A friend and I was sitting watching the game, he jumped up and yells the wall is on fire!!!! I look over and see a outlet with a small flame sparking and smoking like hell. He throws baby power on the outlet and I turn the breaker off. (SOme reason it did not trip the breaker???) Well now I have no power on the first floor. I disconnected the outlet it's all chared up, still no power. I unpluged everything else on that circut and still no power. I changed the breaker still no power. It must be in the wall. The only that was plugged into that plug was a paper shredder and it was turned off. Will Insurance pay for the charges for it to be fix. I'm guessing they will have to tear into the wall. This suck this happend right before christmas. Is there anything else I can do to try and fix it myself.
Suggestion: Hire a licensed electrician to fix the problems!
[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited 12-29-2002).]
I recall seeing a presentation, as a child, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Some of the entertainment consisted of:
A $100 bill was set on fire yet not consumed...a balloon filled with Hydrogen was rigged up to explode...and then the fellow putting on the show held a handful of corn starch, put a match to it, and tossed it in the air. That's when I learned that corn starch is quite flammable.
Re: Hire a licensed electrician to fix the problems!#104102 01/17/0312:42 PM01/17/0312:42 PM
The cheap dry chemical extinguishers (class B & C only) have a white powder that is a form of baking SODA. This is a good example of why I like pipe; you can replace wires without tearing up the wall. Mike holt pointed out that, according to Ohm's law, a 25 Ohm ground will never draw 20 amps. Add some length to the wire, and it's quite possible to arc-weld with a wire, and not ever trip the breaker! Remember this, the next time someone says "it's only 110v, 20a!" As for the repair, the bad news is that this is one that is probably beyond the skills/tools of the typical homeowner. It's time to hire a pro. Unless, that is, you like this sort of entertainment.
Re: Hire a licensed electrician to fix the problems!#104103 01/17/0306:34 PM01/17/0306:34 PM