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Old 03-23-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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we have lived in this house for 2 yrs and about 6months ago the breaker that runs three outlets in my kitchen just quit, we replace with a new breaker and as soon as you turn on power it throws again any suggestions?

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Take a look in the outlet boxes. Look for a loose wire or some sort of short (black wire touching something it shouldn't be?)

Could be a loose "backstab" connection (wire simply pushed into a hole in the back of the outlet). If so, you might want to replace these outlets with a "backwire" style, where you stick the wire under a clamp and tighten the screw.

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so with the old breaker, when you reset it, it would immediately trip out again? and thats why you installed a new breaker that is doing the same thing? am i right?
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Replacing a breaker that trips does not fix the problem(s) in your circuit that caused a short circuit.

Call an electrician to troubleshoot your wiring before you burn your house down by repeatedly applying power to a bad circuit.
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Replacing a breaker that trips does not fix the problem(s) in your circuit that caused a short circuit.

Call an electrician to troubleshoot your wiring before you burn your house down by repeatedly applying power to a bad circuit.
Just last week, I went on a service call for an intermittent trip in a kitchen with several outlets and a light fixture. turns out someone ripped out an outlet in a handy box with the brick nails (old work) left inside. (probably did it with a crowbar) while installing a new kitchen. Every time the (loose) box shook, the nails made contact with the Hot wire and the box.!
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