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Old 12-25-2007, 04:53 AM   #1
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Hi I am new here...and also a newbie to home improvement. The problem is that I have a ton of appliances plugged in in one of my rooms and everytime I plug something extra in or even I turn the power up on an appliance (lamp) the circuit breaker trips. How can I stop this from happening? Is there any modifications I can make so that more power can be used? Thanks

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Old 12-25-2007, 06:05 AM   #2
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The only modifications are to run new electrical circuits to this room from your panel. Is that possible? What kind and how many "appliances" do you have plugged in?

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Old 12-25-2007, 08:11 AM   #3
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I agree with Andy.

The only way to eliminate a breaker flipping (due to attached appliance over drain) is to pull in a new circuit. Or, move a high demand appliance to a different circuit. (hopefully, your other circuit can take its added load). Thus, eliminating the power drain on your existing circuit.

Hopefully, you can install a new circuit (like a "dedicated" 15A on 14/2 wire or for appliances, 12/2 wire on 20A breaker) to that specific cluster of devices. For example... If you have a TV Cluster or computer cluster area, you can pull in a dedicated wire into that cluster of electronics. If you have a space heater or bathroom plug that's used for a hair dryer, pull in a dedicated circuit for these "high power demand" locations as well. Thus, "splitting" the load of your existing "over loaded" circuit.

At my current house, I installed deciated circuits at:
- Outside swimming pool - 12/2 @ 20A GCFI outlet.
- Under Eves for lights (on switch) - 14/2 on 15A
- Side and rear outside "general usage" outlets (on switch) - 14/2 on 15A
- Inside attached garage - 12/2 on 20A - for wire feed welder.
- Main floor TV Cluster area - 12/2 on 20A
- Basement TV Cluster area - 12/2 on 20A
- Basement Computer Cluster area - 14/2 on 15A
- Basement woodstove ceiling fans (on switch) - 14/2 on 15A

As shown above, lots of dedicated circuits needed to be installed at my house. Needed to split their original "at or near overload" on their existing "as originally built" electrical system.

Hope this helps as well...

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Old 12-25-2007, 09:20 AM   #4
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Well said, Spike. Merry Christmas.
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:17 AM   #5
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You guys have made a great point for the DIY'er. This is not just a nuisance issue, but one of safety.

Extension cords and outlet extensions are so miss used and over used as in this application. How many times do we hear the horror of fire caused directly from this practice.
I have made a point of eliminating all ext cords in my home, to my wifes displeasure. Of course we do use protected outlet strips when needed. Aquariums etc...
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