Stan D asks:
The house where I’m staying has an older-style fuse box with twist-out fuses (I believe those are called “Eddison” fuses). None of them appear blown, but the electricity to all the circuits is failing – it’s almost like we’re suffering a brown-out, even though the houses around us are fine.
In the upper region of the fuse box, there are two black rectangular boxes, about four inches on a side, with wire handles that make them seem like they can be pulled out. What are those – main fuses? Any way to check if they have failed?
Answer by sporregar
In my house those were the main fuses. Pull those and the house goes black.
There should be a glass window in the fuses that you can see if it’s blown or not.
You may just have too many things running at once on the same circuit or too much for the house’s voltage. You may need an upgrade in service. Probably should have the place re-wired for circuit breakers.