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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-05-30 18:16

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How close was this to me losing my fish shed. This starter was brand new yester day, yes yesterday!!! There was obviously something wrong on the inside. The light worked and was not for some time after (About 3 hrs) that I needed to go into the fish shed again. The smell of an electrical fire seared my nostrils on entering, did I panic, of course I did. My first reaction was to turn the shed electric supply off. This plunged me into darkness and with the aid of a torch the source was detected. A light unit, the ballast unit although very hot appeared to have no damage to it and after being out of use for a few hours and having another new starter fitted, is working fine and as it should be, no smell of burning or feeling hot. So as I have already said it must of been a fault within the starter it's self. Like to know if anyone has had a similar experience?
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Postby Kev » 2006-05-30 18:19

Wow, that was very lucky you went back in there :o I haven't personally experienced anything like that and I hope I never will...
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Postby Dookie » 2006-05-30 18:22

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That's scary. Glad your pride n joy are all okay!
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-05-30 18:35

one of my worst night mares almost come true... never happened to me... yet :( good that you caught it early on!
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Postby saracen » 2006-05-30 18:40

Oh no! Sor glad you managed to catch it, it waould have been terrible to loose your fish room :(

Never happened to me, thank goodness. The worst I have done is blow up a pump with backing up water, but all i managed to do was blow the fuses, no where near your starter escapade.....
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Postby The fish shed » 2006-05-30 18:57

That hasn't happened to me.
I hope it never does.
I almost caught a curtain on fire with the heat off of my tank light unit but lucky that never happened either as I realised in time.

Great to know that you caught it in time too. :tup:
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Postby Surface » 2006-05-30 19:19

Mick, am so glad that you got it sorted out and no fish were lost. The closest Ive come is burning up a motor on my filter, and personally that was close enough for me.
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Postby sharkdude » 2006-05-30 20:21

i'm gona sound REALLY stiupid but what was it-it sounded/looked close as the same
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Postby susankat » 2006-05-31 02:38

I had a new light fixture that 15 minutes of turning it on, smoke started pouring out from it. Luckily it was a tank next to the computer in the living room and was in the room when it started.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-05-31 09:14

Yup - that's a contact fault. In other words, some of the internal workings were built leaning on the casing.

Good job you caught it - always shake them to make sure all the elements are stable inside - you don't want a rattley wobbler.
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Postby hamburger » 2006-05-31 09:50

Not nice Mick. could have all gone up! Mick do you have a trip switch or fuse box fitted in your fish shed? I would have thought the power would have gone off before that happend! :cheers:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-05-31 10:33

If I'm correct, it doesn't surge enough to affect trip switches - the current still runs fairly freely through the circuit.
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-06-03 15:57

<span style='font-family:script'><span style='font-size:21pt;line-height:100%'><span style='color:gray'>Your right Hambuger, but no I don't have one, have considered it on many ocasion, just never get around to it....it's in the pipeline and will get fitted soon. Have had a chat to a few friends and a guy at B&Q and it seems to be a first...I am, on a suggestion from B&Q, getting in touch with the manufacturer and see what they have to say. Things like that tend to make one paranoid and a fuse box just might be a cure....thanks all,</span></span></span>
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-06-03 16:05

You're welcome.

I checked with my Techie Grandad - and yes, my theory on the starter is probably correct.

By all means write to them, they should give you some form of compensation - even if it is just a replacement. They need to know.

Send a picture with the letter - but never the item itself. (That way you still have physical evidence)

I did similar when I found no green ones in my pack of fruit pastilles - and I got ?3 by cheque!
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Postby Colin747 » 2006-06-11 17:44

Never happened to me thank goodness but i have had a heater go live in the tank luckaly i noticed before i put my hand in the water to get something.
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