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Old 12-14-2012, 05:05 PM  
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At my parents house, they have a single pole light switch and a duplex outlet in a double gang box. It quit working last week so the landlord came and rewired it. My mom has the microwave plugged into the outlet and the switch turns on the ceiling fan. After their landlord rewired it, when my mom turns on the microwave, it starts up and then everything just browns out on the microwave and it turns on the fan until you push stop on the microwave. It only does it with heavier appliances such as vacuum. The fan works fine without anything plugged in. My mom moved the microwave to a different plug and she doesn't use the fan. Can't get ahold of landlord and he doesn't want us doing anything to the house. I'm just curious of why this would be. Any info would be appreciated.
DO NOT do a thing! Call the landlord and tell him to get his *** back there and FIX it! Better yet, tell him you want a qualified electrician to do it, or else you are calling the building department.
If you get no satisfaction have an electrician come and fix it and deduct it from the rent.


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Old 12-14-2012, 07:57 PM  
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DO NOT do a thing! Call the landlord and tell him to get his *** back there and FIX it! Better yet, tell him you want a qualified electrician to do it, or else you are calling the building department.
If you get no satisfaction have an electrician come and fix it and deduct it from the rent.
Well my parents are looking at another house to rent since they can't get ahold of the landlord and he wants to sell the house. They didn't want to buy it and fix it up cause they dont have that kind of money and every inch of the electrical needs redone and I know what I'm talking about when I say it's bad. Open air splices everywhere in the basement, half the plugs in the house are either overloaded or don't work. I'm no licensed electrician but I do know a lot about electrical since my uncle was an electrician. I rewired my whole house because of k and t wiring and there was one plug in every room. I pulled permits and got an inspector and all went well. This was about 10 years ago that I renovated my house and its still standing. Not that I don't have any confidence in my work. I would rewire my parents house and get my uncle down there to help but their landlord won't let them do any repairs which sucks cause that house is like a dry pile of wood just waiting for a spark. I'm just glad they are looking for a new place. Hopefully no one buys that house and believes what the landlord tells them about it being a great house. It looks good on the outside but when you start pushing ceiling tiles up and see an electrical mess and wonder why half the floors sink in the middle
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:08 AM  
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I don't know how it is where you are, but around here landlords can not legally do their own work on rentals. They MUST hire out to licensed contractors. Don't let your landlord touch it; he doesn't know what he is doing. Insist he call an electrician!

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