Why does my power keep going out?
My lights blow out probably everyday or every other day. Today they went out 4 times total my landlord was suppose to come check it out but he said he couldnt make it ( hes lazy!) My dad said it is dangerous because the main breaker down stairs in the basements is always hot when we go to turn the lights back on. What can we do and is there anyone else that we can call?
Question answered by W
When you say "blow out" do you mean the breaker trips? Or are the bulbs themselves burning out?
My guess is you mean "trips the breaker" as you then go on to say "turn the lights back on".
Based on that, you may have too much plugged in Or there is a problem with the panel, breaker, branch circuit wiring or a light fixture.
Turn the breaker off and walk around the house with pencil and paper. Add up the wattage of all lamps and any other appliances that are out. If the name plate on something gives amps instead of watts just multiply by 120 (volts) to convert to watts. Example, Tv says 3.5 amps. 120 x 3.5 = 420 wats. A 15 amp circuit = 1800 watts but should not be loaded beyond 1440 watts. A 20 amp circuit is 2400 and wants to be limited to 1920. If you come up with numbers that are very close to the ones I have given, there's the immediate source of your troubles. Figure out how to lower your usage, or at the very least move something to another circuit.
Now, the Main Breaker being hot is not a good sign. IT should never get hot, warm maybe, but never hot.
Landlords are notorious for dragging their feet or flat out ignoring maintenance/repair issues. Call Him back and work the phrase Minimum Housing Code Violation into the conversation. Electrical problems are considered Life Safety issues and he should have enough sense not to ignore you.
Or if this is an ongoing situation with him just call your local Building and Zoning Department, Code Enforcement Department. Explain the situation to them and see if they will inspect the property. If not they may direct you to another department. But you will get some help.
Also, look in the phone book for a local "Legal Aid Society" or such. Often times you can get advice for free.
Windows Updates are not installing?
I recently upgraded my Windows 7 Starter to 7 Ultimate. From the time of upgrade, Windows Update keeps showing the error 80070643. I searched for solutions on the Microsoft Support Site, but even on repairing the .NET framework, updates aren't being installed. I use Microsoft Office 2007.
Question answered by Chris
Have You Tried...
To restart the Office Source Engine (OSE) service
You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.
1. Open Administrative Tools by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Administrative Tools.
2. Double-click Services. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
3. If the Office Source Engine service is disabled, double-click it to open the service properties.
4. Click the Startup type list, click Automatic (Delayed Start), and then click Apply.
5. Under Service status, click Start.
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Read What Taurarian Wrote -> http://forums.techarena.in/office-update-service/1079869.htm
Also See -> http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_other-windows_update/windows-update-error-80070643-when-trying-to/4a942484-6c20-4c9e-a1e3-8a0ce3991031
And -> http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-update-or-office-update-encounters-0x80070643-failed-update-error/
Alledged Solution by Microsoft -> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=697BA2AA-0757-42C8-A530-5BD5566A54AD&displaylang=en
Hope it helps :)
Just moved in to a house and it is not electrically grounded so I
didn't know, lanlord did not tell me this, I jump started my car with a die hard engine start giving it 250 engine start, never had any problems in any other house doing this, my bedroom outlet blew, landlord said I have to pay for the repair that his electrical men did, I think that since it was not up to code the repair is his, can you advise and help me?
He said the fuse blew, and so did my bedroom outlets because I should never have used the engine jump starter, but he never told me the house was not grounded, electric shop told me fuse only switched off not blew, lanlord kept it in shed, did not throw away.
His son told me the house is not grounded after this happened, but he looked at his dad and said: "someone should have explained the rules to you who knew it was not grounded.
he also said: "if house was grounded current returning from car after it started would have gone to the ground stake, but since it isn't grounded it just blew the fuse and my outlets. why is that my fault, I say it is landlords fault.
I have been asking around but no one wants to help me, as if they were risking to lose something, these few answers here are about the best I've recieved so far.
Hulano de Tal
Question answered by Electrical Inspector
Fault current going to a ground rod does no good, as the earth is not allowed to be used as a "grounding conductor" [**these terms are from the 2005 NEC, the 2008 Code has almost entirely replaced the term "grounding" with "earthing"]. There really is no way to "take a current to ground", this is a misnomer. The current returning from the starting unit was returning on the grounded conductor (the "neutral"), as it always does. An external grounding electrode system is there to help disperse any energy from voltage surges caused by lightning strikes or downed power lines falling onto other lines.
If a fuse blew because the unit you had plugged into the circuit drew more amperage than the fuse or wiring could handle, that's something that you may be responsible for fixing; depending on how your lease is written.
If the landlord wants you to replace fuses, that's reasonable, but he should show you how to replace them safely, and make sure that if they are "Edison base" screw-in type fuses that they all have the type "S" adapters installed in the 20 and 30 Amp locations.
Now, if a receptacle (or any other device) "blew" while you were attempting this procedure, I would question why the receptacle was being used as overcurrent protection. (That was sarcasm; the receptacle blew because of another problem.)
Whoever he sent in to replace the receptacle should have inspected it, and the wiring, for damage. They also should have made sure that the circuit conductors were sized to match the fuse.
I would ask the landlord to have the premises wiring checked out by a qualified, licensed electrical contractor; just to make sure it's safe. Especially after the comments made by the son. They show a lack of understanding of basic electrical principles; if the father & son had ever done any repairs or modifications to the home's electrical system, I would be afraid to sleep there.
Also, find out if the jurisdiction this home is located in has a Code Compliance Officer, or the equivalent, at the Building Department. If they have adopted the International Property Maintenance Code as part of the Town, City, Village, etc. ordinances, there may be a way to have the owner make the building safe. (Not compliant with modern Building or Electrical Codes, that is not required by any of the "Model Codes" - they are not retroactive.)
The one thing that the NEC does say about older homes with ungrounded systems is that they must use ungrounded (2-slot) receptacles, unless other rules are followed. If you have any 3-slot receptacles, have them replaced with 2-slot models, or, have them protected by GFCI devices. They must then be labeled "NO EQUIPMENT GROUND", the labels come with the GFCI devices.