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#118579 10/11/04 08:57 PM
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Here is one that got just a little hot!

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#118580 10/11/04 11:44 PM
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Did that second double breaker develop a pole to pole short? It looks pretty crispy and not a lot of other damage except smoke

#118581 10/12/04 12:17 AM
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What is the story behind it?

#118582 10/12/04 02:50 AM
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Looks like the lower set of breaker buss-work shorted with no trip of the 2-pole feeding it, and/or the main feeding this panel.

Oh wait, is that the main panel? (Notice the bare AL ground on the neutral bar.)

Took the hit till it blew open!

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#118583 10/12/04 02:51 AM
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I'd hazard a guess and say that this has been a sustained fault (Overloaded Circuit+ Faulty Breaker?), judging by the colour on the inside of the panel.
It's strange how the Neutral/Ground Busbars are still silver?. [Linked Image]

#118584 10/12/04 07:13 AM
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hmm looks to me like an old FP with no main.

They used the 6 moves of the hand rule and tied the two pole breakers direct to incoming. with one of the two polebreakers feeding the lighting loads. The breaker labeled "main" just shut off the lighting loads.

I'll bet one fried chicken TV dinner that the lower left DP breaker had the contacts arcing and get hot enough to burn the housing. No overload, no short.

The FP fuse panel in my house did the same thing. Dryer fuse got hot enough in normal use that I had to use gloves to pull it.

These people are fortunate that it didn't take the house with it.

#118585 10/12/04 07:26 AM
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Yes it was the second breaker that developed a short. the wild thing is that it was a 30 amp breaker on the water heater which was wired with 12/2, and there was nothing else burnt on the wiring.

#118586 10/12/04 08:34 AM
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This reminds me of a gas furnace at a place I used to work at. It heated the paint booth. Every day it had to be re-lit by hand. I told my supervisor that it needed to be tagged out because it was electric ignition and it was going to blow up if it didn't get fixed.

It was winter so I was told to go re-light it and they would get somebody to look at it. I walk out there with a little propane hand torch since it was to windy for matches, open up the door (the furnace cover plate had been left off by the previous lighter), and lo and behold the panel is black. There was no insulation on any of the wires and little puddles of yellow and red wire nut plastic on the bottom.

I stepped outside and turned off the main and the gas and told the painters they were going to have to suck up the cold for a long time now!

It amazes me how this kind of problem doesn't burn houses down. How could they de-energize that panel?

#118587 10/12/04 11:14 AM
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This event makes a good case for keeping panel doors closed - this one obviously wasn't, as evidenced by the clean condition of the label. It's a good thing that this fault either burned itself clear, or something opened ahead of it. Does a main disconnect exist ahead of this panel?

Mike (mamills)

#118588 10/12/04 11:30 AM
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This event makes a good case for keeping panel doors closed - this one obviously wasn't, as evidenced by the clean condition of the label.
Now there is a thinking man!
Good call mate. [Linked Image]

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