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  1. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Ok - this is going to sound odd but a good customer of mine has a fault on a lighting circuit - the odd thing is that the smell was like the "cap" guns from my early days!

    Any suggestions of what might make that smell (assuming you remember it too)

    I've given them a quick temporary fix for tonight so they don't have use of 3 sets of lights .......... and will be going back tomorrow when its light and I have more time

    Thanks
     
  2. ruston
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    Ozone caused by arcing.
     
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  3. chris gray
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    I would guess at a loose connection
     
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  4. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    Maybe they have been firing a cap gun.
     
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  5. Murdoch
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    I would have thought that a "staff member" would be better than that.
     
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  6. ruston
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    I got chucked out of the pictures for firing one when I was a lad.
    It was a lone star Lone Ranger look alike.
     
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  7. ipf
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    Don't forget to take your water pistol with you when you go back;)
     
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  8. ruston
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    And a mask if it is strong.
     
  9. ipf
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    Why? Tonto never had one.
     
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  10. KEV 1 N
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    KEV 1 N Regular EF Member

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    Is this one of those “shot in the dark” faults or is it gonna be easy to fix like “shooting fish in a barrel” but don’t “jump the gun” or you might end up “shooting yourself in the foot”

    Can’t think of any more gun puns!!
     
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  11. ruston
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    It was him that made all the smells. That is why he was always behind Kemosabe.
     
  12. GMES
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    GMES Admin Staff Member Trusted Advisor

    What about a burnt out transformer somewhere, just thinking of the smell of melted plastic.
     
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  13. ruston
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    Could be , or Bakelite. Depends how old the gear is .
     
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  14. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    There is some MICC on this circuit ...........
     
  15. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    Sounds like it could be some old electrical insulating varnish, any old floris on site.
     
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