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"Hipupchuck" wrote in message
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If you have a flickering refrigerator light due to a loose connection,
does the removal of the light bulb eliminate the threat of arcing?

Yes it does. It will remove the "load" from the circuit, which is what
would cause the arcing.
That would depend on weather the neutral OR the hot is arcing. If the
hot is arcing removing the bulb won't help.

It most certainly will

How do you figure that, Nimrod.

I don't believe you have a working grasp of what a "complete circuit"
entails. Arcing will occur at the point of any loose connection. The greater
the load on the circuit, the more arcing that will occur. Any method that
you employ to open that circuit will prevent arcing from occurring. You can
open the hot leg. You can open the neutral. You can remove the "load", in
this case, light bulb. All will open the circuit and prevent arcing at the
point of the loose connection.

If the arcing is caused by a loose connection (intermittent open,) then
breaking the circuit anywhere will stop the flow of electricity and
thereby stop the arcing. But if the hot wire is vibrating and touching
ground (intermittent short,) the lack of a bulb isn't going to stop the