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DessiaW

05:06PM | 02/05/07
Member Since: 02/04/07
1 lifetime posts
Our whole house smells like wires burning very stong in the office(similar to the smell when you up pack a new electrical device like a VCR) the plug close to where the smell is coming from is NOT hot. Could this be in the walls? They are also not hot. We have a small bathroom on the other side of the wall where the smell is coming from too, wondering if there might be a pipe leak and this is the smell of hot water falling on the plastic under the house?? Don't know weather to call a plumber or electrician.

Billhart

04:07AM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
I don't know what you are calling the smell of new VCR. I have never seen anything like that has much of a smell and certainly not what I would call a buring smell.

Sometimes when you unpack something like that there will be a brief smell of plasticisers. What is called a new car smell in cars.

Hot water would not be hot enough to make a burning smell.

Two things that I can think of.

One is the ballast in flourscent light fixtures.

And if you have a cracked furance heat exchanger that release flue gasses that also have carbon monoxide in them.

Also you said htat this is an office. You probably have a number of Wall Warts (small plug in transformeres and power supplies). Check them to see if they are hot.

jackofallmasterof1

07:08AM | 02/10/07
Member Since: 08/03/05
20 lifetime posts
Call an electrician....now

Jack


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