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My treadmill in the basement was plugged in and I usually

My treadmill in the basement was plugged in and I usually leave the power turned on. For some reason, though no one was using it, the belt started moving on its own. Usually you have to select a program and press the start button. No one was there at the time it started. I unplugged it and saw the upper socket where it was plugged in was fried and the treadmill plug prongs looked like they were a bit charred. I plugged the treadmill into the bottom socket and it worked. The plastic in the top socket was a bit melted. The breaker was not tripped and no other problems were noted in the house. I will have an electrician in on Monday to replace the socket, but wonder if there is any danger?

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Kevin

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When I turn on the two light switches in the living room I

when I turn on the two light switches in the living room I get a power surge throught the house, when turned off I cant run the dryer.

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Kevin

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I have a 1500 watt heater whose ground prong / third prong

I have a 1500 watt heater whose ground prong / third prong broke off - could I use something else to keep it safe like use an adapter or always make sure to plug it in GFCI outlet (which has the same effect as a ground prong, right?)

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Kevin

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Sometime during the middle of the night I loose power to

Sometime during the middle of the night I loose power to part of my house while we are sleeping. I wake up to flashing alarm clocks in back bedrooms and flashing oven clock at other end in kitchen. No breakers have been tripped and seems to shut off and then turn back on by itself. My wife said it has possibly happened atleast 5 times in one night. I do notice kitchen lights flicker once in awhile.

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Kevin

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My power cuts out when I have my stove or hot water system

My power cuts out when I have my stove or hot water system on - as soon as I turn them off the power comes back on - it does not trip my safety switch - I live in a block of units - I need to call in an electrician but need some advise before hand

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A house recieved a power surge of 440 volts. It blew 2 x

A house recieved a power surge of 440 volts.It blew 2 x voltage stabalisers and damaged a TV, radio and microwave.The house may not be properly earthed.1. If the house was properly earthed, would the 440 volt surge still have damaged the appliances or would the earthing protect the appliances against a 440volt surge.We have 240volt.The house is 3 phase

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Jason

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I can not start my ceiling fan after a power failure. Manual

I can not start my ceiling fan after a power failure. Manual says to check that reverse switch is not set in center of throw! What does that mean and how do I check it?

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Kevin

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I have trailers hooked up from my main cabin breaker box,

i have trailers hooked up from my main cabin breaker box, about 100 ft to the breaker box for my trailer (modular office bldg). because of the distance there are a few splices that go under the trailer. if the bare wires are touching the ground (desert sand) would it be drawing power into the ground? Also what happens if they get wet? its actually the same wire we used that connects the power from the pole to the house , aluminum. its the only wire we could find that would make the distance to the back of the 60 foot trailers where the breaker box is located.everything works and has been working but i just wonder about the cost, my bill has been quite high and i also have just had a quick power surge but without blowing a breaker. I also am living in these trailers while my cabin is being renovated.

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Kevin

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I plugged in what turned to be a faulty Christmas decoration

I plugged in what turned to be a faulty Christmas decoration into an outlet. I sensed a power surge and half the circuit went dead. I found an attic junction where three wires come together and found that the wire nuts had melted. I cleaned and reconnected the wies but still have no power. Changed original outlet. Still no power. Any thoughts?

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Mike G.

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