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Home electrical problem: Lights on one circuit do not work. They were flickering for a while, then went off completely. I replaced the circuit breaker in the panel, and tightened up all the ground wir

Home electrical problem: Lights on one circuit do not work. They were flickering for a while, then went off completely. I replaced the circuit breaker in the panel, and tightened up all the ground wires in the panel. What else can I do?

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Sounds like a bad connection. First thing is to check any wiring that you had installed or changed.

Is the home wiring copper or aluminum?

If you know that the circuit breaker is working (check with volt meter) then you have to check all the splices on that circuit. The bad splice will be the first light on the circuit

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Why do the house lights flicker and dim when I turn on my HP Laserjet printer? Once it shows it's ready, the lights return to normal.

1) The printer is on a circuit that is close to overloaded.

The printer power needed, is just enough to push the load, to the edge of too much.

I do not know what country you are in, but let me use the USA as an example.
The USA uses 120 Volts (AC)

In the Service Panel, (Circuit breaker panel), there are circuit breakers used for receptacles, and lighting. The standard size of circuit breaker to use for these types of circuits, is a 20 Amp breaker.
( 20 Amperes)

120 Volts times 20 Amps = 2400 Watts
(120 Volts X 20 Amps = 2400 Watts)

This is THE maximum load this circuit will take.

Come close to this maximum load (2400 Watts), and the lights may flicker.
Solution is to use a different receptacle, that is not as loaded with appliances, etc.
(The receptacle will be on a different circuit)

[ I would also remove some of the load off of that circuit. With 2400 Watts available, one should only use a load that is close to using 2100 or 2200 Watts.

This leaves a cushion of 200 to 300 Watts if needed.
If there is an appliance that has an electric motor in it, (Refrigerator for one example), you need a 'buffer zone' of at least 200 to 300 Watts.

Someone needs to go through, and see what all is connected to this one circuit. (One circuit breaker) Then that person needs to go through, and see that the circuit will not be overloaded, by varying what can be plugged into this circuit, or used on this circuit, at one time ]

There is another thing however that I would like you to have checked by a professional.

I need to explain how power comes into a Service Panel in your home, first.

There are 3 main large cables coming into the Service Panel, at the top.
(From the Service Meter can outside)

Two Conductor wires that carry the power, and 1 Neutral wire. (There is also a bare copper Ground wire. More on that in a moment)

Again, using the USA as an example, there is 240 Volts (AC) coming in to the Service Panel.

There are 3 thick wires covered in insulation. (Black)

One thick wire is 120 Volts. It connects to a power lug at the top of the Service Panel, inside the Service Panel, and connects to the Left side.
(Only seen if the cover of the Service Panel is removed.
You? NO. Professional? YES)

Another thick wire also carries 120 Volts, and connects to a separate lug at the top of the Service Panel, on the inside of the Service Panel.
This lug is on the Right side.

The last thick wire is a Neutral wire.
It connects to a lug in the Middle.

[ LUG = Square/rectangular piece of metal Base, with square piece of metal Top.
There is a screw going though the top, and into the base.
Tightening the screw squeezes the Top and Base together ]

Electricity coming into your home, or business is AC.
Alternating Current.
AC vibrates. It vibrates the wires.

After time the vibration can loosen the connection, of the wire to the Lug. (Screw vibrates loose)
This can also cause the lights to flicker.

With the wire connection being loose, Resistance is created.
Resistance creates Heat.
Heat creates FIRE.

Please have these connections checked in your Service Panel by a professional. I want you to be safe.

For additional questions, or to have me explain anything I have stated in more detail, please post back in a Comment.


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It sounds like a bad neutral wire. Somewhere the neutral is not properly connected. Most residential wiring operates on a 240 single phase system comprised of two seperate 120 volt legs. Connect between either leg to the neutral gives you 120 volts.connect btween the two legs gives you 240 volts. If the neutral is not present the circuit will search out the other leg to try to complete the circuit causing dimming of lights extremely bright lights and all around chaos. Check ahead of the main to see that the voltage is correct. Check each leg to neutral with a voltage tester. Have some one turn some lights on and off while checking as sometimes a load is required to get fluctuating readings. If the reading fluctuate wildly the problem is between the power grid and the panel. If not recheck on a a couple of breakers and if the readings fluctuate it is on your side of the system.
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