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Greenie 11-19-2012 04:24 PM

What does this breaker go to?
 
SO I have pretty much tested all the outlets and electrical switches and lights in my entire house. Any shot anyone here would have a suggestion as to how I can figure out what the heck the 4th and 2nd breaker from the bottom right supplies power to? The 4th from the bottom is a 15a and is the ONLY 15a in the panel. The others are all 20a.

I suppose it could be to nowhere. But it's driving me mad!

Greenie 11-19-2012 04:25 PM

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Techy 11-19-2012 04:39 PM

Turn it off, leave it off until something doesnt work.

joecaption 11-19-2012 05:00 PM

Impossible for anyone here to know where it goes. As suggested just leave it off and see what does not work.

gregzoll 11-19-2012 05:43 PM

I was wondering why my Kitchen lights kept going off. Stop playing with that breaker.

If none are labeled, plug in a radio, flip breaker, radio off, label breaker for that room. Same thing with lights.

I am sure you will figure it out.

bobelectric 11-19-2012 08:58 PM

I would use my telephone toner.

JuzRick 11-19-2012 09:51 PM

Agreed..just turn that one breaker off, then see what doesn't turn on. Hopefully its not an open line in your attic or under your house if u have suitable crawl space/attic. I've seen that plenty of times. If possible u can also ohm it out..if you know how?!

kbsparky 11-19-2012 10:08 PM

Lift pump and alarm out in the yard ....

Greenie 11-19-2012 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by JuzRick
Agreed..just turn that one breaker off, then see what doesn't turn on. Hopefully its not an open line in your attic or under your house if u have suitable crawl space/attic. I've seen that plenty of times. If possible u can also ohm it out..if you know how?!

What does that mean? Open line. And ohm it out?

JuzRick 11-20-2012 02:28 AM

Open line(open hot, power is live). Ohm: conducting a test on your digital ampre meter, first shouting the power off, seeing where the line takes you by ohming it out starting from the service panel, circuit where the breaker is on.

JuzRick 11-20-2012 02:31 AM

As a experienced electrician its nothing difficult about it, just knowing what your doing is the main factor.

Greenie 11-20-2012 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by JuzRick
Open line(open hot, power is live). Ohm: conducting a test on your digital ampre meter, first shouting the power off, seeing where the line takes you by ohming it out starting from the service panel, circuit where the breaker is on.

Not an experienced electrician here...hence why I'm on a DIY board... But I can handle myself and have done some major DIY electrical work before. Can you explain how to perform an ohm test? I would love to figure out if the line is open and or where it currently goes to. Thanks.

Dave632 11-20-2012 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Greenie (Post 1056843)
Not an experienced electrician here...hence why I'm on a DIY board... But I can handle myself and have done some major DIY electrical work before. Can you explain how to perform an ohm test? I would love to figure out if the line is open and or where it currently goes to. Thanks.

An ohms test is also known as a continuity or resistance test. (Ohms is the unit of measurement for resistance.) If there is continuity between two points (0 ohms), they are electrically connected. If a high resistance is measured (technically infinity ohms), then two points are not connected.

To perform a resistance test, turn the breaker off, plug your meter leads into the appropriate sockets on the meter, set the meter switch to read resistance, connect the end of one meter lead to one end of the circuit and the other lead to the other end of the circuit (wire). Does the meter read 0 ohms (or close to it) or a very large resistance.


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