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Old 02-26-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Will tripping the breaker ever interfere with neighbors?


I live in a duplex with sub-metered electricity. If I trip a breaker, can it ever affect my neighbor's electricity? I don't think it can but someone told me that it sometimes does.

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youre stuff should be seperate from theres
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I live in a duplex with sub-metered electricity. If I trip a breaker, can it ever affect my neighbor's electricity? I don't think it can but someone told me that it sometimes does.
Only if it is tied into their unit. Which it should not be.
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If a circuit feeds power to outlets in both units, then tripping a breaker would affect the neighbor. This situation would require some rewiring to separate all circuits and outlets between the occupancies.

In some instances, it is possible to trip the main when tripping a branch circuit.

If both occupancies are fed from the same main panel, one could kill power to both units under those conditions.
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Ayuh,... If so,... You're paying for Their power...
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Only if it is tied into their unit. Which it should not be.
Agreed.

But the reality that sometimes a mistake is made, or someone takes a short cut and hope nobody notices. The result is more than once have I heard stories where in a duplex or an appartment that something from one unit was powered from the electricity of the other unit. The most common occurance is a receptical located on a joint wall.

So while it shouldn't, the reality is that sometimes a circuit breaker in your unit will indeed affect your neibor. It means something was wired incorrectly.

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If there's ever a question about whether someone's tapped into your electricity (or water, or cable, or any other utility/service), just shut it off on your side for a while, and see who screams. Once you know what's up, you can pursue fixing it....
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We had a situation where one house was converted into 3 apartments. They had installed extra meters, with each tenant having their own panel, and electric bill.

Well, it seems that one tenant did not pay his electric bill, and the power company cut him off. BUT, he discovered that his fridge was still working, apparently that outlet was connected to the guy next-door's panel.

So, he plugged in several extension cords, and was literally running his whole apt off the fridge circuit. I think it finally tripped after he plugged in a couple of portable electric heaters and overloaded the circuit.

We discovered this when troubleshooting the circuit after the landlord asked us to figure out why the guy next-door's breaker kept tripping, after apparently unplugging everything on the circuit. An amprobe indicated a 22 Amp load! The landlord let us into the renegade apartment, where we discovered the tangled mess of extension cords. Of course, we disconnected that outlet ....

Renegade tenant was mad about it at first, but then sang a different tune when he was presented with the fact that he had failed to pay his own electric bill, and was stealing from the neighbor, albeit unintentionally at first.

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