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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Electrical : Part 2 of 23

So I posted pics of the installed GFCI here....  (Click on me, right here, right now).  This makes my electrical line profoundly more sensitive to problems - which it is having.  To figure out where the snafu is we are breaking it down into baby steps.  Whenever the entry way light is flipped on in the kitchen, the GFCI blows. First step :  we started with the switches. When you take the cover off you may see that all three are from different manufacturing eras, different materials and none are what you can buy in 2013.  Of the three switches, only two actually turn on anything.  We replaced the two switches.  They are certainly old. The wiring makes me "nervous" to say the least but I am feeding off the confidence of the fellow helping me. He basically says : yeah, you live in an old house that has some old things, get over it and we plug onward.

Second step : After replacing the working switches the GFCI still blows when the entry light is turned on.  So next stop is to evaluate the fixture.

The minor, small issue is that this line controls outlets and fixtures in four rooms of my house.  If this one light fixture is not the culprit we have alot of detective work to do.  Fun! What is life but a monster house project to-do list? 
Quick guess. Which is the offending switch?
I love electrical work.  I love taking off covers and seeing wires like these powering my house.   
Pretty sure the Bryant ceramic switch on the left is from my house's early electrification.  The other is "Slater". The third I didn't replace is a Sears. 
This sort of stuff just warms my heart.  Dirty. Funky. Electrical. 


Karen Anne said...

I have a switch to nowhere in my house.

What a boon it would be if houses came with wiring diagrams.

Blue Shoe Farm said...

Ha. That would be amazing. Imagine... no guesswork with the electrical.

Walter G Dance said...

Hey, if the plugs and lights all work, particularily over time, then the one light that faults the GFCI is the problem. 99% that the 'fault/short' is in the wiring, or fixture, for that one light. No need to check the other plugs or switches or lights. Best to take that light fixture down and invetigate the wiring above it. No worries :-)

Blue Shoe Farm said...

Ah. Walter G. Okay, fixture it is.

I am just saying... at the same time these issues started was also when some of them were replaced (bedroom, outlets) and they may not have been done so professionally.
But the fixture shall be tackled first.

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