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On 11/30/2019 at 10:32 AM, KCitons said:

My wife just showed me some burn marks on the end table in the living room. She has low vision and there is a lamp with two adjustable arms. One arm has a light, the other has a magnifying glass about 6 inches round. (there's also a small quarter sized "super magnifier" area within the larger lense). She also keeps her laptop plugged in on the end table. I thought maybe the laptop overheated. But, upon further investigation, it appears the light from the upper window (faces south) is lining up with the end table and getting really hot. It also melted a 1/2" section on the edge of the laptop lid. Next time we get a bright sunny day, I'm going to see if I can duplicate and start a fire. :devil: :hot: :headbang:

Just tested this out. It's a bright clear day here. It took 2 or 3 tries to line everything up. But, after that it took about 10 seconds to create a burn mark on the end table. I tried to see if I could get a flame to ignite from a piece of paper, but it just smoked a lot and started to stink up the living room. So, I stopped. This could definitely start a house fire. Not sure if it would work the same on newer windows with any type of UV blocking or other filters. Our window is a large double pane picture window that is roughly 25 years old.

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2 minutes ago, KCitons said:

Just tested this out. It's a bright clear day here. It took 2 or 3 tries to line everything up. But, after that it took about 10 seconds to create a burn mark on the end table. I tried to see if I could get a flame to ignite from a piece of paper, but it just smoked a lot and started to stink up the living room. So, I stopped. This could definitely start a house fire. Not sure if it would work the same on newer windows with any type of UV blocking or other filters. Our window is a large double pane picture window that is roughly 25 years old.

That's crazy.  Speaking of house fires, our lights started flickering in our house on Sunday night.  Thought it could just be the bulbs but it's happening in multiple lamps.  Gonna have an electrician come out and check the box.  I am absolutely horrified of what could happen if there's a short somewhere.  

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30 minutes ago, nirad3 said:

That's crazy.  Speaking of house fires, our lights started flickering in our house on Sunday night.  Thought it could just be the bulbs but it's happening in multiple lamps.  Gonna have an electrician come out and check the box.  I am absolutely horrified of what could happen if there's a short somewhere.  

All the lights? Creepy. You should call an exorcist too.

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2 minutes ago, KCitons said:

All the lights? Creepy. You should call an exorcist too.

My walls are not oozing yet, but yeah it is still a little creepy.

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7 minutes ago, nirad3 said:

My walls are not oozing yet, but yeah it is still a little creepy.

Do things like your alarm clock or microwave reset when it happens?

Or your VCR?

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Just now, KCitons said:

Do things like your alarm clock or microwave reset when it happens?

Or your VCR?

No longer employ a VCR, but the microwave/oven haven't been affected.  Just the lights.  I know, weird.  From what I've read, it can be the precursor to a larger issue, so we're gonna look into it.

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Just now, nirad3 said:

No longer employ a VCR, but the microwave/oven haven't been affected.  Just the lights.  I know, weird.  From what I've read, it can be the precursor to a larger issue, so we're gonna look into it.

Good luck. I'd be curious to hear what the electrician finds. 

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2 minutes ago, KCitons said:

Good luck. I'd be curious to hear what the electrician finds. 

My guess is bees.  

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2 hours ago, KCitons said:

Just tested this out. It's a bright clear day here. It took 2 or 3 tries to line everything up. But, after that it took about 10 seconds to create a burn mark on the end table. I tried to see if I could get a flame to ignite from a piece of paper, but it just smoked a lot and started to stink up the living room. So, I stopped. This could definitely start a house fire. Not sure if it would work the same on newer windows with any type of UV blocking or other filters. Our window is a large double pane picture window that is roughly 25 years old.

My company helps out insurance companies as an "expert" for some of their claims.  We had one for new exterior vinyl siding that was "melting".  Turns out it was the neighbor getting new low-e windows.  THe houses were close enough that when the neighbor opened their window just right, the sun would reflect off the window onto the insured's siding and heat it up enough to start it deforming.

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1 hour ago, UOFI_316 said:

My company helps out insurance companies as an "expert" for some of their claims.  We had one for new exterior vinyl siding that was "melting".  Turns out it was the neighbor getting new low-e windows.  THe houses were close enough that when the neighbor opened their window just right, the sun would reflect off the window onto the insured's siding and heat it up enough to start it deforming.

We need to look into global warming insurance. 

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