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scottds80
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Hey guys;
Just thought I'd get some opinions here. My house often (every night and daytime) has the sound of human footsteps on the floorboards while nobody is around. Quite defined, it lasts only a few seconds. Anyway, just half an hour ago my wife was on the ground changing our baby's clothes, when the light flicked itself off. I was walking towards her from another room and heard the switch myself and saw the light go out leaving us in the dark. My natural instinct was to turn it back on which I did. It is an older house, but the lights and switch are not defective at all. It is a regular flick switch.
What happened here, is it haunted?
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Be very careful of intruders and/or faulty wiring.

Both are more dangerous than ghosts.

Don't go checking alone btw... Really.
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Call an electrician. There is apparently an electrical problem. This problem could cause a house fire. This is assuming the light bulb isn't bad.
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Buy a shotgun.

Shoot at sounds and shadows.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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Wait a second, I just turned the light switch "on" here and nothing whatsoever happened. I wonder... coincidence or remote psychic connection...
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Ok let's just say faulty wiring could be the explanation. How could that physically switch the light off at the flick switch? It takes your finger to forcefully press it upwards.
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On 2013-07-19 07:39, scottds80 wrote:
Ok let's just say faulty wiring could be the explanation. How could that physically switch the light off at the flick switch? It takes your finger to forcefully press it upwards.


That's why you have to call the electrician.

He/she is the expert. Smile
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Ok ill ask my friend who is an electrician and get back to you thanks
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The switch mechanism can sometimes fail. I have known light switches that won't stay on.

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On 2013-07-19 07:44, scottds80 wrote:
Ok ill ask my friend who is an electrician and get back to you thanks


Welcome.

Hope all goes well. Smile
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My electrician said the switch should not go off physically like that at all.
Also I forgot to mention my wife saw a lady wearing a pink cardigan on two different occasions then disappeared quickly. I don't see these things so I dismissed it quickly,
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No, switches should not go off on their own. Is the switch actually changing positions? That would be most bizarre.
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Maybe the switch had not been fully thrown earlier, then fell from the halfway on/halfway off position to all the way off.
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Maybe the lady wearing the pink cardigan simply turned it off.

Spirits don't light bright lights. Get a low voltage light bulb, problem solved.

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On 2013-07-19 08:01, scottds80 wrote:

My electrician said the switch should not go off physically like that at all.

Agreed, they (typically) should not. But I have seen switches switch position and go from on to off on their own. Where I was growing up, we had a switch or two that were defective this way in our (my parents') house. I also used to work in a hardware store many years ago, and saw the same behaviour in some switches we stocked / sold.

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On 2013-07-19 08:01, scottds80 wrote:

Also I forgot to mention my wife saw a lady wearing a pink cardigan on two different occasions then disappeared quickly. I don't see these things so I dismissed it quickly,

Has any food gone missing? If so, perhaps set up a video camera like this guy did?

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Apart from switches physically flipping, it's possible that the switch was very poorly wired, and shifts in the house could cause the wiring to contact, completing the circuit even without the switch moving. Get it checked. It's a fire hazard.
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Usually when there is an electrical short it will throw the switch inside the breaker box.
But yes you do need to get it checked.

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On 2013-07-19 08:01, scottds80 wrote:
My electrician said the switch should not go off physically like that at all.
Also I forgot to mention my wife saw a lady wearing a pink cardigan on two different occasions then disappeared quickly. I don't see these things so I dismissed it quickly,


I'm not laughing. This happens frequently in old houses here in Maine. I don't like to assume "ghosts" or other paranormal activity, but some things...do not have an answer.

Doug
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I'm still trying to fathom out why two dimmer switches could turn themselves fully on during the night in my last house, on more than one occasion.
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On 2013-07-19 06:55, scottds80 wrote:
" ....... lights and switch are not defective at all".

Yes it is, it goes off by itself. Spend a dollar and replace the switch.
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