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Circuit breaker thank you for your advice i actually already changed the 16 amp circuit breaker but the safety switch still turned off. I am in australia not usa but thank you for advising me I will try to find yet another electrician maybe now that christmas and new year are over they will be more willing to see the job through Ha!

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  • Stephen Evans May 11, 2010

    since you changed the safety switch, i would try to remove one outlet at a time and retry the switch each time. it may take alittle while if your not in a hurry. this may help isolate or find the problem before calling and spending more money again. just a suggestion, best of luck. Steve

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There might be a short circuit in your wring for that circuit.
You can unplug all your electrical items from that circuit.
See if the circuit still turn off.
If it does, it could be the wring or the equipment that is permanently wired in.
If not, you can plug in one item at a time, turn it on to determine which electrical item is defective.

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