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I had a fuse blow out in my home a week ago. Only my stove plus an overhead light and one outlet in the same room was out int hat room the kitchen. In the garage the garagre door light and one overhaad lght ewas out. In the bathroom one oberhead light was aout as well. the first replacemetn fuse blew out immediately. The second fuse lasted about 20 minutes. I called in an electrician. He suspected a crimped wire and once corrected the power was back on for a huor and then blew again. He then located tightened 2 loose wires on fuse box which were tightened and that seem ed tow for four days. now that same fuse had blown again. I hahve reoplced the fuse 4 times and cannot get it to work. the fuse in question that I replaced was a 20W amp fuse that I am told is no longer avaialbe. I am using a 20 amp tl fuse since I was told that is the replace for the 20W. is it possible that something not on the circuit that is blowing out is causing the problem? any suggestions to diagnose

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It sounds like you have a VERY unsafe condition and you need to find exact cause before you have a fire from it...

OFTEN there are hidden loads such as doorbell transformers... remove the fuse and see if doorbell ceases to work... if so, find the transformer.

Wiring within lamp holders would be suspect... the replacement fuses are blowing the short away temporarily and then it re-establishes itself and blows again.

Look for loads that may NOT be obvious... Furnace, AC, etc...

PLEASE pursue this aggressively as it is a very dangerous situation.

I would recommend NOT sleeping in the residence without removing the fuse during sleep time.

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