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So, we just framed in our basement. I wired it and landed it on its own circuit. When I was getting into the panel the ground to homerun touched my heater breaker and panel at the same time and caused a short. I reset the heater breaker and landed the new circuit. Checked my lights and the lights work. But if I plug in my space heater the lights dim way down and the heater will not turn on. And this outlet had nothing to do with the heater circuit or the new circuit I just installed. But it does also do it on the outlets on the new circuit....
 

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Do you have a voltage tester? Hopefully a digital multimeter?

Check the voltage at the line side of the main circuit breaker (or is there a fused main) sounds like you lost one leg, may have a bad main circuit breaker, blown a fuse or utility fuse.

But it also seems like it could be a neutral issue. A neutral issue can be a major problem as ou can lose other equipment.

You have any electricians you work with?

1. Turn off all the circuit breakers and the main (have a flash light) Line to line and line to neutral
2. Measure voltage at the line side of the main circuit breaker. Line to line and line to neutral
3. Turn the main back on test voltage on the load side of the main. Line to line and line to neutral
4. Turn the circuit breakers back on one at a time and measure voltage at each.

BE CAREFUL
 

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So, we just framed in our basement. I wired it and landed it on its own circuit. When I was getting into the panel the ground to homerun touched my heater breaker and panel at the same time and caused a short. I reset the heater breaker and landed the new circuit. Checked my lights and the lights work. But if I plug in my space heater the lights dim way down and the heater will not turn on. And this outlet had nothing to do with the heater circuit or the new circuit I just installed. But it does also do it on the outlets on the new circuit....
Ask the journeymen electrician your working for to help you.

Are you using space heaters to heat up your room?
 

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so I got a Digital multi-meter. I'm not sure what settings to have it on though... but I don't know if this makes a difference when I touched the heater wire I only touched one of the phases
 

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Can someone tell me why I don't just become an electrician instead of doing the low voltage entertainment work? I feel like with some of the questions these apprentices ask I should of gotten into the big leagues long ago. Hmmm

I don't mean this in an insultive way. But if you're an apprentice doing your own work it seems to me the knowledge would be past this point before you even thought about doing your own electrical work?
 

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Can someone tell me why I don't just become an electrician instead of doing the low voltage entertainment work? I feel like with some of the questions these apprentices ask I should of gotten into the big leagues long ago. Hmmm

I don't mean this in an insultive way. But if you're an apprentice doing your own work it seems to me the knowledge would be past this point before you even thought about doing your own electrical work?
There are a variety of reasons why he is at this level of education

1. Time in trade
2. Who he works for and the task he has been performing.
 

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It sounds like you need to get help other than the forum. You need to have someone there that can guide you thru it but IMO you have too much on a circuit. Some type of dimming is normal when a large load comes on but there are too many questions to ask and I don't believe you can answer them.
 
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