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Old 01-30-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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Bad Circuit Breaker????

Had power (volts/amps) to a circuit...receptacle, small wall heater and another receptacle (all 110vac). My grandson was pulling the plug out of the 1st receptacle....installed a "twist and snap closed" receptacle cover. He kept pulling the plug out but it snapped closed.

Lost power to all 3 (2 receptacles and heater). Same circuit where plug was being pulled out. Have replaced the 1st receptacle, all lug connections, no back wiring, still no power. Checked everything with voltage checker and wand...nothing. Checked all breakers (on/off test and tested with wand) not finding a bad breaker. Bought a Breaker Finder/Tester. Will that be reliable in finding a faulty breaker, if that's the case? Don't want to start pulling breakers out unless I'm fairly certain.

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Check the connections at the last working or first non-working receptacle.
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There is NO way you can accurately troubleshoot with a want tester alone.
You say you checked all the breakers and they did show power with the wand anyway. What makes you thin it is a bad breaker?

For you and anyone else reading this in the future. 99% of the time the breaker is either good, or is good and doing it's job if tripping. It's most likely NOT a bad breaker.
Sometimes I feel like if I answer any more questions it is like someone trying to climb over a fence to jump off a bridge and me giving them a boost.
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