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Old 12-31-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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im having a problem with my wiring in that it keeps tripping the breaker. On this circuit is 2 bathrooms and a bedroom. It has 3 lights and a fan in each bath and it has a ceiling fan and 3 recepticles in the bedroom, at present i have all hot wires disconnected and it still keeps tripping the breaker. Any ideas, my guess is a mouse chewed the wire and now i have a ground fault. On the ceiling fan i have no continuity between main power and ground but i do have it in the bathrooms. Please help this is cuttin into my deer huntin

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im having a problem with my wiring in that it keeps tripping the breaker. On this circuit is 2 bathrooms and a bedroom. It has 3 lights and a fan in each bath and it has a ceiling fan and 3 recepticles in the bedroom, at present i have all hot wires disconnected and it still keeps tripping the breaker. Any ideas, my guess is a mouse chewed the wire and now i have a ground fault. On the ceiling fan i have no continuity between main power and ground but i do have it in the bathrooms. Please help this is cuttin into my deer huntin
Could very well be a mouse. If the breaker trips as soon as you flip it on, you have a short somewhere.

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any ideas on how to find it ?
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Divide and conquer. Split the circuit, test again.
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Gfci breaker?
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yes the breaker is a gfci theres three total in the box. I switched it with another one an still had the same problem. It didnt follow the breaker.
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I think with enough time ill find it, but replacing the wire that may take longer ...
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You said the breaker was a gfci---is the breaker tripping or the gfci popping?

Answer that so we can narrow it down to the power or neutral---
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My first question would be is how is the breaker wired? Does the [branch circuit] neutral land on the breaker along with the hot? Does the white from the breaker go to the neutral bar?

Do you know where the wire goes after leaving the panel? If so, disconnect it there. If it still trips you'll know you have to replace that piece of wire.
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You said the breaker was a gfci---is the breaker tripping or the gfci popping?

Answer that so we can narrow it down to the power or neutral---
Typically a GFI breaker doesn't have any indication of why it is tripping. You could change the breaker to a regular one and if that holds you could assume you have a neutral fault. But that would be a pretty big assumption...one that I wouldn't necessarily make.
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Couple of thoughts. For one, you have a little too much on that circuit. It must have been illegally tapped into because i've never heard of multiple baths and bedroom receptacles on 1 cir. At best, that's a bad design. Secondly, you problem is between where you opened the hot and the panel. I'd go up in attic and start looking and opening hots and retrying that direction. Your house sounds like it's been jacklegged so you could be in for a fun time.
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the breaker has a reset button and the neutral wire goes to it and theres another white wire (stranded) thats made onto breaker that goes to the neutral buss. Yes one romex going to junction box in attic from there it branches out to my different outputs and also each bathroom has a seperate gfci recptacle that is not affected by this problem they still work
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If those GFI receptacles work, then they are not controlled by the GFI breaker.

The breaker does sound like it is wired correctly.
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Is it possible that the breaker is an AFCI, not a GFI? They look very similar.

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