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Old 12-30-2010, 12:08 PM  
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I'd hate to hear someone yelling..."Far, far, my house is on far!"



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Old 12-30-2010, 02:57 PM  
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Will this be safe to do? Will I get shocked?
If I did it I would use gloves.


I still believe it's inducted from the power lines....


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Old 12-30-2010, 04:48 PM  
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this looks like metal trim on the house. Is there electical anything near this metal anywhere like an outlet or a light where power might energize it.

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Lets rule some things out first.
Do you have any christmas lights up on the roof eves?
Do you have any light fixtures or spotlights connected under the roof eves?
And do you have vinyl siding or aluminum siding, like a can.
Do you have a fence around the house or a swimming pool?

If you have any of this, it may be a grounding or bonding issue concerning your homes electrical system. This will require a Licenced electrician to scope it out.
If you do not have anything I mentioned, contact your local utility company and they will look at the issue for free....if it is caused by the utility, they need to know.
Please DO NOT do this on your own, If you can see this jump...it is capable of killing you.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:59 PM  
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Turn off the main breaker to your house. That should confirm if the issue is with a short(nail or screw into power wire) in your home wiring.

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turn off main power at the meter or breaker box. if the sparking continue it's not a wiring thing. If it stops with out power turn circ. on one at a time until you find the bad one

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Not true if he has an issue with the main line into the house...shutting down the main breaker will do nothing.
CALL A PROFESSIONAL.
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Obviously, calling a professional is always the best advice, but I personally believe a homeowner with some common sense could use his breakers as a way to isolate a potential problem with one circuit, provided it was not in his incoming main line.

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Come on guys, if the problem is on the hot side of the breakers the house is already gone. this will be some kind of induction from the power lines but you need to prove it first by playing with breakers. One part of this flashing is grounded and the other isn't. So after you have proven the house power is not the problem, screw the two pieces together. Do this with main off. If it is a houe wiring problem it will kick a breaker.
So is it true floresent tubes will lite up by themselves under the powerlines

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Interesting discussion about a guy who felt a shock from an umbrella handle while under a power line. Its pretty geeky but very interesting.
Shocking Experience Walking Under High-Power Lines with Umbrella



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