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Old 01-27-2009, 02:17 PM   #21
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On further thought, the problem may be back at the meter, power entrance panel. Old houses tend to have loosened feeder screws in the meter housing.
Might call local power provider to check connections at meter, You need them to cut and re-install seal on meter housing.

At one of my old houses, when a neighbor's AC powered on, my lights dimmed. Power company had pulled meter, took several turns on the screwdriver to tighten feeder connection. Dimming problem solved.

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Old 11-01-2013, 08:51 AM   #22
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Do not try to tighten or re-strip hot service box connections yourself. Get the power company or an electrician to do it. They will use a torque wrench. If you are changing receptacles turn off power to your entire house. (you can get shocked thru the Neutral from a different circuit)
High quality newer receptacles have a screw with plate design. Strip the wire straight, insert and tighten. Some jurisdictions require you to install "tamper resistant" receptacles, check with your local building dept.
Connecting around the screw requires stripping without nicking the wire, sanding oxidation off the wire if necessary, twisting a loop, installing the loop in a clockwise direction, and having the wire contact 75% of the screw head diameter.
torque screws to 12 inch/lb which is one foot/lb You probably do not have an inch/lb torque wrench so you will be guessing at the torque. This torque is about 50% of the force it takes to strip the threads-so you could strip an old receptacle to get an idea. Really tight with a screwdriver is what most people do and could end up with a safe connection.
In my house the lights blink when printer starts up. I am plugged into the same power strip. This is normal and does not bother me.
You may have bad connections in your house even if your lights do not blink.

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