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Old 01-10-2011, 12:20 AM   #1
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Circuit breaker tripped when I touch the junction box?


A newly 20Amp circuit breaker and wiring was installed two year ago. The new circuit has 3 lights and 2 outlets attached. One outlet is free and the other outlet is attached to a refrigerator. Circuit breaker was working fine for approx. 15 months until one day it tripped without warning. I tried to reset the CB but it would not work. So I left CB off for 2 days. Later I reattached the refrigerator and resetted the CB and it worked fine. The CB did not trip anymore. Last week, I was working around the house and accidentally touched the junction box which it was used for the CB. I felt a shock and the CB when off. I opened the Junction box. The wires were all nuted with no exposed wires touching the other wires. Also, the ground wire is not attached to the junction box. Not sure what when wrong. Can someone help. Thanks

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Last week, I was working around the house and accidentally touched the junction box which it was used for the CB. I felt a shock and the CB when off. I opened the Junction box. The wires were all nuted with no exposed wires touching the other wires. Also, the ground wire is not attached to the junction box. Not sure what when wrong. Can someone help. Thanks
What junction box are you referring to; the receptacle outlet itself, the breaker panel, or an actual jbox with a cover over it?

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Thanks, Sirsparksalot

The Junction box is not the oulet itself or the breaker panel. The junction box I am referring to is the actual metal box with cover on it. The Jbox contains the wiring that is being splited and redirect the power/wires to the outlets and lights elsewhere in the house. There is no lights,outlets or switches attach to the Jbox directly. Thanks, I hope this helps.
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Do you have actual bare conductor in your junction box ? if so they have to be bonded to the metal box.

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pictures please this sounds like a can of worms
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