what to do when circuit breaker trips?

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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby zyzzx » 26 Feb 2012, 13:31

My breaker trips if I have both heaters on at once. No big deal. Just toggle the proper switch (my switch does not flip when the breaker trips), remember what kind of load set it off, and try to avoid doing it again.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby DesertSpider » 26 Feb 2012, 22:02

Here's something you should NOT do..... push your electrical system (new or old) to the brink frequently. Electricity is a pretty blue thang that will kill your ass dead before you can say.... wow, that's neat..

Seriously, electrical fires are no joke and if you think liquefied white-hot smoldering wires inside your walls are something to F-with, then you've got solid brass for balls. Repeated overloading of your wiring system will degrade a number of components from the connectors, to the jacketing, to the insulation, down to the wires themselves. Problem is by the time you figure out that you've "gone to far" or "waited to long", you'll be either doing that from across the street as you watch it flame to the ground, or you'll be inside that inferno when it goes and die from smoke inhalation (best case) or burn to death not able to escape in time..... :fume:

Go on, bet me I'm wrong. :fume:

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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby finley » 26 Feb 2012, 22:18

Repeated overloading of your wiring system will degrade a number of components from the connectors, to the jacketing, to the insulation, down to the wires themselves.

It ain't a smart thing to do, of course, but it's unlikely to do any real damage as long as the breaker is correctly rated, the cables are the correct size, and you haven't actually created a dead short. A 2x overload (say, 30A drawn through a cable rated for 15A) for a few seconds will generally cause an insignificant temperature rise. Problem is there are a lot of "ifs" in that sentence and no actual installation standards in Taiwan - at least, none that are taught or enforced. It's up to each "electrician" to make it up as he goes along. Also, the crappy US-style plugs and sockets they use here (laughably rated at 20A) are inherently unsafe.

Best thing to do is just use your common sense - don't leave any high-power equipment unattended (or, come to think of it, any other sort of equipment), and don't overload sockets or add excessive socket strips.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby Icon » 27 Feb 2012, 14:05

And today's tragedy was... no water when I got up. Thank God shuidien han were open.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby Charlie Phillips » 27 Feb 2012, 14:23

StuartCa wrote:you're using heaters? it's not that cold.


You are either a Kiwi, a Canadian, or an Eskimo.

I told my wife I have an electric fire on last night and she freaked out, thinking I'd had an electrical fire. Then she berated me about speaking old English to new English speakers.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby finley » 27 Feb 2012, 15:02

I told my wife I have an electric fire on last night and she freaked out, thinking I'd had an electrical fire. Then she berated me about speaking old English to new English speakers.

:roflmao: I get that too. No, I understood you perfectly ... you just don't know how to speak English properly.
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