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Old 04-25-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
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Blow a breaker other than the one I'm on?


You'll have to read slow and follow carefully. (I know I would have to).

I was in my bathroom (in my bedroom) cutting my hair with some clippers. The breaker that services 2 other bedrooms blew, and seemed to keep blowing everytime I turned on the clippers. But the clippers kept running and not blowing the breaker it was running on. I tried a different set of clippers and it didn't do it, so yes it's probably something wrong with the clippers, but why would it blow a breaker that it's not even on, and not the one it is on? It seems like those 2 breakers are side by side in the box. And this is new consrtuction. I just want to hear some opinions before I call for warranty service.

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Is the other breaker a breaker with ground fault circuit interrupter built in?

Turn off the breaker that the clipper's circuit is on. Turn on the breaker that keeps blowing. Does the clipper still run? If so there is a crossed wire somewhere that must be found and removed. It is wrong to have the same 120 volt circuit connected into two breakers.

What are the amperes ratings of the two breakers in question?

Does the clipper blow other breakers when you use it on different circuits, say, in different rooms?

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Is the other breakers AFCI. They could be sensing the arc signature they need to trip from the clipper motor.
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Is the other breaker a breaker with ground fault circuit interrupter built in?

Turn off the breaker that the clipper's circuit is on. Turn on the breaker that keeps blowing. Does the clipper still run? If so there is a crossed wire somewhere that must be found and removed. It is wrong to have the same 120 volt circuit connected into two breakers.

What are the amperes ratings of the two breakers in question?

Does the clipper blow other breakers when you use it on different circuits, say, in different rooms?
The bathroom (where I was using the clippers) is GFCI. The other rooms are not. I think it's all 15 amp. I'll have to try them in another room to see what happens.

I'm not sure what AFCI is.
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An AFCI (arc fault circuit interupter) requires both the hot and neutral to be connected to it.
Is it possible that the neutral (from the AFCI) that feeds the bedroom has been connected to the neutral in the bathroom.
This scenerio could account for the bedroom breaker being tripped!

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