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Burned Switch #166548
07/23/07 03:04 PM
07/23/07 03:04 PM
renosteinke  Offline OP
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Last edited by renosteinke; 07/24/07 06:28 PM.
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Re: Burned Switch [Re: renosteinke] #166568
07/23/07 06:53 PM
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Lightning?

Re: Burned Switch [Re: ShockMe77] #166570
07/23/07 07:26 PM
07/23/07 07:26 PM
waymag  Offline
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We still do not know what made this switch have a melt down. It was on a 277volt circuit and the breaker never tripped. The breaker was a Cutler Hammer Power Line c style breaker. This is also a code violation type deal because 120 and 277 were in the same box. I know the contacts inside the switch had welded together.

Re: Burned Switch [Re: waymag] #166573
07/23/07 07:40 PM
07/23/07 07:40 PM
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The 120V switch and 277V switch can be in the same box IF the voltage between 2 adjacent switches doesn't exceed 300V.

It's in 404.8(B) smile

(I wonder what the voltage between the 2 systems is?)


Re: Burned Switch [Re: electure] #166579
07/23/07 08:21 PM
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renosteinke  Offline OP
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Perhaps the switch was not rated for 277?

Re: Burned Switch [Re: electure] #166601
07/24/07 09:45 AM
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pauluk  Offline
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Originally Posted by electure
(I wonder what the voltage between the 2 systems is?)


Best case = 157V, worst case = 397V, depending upon phasing.

Re: Burned Switch [Re: pauluk] #166626
07/24/07 07:55 PM
07/24/07 07:55 PM
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My, how simple! laugh

Re: Burned Switch [Re: electure] #166627
07/24/07 08:12 PM
07/24/07 08:12 PM
waymag  Offline
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Well it had 120v and basically 480v too because the other 2 switches were 277 on a phase and 277 on b phase... 1-120v switch and 2-277 volt switches...after repullint wire back up to j box I did an amp reading and got 4 amps on the 120v switch 3.5 on one of the 277 volt switches and 1.5 on the other 277 volt switch.


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