Home electrical issues after DIY


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Old 06-13-16, 12:22 PM
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Home electrical issues after DIY

A few weeks back, I decided to change my garbage disposal. I thought I turned off the circuit it was on when I was working on it but I was wrong. The hot touched the neutral and sparked and caused a bunch of problems. The surge protector on my entertainment center blew and would just flicker when I turned it on, easy replacement. The real problem is now when I use the dryer or the furnace turns on, I lose power in half of my house. None of the breakers pop and resetting them does not fix the problem. The power will come back when it feels like it, usually 5-10 minutes. Is this something a new circuit panel will fix or is there some other problem I could have created? I would greatly appreciate any help as the first electrician I had by the house was stumped.
 
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Old 06-13-16, 01:31 PM
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Try resetting you main breaker. Turn the breaker all the way off then on again.

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Old 06-13-16, 08:55 PM
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I've reset all the breakers by themselves, together, and every combination in between. I've reset the main several times. The things that go out don't seem to respond to breaker resets.
 
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Old 06-13-16, 09:02 PM
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Then you need to pull the cover from your panel and with a multimeter measure the voltage between the two bus bars the breakers clip to. Be very careful measuring the voltage between the bus bars.

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Are any of you neighbors experiencing problems?
 
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Old 06-14-16, 04:41 AM
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I have asked one that lives right across the road and she said she didn't have any outages.
 
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Old 06-14-16, 04:56 AM
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Sounds like an over heating problem in either the wires or the breakers. It could also be any number of outlets that those circuits are connect to. Did check each one? This is not a DIY project. You need to call in a professional electrician. You have a dangerous situation.
 
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Should I do this with the breakers out? My panel is full.
 
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Old 06-14-16, 05:06 AM
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Yes. Breakers should be off. You want to look for burn marks and or loose connections at all the switches and outlets on the affected circuits.
 
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Should I do this with the breakers out? My panel is full.
If you mean check for 240 volts just check at the two terminal screws of one of your 240 volt breakers.
 
 

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