Double outlet

Last Edited By Krjb Donovan
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014 05:24 PM GMT

Question

I recently smelled wires burning on my double outlet and it went away. Tonight i heard crackling and looked at the outlet and saw blue sparks inside the outlet. I took it out and noticed that only the black wiring was burned up a bit. I swapped out the outlets but i think i may have to replace the black wiring. I sanded the black wires because i didnt have any wiring. I really worry about my house burning down. Is there something you can suggest for me to do that i havent done yet ? Thanks

Answer

You have to cut off any burned areas. If that does not give you room to work with the wires, then you have to replace the wires, which is hard because they are behind the walls.

If your house was built in the 1970's, you may have aluminum wiring. If so, you must use special outlets, switches and wire nuts. Also, the wiring requires periodic maintenance.

To be on the safe side, you may want to get an electrician. As expensive as they may be, it's a lot cheaper than having a fire.


Question

I recently smelled wires burning on my double outlet and it went away. Tonight i heard crackling and looked at the outlet and saw blue sparks inside the outlet. I took it out and noticed that only the black wiring was burned up a bit. I swapped out the outlets but i think i may have to replace the black wiring. I sanded the black wires because i didnt have any wiring. I really worry about my house burning down. Is there something you can suggest for me to do that i havent done yet ? Thanks

Answer

Has this happened before? Do you have copper or aluminum wire? Was anything plugged into this outlet at that time? Where was the outlet located in your house?

Your worry is justified with this happening. With your electrical qualifications to inspect, repair or replace...will you still be worried after YOU do this? If the answer is YES, please get a qualified electrician to perform this task. Your in a situation where your peace of mind AND safety is being compared to a repair charge. If the answer is NO, please send me answers to the above questions and anymore information you might think is relevant and I will try and help you.

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