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Old 04-05-2013, 04:24 PM  
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Villa: "you might consider a 20A breaker on the line too. Sounds like you potentially have a lot going on!"

You may want to reconsider this statement, The breaker never tripped, and there is a lot going on. I think if the wire were big enough , it would have a bigger breaker. Even if the wire is heavy enough at the plug and the box , you would have to check every connection to make sure there is no 14 anywhere.


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I would think his breaker is possibly faulty, so I needed replacing anyway. However, I wonder if the circuit is undersized? 12 NB would work fine and (yes) if it was originally wired with #14 then he has a problem. That is why I suggested checking the wire gauge first.


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If the wires gague can handle it
That's not clear enough, remember how might be reading it.
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Everyone who discussed possible solutions and great advice on repairing this dilemma of having a reduced voltage current flow, thank you. For those who enjoy saying things like "that's dangerous!" or "That's scary!" "Or, you have bad luck now!" leave it to yourself. We mature, sane, civil adults need to act like adults. We aren't children. When we have to fix something, being fidgety and paranoid is unacceptable. If your paranoid in this discussion, then you shouldn't own a house and perhaps you should move in with a family member to take care of you.
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You commented on a thread which is between 5 and 10 years old. Who is paranoid now?
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Some people who read these threads are novices. The guys were just making it clear that this could have been a dangerous situation. It wasn't like they were saying "Ewww, gross!"
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Strange introduction; and the useful info is?
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Be careful what you say guys, you might get a response like this in 3 years.
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Default sudden low voltage from electrical outlet

I had the same problem. My bathroom outlet and 2 outside outlets quit working and were registering approx. 89 volts. the rest of the load araes such as lights were working just fine.
I traced the problem to the GFI outlet in the other bathroom. all I did was reset it and then everything came back to good working order. I suspect maybe someone in my household may have triggered the fault and when they pushed the reset button it didn't get pushed all the way to where it clicked. figured I post this result in case someone else has the same issue and can save some time by checking and testing all the GFI's that may be on the circuit in question


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