Detached garage remodel causing electrical problems inside the house

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Posted by: from Kyle
3/18/2018 at 11:14:40 AM

Decided to finish out our detached garage with insulation, drywall, and recessed lighting. During the process, something occurred that caused several rooms INSIDE the house to lose power to the overhead lights. Now the master bedroom and bathroom, and one of the middle bedroom and bathroom lights no longer work. When we flip the breaker for the area on and off, the lights will quickly flicker on for a second, then turn off again, without appearing to trip any breakers. What could be causing this?

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Edin from CITY ELECTRIC LTD in Guelph
Date/Time3/18/2018 at 12:23:12 PM

It could be anything at this point the way you explained. By the sounds of it sounds like the breaker is going. I think you should get a professional in to asses the problem before going forward. good luck to you

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Jeff from JTL Construction in Winnipeg
Date/Time3/18/2018 at 12:25:20 PM

Hi Kyle Taryn

First call an eletrician he can test the lines to see if you are getting full power. Second he can check the breaker it maybe faulty and third and most likely their maybe a fastner driven into a wire during your reno causing this arc fualt breaker to trip.

Call an electrician before you have a fire

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Date/Time3/18/2018 at 1:32:44 PM

Hi Ryan, Just curious about your current problem. How long ago was this conversion done & if it has happened right from the start. First off, the electrical wiring that was done in your converted garage should not have been connected to any existing circuits in your house. I would hire the services of a licensed electrical contractor to ensure that whatever work was done was done to code plus alow him to diagnose what the problem is & complete the required repairs.

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Date/Time3/19/2018 at 12:21:12 PM

Obviously the new wiring.

This could be a bad switch, receptacle or poorly connected wire.

You will need to call back the electrician, and if you didn't use a licensed electrician you should call one.

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Date/Time3/19/2018 at 2:55:10 PM

Based off of the description it is very difficult to narrow down to a single solution. It sounds like there could be an issue with the breaker, or it could be an issue with the install that was recently done. Call the electrical contractor back to investigate, and if it was done by an unlicensed electrician, then please call a licensed electrician to investigate and ensure the install was done to code and there are not fire hazards.

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