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Old 06-03-2015, 08:11 PM
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So, I was wiring up a ceiling fan and had to remove the switches (there are three in the box) to rearrange them. Before putting the switches back in the box I turned the breaker on to see if everything worked and it did. So I then turned off the breaker, mounted the switches (which involved stuffing the wires into the box), and turned the breaker back on which tripped the breaker. I then dismounted the switches,inspected them,found nothing (bare wires,etc.) tried it again (it was fine )then mounted them again and the everything was fine.
My question is, what could have tripped the breaker? Should I call an electrician?
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:29 PM
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When stuffing the wires in the box, a ground wire probably touched the hot wire. Then when you re-stuffed you must have organized them better.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Tony Trak View Post
When stuffing the wires in the box, a ground wire probably touched the hot wire. Then when you re-stuffed you must have organized them better.
This, very common. No pun intended.
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This, very common. No pun intended.
This is a hot topic, so I'm going to stand my ground and remain neutral. puns slightly intended.
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Originally Posted by ryan darrow View Post
This is a hot topic, so I'm going to stand my ground and remain neutral. puns slightly intended.
Your reply is shocking, I would of replied more positively.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:38 AM
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This thread is no longer current and you all are getting amped up. Settle down before you're grounded.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:54 AM
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I still dont see what happened, show a sine or a wave..
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:05 PM
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Some of those fans have a poor design and if not installed correctly the hot black wire rubs against the rotating assembly till it wears through the insulation and shorts out.
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You all stay grounded and keep this thread on track.
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I see people have staged a re-volt and are derailing this thread to the point where it is terminal. I'm glad it sparked a conversation about the dangers of poor wiring and generated much discussion. I was surprised at the frequency of responses and will draw the conclusion that it was the ground wire touching the hot.

Ok, I'm done. I don't know watt I was thinking.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:24 PM
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I need a slice of 3.14 while I think..
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Wire connectors should be taped and tape should be wrapped around switch covering all connections.
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