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Blown breaker i dont know if i guessed my brand of circuit breaker. i went out side today. turned on porch light and POP! this time it poped the breaker. this time i cannot reset the breaker. usually popr sthe GFCU in the bathroom. i do have an outdoor electrical panel that might have got moisture in it from the snow and zero temps. i unplugged everything and cannot reset. all that is ran off this 15 amp, is the bathroom, the proch light and lights in the laundry room. the other half of the braker is fine and the rest of the house is fine. could this be my prob with the frozen wet outdoor plugs

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Any moisture is a problem gfci,s trip @ 25 milli amp to ground this is very little get rid of all moisture you can and spray outdoor recepts with some contact cleaner this is available @ good hardware stores and electrical supp houses and will displace all residual moisture

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    did you try to reset with the porch light off if not try to reset with the light off if it resets replace the lamp ( or bulb ) and try again


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It sound like all of those go through your bathroom GFCI. I would recommend moving your outdoor circuit breaker indoors if possible or enclosing it to make it water-proof. You may also do some rewiring from your main breaker box ( if you are handy) to eliminate the outdoor box completely considering you have 100 amp / 200 amp breaker box inside your house. If you still have an old FUSE BOX with 60 amp service, I would recommend replacing it with a 100 amp or 200 amp breaker box depending on the size of your house. I would separate the laundry room by itself with 12/2 gauge wire with ground on a 20 amp breaker. You can then take your bathroom (using 12/2 gauge wire with ground keeping your gfci ) and run it to another breaker in the house with a 20 amp breaker or add a new one if there is room in your main box. Now all you have left is the porch light. You can run that separate from everything to your main breaker box using 14/2 gauge with ground to a breaker in your main box by adding a new 15 amp breaker or adding it to another 15 amp breaker that does not have a very high load such as a bedroom. In general Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laundry rooms should be on there own separate 20 amp breakers. Most every other room can be 14/2 with ground on a 15 amp breaker... hope this helps....Joe

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