Saturday, February 21, 2009

Subject: Circuit Breaker

Name: Jack

Question: While changing a light fixture I shorted the fixture out. Upon resetting the breaker I get no electricity on the line. Another line on the same circuit breaker is fine, but this one is dead. Why would the line be dead when a line on the same breaker is OK? I used a meter to check these. I also reset all the other breakers just to make sure.

Answer: Hi Jack,When you shorted the line you must have also damaged the wiring. Somewhere in the circuit there was a week link. By shorting the circuit you cause a power surge to go through the line before the breaker had a chance to trip. This surge could of cause a bad connection to fail. I think it is time to call in a pro and have you wires checked out for safety.

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