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countyblue

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Hi, Ive just bought my first house and tonight was the first time a small problem occurred.

I'll tell you the background: Yesterday, me and my brother in law were looking at the fuse box and noticed the fuse switch labelled 'lights' had a 5 amp fuse which was burnt out and had alot of fuse wire around it. We bought a new 5 amp fuse yesterday but tonight all the lights went out?

I've put tin foil around it for temporary measure as I havent got fuse wire.

Any ideas on what may have caused the lights to go out??

Thanks in advance

A confused new house owner
 
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wattsup

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Err is this wind up? Turn off central heating, you won't need. Your house may catch fire.
If the lights remained on after tin-foil repair it is not a dead short, unless a particular light was switched off and the fault was on the switched side.

Turn on all lights in the house for a short while, if the circuit remains operational it is not a dead short if it is, you may hear a loud bang, and the lights will go off.

Very likely overload, it needs fixing. Replace tin-foil with a real fuse asap.

It could also be, someone has tapped off lighting circuit for a socket, heater, water heater etc etc.

I would remove fuse urgently. Try and get by with table lamps until sorted
 
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thelivelyone

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:eek: tin foil!! na
looking for big trouble, put some foil around a fuse protecting a posibbly faulty circuit.
could be a weak fuse or could be a faulty connection. there are lots of could be's.
have you put any lights up in this new house of yours?
 
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countyblue

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I have 4 wall lights with 5 very small lights in them. I had to replace 5 of these lightbulbs yesterday because they had gone. I also replaced the old fuse in the Lights 'fuse holder' because it was black and had fuse wire around it, so thought buying a new fuse would make sense.

Now tonight the lights all went out all over the house apart from the spotlights above my dining table??

This is a a house I only bought in April so dont know much history on the wiring if im honest.

P.s.

Ive now removed the fuse and tin foil......
 
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rumrunner

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I have 4 wall lights with 5 very small lights in them. I had to replace 5 of these lightbulbs yesterday because they had gone. I also replaced the old fuse in the Lights 'fuse holder' because it was black and had fuse wire around it, so thought buying a new fuse would make sense.

Now tonight the lights all went out all over the house apart from the spotlights above my dining table??

This is a a house I only bought in April so dont know much history on the wiring if im honest.

P.s.

Ive now removed the fuse and tin foil......
Hi
Its a very easy problem to fix and the fact that you dont know how to do it ,tells me you need to get hold of an electrician asap;)
 
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countyblue

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Hi
Its a very easy problem to fix and the fact that you dont know how to do it ,tells me you need to get hold of an electrician asap;)
Any tips??
 
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countyblue

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I think nails blow slower than tin foil .;)
I'm using 5 amp fusewire for now.

I dont think its wise to use anything other than a product made specifically for the job;)
 
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PAUL M

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Any tips??
get electrician to do a PERIODIC INSPECTION then you will know what state your electrics are in,should have had one anyway as change of ownership;)
 
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Cirrus

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I agree with Rum - get someone in to do a PIR. There are probably a few more issues on your installation that may need attention too. Don't look for a quick fix and the cheapest route - pay the money and get it sorted properly.
 
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rumrunner

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I agree with Rum - get someone in to do a PIR. There are probably a few more issues on your installation that may need attention too. Don't look for a quick fix and the cheapest route - pay the money and get it sorted properly.
Freekin ell Cirrus r you felling ok:p
 
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Cirrus

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Don't get too used to it Rum;):D
 
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Moog

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I also agree with Rum, as a side thought if it turns out the wiring is dodgy at the point the house was sold does this mean the new owner can bill the old one for cost of repair?
 
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wattsup

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I doubt the new owner can bill the old, unless a fraudulent survey. Bought as seen?
 
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