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Old 01-05-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I have a 'blown fuse' that I can't identify. One circuit running to the front porch outlet, office outlet and one basement outlet has popped. I was working on New Years and my wife was having the neighbors over for a few cocktails. Well she turned on all the Christmas lights (porch outlet), computer iTunes and speakers / sub as loud as possible, and started vacuuming. She was probably warming up curlers and baking a pie also. lol

Anyway, shockingly, a circuit tripped. I can't tell which one popped though. I have shut off EVERY breaker in the box and reset each one, I even shut off the main to no avail.

My dad is a retired electrician and said with older breakers occasionally when they trip, especially after sitting idle for 25 years the spring can pop and they won't reload (I think this is what he was saying, I took away that I need to buy a new one).

150 Amp panel, house built in 1985. This breaker has never tripped before. But after trying to reset everything I'm not sure which breaker is broken (although I have it narrowed down to three the box is labeled pretty well).

Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Is the front porch outlet on a GFCI, if so did you look to see if it is popped and needs to be reset? And the GFCI would not necessarily be at the same outlet.

There are a couple of ways to determine the circuit that has failed all of which require a test or meter.

Are you confident in working in a breaker panel with the cover off?, if not, call your dad, or an electrician.

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Is the front porch outlet on a GFCI, if so did you look to see if it is popped and needs to be reset? And the GFCI would not necessarily be at the same outlet.

There are a couple of ways to determine the circuit that has failed all of which require a test or meter.

Are you confident in working in a breaker panel with the cover off?, if not, call your dad, or an electrician.
Thank you much!

For some reason I didn't think of a GFCI outlet! That explained why the breaker didn't pop. It was a GFCI outlet in the powder room near the front porch. Occasioanlly we have a nightlight on that outlet but had moved it for the guests that came over. Everything is working fine, no need to mess with the breakers!

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