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  1. Using GFCI/AFCI outlets VS circuit breakers.

    Electrical
    Before I spend the money on AFCI/GFCI outlets. I wanted to make sure that buying new circuit breakers wouldn't be a better option. The circuit breakers appear to cost about twice what outlets do. Is there any reason to use one over the other, or that one is better to use than the other...
  2. AFCI in Main Panel if GFCI in Sub Panel?

    Electrical
    I'm running a line for a new sub panel for an outdoor hot tub. The company (Hot Springs) provides the sub panel with GFCI breakers (20 & 30 amps). I have a main panel with Eaton BR AFCI breakers in a newly built home. Do I need a 50amp AFCI breaker in the main panel if I have GFCI breakers...
  3. Weird AFCI ghosting problem

    Electrical
    I've installed a few arcfault breakers, and been frustrated plenty with faulty tripping. Now I have a whole new problem and can't find any help online. The breakers aren't tripping, but the recessed LED lights are constantly on VERY dim, like there's phantom low voltage. When switched on they...
  4. Arc-Fault Keeps Tripping After Years of Working Perfectly

    Electrical
    I am having an issue with a circuit protected by an arc-fault breaker. The circuit serves a closet light, hallway light, and recently remodeled bathroom (remodeled 2 ½ years ago). When we remodeled the bathroom, they installed an arc-fault circuit interrupter on the circuit. It has worked...
  5. Arch Flash Circuit Interrupter Breakers

    Electrical
    Hello, I have a situation where we had a Arch Flash in our bathroom recepticle and now there's no power to the receptacles or lighting there. We had a remodel over a year ago and the electrical panel was upgraded to a larger capacity panel. The contractor installed Arch Flash Circuit...
  6. Can main panel cause sub-panel AFCI to trip?

    Electrical
    I bought a house where the previous owner had finished the basement. I am remodeling it and saw numerous electrical issues including: shared neutrals on single pole circuits, overstuffed junctions boxes, outlets added to dedicated circuits and 14g wire on 20A circuits. I remediated all I could...
  7. AFCI protection on circuit without an afci breaker

    Electrical
    I need to install two new circuits in an addtion and they need arc fault protection on them. I called the manufacturer of my service panel and they do not make an arc fault breaker. Anyone know what do i need to do to provide this protection and still meet the code?
  8. AFCI, smoke detector and outlets

    Electrical
    So, I recently found out that my basement was wired without permits. I've had the inspector in and most of the issues are sorted out. One outstanding item is a circuit that needs to be AFCI protected. This circuit has a smoke detector on it and he says that the smoke detector should not be...
  9. OESC - 20A Acr Fault Circuits ( AFCI's)

    Electrical
    Why don't the big box stores (HD or Lowes) sell 20Amp AFCI breakers nor do they sell 20A AFCI receptacles? OESC requires receptacles on a 15A or 20A circuit to be protected by either a AFCI breaker of a AFCI receptacle. Does the Ontario Electical safety code no longer require a 20A...
  10. CEC 26-724(f) AFCI question

    Electrical
    Hello, In Alberta Canada house built in 2008, Finishing the basement and don't have enough spaces left in elec. panel. With the new CEC 26-724(f) requirements basically everything will need AFCI protection in the home (With some exceptions (Sump, Bath etc). Can I move some circuits that...
  11. New construction home. Breaker trips when charging a computer and watching TV.

    Electrical
    Hello everybody, I just moved into a new construction home and the breaker trips often when I am charging my laptop computer and watching the TV in the same room. Even more often when two computers are charging. I had an electrician come out to look at it (the one that is contracted by the...
  12. Eaton CH AFCI breaker

    Electrical
    Hi; I am looking at AFCI breakers for my CH loadcenter. I find two model #'s that look exactly the same: CHCAF120CS sold at Home Depot for $49.97 CHFCAF120CS sold at Amazon.com for $56.07 Searching through Eaton's data sheets, I cannot find a direct reference to either part number, but on...
  13. Arc fault and ground fault needed on same circuit

    Electrical
    I have searched quite a bit on this and have come up empty. Hope someone here can help. We are finishing a basement and we have wired the bedroom and bathroom lights on the same circuit. Bedroom lights need AFCI and bathroom lights need a GFCI if they are above a bath or shower, which they are...
  14. Breaker Panel Replacement Plan

    Electrical
    A little help needed. We are upgrading the wiring and our panel in our 1905 craftsman and I have a few questions. I was planning on a 200 Amp panel with 30 spaces. Question 1: Recommendations on brand for my new panel. Question 2: Do you see any problems with the configuration below? 1 12/2...
  15. AFCI breakers trip every 6 days like clockwork

    Electrical
    I just bought a 3 year old home. The breaker box on the 2nd floor has 3 AFCI breakers (10kA), #10, 8, and 6. EXACTLY and without fail, every 6 days, all 3 trip in the same order (10, then 8, then 6), separated by several hours. There is nothing that we know of on a 6 day timer and the city...
  16. AFCI tripping

    Electrical
    Hello: Our home was recently remodeled and our kids rooms completely rebuilt. I did all the wiring. Yesterday I replaced the normal breakers with AFCI breakers are required by code. Both breakers immediately tripped. Unplugged everything, flipped them back on and when anything is plugged in and...
  17. AFCI Question

    Electrical
    I'm looking to add AFCI breakers to my existing bedroom circuits. My problem is that the previous owners did a panel upgrade about 4-5 years ago and moved the new panel about 10 feet to the left of where the original one was (I'm guessing to get away from plumbing in the original location). In...
  18. Any power trips the AFCI...help please?

    Electrical
    A while back I had the AFCI trip on me in the master bedroom, I unplugged everything and then plugged them in one at a time until it tripped and then found the culprit (it was when I plugged in a heated fragrance thing in one of the outlets). I stopped using the outlet and didn't mess with it...
  19. shared neutrals and AFCI breakers

    Electrical
    As I understand it, if circuits are wired with shared neutrals, AFCI breakers cannot be used. Below is a picture of the neutral bar in an older service panel. Is this shared neutrals?
  20. wire gauge on afco 20a breaker

    Electrical
    just installed a 20a cutler hammer CH series AFCI breaker in my house, just noticed that the wire gauge on the breakers pig-tail to the neutral bar is only 14 AWG stranded. Seems odd to have 14 as part of a 20A breaker, but i know this is acceptable in certain circumstances. Asked 2 home depot...
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