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Title: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 11:35
My breaker kept kicking off this morning. Any ideas as to why this would happen?
It was making this loud buzzing sound. Everytime I'd reset it, it would stay on for about 15/20 mins then kick back off. This happened several times. Finally, I just wiggled everything  ;D  probably not that smartest thing to do but the buzzing stopped and breaker stayed on.... so far anyway.
 
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: TehBorken on Jan 09 12 12:59
Which/what breaker? One in your main breaker box, or...? What does the breaker control?

My breaker kept kicking off this morning. Any ideas as to why this would happen?
It was making this loud buzzing sound. Everytime I'd reset it, it would stay on for about 15/20 mins then kick back off. This happened several times. Finally, I just wiggled everything  ;D  probably not that smartest thing to do but the buzzing stopped and breaker stayed on.... so far anyway.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 09 12 01:35
Replace it the breaker is worn out
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 02:06
Which/what breaker? One in your main breaker box, or...? What does the breaker control?
Yes, the main breaker box.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 02:07
Replace it the breaker is worn out
Replace what? Then entire thing? Or just the one switch that was buzzing?
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 02:10
And more questions....
If I'm having problems with an outlet in my LR would that affect whatever is happening with the breaker box?
Do I have to replace the outlet in my LR too?
If so, what do I do until then? Just unplug the lamp and not use that outlet til it's fixed?
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 09 12 02:54
And more questions....
If I'm having problems with an outlet in my LR would that affect whatever is happening with the breaker box?
Do I have to replace the outlet in my LR too?
If so, what do I do until then? Just unplug the lamp and not use that outlet til it's fixed?

Generally no the buzzing is an age thing.
 
Now if the breaker is going all the time can be related to the outlet or how the building was wired.
 
Too many oulet on one circuit
 
 
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Replace it the breaker is worn out
  Replace what? Then entire thing? Or just the one switch that was buzzing?      No just the one buzzing      If it is an old panel with old breakers and it was mine i would replace the whole thing as its not that much cash plus I have two cuz's that are elec so no labor costs           
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 09 12 02:56
But check 1st as sometimes connections come loose and cause the noise cheap fix tighten everything up.
 
This happens from expansion and contraction of everything as wire / fittings do heat up / cool off
 
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 03:09
Ok so will I have to call an electriction at any point for any of this? 
What's a sign that I should keep an eye out for so I know I HAVE to call someone?
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 09 12 03:22
Ok so will I have to call an electriction at any point for any of this? 
What's a sign that I should keep an eye out for so I know I HAVE to call someone?

If it keps it up but any person can tighten things up just be careful turn off power coming into your home or at the panel just remmember its still hot / live has power will hurt
 
You can pull the breaker out and put a new one in with no help
 
If they are the screw in type replace panel period IMO
 
 
Good sign keeps pulling buzzing keeps on all the time time to call elec
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 04:21
Gracias  :)
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 09 12 04:44
Gracias  :)

send pics as payment  ;)
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 05:15
Pics of the breaker box..... you got it!!
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Russ on Jan 09 12 05:56
Im with DDD.


A breaker buzzing or constantly tripping could be a number of things.


Loose connections causing a heat buildup of higher resistance causing the breaker to heat up and trip.
A loose wire causing a short or a ground.
A breaker slowly wearing out due to its age and higher load.. like the load from your LR. Maybe theres too many consumers on that circuit.. how many doublers do you have on your outlets? Many 6 plug splitters?
Over time a breaker WILL wear out with a higher than average amperage running through it. It will become weak and with the higher heat will constantly trip.


Like DDD said, check the wire connections with a screw driver to your breaker, the connections on the other end of the wires your breaker goes to (hopefully yours are labelled. My panel was changed out in the past and when the new one was put in, they just hooked up the wires to the breakers so its a crapshoot to see which is which.) Change the breaker out. Like DDD said, Turn off the big breaker with teh power to your panel to make it dead. Just be aware when you turn it back on, depending on what power consumers you have in your house, you might have to reset things like your ac, furnace, etc.
When I do things like that, I wear gloves, check with a multimeter to make sure theres no power to the circuit, then go at it. If you cant use or get a multimeter, you can get those power pencils which you can touch to outlets or your wires in your breaker box, and if it lights up theres power.


If you dont feel comfortable with this.. get a friend or an electrician to help you.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: P.C. on Jan 09 12 06:27
HI RUSS !!!!!

Natasha, I wouldn't waste any time having it looked at.  You might be able to keep an eye on it, but there is no way to know what is going on behind your walls.  That's how fires can start.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: P.C. on Jan 09 12 06:32
I'm not really a man, but I thought I'd post my comments anyways. (http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/frech/d030.gif)
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Russ on Jan 09 12 06:40
Hi PC!!


Ha! Comment away.
I am tending to agree. Its the contactor, but what was the cause of it? It could cause a fire with loose or frayed wires.


Do you want to take that chance?
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 07:54
A loose wire causing a short or a ground.
I wondered about that with the LR outlet. The only thing connected is the lamp. I unplugged it every night so when the breaker was kicking off, that outlet wasn't being used. However, I've noticed over the past few days that when I plug the lamp back into the outlet I can either hear a small buzz noise or see actual blue sparks.

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A breaker slowly wearing out due to its age

I've been in this house for 10 yrs. Before that, it sat unattended for many years. How many years does a breaker usually last?
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Many 6 plug splitters?
I have at least 1 in all three bedrooms and 1 in the LR that's only because I don't have many outlets to begin with.... which I hate! Oh and the lamp isn't connected to a splitter. It's runs straight into the outlet on the wall.

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Over time a breaker WILL wear out with a higher than average amperage running through it.
How do I find out what average my breaker should be running?


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Like DDD said, check the wire connections with a screw driver to your breaker, the connections on the other end of the wires your breaker goes to (hopefully yours are labelled.
Yes, mine are labeled.
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Change the breaker out. Like DDD said, Turn off the big breaker with teh power to your panel to make it dead. Just be aware when you turn it back on, depending on what power consumers you have in your house, you might have to reset things like your ac, furnace, etc.
When I do things like that, I wear gloves, check with a multimeter to make sure theres no power to the circuit, then go at it. If you cant use or get a multimeter, you can get those power pencils which you can touch to outlets or your wires in your breaker box, and if it lights up theres power.
I definitely doubt I'll being do this alone but I do think I'll hang around to see what I can learn and I intend to get one of those power pencils.... they sound safer.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 07:58
Natasha, I wouldn't waste any time having it looked at.  You might be able to keep an eye on it, but there is no way to know what is going on behind your walls.  That's how fires can start.
How does one "keep an eye" on something like this?
You're right, I don't know what's going on behind my walls but imo, I'm at a higher risk of a housefire if I don't have it looked at.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 09 12 08:02
I am tending to agree. Its the contactor, but what was the cause of it? It could cause a fire with loose or frayed wires.


Do you want to take that chance?
I'd rather not  :)
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 11 12 01:17
My breaker is fixed!!  Now my plumbing is acting up  >:(

 
How you fix it and whats wrong with the plumbing?
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 11 12 06:18
My breaker is fixed!!  Now my plumbing is acting up  >:(

 
How you fix it and whats wrong with the plumbing?
Breaker- something needed to be tightened up and a few other things needed to be replaced.
Plumbing- I have no clue. I occassionally have a wet floor and water in the tub  ::)
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 11 12 11:23
My breaker kept kicking off this morning. Any ideas as to why this would happen?
It was making this loud buzzing sound. Everytime I'd reset it, it would stay on for about 15/20 mins then kick back off. This happened several times. Finally, I just wiggled everything  ;D  probably not that smartest thing to do but the buzzing stopped and breaker stayed on.... so far anyway.

What's a breaker? ....



Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 08:46
Circuit breakers are an essential safety component in any home electrical system
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 08:54
Breaker- something needed to be tightened up and a few other things needed to be replaced.
Plumbing- I have no clue. I occassionally have a wet floor and water in the tub  ::)

Plug in your main line.............or in the home
 
Have your main line out to the city hook up to the sewer cleaned and if you can afford it have them video it as this way you will know what you are dealing with
 
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 12 12 12:00
Circuit breakers are an essential safety component in any home electrical system

Ah yes, circuit breakers. For whatever reason I was thinking about cars last night.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 12:39
Ah yes, circuit breakers. For whatever reason I was thinking about cars last night.

I was thinking about women last night...............think you need to get out  ;D
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 12 12 01:32

Plug in your main line.............or in the home
 
Have your main line out to the city hook up to the sewer cleaned and if you can afford it have them video it as this way you will know what you are dealing with
 
 
Main sewer lines are the largest drains in a home. All other household drains lead to the main sewer line. The main sewer runs underground from the house and connects to a city sewer line or a septic tank. Your main sewer line can become clogged from the debris those other household drains wash into it or by tree roots that penetrate pipe joints from surrounding soil.
If the main sewer line clogs, toilets and drains throughout your house will begin to backup. This is usually a very stressful situation for homeowners and it can happen at any time of the day or night. That's why Roto-Rooter is your 24 hour plumbing company.
A technician using a Roto-Rooter machine will cut through the clog and clean the main sewer pipe right down to its inner walls. If the technician has any indication there is a problem with the main sewer line, he may perform a video camera inspection (http://www.rotorooter.com/our-services/residential/video-camera-line-inspection) to determine if the pipe is damaged or corroded. The technician will share the video with the homeowner and present options for sewer line repair or replacement (http://www.rotorooter.com/our-services/residential/sewer-lines) if necessary.
We start on Sunday. I hope it all gets done quickly and everything can go back to normal soon.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 12 12 02:37

I was thinking about women last night...............think you need to get out  ;D

As much as I would prefer "love-ins" to "read-ins" the latter and not the former consumes most of my life.

Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 02:53
As much as I would prefer "love-ins" to "read-ins" the latter and not the former consumes most of my life.

You really, really, really need to get out
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 02:54
We start on Sunday. I hope it all gets done quickly and everything can go back to normal soon.
I like it slow and steady gets the job done better  ;D
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 12 12 02:59
That's clearly a matter of opinion.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 03:05
That's clearly a matter of opinion.

 
nope fact if you rush a job mistakes can happen a good even pace is the best.......you never want to miss a spot
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 12 12 03:09
I guess that's true but all I know is ..
I want my bathroom back. I'm getting a little overwhelmed with everything this house is putting me through  :(
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 03:11
I guess that's true but all I know is ..
I want my bathroom back. I'm getting a little overwhelmed with everything this house is putting me through  :(

I totaly get that but would you not be more pissed if you had to go through all this plumbing again if it was rushed.......plus the extra cost
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 03:12
I guess that's true but all I know is ..
I want my bathroom back. I'm getting a little overwhelmed with everything this house is putting me through  :(

I would help dig if i lived out there just buy beer  ;D
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 12 12 03:15

I totaly get that but would you not be more pissed if you had to go through all this plumbing again if it was rushed.......plus the extra cost
Yes, that's true. Guess my patience is wearing thin. That happens when things have been going wrong for a month straight.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 12 12 03:17

I would help dig if i lived out there just buy beer  ;D
That's nice of you. I do have some people comming over to help. No beer supplied... only dinner and of course I would soooo owe everyone. At least I have that much in my favor.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 12 12 04:04
That's nice of you. I do have some people comming over to help. No beer supplied... only dinner and of course I would soooo owe everyone. At least I have that much in my favor.

 
you digging all the main line out ?
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 12 12 10:17

You really, really, really need to get out

I will -- next Friday, hopefully. I have about 1,000 pages to read (not exaggerating) and a couple papers due before then, however. This weekend will be consumed by a History paper due on Monday but I'm checking out a place to live on Saturday. Also, I go to school every day but Thursday. I have never found the point to weekends.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Gopher on Jan 13 12 08:01

You really, really, really need to get out

I agree
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Gopher on Jan 13 12 08:02
I will -- next Friday, hopefully. I have about 1,000 pages to read (not exaggerating) and a couple papers due before then, however. This weekend will be consumed by a History paper due on Monday but I'm checking out a place to live on Saturday. Also, I go to school every day but Thursday. I have never found the point to weekends.

You will, and when you do you'll never have enough of them.
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Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 13 12 01:31
Someday, someday. I haven't slept since 9:30am on Thursday.

Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Gopher on Jan 13 12 02:15
Someday, someday. I haven't slept since 9:30am on Thursday.
Far too long without sleep, hope you manage to get some over the weekend.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 16 12 10:49
Far too long without sleep, hope you manage to get some over the weekend.
with a hot blonde  ;D
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 16 12 05:30
Well I slept 17hrs straight from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning---so I got some, but not with a blonde, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 24 12 09:46
^ WOW that's a lot of hours. I can barely comfortably sleep 6 hrs much less 17 hrs. Sounds like it was well needed though.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Gopher on Jan 25 12 02:22
Six hours would be good for me too.
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Post by: DDD on Jan 25 12 04:58
sex hours would be enough  ;D
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 25 12 05:18
It was the most I've ever slept continuously. I'm in the midst of a stagflationary sleeping pattern though. Deprivation and insomnia.

Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 25 12 05:20
add in hookers and blow and the way you go  ;D
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Post by: Gopher on Jan 26 12 10:36
That's your personal experience talking, DDD?
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Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 26 12 08:24
add in hookers and blow and the way you go  ;D

A cocaine habit to stay awake would make me rather Fassbinder-like.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_Werner_Fassbinder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_Werner_Fassbinder)
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 27 12 02:56
No hookers and blow for me
 
 
 
Fassbinder died at the age of 37 from heart failure resulting from a lethal interaction between sleeping pills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping_pill) and cocaine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocaine). His death is often considered to mark the end of the New German Cinema.
 
 
Sportsdude you can do better than him 37 way too young
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Sportsdude on Jan 29 12 12:23
I plan on living longer than 37; but I'm only allowed to live until 90 according to my life insurance policy.
A very close friend of mine who lives in Kingston, Ontario told me on our morning text chats that I need to stop being a "martyr" and eat and sleep right. She knows me too well. Better listen to the wife.
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Post by: GuardianFlash on Jan 30 12 07:07
Natasha be careful. I was in electrical for awhile. Those are live wires under there.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Jan 31 12 02:07
Natasha be careful. I was in electrical for awhile. Those are live wires under there.
Thanks but it's been fixed  :)
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Jan 31 12 04:17
Thanks but it's been fixed  :)

So who played with your wire?
 
BUT what we all want to know who checked out your plumbing
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Feb 02 12 11:52

So who played with your wire?
 
BUT what we all want to know who checked out your plumbing
There are some things that aren't meant to be played with.... electricity is one of them.
No one you know. Just thankful everything is as it should be  :)
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Feb 02 12 01:47
You did not tell us how the plumbing fix went...............what they do  :-\ 
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Feb 02 12 02:13
You did not tell us how the plumbing fix went...............what they do  :-\
What ever it took  :) 
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Gopher on Feb 02 12 02:17
Were you satisfied?
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Feb 02 12 02:38
Very much so.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Feb 02 12 03:29
What ever it took  :)

Thats not an answer.........did they dig a trench? or just snake it out...replace pipe  ???
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Feb 02 12 04:24

Thats not an answer.........did they dig a trench? or just snake it out...replace pipe  ???
lol
Well I know my toilet was in my LR for a bit  :D  eventually a snake was put to use and septic tank was emptied. Apparently some other things were done as well. All that matters is, it's done, it's paid for and everything works  :) 
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Post by: DDD on Feb 02 12 05:06
lol
Well I know my toilet was in my LR for a bit  :D  eventually a snake was put to use and septic tank was emptied. Apparently some other things were done as well. All that matters is, it's done, it's paid for and everything works  :)

Did they explain how to look after your septic system? but if I recall correctly i think no matter how you look after them you have to pump them out sooner or later??
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Feb 02 12 06:10
Yes, some things were explained and some suggestions were given.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Russ on Feb 02 12 07:57
The one my parents have on the island, needs to be pumped out every 5-7 years. Its a septic field type, but still needs to be pumped out. They flush down tablets once a week to facilitate the bacteria breakdown.
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Natasha on Feb 03 12 09:14
The one my parents have on the island, needs to be pumped out every 5-7 years. Its a septic field type, but still needs to be pumped out. They flush down tablets once a week to facilitate the bacteria breakdown.
I thought about using the same type of product. The septic man actually suggested buttermilk as a better alternative. Never heard of using buttermilk though so I'm not sure if I'll go that route or not.
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Post by: Russ on Feb 03 12 09:31
Havent heard of buttermilk either, but to be honest, you just need something that rots quick with a high concentration of microbes for breaking down the sewage.
Dairy products are usually good, so buttermilk would work.
Onboard the vessels, we leave chunks of chicken out for a few days, then throw it into the sewage plant. We could use the chemicals and tablets we have, but bits of chicken thats gone off works REALLY well. You just want something to jump the microbe count for the sewage breakdown. Most times it isnt needed, but if any chemical goes down the toilet, it kills all the microbes. Which is why most companies tell you to put in the chemicals.. it will restart the microbes if they have been killed off. The tablets are also good because they are time delay release.. in other words it will continue to work over a few days, if chemicals are still killing off microbes...







Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: DDD on Feb 03 12 09:32
Either way they are still a pain in the ass
Title: Re: Men, I need your suggestions pleeeeease
Post by: Russ on Feb 03 12 09:47
Either way they are still a pain in the ass


The Best statement to suit this. LOL
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Post by: Natasha on Feb 03 12 10:35
Havent heard of buttermilk either, but to be honest, you just need something that rots quick with a high concentration of microbes for breaking down the sewage.
Dairy products are usually good, so buttermilk would work.
Ok so maybe I'll try the buttermilk afterall  :D
 
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Post by: Natasha on Feb 03 12 10:36

The Best statement to suit this. LOL
:D  I completely agree!
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Post by: DDD on Feb 06 12 11:46
:D  I completely agree!

No shit hey  ;D