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jaing314

11:42AM | 01/14/05
Member Since: 01/13/05
2 lifetime posts
A few years ago an electrician did some re-wiring of our house as part of a kitchen re-modeling project. I am now wanting to add some overhead lights to an existing overhead lighting circuit. To determine the circuit breaker that controls this circuit, I turned on the lights, then flipped each 110 breaker on my panel, but the lights never went out! Could it be that this circuit is controled by two breakers that both have to be off to kill the circuit? I can always throw the main breaker - but that can't be right. I have found the cable in the attic that supplies the power to the switches but am not sure which breaker it comes from. Any help would be appreciated.

jaing314

02:07PM | 01/14/05
Member Since: 01/13/05
2 lifetime posts
An update to my original post. I went about finding the breaker another way. I started opening the 110 breakers on the panel one at a time and the light circuit finally went out. I left that breaker open and started closing the ones already off until the lights came back on again. What this has indicated is that I have two breakers controlling the same lighting circuit. At least now I know which two breakers to open to work on the lighting circuit. However, I'm left with the question, is this circuit properly protected?

Tom O

03:18AM | 01/15/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
IMO, the answer is no. Call in an electrician to locate where these circuits come together so they can be separated.

Tom


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