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DIY_electric 12-08-2012 12:58 PM

Fried wires in circuit breaker box
 
In my breaker box I noticed today that some wires are charred, black, and halfway missing (see picture). Anyone know what would cause this and what should I do to fix it? Can I cut the wires and replace them?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/p2h4ebfxtj...calProblem.jpg

J. V. 12-08-2012 01:02 PM

You need to upload a picture of the panel. What you have sounds very dangerous. So wheres the picture?

DIY_electric 12-08-2012 02:30 PM

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p2h4ebfxtj...calProblem.jpg

http://25.media.tumblr.com/f33a06d57...16y5o1_500.jpg

DIY_electric 12-08-2012 02:43 PM

http://25.media.tumblr.com/7ae913e0c...16y5o1_500.jpg


http://25.media.tumblr.com/a4df630db...16y5o1_500.jpg

http://25.media.tumblr.com/eccfb16d8...16y5o1_500.jpg

joecaption 12-08-2012 02:47 PM

What's the brand name on that breaker?
Your very close to having a house fire.
Call a real electrition ASAP.

DIY_electric 12-08-2012 02:49 PM

General Electric

TTW 12-08-2012 03:18 PM

You need an electrician... NOW!

DIY_electric 12-08-2012 03:41 PM

I've called a few and hopefully i can get someone out here today. should i just turn off the circuits going to those group of three wires or should i turn off all the power to the house?

DIY_electric 12-08-2012 06:14 PM

all fixed! he used a smaller wire so I hope it is up to code.

k_buz 12-08-2012 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DIY_electric (Post 1069119)
all fixed! he used a smaller wire so I hope it is up to code.

The fix for that problem was not to use smaller wires. What did he document as the cause of the problem?

TTW 12-08-2012 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DIY_electric (Post 1069119)
all fixed! he used a smaller wire so I hope it is up to code.

are you being facetious?

DIY_electric 12-08-2012 06:28 PM

he said that when they took the outer sheath off the wires they accidentally cut a small slit into the wires. Over time these opened up more and more.

He showed me where there were other cuts on the other wires going out of the box along the same "path" where the fried place was on the bad wires.

k_buz 12-08-2012 06:32 PM

THAT I can believe, but I am curious about using "smaller wire"...or does it just appear to be smaller wire?

Have any pics of the fix?

DIY_electric 12-08-2012 06:57 PM

The wire just appears to be smaller, it could be the same size with better coating making it thinner. The new wire is the fourth wire from the top in this picture.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/6f2027298...16y5o1_500.jpg

he ran a new wire from the breaker to the place where the wires were fried.

here is a picture of the fix: http://25.media.tumblr.com/b7ae28118...16y5o1_500.jpg

notice the wire caps. Seems like there would be a better solution to connect the wires other than the wire caps.

k_buz 12-08-2012 07:07 PM

Not the way I would have done it, and I could argue that it doesn't meet code, but that would be nit picking. Looks safer now.


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