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torquehound
01-29-2010, 10:39 PM
Why would it come on flickering and then go out after about 45 seconds?

Murfman
01-29-2010, 10:45 PM
Sounds like a bad ballast. Try switching bulbs and see if it happens with the new bulb. If it does, then it is the ballast.

torquehound
01-29-2010, 10:47 PM
Just switched which ballast it was on and still does it. Ballasts fire other lamps just fine but it is just this bulb.

Murfman
01-29-2010, 10:49 PM
I would say the bulb is bad then.

torquehound
01-29-2010, 10:52 PM
Great. How often does that happen? I will check the tension in the socket too.

torquehound
01-29-2010, 10:59 PM
It isn't the bulb either. Just put another bulb in and it still did it. That leaves the cord from ballast to socket... What could be up with that?

torquehound
01-29-2010, 11:07 PM
I got it. Ground wire was barely touching common inside socket base. Good to be into remodeling and think of such things.

Murfman
01-29-2010, 11:07 PM
That is why it is called troubleshooting!!!

torquehound
01-29-2010, 11:13 PM
Gotter dun. One little copper thread of a wire.

Alcedok9
01-30-2010, 05:16 AM
it's called "troubleshooting" because you are tempted to pull out your gun and shoot the blasted thing.:aureola::idea:

torquehound
01-30-2010, 09:31 AM
I am way to excited to set it up to blow it up!!!