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03:35AM | 09/08/03
Member Since: 09/07/03
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we have recently pruchased and are remodeling a house that was built in 1950. It has low voltage wired throughout, and we have had no problems with it until this past weekend. I plugged in a "jam box" to listen to the radio while I painted, it would play awhile and then quit, I thought it was the jam box, so I brought in my new cd player/radio/tape player, and was listenining to a cd, it was working fine for about a half and hour and then, it just quit. this particular stereo has a digital clock on the front of it and it was blank-no power what so ever. Help. Is this just a coincidence, or do I have a big problem. My dad check the outlets, and said it was 125 volts. At this point I am afraid to plug in our more expensive items-like television sets. We have had no problem running vacuum cleaners, saws, drills, etc.


05:24AM | 09/08/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Could this be a switched outlet ans someone was turning the switch off?


10:37AM | 09/08/03
Member Since: 09/07/03
3 lifetime posts
No, I wish it was that easy. The stereo is literally useless, I can't even get my cd out of it. It's like it blew a fuse or something-my dad is going to take it apart and see if it's fixable, but do I dare try to plug in another stereo or tv? Could the power be surging?

[This message has been edited by myway77 (edited September 08, 2003).]

Tom O

01:06PM | 09/08/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
If you're saying that both of the electronic items are no longer usable at all at any outlet, I'd suspect that you got a shot of high voltage, which electronic equipment really hates.

I'm suspecting that you may have a loose neutral, either in your service or in a multi-wire branch circuit.

Just because your Dad measured 125 volts doesn't mean that it is always 125 volts.

Have him plug his voltmeter into the outlet that caused the trouble. Then go around & turn various lights & appliances on & off while he observes the meter. If he finds a substantially higher reading while you are doing this, call an electrician.

Just a guess.


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