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#188119 - 07/22/09 10:34 AM breaker replacement video
JoeKP Offline

Registered: 03/29/08
Posts: 144
Loc: Berkley, MA
i just found this video, and i was kind of shocked.
what i saw:
*when he opens the panel... enough "slimline" breakers??
*at about 2:42 look at where the wires come into the box
i might of missed something, so lets see what you guys can find...
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#188122 - 07/22/09 10:50 AM Re: breaker replacement video [Re: JoeKP]
EV607797 Offline

Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 756
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
In the very beginning, he advises to turn off the main, yet he doesn't to it. Throughout the video, his fingers (and the wire) come dangerously close to live parts in the panel. That guy made me nervous the entire time!

"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#188174 - 07/23/09 07:59 PM Re: breaker replacement video [Re: EV607797]
Obsaleet Offline

Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 361
Loc: Pa
I agree Ed I was waiting for him to touch something! If I were making a vidio on how to change a breaker I would at least move all the stuff from in front of the panel so I could work on it. I would certainly be counting all the circuits in that box and checking the rating looks pretty full.

Choose your customers, don't let them choose you.

#188186 - 07/24/09 03:32 AM Re: breaker replacement video [Re: Obsaleet]
Alan Belson Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
He didn't turn off the main because "...people are watching tv."
Well that's all right then! laugh
Wood work but can't!

#188190 - 07/24/09 11:09 AM Re: breaker replacement video [Re: Alan Belson]
mamills Offline

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
The fact that this guy is "working" on a fully live panel with no protection whatsoever really makes me nervous - considering the way he keeps poking his fingers around in there at averything...not even so much as a pair of gloves (wouldn't surprise me if he was standing barefoot on a wet floor...!)

I don't think I have ever seen a panel that size FULLY POPULATED with tandem breakers like that one is. A load calculation on this installation would be interesting.

Yeah, Allen, we certainly don't want to inconvenience the TV watchers!!

Mike (mamills)

#188191 - 07/24/09 11:29 AM Re: breaker replacement video [Re: mamills]
mamills Offline

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
I would also certainly be concerned about the amount of wire movement in handling that one circuit. If the circuit did fault when reset, this would be a good place to start troubleshooting.

It would have been good to say something about inspecting the areas around screw mountings for the cover to check for insulation damage or proper clearance.

Mike (mamills)

#188369 - 08/03/09 01:03 AM Re: breaker replacement video [Re: mamills]
fireguy Offline

Registered: 02/02/06
Posts: 19
Loc: Baker City, OR 97814
Wow! I am not an electrician, nor do I play one on TV. But I have serious doubts about the knowledge he was trying to share. Why would you touch the wire, if it is live or not. I thought there was something about a minimum clearance to panels. Does this guy make a living spreading that crap?

#188373 - 08/03/09 03:26 PM Re: breaker replacement video [Re: fireguy]
canuck Offline

Registered: 07/15/06
Posts: 27
Loc: Canada
"Remember, it's extremely dangerous to start playing with the panel. So when you do it just be careful. You don't want to touch anything metal basically."

"So as most of us have been shocked before. You know that's just out of the outlets of your house or playing with a switch or something."

It's extremely dangerous that's why I am using one hand to film this video so I can increase the danger.

Maybe he should heed his own advice.

#188375 - 08/03/09 06:00 PM Re: breaker replacement video [Re: canuck]
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
That's great advice for a DIY'er!

When someone gets hurt, a sharp lawyer may hunt this guy down


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