alan wrote: > > The breakers in my old house were glass screw-in fuses. > They were fuses, not breakers. Plug fuses to be exact. > Not the worse case at that house... > > [Digression warning] > > I had all sorts of problems with light bulbs flickering and burning out, > as well as other electrical problems. After lots of ranting I got the > landlord to bring in an electrician. > That sounds a bit like an open neutral problem. Though without more information, it could also be loose lugs, or a bad splice. > He found that one of the 220 breakers was blown, so he replaced the fuse > and threw the switch. > > There was a flash across the room and the breaker popped immediatly. > > He followed the 220 line from the breaker and found it clamped to a pipe. > > A gas pipe. > > When they replaced the electric stove with gas, instead of capping the > electric line, they just attached it to a nearby pipe. (Which happened > to be the gas pipe.) > > My landlord did not say much the rest of the day and I know we didn't > have any gas leaks. > You may have one after that - A short like that can burn a hole in a pipe. But you have to understand that there is a big difference between a fuse and a breaker. When a fuse blows, you have to replace it. (Or replace the link in renewable link fuse.) When a breaker trips, you can reset it - usually by moving the the handle to off, and then on. There are advantages and disadvantages of both. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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