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02:58PM | 07/17/05
Member Since: 07/16/05
1 lifetime posts
I am a bit concerned about some flickering lights at my sisters home. Her home is in Alaska and was built in ,98. They have been the only occupants and no remodeling work has ever been done. I am not an electrician but did some looking into the switch box (after turning off power source in fuse box.) I saw some blue electricity exit the switch when I used switch earlier and that also made me get curious. What I have found is three solid copper wires connected to the switch; 1 RED and 2 BLACK. The red wire looks good but the two black wires have multiple holes in the insulation exposing the solid copper wiring. Is this safe? Is there potential of fire hazard? What could be causing the flickering?


06:51AM | 07/18/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
It is really hard to tell from you message what is going on.

But flickering lights can be the symptom of very serious problems that can lead to fire.

Flickering indicates a bad connection and a loose connection generates heat.

In many case it is a minor problem limited to fixture or switch.

But also it can be an arching short or a major connection that can generate enough heat to start a fire.

Get it checked out.

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