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#17263 - 11/23/02 04:11 AM Arc Fault dilemma in Canada
Sandro Offline

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
My local supplier has a huge C-H advertisement photo for arcfault devices, just like the pictures you see in the website ( C-H clearly shows a 2-pole AFCI breaker. My problem, me and my men have been wiring residential with 3-wire feeds and now, I hear that 2-pole AFCIs are not available. Whats with this??? Are 2p only available in US? If so, why not in Canada? The C-H rep has yet to call me back.

Is there any way I can wire two single pole AFCIs to work with my 3wire feed set up?


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#17264 - 11/23/02 04:59 AM Re: Arc Fault dilemma in Canada
lwinter31 Offline

Registered: 11/23/02
Posts: 41
Loc: Texas
I don't beleive it is possible.

There is a good thread going on this topic, on the Mike Holt board.

#17265 - 11/23/02 05:40 AM Re: Arc Fault dilemma in Canada
spyder Offline

Registered: 10/14/02
Posts: 211
Loc: Massachusetts
I know tha AFCIs from Square D do not work with a shared neutral.

#17266 - 11/23/02 05:46 AM Re: Arc Fault dilemma in Canada
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
Here is that info I posted at MHE regarding the AFCI breaker manufactured by Cutler-Hammer that is meant for use on Multiwire circuits:

Following quote is from FPN notes pertaining to CJH215AF, CJH215GFAF, CJH220AF, CJH220GFAF 2 pole AFCI Breakers on the bottom of page 3 in th ePDF File linked below.
2-Pole AFCI breakers are designed for use in 3-wire, 120/240V AC circuits, 120V AC multiwire circuits utilizing a shared neutral (often referred to as a “home run” circuit), and 240V AC circuits obtained from 120/240V AC source.


#17267 - 11/23/02 06:43 AM Re: Arc Fault dilemma in Canada
txsparky Offline

Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 578
Loc: Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
If the proposal to require all of the circuits to be AFCI protected on a Service Change is accepted,all manufacturers will have to start making them for the millions of homes with multi-wire circuits.
manufacturers see $$$$$, homeowners say...they cant afford upgrade

#17268 - 11/23/02 09:12 AM Re: Arc Fault dilemma in Canada
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
i forget what 'AFCI' thread it was a while back..... i had systematically e-mailed the tec supports of a number of common manufacturer's.
Most claimed a 2-pole AFCI would be available fall 02' to spring 03'....


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