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David Nebenzahl David Nebenzahl is offline
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On 7/8/2009 6:54 AM Smitty Two spake thus:

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

But that is highly unlikely to be the problem; it would result in much
sparking and smoking. Presumably the OP's problem is a flickering bulb,
which is caused by an intermittent connection within the circuit, not an
intermittent short as you're proposing.


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