09:55AM | 09/29/06
Member Since: 09/28/06
2 lifetime posts
It started innocently - the answering maching keep resetting itself and beeping. I thought it was going bad. Then last night my wife shouts at me to come into the washroom. As I get in there she said something sounds like a bee in the breaker box. I wait and sure enough I can even see the sparking. I reach up and pull the 200 amp main.

I removed the cover and did a quick inspection. I found a screw on the neutral bar fused and the screw above that one was not even tightened down. I tightened down the screw and restore the power. There was still sparking going on at the one that's been fused.

I isolated the breaker and pulled everything off that branch (3 computers, answering machine, printer, etc.) and restored power. It was fine for a little while and then continued to spark.

Did the loose screw above the fused screw cause the problem?


a) Should I cut the neutral wire at the fused screw and put it in a new hole?

b) Replace the breaker (as Dad suggested) - I don't think it's a breaker issue...

c) Was it faulty computer equipment or power strip?

d) Could it be a loose wire at one of the outlets?

Thanks in advance for any help!!!



01:16PM | 09/29/06
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
Remove the wire from the fused screw and replace in a new hole. This shouldn't be a breaker issue based on your description. Do your work in the panel with the main off, and remember the feeders to the main are still hot.


06:46PM | 10/01/06
Member Since: 09/28/06
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Thank-you for the quick response.

That netural wire was also not tightened down. I just moved it above, tightened it down and all is good!

Thanks again - take care,

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