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Old 07-28-2020, 04:17 PM   #1
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This Is Why I Check EVERY Terminal In EVERY Panel I Open.


Got a call yesterday from the owner of a townhouse, having issues with a breaker tripping. I assumed it was an AFCI and I can't stand those types of calls. But I stopped by early this afternoon to check it out.


I remove the panel cover and check the connections on breaker no. 13, which is off and is marked "LR and MBR outlets". Nothing unusual there. But just out of habit, I check every terminal in the panel.


I just about filled my drawers when I worked my way up the breakers to the 40a 2p for the range.




There's a 2011 inspection sticker on the panel. I've got a dollar that says this breaker's terminals were never tightened down 9 years ago. Amazing that the range even worked, let alone didn't melt the breaker at some point.


I usually find one or two terminations in every panel I open that could benefit from a bit more torque. But this one just floored me.
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Old 07-28-2020, 04:51 PM   #2
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Well,it looks like the wiring was dressed neatly...

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Got a call yesterday from the owner of a townhouse, having issues with a breaker tripping. I assumed it was an AFCI and I can't stand those types of calls. But I stopped by early this afternoon to check it out.


I remove the panel cover and check the connections on breaker no. 13, which is off and is marked "LR and MBR outlets". Nothing unusual there. But just out of habit, I check every terminal in the panel.


I just about filled my drawers when I worked my way up the breakers to the 40a 2p for the range.


https://youtu.be/CWMPOPdRHxg


There's a 2011 inspection sticker on the panel. I've got a dollar that says this breaker's terminals were never tightened down 9 years ago. Amazing that the range even worked, let alone didn't melt the breaker at some point.


I usually find one or two terminations in every panel I open that could benefit from a bit more torque. But this one just floored me.


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Old 07-29-2020, 07:49 PM   #4
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fire hazard for sure.

Electrical panels are a sore subject for me.
So many HO's and remodeling hacks messing with things they shouldn't be.

I'm on my way this friday to add a 220 breaker to a house that had a 30amp singe pole breaker supplying one leg of a 220 dryer outlet.

Someone ran 12/3 but cut the red short, outlet was wired with the black and white, but in the panel the white went to the neutral bar.

Why would they do that?
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