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Dave Anderson

02:44AM | 02/17/04
Member Since: 10/23/02
41 lifetime posts
Awhile ago I posted an issue about a arc-fault breaker blowing the minute something is plugged into the circuit for a bedroom.

Last night, I wired up the bathroom and turned on the GFI breaker in the box. No problem. However, the same issue is happening. Even if I plug a nightlight in, it blows!

I have yet another bedroom that uses an ARC fault protector and works fine.

What could be going on? I'm thinking of just doing away with these special breakers and putting in 'standard' breakers. I could then use GFI outlets in the bathroom.

Any advice?



doug seibert

04:23AM | 02/17/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
The devices are probably working......
They're trying to save your life!!!!!

You've got a Problem in that circuit..........

You'll need to check the connections .........look for any slight breaks in the insulation..........wire contact.............

Work safe...........doug


05:47AM | 02/23/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
I have yet to come across an AFI, but I assumed that there would be problems plugging in various appliances. The proper way to wire bedrooms with them is using separate wires for the lights. What does that tell you? It tells me that by turning on a switch there is an arc inside the switch which would trip an AFI.

Try a nightlight in the off posistion and then plug it in and turn it on. Then try a nightlight with a photocell on it.

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