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Posted by: from Windsor
8/8/2012 at 12:28:45 PM

I have a house that is 60 years old with the orginial electrical. It has been blowing fused when the upstairs uses a hairdryer and downstairs toaster is used. I am concerned for safety as well. Is this a fire hazard?

Not sure what other questions i should be asking so would appreciate recommendations as what are ways to address this problem.


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Date/Time8/8/2012 at 1:23:43 PM


Fuses are there to protect you from fire or over heating of electrical circuits! The original wiring in the house may be suspect, as the kitchen circuit sounds like it is on the same circuit as the upstairs bathroom receptical! Sounds like you need to have the circuits checked!


Mark Anthony Major

Major Renovations Inc.


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Date/Time8/8/2012 at 1:26:19 PM

Dear Cindy,

All electrical-related items should be treated with great caution. I strongly recommend you hire a licensed electrician to investigate further. There are a host of issues that could be present here.

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Date/Time8/8/2012 at 1:41:35 PM

Hi There,

As You know 60 yrs ago, the building code was different and demands are not as they are now.Wire used those days is aluminum and is not good conductor as copper wire used now in the industry. What is happening in Your case is that You overload the line and the wire gets hot and burns fuse, the fuse is the protection, otherwise if You did't have one and wire heats up, it can start fire in Your house. You really do't have much option but to up/grade Your electrical system or you may start the fire one day.

Hope this clarifies some of Your concerns.



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Date/Time8/8/2012 at 3:22:38 PM

Hi Cindy,

The advice from the others is excellent. Basics are ...electricity can be dangerous ... in unsure call a pro, ... in this case, an electrician. An electrician can test the circuits and advise you as to what you have and what issues may require servicing. If you receive an estimate and don't feel comfortable, get a second one from another company or licenced individual.

Safety is the primary concern here so I wouldn't wait too long.



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Date/Time8/8/2012 at 9:59:17 PM

Some of the other replies you received were good advice. I want to chime in with some of my own.

As a certified electrical contractor.

60 years ago, the people that were designing our code rules (the minimum requirements that we use to provide usability and safety to the homes) never imagined dwellings to be using 700 watt toasters and 1200 watt hair dryers. In those days that was enough power to run the barn.

So whats happening...

The fuse is not there to protect you essentially... it is there to protect the wire and electrical gear permanently affixed to the house. When you "pop" a fuse, you are pulling too much energy and creating too much heat for that specific electrical gear (wire and plugs) to handle. The fuse shuts off the flow of current before the wire is able to catch fire.

I hope that clears some things up.

An electrical upgrade is inevitable if you want to continue to use high energy appliances. A skilled electrician could rework some of your circuiting to reduce the load you put on it with your toaster and hair drier and usually at a fraction of the price of a new service.

Hope that helps... start budgeting for a new upgrade. A great place to start is to build that garage you always wanted and install the new service in the new building. From there, your electrician will have lots of options to fix your power needs in your home.

Ivan electrical solutions nanaimo bc

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Date/Time8/9/2012 at 4:25:25 PM

I believe that both Ivan and Mark Major have provided realistic comments.

The fuse is doing exactly what it was designed and supposed to do, protect the wire.

By todays standards, many of these receptacles would be on dedicated circuits and this would not be an issue.

Call in an electrical contractor (call 3 actually) that has an ESA # to offer options for your situation. The basic option would be to separate those circuits and install a couple of new ones. The better option would be to look at the entire home and see what it needs to be brought up to today standards. It is not necessaryyouat oyu do that, but in the end it may be the best option depending on what the ECs have to say.



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Date/Time8/9/2012 at 10:03:41 PM

This is definitely a fire hazard. You should have a licensed electrician look at you house asap. One circuit shouldn't serve two floors.

Paul Justice

Justice Construction

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David from Chetco Homes in Fort Erie
Date/Time8/9/2012 at 10:06:20 PM

Yes this is a hazard and yes it could cause a fire.

First of all avoid using this to heavy draw appliances at the same time. You should have this checked soon. It could be as simple as a loose connection to ah house rewiring job. If you have nob and tube wiring in your home it needs to be replaced.

Have it look at ASAP!

Good Luck,


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David from Chetco Homes in Fort Erie
Date/Time8/10/2012 at 9:03:55 AM

Hello again

I see you have posted your question again.

Yes you do have a problem and it should have this looked at ASAP your house could burn down. This work must be dune by a licensed electrician and inspected.

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