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Old 10-29-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
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We have an older house and we started to renovate here and there.. we had electric floor board heating from back in the day we took all of the ones out and left eletrical. I started twisting them all together just incase it was to get turned on accidentally, it would pop the breaker. Well I purchased a 120v detector.. the small pen like things that beep when there is electricity. well all of the wires are dead but one that has been twisted together for like 6 months! How could this be?
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It is never a good idea to twist the ends of wires that are connected to breakers.
Untwist them and put on wire nuts.

The voltage tester works by sensing magnetism, and you are reading an induced voltage from a circuit near the heater wires.

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You are probably picking up "phantom" voltage on the wires from another circuit
I'd also untwist them as stated & put a wire nut on each wire
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only reason why I twisted them together because I saw it on DIY show that stated to do that so if it does get switched on it will pop the breaker?? I twisted them then put a marrette on it. I have 2 sets of wires from 2 different heaters from bathroom and shower room I pulled thru the floor into basement 1 is dead and the other beeps?? and the different types of beeping?? depending on the different wires I test some beeps slow and some beep fast as hell...

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You can't believe everything you see on the DIY shows.

Some known types of panels and breakers are notorious for not tripping under high current loads and have caused fires!
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i thought I could, that would be the purpose of the show I though. Thats crappy.. ok! What would the hourly work be for a electrician to un wire 8 heater setups to the box?? I need to get that done so I can get rid of it!

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Sholud only take about an hour to remove the wires from the breakers.
Most companies charge a min. service call, and that depends on location.
Prices can be anywhere from $75 up

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