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Was changing a ceiling fan. Used wall switch to kill power. Confirmed hot did not have power. I tripped the breaker a couple of times when I grounded the white neutral wire though. I thought the switch off would stop all current from going back to the breaker. Am I wrong on this?
 

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Is the breaker arc-fault? If yes, the white neutral cannot contact the grounding conductor without tripping the circuit breaker
 

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It is a new home so it probably is. Had to look up what that was because I had never heard of it before. Thanks for the help! It was driving me nuts. :biggrin2:
 

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A neutral touching a ground will trip and Arc fault breaker. If the breaker has a push to test button and not a bathroom or kitchen, most likely an arc fault.
 
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