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What is the different between a circuit breaker and a normal fuse?

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A circuit breaker is an automatically-operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or short circuit. Unlike a fuse, which operates once and then has to be replaced, a circuit breaker can be reset (either manually or automatically) to resume normal operation.

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My 3 arc fault breakers run hot and draw about a third of an amp from the ground bar wire each, 24/7. Is this possibly normal?


How did check amps. I would check the amps on the circuit itself. Might be drawing close to max. thats why it's hotter. breaker should have no more than 80%. Of an amp draw on the circuit

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I have a treadmill on a dedicated circuit that trips a 15 amp BR arc fault breaker. When it trips it also trips two other arc fault breakers. Even when I change the breaker on the tread mill to a standard...


u have a loose connection somewhere, sometimes when an arc fault trips it will cause others to trip or you are having problems with more circuits than u think

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Can circuit breakers from different manufactures be installed in a panel


I wouldn't do that. Generally breakers are specific to the brand of panelboard you have. It can be as simple as being the difference between a plug-in breaker and a bolt-on breaker but it can be as complicated as putting in a different kind making it no longer UL certified. The UL certification applies to the specific brand of panel board with the specific cover that comes with it and the guaruntee of only same brand circuit breakers in it. Are you having a hard time finding the same brand of breakers or were you considering it because of cost?

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Instruction manual for FP 100 circuit breaker


Hi - I'm an electrician and may be able to help you with your question.

FPE or Federal Pacific Electric brand products are obsolete, and the company has been out of business for decades. There's little to find about these breakers now as a result. Different companies have either bought the company or made replacements over the years, including Reliance Electric, Challenger Electric, Connecticut Electric, American Electric to name a few.

To the dismay of electricians everywhere, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) investigated allegations of unsafe FPE brand circuit breakers - but could not establish that the circuit breakers pose a serious risk of injury to consumers. Check these links for the USCPSC report and opposing views:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml83/83008.html

http://www.prestigeelectric.net/downloads/hazardous-fpe-circuit-breakers-and-panels.pdf

http://creagerelectrical.com/federal_pacific_panels_stablok.html

The damage was done however. Electricians avoided installing this brand do to problems noticed. Eventually electricians began to jokingly call the FPE "Stab Lok" breakers as FPE "No Trip" breakers. They were horrible and would take a much longer time to trip in an overloaded or short circuit condition than any other circuit breaker sold. Most electricians - myself included - would try to convince property owners everywhere - to replace these panels wherever we found them. They were just that bad; in spite of the USCPSC findings.

There are many different models of FPE breakers. You should find the particular model on a label that is affixed to the breaker. Use this number when asking for information specifically about it in a follow up to my answer or whenever seeking information from other sources.

I hope this helps!

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How to replace a Bryant GFCB120 Circuit Breaker


If you have a Bryant load center, you can use other breakers in it, including the Eaton GFCB120 GFI since several companies unified their design. The GFI (ground fault interrupter) or GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter), same thing, may be required for a device you are installing, such as bathroom, kitchen or outdoor fixtures.
The Eaton series includes very clear installation instructions, but if your problem is that they are missing, then all you do is install the breaker in a open slot in the breaker panel, but you have to attach the neutral [white] wire differently. On regular breakers, the neutral goes right to the ground lug in the panel. With a GFI breaker, it goes through the breaker, and then is connected to the ground lug.

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What does it mean when I can't trip the fuse breaker back on


It normally means that you still have a short somewhere in that home run. SO something that the circuit breaker controls is drawing more amperage than what the circuit breaker is rated for. So you need to unplug everything on that line and then plug them in one at a time until it trips the breaker.

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What GFI breaker is compatible with a Challenger Breaker Box


The National Electrical Code prohibits the use of mixing circuit breaker manufacturers and circuit breaker panels by requiring all electrical equipment to be certified (UL Listed, FM, etc.). Challenger breakers are UL listed, as are Challenger panels. All the circuit breakers installed must be made by Challenger and must be approved for use in that particular panel (more on this below). Installing a different brand breaker into the panel causes the panel and the breaker to lose the UL / FM listing. The lack of a listing causes the electrical code violation. Should a fire occur, and the source is determined to be the use of a mixed manufacturer panel / circuit breaker installation, you insurance company may balk at paying a claim.

If you are unsure of the circuit breakers that are approved for use in your panel, look on the inside cover of the door. On it should be listed the manufacturer's name and all the devices that that the panel will accept. Deviating from the list will trigger the loss of listing.

A final thought: Most GFI breakers are much more expensive than a GFCI outlet. Install a standard non-GFI Challenger breaker and feed a new outlet (next to the panel) with a GFCI plug via the LINE terminals. Connect the rest of the old circuit to the outlet's LOAD terminals. The portion of the circuit that is connected to the LOAD terminals are now GFCI protected. Overloads will trip the circuit breaker as usual, but ground fault issues will trip at the outlet instead.

I hope this helps and good luck! Please rate my reply. thanks.

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I bought a eaton 20 ampsingle pole w/gfp, will it work in my g.e. breaker box?gfcb120cs


The new Eaton Cutler Hammer UL series circuit breakers are made to be interchangeable with panelboards from different manufacturers. If it is a UL series, the answer is yes.

Handy Andie

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LD3600WV MAIN CIRCUIT BREAKER


I'm not sure what your question is - since all you did was put in a model number of a circuit breaker.

If you need to reset this circuit breaker: 1) Slide the handle to the OFF position. 2) Slide all the other breakers in the panel to the OFF position. 3) Stand to the side (not directly in front of the panel) 4) Slide the handle of the main breaker to the ON position. if it trips, there is a majot fault that should be addressed by a qualified person (electrician).

If the main breaker does not move to the TRIP or OFF position: 1) One by one, starting with the double wide / large value circuit breakers, slide the handles to ON. 2) Any breaker that goes to TRIPPED or OFF should be attempted to be reset ONCE. If it trips again, an electrician should be called, and the breaker left in the TRIPPED or OFF position. 3) One by one, return the handles of the remaining circuit breakers to ON.

If you're looking for different information - please provide as much detail as you can. Include the breaker panel manufacturer's name and model - and the circuit breaker data.

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Which fuse do you check for a broken down fan heater in a 1998 citrion saxo 1.1 on the fuse board


it normally the switch the fails on these.pop out the old one and replace from breakers yard or get a new one

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