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Power cut > surge/spike > BANG! > Blown sockets!

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  1. Xstyle

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    Sunday night, drove home ... thought it was odd the street lamp outside across the road was not on... and most houses lights were off ... fair enough its night time.

    However, both my neighbours lights were on...

    Got in the house at 11pm, and nothing works!! No electricity at all.

    3am people started drilling at the end of the road, JCB / tractor type machines were in the vicinity...

    This went on until 5.40am.
    Electricity came back on, heard my phone beep back into life... followed by a loud "bang" !!! :suicide:

    Later I checked out that my socket in the garage is not working, on an extension lead for fridge, TV, Sky, PC etc.
    I changed extension leads, and no difference... still not working.
    So put that extension lead on another socket and all appliances work.

    In all, 9 sockets around the house do not work!! :mad:
    1 in garage, 4 in Kitchen, 2 in bedroom, 1 in landing, 1 in lounge.

    What can I do??
    Surely the council or the electricty company have to fix these faults for free!!?
    :lease:
     
  2. Reiner

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    How many phases does your mains supply have?

    Actually - did you check the circuit breakers / fuses in your main distribution? Maybe some of them tripped / blew ...
     
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    The main fuse box has around 6 or 7 HUGE looking fuses.

    Do you suggest changing them?? How else would you check them?

    I just phoned Southern Electric, and they say they have surge protectors on their lines, and if my sockets are blown its my own internal problem.

    I would have to pay for an electrician to sort it out, check the circuits! :mad:
     
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    It does sound like some of your internal fuses/circuit breakers have been tripped so checking the fuses at the distribution box would be the best place to start - they may look huge but they will only contain a switch or length of fuse wire which can either be reset or replaced. :)
     
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    Sockets itself rarely blow. If the fuses are HUGE you should probably not touch them yourself - some require special tools for safely taking them out, so you are best advised to get a qualified electrican to check it out.
     
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    All sorted now... the fuse on the consumer unit needed attention.

    Not a big problem, I was just shiitin' myself for no reason!
    Cheers guys.
     

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