Originally Posted by Sebber83
I did, yanked the thing from the wall last friday, find that there is a glass fuse in there, fuse looked fine but removed it and just put metal to metal and screen came alive! So I got another fuse and all is well now!
I hope you bought yourself a few of those little suckers.
Our Airstreams power distribution center was filled with them. I had a problem with one circuit, that included the lights in the back half of the trailer. They wouldn't light when were got to or spot at the end of the day. I go to the panel looking for a burnt out fuse nope not the problem, so I start checking out the wires, I'm jiggling wires and all of a sudden on come the lights. I figure ok loose wire, get a screw driver tighten up the screws on all the terminals.
We get home unpack thing nothing more of it. Next trip same song, so I'm back at the fuse panel checking, jiggling, etc. All of a sudden the lights come on. I get the screw driver tighten the screws, but they wouldn't tighten, they already are as tight as they are going to get.
Now it must be a broken wire. Get home, start pulling fuses get to the one with the problem pull it the end cap falls off on to the floor. I look at it and it can see where the fuse wire had broken and a bunch of small arcs where it must have made contact welded it's back together to make the circuit operational while we were parked, then break when we moved on.
This is the first time I have ever seen this happen in all my years of replacing glass fuses. I understand why now too, way back when I was a boy, the end caps were sealed in place, the fuses you get now the end caps are not. I've taken brand new fuses out of the box and been able to twist the end caps around.
One last thing, if you are going to use a metal bypass on a fuse always make sure it is an American penny. The reason because it says "IN GOD WE TRUST"