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#44806 11/17/04 08:39 AM
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For all of you who like to intentionally short breakers to trace them: DON'T DO IT! I typically work old homes and its amazing how many breakers won't trip.

#44807 11/17/04 09:04 AM
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I'll second CalSparky, and add, there is no guarantee that the splices between the short and the breaker are solid. Especially in a dwelling that has a history of DIYer or handyperson twiddling. The fault current can easily series arc at a subpar splice and would not be noticed until the smoke got thick enough from the ignition of surrounding combustibles by that one tiny drop of molten conductor.


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