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Electrical Short???

Posted by Cathy on January 23rd, 2002 10:51 PM

In the (not old) house I've lived in a year, there are 3 lights in the kitchen, on 3 separate switches. Suddenly last night when I came home from work, turning on the overhead light blows a fuse. Its a round fixture hanging on a chain. Interestingly, the other two sets of (florescent) lights (one on either side) don't work, BUT the microwave and stovetop LED clocks are still on. How do I know if my problem is a short in the hanging fixture versus something else --Do hanging fixtures "stress" the wires? If I uninstall it, is there a way to know if ceiling part of the fixture is good? Am willing to try to work on (I promise to turn off the electricity) and would like to avoid paying an electrician. Here in Alaska, everything costs 2-3 times what it is in the most expensive lower 48!! Any suggestions, please??? Do you make housecalls? Our days are starting to get longer, honest!!!

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