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Anyone got a fish smell??
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Mandles
Old 10-11-2005, 9:02 PM
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Default Anyone got a fish smell??

I thought i'd be helpful as i posted a question. If you have a fish smell in your house & cant work out where it is coming from why not check out your lights and faulty wiring somewhere!! A loose connection can cauuse a fishy smell as we discovered..its handy having an electrician husband!

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Old 10-11-2005, 10:29 PM
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You got me thinking now

We have a fishy smell in our lounge from time to time...it comes from around the doorway as you enter the room...near the lightswitch.

and.......I have suspected something wrong with the wiring....our light sometimes flicker...and when they pop........they POP !

FILaw wired everything up.(ex-leccy board inspector).....not good wiring

Will be checking wiring tomorrow.....with trips off !

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Old 10-11-2005, 11:22 PM
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Yeah the material that switches & sockets are made from does give of a fishy type smell when it starts to get to hot / burn!
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:48 PM
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also tesco lightbulbs give off a fishy smell

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We believe you..... but a little wash is also recommended!
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my boyfriend had this prob on his upstairs landing, though thankfully we identified the light as the source pretty much straight away. very disgusting smell, thankfully a new light fitting from b&Q sorted it out no probs!
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Old 11-11-2005, 12:05 PM
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I had this exact thing last week when I fitted an old 150watt bulb in the bedroom while I decorated. Took me a while to work out what it was.

I remember reading about a woman who stitched prawns into her ex-husbands curtains and it took him months to work out where the stink was coming from.
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It's the bakelite of the light fitting decomposing under heat.

Bakelite is a nice sounding material - but not so nice when you realise it's a polymer of Urea Formaldehyde - which breaks down under heat into it's constituent chemicals, Urea (as found in wee) and Formaldehyde (as found at the undertakers).

I replaced all my bakelite lampholders with brass ones - not a costly exercise to do, and you never get the fishy/wee smell again and no more problems removing the lampshades because the bakelite collar has been decomposed.
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Old 12-11-2005, 7:47 AM
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Some years ago in work I too noticed a fishy smell.

A visitor went straight to the plug where the heater was plugged in and the plug was hot!. He said it was a safety feature built into plugs to warn of bad connections. Now I'm wondering whether it was the plug or the socket. I will say that it was quite a few years ago now but I've never forgotten it.
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Yes, we had salmon for tea last night.
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Old 12-11-2005, 9:00 AM
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We had a fishy smell for months and blamed it on our poor teenage daughter, until smoke started pouring out of the circuit board cupboard. i didn't know circuit breaker boards could 'blow'. now that i'm wiser, i would check out everything electrical before accusing the poor hormone ridden crowd of bad hygeine.
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I have the same smell that has just appeared and seems to be coming from my Aldi Delta microwave oven (which I very rarely use). It smells quite strong near the back (where the vents and such are) as opposed to inside the appliance itself (so nothing I have cooked in it!). However, on reading this thread it's now got me thinking as my imersion heater switch and double plug socket (for fridge-freezer & microwave) in housed behind this.
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Old 29-08-2008, 11:55 AM
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we had a fish smell too once - turned out to be damp in the floorboards coming in from next door (semi detatched). Some fungi give off a fishy odour too so don't assume it's the electrics
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Thank you so much for the posts that led me to check my outlets following a really bad fish smell everytime we used the microwave. We found a burning outlet inside the wall! It has been burning for over a week, all the steel wires in the outlet were melted. So, I feel like you probably saved our lives with this information!! I thought it was a bad microwave!
How useful to know that fish smell can mean you have an electrical fire brewing in your walls, so check your outlets!!
God Bless You and thank-You!!!!
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Old 16-10-2008, 10:33 PM
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Anyone any wiser on a smell from central heating more a BO type of smell - It is seems to be coming from either radiator, window or blind but everyone I ask says they cant smell it - It is driving me mad!!
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Old 17-10-2008, 11:30 AM
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Thank you so much for the posts that led me to check my outlets following a really bad fish smell everytime we used the microwave. We found a burning outlet inside the wall! It has been burning for over a week, all the steel wires in the outlet were melted. So, I feel like you probably saved our lives with this information!! I thought it was a bad microwave!
How useful to know that fish smell can mean you have an electrical fire brewing in your walls, so check your outlets!!
God Bless You and thank-You!!!!
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So glad to have helped. That was really worrying. So glad you found it in time.
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Old 17-10-2008, 11:47 AM
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We had a fishy smell for months and blamed it on our poor teenage daughter, until smoke started pouring out of the circuit board cupboard. i didn't know circuit breaker boards could 'blow'. now that i'm wiser, i would check out everything electrical before accusing the poor hormone ridden crowd of bad hygeine.

Your poor daughter!
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Old 17-10-2008, 11:50 AM
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We got a fishy smell coming from the main circuit board when we use the shower downstairs, had a sparkie come round and have a look at it and he could find nothing wrong.
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As a retired electrician, I can say that the smell of overheated insulation is unmistakeable. Once you have smelled it, you never forget it, and you always hunt down the cause, because that smell is never good news.
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