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AFCI breakers

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by lexmarks567, Jan 12, 2011.

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  1. lexmarks567

    lexmarks567 Thread Starter

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    Well since you all know about the quality of the wiring jobs in this trailer would AFCI breakers make it safer. Do they make them for homeline. They cost about $40 a piece and i would need 5 regulars and 1 tandem. AFCI breakers detect short circuits and arcs in the wires.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFCI
     
  2. K7M

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    The arc fault breakers are available for you box. The problem with installing arc fault in old installation is the neutrals in most cases are all tied together in every box. If neutrals from 2 different circuits are tied together the arc fault will continually trip. You would have to purchase a couple and test them out. As far as a 2 pole arc fault I have not seen one.
     
  3. Koot

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    K7M is correct i what he said. I'll add this - I would personally not add arc-fault circuit breakers. Would it make things safer? Maybe, but... You could do a lot of other (better) things that would enhance safety more than adding arc-fault circuit breakers in my opinion.

    Also, consider this - Arc-fault circuit breakers have only recently been a code requirement for new home construction in bedrooms, living rooms and other rooms where people gather and sleep. I suspect less than 1/2 of 1% of all homes have arc-fault circuit breakers.

    If you have any receptacles (especially in bedrooms) in areas that often have a lot of lint or dust-bunnies in which you are constantly plugging-in and unplugging loads (e.g. appliances) that may spark...then you might be a candidate for arc-fault circuit breakers. My suggestion would be to vacuum and dust more often if you believe there is enough lint within an inch or so of your receptacles to cause a fire...
     
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