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Old 06-20-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Double breaker 20 amp...........one side blows everytime I try to blowdry my hair near the mirror in the bathroom. Also on the side of the breaker is the fridge, office, and hall. In the office, there are 3 prong plugs with no ground wires. We are thinking that we should fish a ground to those recepticals and move the fridge off that breaker. First, we map the box.......then we count the load on the box already (right???). I think we can figure that out........but if anyone has a link or a tip....feel free.....lol. We upgraded the panel before my honey left for Iraq ($2850!!!!! and the only xtra thing they did was add a plug for the microwave vent hood thing) We are trying to be realistic about how difficult this is going to be, the fishing and the moving...........any know how would be greatly appreciated. We have so much to get done before he has to jet again ....... .....eeek

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Old 06-20-2008, 04:39 PM   #2
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The circuit is overloaded. Plug the blow dryer into a different circuit. Adding ground wires is not going to help this.
If the blow dryer is being used in the bathroom then you should pull a new 20 amp circuit for use in the bathroom only.

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I have moved to to the other side of the bathroom........there is just no mirror over there so ................. its a girl thing.....haha

It is only that one plug in the bathroom on that breaker.......the rest are on the other side of the same one (split? double? not sure what the term is)........the ungroundeds just bother me because that is where our office is and I have all our computers in there...........wouldn't it just be easier to move the fridge load to another one somewhere else that isn't loaded like that?
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I suggest hiring an electrician for this one.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but I think I recognize that Ooh-Rah. The 29 stumps location gave it away.

It sounds like you have what electricians call a multi wire circuit. That is two 20 amp circuits together. Hopefully your fridge and your hair dryer are on separate sides of the breaker.

Can Hubby bring a SeaBee Electrician home some afternoon to check it out? I am thinking your industrial sized hair dryer may be the problem.

In any case, an electrician is called for on this problem.
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Johns got the right idea. Hats off to our servicemen!

Blow dryers are pretty good loads (good cause though) and need independent circuits...well, bathrooms and kitchens do.

Your probably ok...you just need to have things sorted out a bit.

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Damn it pisses me off that guys who are in dangers way cant find a bit of help!
We have a program going in my area where we American Legion members and our spouses will help out in any way we can. From rides, to baby sitting, to trades work for service members families. All free. Hopefully it is a national program. I sure agree with you Pete.

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