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Green sticky goo in light switches

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by The Stanton Man, 26 Jun 2003.

  1. The Stanton Man

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    There is a green sticky goo inside all my light switches. it looks like it is being created in the earth wire . What is it and what can i do about it?
     
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    i could be wrong, but it sounds like your earth wire is corroding, is there any damp?
     
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    breezer is right. You have copper oxide residue. There must be damp in the wall somewhere close to the box.

    It's not a great problem in its self but could lead to the earth wire breaking and then you'd have no earth!

    If there is enough "slack" cable you could disconnect the mains fuse and then strip back the earth to unoxidated wire and reattach.

    You might also consider finding and curing the damp as this will affect the walls too.
     
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    thanks for the advice, however,the green stuff is in all the light switches not only ones on outside walls. To add a twist to the problem, the earth wires on the 30 amp ring main, cooker or shower circuits are not effected :confused:
     
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    The 30amp ring is most likely newer than than the lights and socket rings so has not had the time to oxidise yet.

    Especially if the house is an older build.
     
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    Do you remember Ghost Busters :eek: !! Just a thought. :D
     
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    So Andy, you suggest i get a white boilersuit and strap an old vacuume cleaner to my back, rather than calling in an electrician :LOL:
     
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    So Andy, you suggest i get a white boilersuit and strap an old vacuume cleaner to my back, rather than calling in an electrician :LOL:
     
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    just a thought, it may also be a low voltage on the earth cable (there shouldn't be but for a cable to turn green so quick)
     
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    how do i check if there is low voltage on the earth cable :?:
     
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    i am not sayingthere is, it just a thought, but unfortunately since you asked, you had better get an electrcian in.
     
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    well people thanks for your help i think its time to call in an electrictian :(
     
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    It's likely the green sticky substance is nothing more than washing up liquid or some other solution used to ease the cables during wiring. Many electricians used to use this to ease the wires through the conduit, whether it's a good idea or not is debatable. While it's messy so far as I am aware no one has had a fault as a result of this. The only thing is, over time it may turn black, but it's harmless. The give away on this is, it's on every light switch.
     
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    I agree loftus, ring main 2" up from skirting no prob. Light switches 3' from ceiling, hard work.
    I was told to use fairy, you can do soooooo many more wires with one bottle !!!! :D :D :D (Or was it pigs, am I on the right web site ????!!!!)
     
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    my question to thatis why only the earth wires, and there is no conduit mentioned (which is why you may use washing up liquid.

    are the cables to your sockets in conduit?
     
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