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latexia707

02:32PM | 05/13/07
Member Since: 11/01/06
34 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hello all,

the other day I was putting back together a box with 2 switches. As usual... I did not turn off the power before doing so. I know I know I know... please don't lecture me!

So... with the pliers... I touched the box (ground) with the black wire and the pliers...

Guess what... z beautiful arc emerged from the box, then a little fire and a beautiful pair of melted pliers...

Now... this is not so much the problem... the real deal was that the breaker did not trip... why is that?

Thanks!

Billhart

03:38AM | 05/14/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Lots of stories about FPE (Federal Pacific) breaks not tripping. Also Zinnsco/GTE/Sylcania.

But limited documentation.

joed

07:15AM | 05/16/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
What type of breakers do you have?
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