Thursday, April 2, 2009

Subject: how to tell whether wiring is hot or turned off.

Name: Shay

Question: I have a light box in the ceiling with wires(not capped) hanging out. A friend of mine took the ceiling fan down a while ago and now I do not know if the switch is off at the breaker or not. How can I tell without hurting myself? I am a female with no experience except for hanging a few ceiling fans and replacing a few outlets.

Answer: Hi Shay,

You can go to your main panel and turn the main breaker off. That will power down everything in your home. The main breaker in normally marked. It is typically at the top of the panel. It will be the biggest breaker in the panel. Normally it is a 100 amp or 200 amp breaker. Don't worry about touching it. It will not hurt you.

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