I'm looking forward to the AFCI. It will likely save quite a few lives. It will also put some money in our pockets as many of us will be recommending the use of this type of protection in older homes. I know of two fires near my home that could have been prevented by the AFCI. Fortunately, they involved property damage only.
Did this recep burn up because of loose internal contacts or loose screw connections? In older wiring, I've come across a lot of loose screw terminals & I wonder if they got loose over a period of time due to thermal cycling, vibration, poor materials or were there that many loose connections to begin with?
[This message has been edited by Tom (edited 04-27-2001).]