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#193294 - 03/25/10 04:00 PM Inspector/AHJ Question???
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How do you test AFCI operation?
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#193296 - 03/25/10 08:19 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1]
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Test them? I'm happy if they hold.

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#193297 - 03/26/10 06:55 AM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: schenimann]
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i use an AFCI tester

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#193298 - 03/26/10 07:18 AM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: Rewire]
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Rewire:

OK, elaborate please.....brand?, OK for all mfg?, satisfaction? Please!!
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#193301 - 03/26/10 09:21 AM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1]
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John,

The only recognized test is to use the TEST button on the breaker.

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#193302 - 03/26/10 10:37 AM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: Jim M]
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How does the test button on an AFCI work, does it simulate a parallel arc fault?

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#193303 - 03/26/10 10:42 AM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: SteveFehr]
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I use the test button, is there an approved tester?

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#193306 - 03/26/10 12:08 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: LK]
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Thanks to all. There are testers available, although I have seen/heard of conflicting info.

Basically, AFCI is new here in NJ, and I'm on an info search.
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#193308 - 03/26/10 03:31 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1]
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Nobody really tells us what the test button does. For all we know it is just a shunt trip but I bet it simulates a ground fault.
The manufacturer designs the proprietary circuit and they decide what a good test might be but I doubt it tests all the possible failure scenarios. They also say you can't believe a negative result from someone else's tester so draw from that what you like.
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#193309 - 03/26/10 03:58 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1]
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its made by Ideal model 61-165 I purchased it two years ago it works fine.

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