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No power to electrical accessories after starting ignition

Help, help! The car runs fine except, my electrical accessories (fans, windows, radio) are powered when the key is turned, but not when I start the ignition! Then they intermittingly flash on and off (mostly off). What could it be?

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hi Gary how are you. Frustrated I bet , sorry for your woes man electrical problems are tough and sometimes for myself Even though I have a masters in electrical.
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