From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: Here's the plan. Household electrical failiure pt. 3
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 17:27:28 -0500
Organization: Have you seen my bench? No, really! Where is it?
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> "Michael A. Terrell" email@example.com wrote:
> >Take off UrPants to reply wrote:
> >> Hi All,
> >> The splice from the neutral to the white lead on the pigtail intersection
> >> the nearest plug seems to work. not much voltage in the neutral and my rf
> >> detector pen is not picking up anything from appliances that are turned
> >> So I plan to:
> >> 1) Pull the white wire between that socket and the breaker panel.
> >> 2) Install the new neutral more permanently by mounting it in a surface
> >> between the breaker and that first socket.
> >> 3) Rewire the bathroom GFCI in a pigtail fashion.
> >> Any concerns or advice?
> >> Direct rep[lies appreciated.
> > Personally, I would run three new wires in the conduit just to be
> >sure you don't have more problems in the future.
> > Whatever damaged the white wire may have damaged the other two, and
> >they haven't failed yet. It is a good repair, and is small price to pay
> >to not have to worry about future failures.
> > Be sure to disconnect the old wires at both ends, and to put a tag on
> >them that says" DEFECTIVE, DO NOT USE", in case someone else works on it
> >in the future.
> Or a label at both ends saying "TESTED OK - SPARE" if you fancy a laugh.
No, that isn't funny. I have spent two years finding and removing
abandoned, unmarked electric lines on my property, and it isn't funny
when your heat goes off in the middle of the night because someone has
hooked a damaged cable back to the breaker box. When I found that one
the jacked had carbonized, and spots ahd caught fire from the high
leakage current, and it was stapled to a wood fence. If it had got any
hotter, i would have lost my home. If you want to play jokes that is
ok, but not when it can put someone's life at risk.
Michael A. Terrell