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01:49PM | 03/09/14
My husband and I live in a 7-year-old condo building that is three stories high. We live in a 2nd floor unit. We finally decided to label our breaker box. In the course of that testing, we found 5 breakers that don't seem to be connected to anything in our apartment. We also have about 3 random outlets and one ceiling lighting fixture that didn't seem to correlate with any of our breakers (they never turned off while we were testing breakers). Before I assume that the initial electrician really messed up the wiring, I thought I would ask if there is any reason why someone might install "extraneous" breakers.

We have them all in the "off" position at the moment hoping that over the course of the next few days we might run across something we overlooked and have an "a-ha" moment. Our fear is that somehow our "unused" breakers actually might have fixtures from a neighbor's apartment wired into them and the outlets/fixture for which we could not identify a breaker are wired into a neighbor's breaker box. Is that possible or would you REALLY have to mess up wiring to do something like that?

Thanks for any advice.


06:28PM | 03/09/14
Member Since: 03/09/14
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one of the individual parts of our tandem breaker keeps tripping and we are having a tough time finding a replacement (house built in 64)the googled replacements are too big to fit in the slot. There appears to be another tandem slot that is not connected to anything (it is not marked and when we did the off/on test to mark all the breakers again it did not seem to effect anything. Can I switch the bad one with the "idle" one?

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