black boxes usually 2-3 of them and have a handle on top to pull it out.
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Well I checked the fuses so yes they are screw in ones where you twist it in...

I replaced them and nothing..

I went to the main box shut of all power to the house.. (There are the 2 huge fuses) I swapped them and still same parts of house have electricity
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:40 PM   #5
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ok so basically mainpower coming from the city goes straight to ur circuit breaker (where all ur fuses are). and from there it gets distributed t o the house,

- check for any excessive corrosion on the wires, or loose connections. I would carefully wiggle wires around to see if they are not snug. This problem mainly has to do with a connection problem. You might have a loose leg somewhere.

If you cant find anything that is visible to be a problem I would call an electrician. 1 thing I would definitely suggest is switching to circuit breaker with switch type breakers instead of fuses. It will definitely be an advantage if you ever sell your house. Home inspectors arent are big on electricity in the house. They like to see circuit breakers as well as copper wires. *I just bought a house*
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
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I have a really good one, very reasonable rates - PM me if you need his contact info.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:41 AM   #7
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^^ Pm him. You have to remember that your house box can kill you instantly if you touch something wrong. Not a thing to be switch breakers and such without proper knowledge.
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gotta use the correct lingo. Fuses are round dealies that go pop when they burn (they have the same base as a lightbulb)

Circuit breakers (much more likely that this is what you have) just trip from on to off when they go.

If you have circuit breakers (your house isn't as old as mine, and mine has breakers) is trip each one to off and then put it to back on.


For further troubleshooting, you'll want a circuit detector (this tells you when there's 60hz in the wall, most stud finders have this also)
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:53 PM   #9
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Fixed the problem... it wasnt my house, the tree outside ****ed with the power coming in to my house so one of my phases was gone!
hydro came at like 10 pm and fixed it! woo
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