ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
ShoutChat
Recent Posts
nec 110.3 (B)
by gfretwell - 09/22/21 11:11 PM
Grounding electrodes
by gfretwell - 09/07/21 03:41 PM
Looking For Electricians in the Midlands
by Alex247 - 09/06/21 05:26 AM
New in the Gallery:
Now you know.
Now you know.
by Tom_Horne, September 7
February, North East Indiana
February, North East Indiana
by timmp, July 25
Who's Online Now
1 members (HotLine1), 46 guests, and 16 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Joined: Aug 2013
Posts: 1
R
Ritika Offline OP
New Member
Hi I have been noticing a burning smell from one of the walls in one room of the house.I called the electrician to take a look at it but he could to figure it out as I could not reproduce it during day.Apparently it happens only at night when I switch on the lights of that room for a prolonged period 10 -20 minutes.Any ideas about what could this possibly mean and how to get it diagnosed as it seems to happen at night

Last edited by Ritika; 08/12/13 05:23 PM.
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,663
Likes: 4
G
Member
Go to Harbor Freight and get a laser thermometer ($30 or so)
Don't worry, you will find other uses for it (cooking, working on your car, checking the fridge or A/C etc)

When you think you are smelling something, point that thermometer at every outlet and switch. It might help to take the cover off but don't go in any farther. If you find a hot spot, call the electrician back and tell him what you found.


Greg Fretwell
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 7,279
Likes: 3
Member
I would call an electrician, explain that it happens with the lights on and ask if the electrician has an IR scanner/camera.

Another call could go to the local Fire Dept, they probably have the IR equipment, and should be happy to help you before you have to call them 911.


John

Link Copied to Clipboard
Featured:

Tools for Electricians
Tools for Electricians
 

* * * * * * *

2020 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2020 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
HCE727
HCE727
Delaware County, PA, USA
Posts: 187
Joined: November 2005
Top Posters(30 Days)
timmp 3
FGBY 2
Popular Topics(Views)
283,041 Are you busy
216,770 Re: Forum
203,168 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5