Gosh, it isn't an overload for the new 15a breaker, or any of the other 15a
circuits I tried it on. So, it wasn't an overload; but anyone who read my
first post knew that. Do you think it might have been a bad breaker? Do
you think at all?
You still haven't figured out the difference between your ass and a hole in
the ground; but you don't stop babbling.
Actually, there is a whole more to it than just you can't use a 20A on #14,
Why not try swapping what you got?
Put the 15 back, move the load to another 15 in the panel, put the other 15
load on the first 15, and try.
Eitrher the problem will stay with the load, or it will stay with the
Fix the one that is bad.
It was the only GFCI breaker, so I had nothing to swap it with except the
20a GFCI I had on the shelf. Since the problem could have been a ground
fault between the breaker box and the first outlet, I wanted to test it with
a GFCI breaker.
Sorry you got dragged into a matter that was solved a month ago.
Breakers come in many shapes and forms. Consumer(residential) grade,
commercial/indistrial grade, special application(spark proof), etc.
If a breaker was grossly overloaded, it can smoke and burn out.
Repeated trips will make it weaker for sure causing nuisance trips.
Look at the wall toggle switch for an example. Run of the mill ones for
typical residential use one is like less than a buck a piece. Then look
at the ones made for hospital or inside mine use, 5.00 or more for a piece.
To my understanding my SquareD Q0 breakers are rated for 2 conductors
under the screw (in fact, there are two 'notches' under the screw). They
don't say anywhere on them that they are rated for this type of use, but I
believe I did read it in the company's literature somewhere.
Common procedure otherwise is to have a separate junction box beside the
panel and make your splices there. Make sure to mark the box as to what
it's for (i.e. "Outside plugs, Breaker #X").
You'd be surprised at how quickly Christmas lights can add up. :) My
folks have a 30' blue spruce in their front yard, and we manage to get about
2100 watts of lights onto it every year. We need to feed it through two
separate circuits. Of course, this is extreme, but at 7 watts a bulb X 25
bulbs a string... you get the idea. :)
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