I need some advice on this problem. I work with a guy who lied his
way into the job and has barely any real idea of what he is doing!!
the follow is a work order I saw of his.
"Breaker kept tripping put in another 20amp breaker and it tripped
instantly. Found a 30Amp breaker and installed it. circuit now
This Idiot took a 20amp breaker and installed a 30amp in it's place.
Know I am not a know it all but I do know that a 30amp breaker calls
for 10awg wire. This from the same idiot who said he lead a team of
guys who traveled around changing ballasts and he was asked to change
a ballast and he stood on the ladder for 1 hour trying to figure out
how to do it!!!!
So my question is How Dangerous is this that he installed a 30amp
breaker where a 20amp breaker came out of?
Well, if the replacement 20 amp breaker tripped "instantly" that pretty
well meant there was more than 20 amps flowing in the circuit(s) it fed
at that time.
It's highly likely the circuit(s) fed by that breaker are No. 12 wire,
in which case they were already overloaded and showed that by popping
the 20 amp breaker. They may well have remain overloaded or become
overloaded in the future, the wires and/or devices will overheat and
On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it about a 9.5 for danger and you really
should rat the guy out for doing what he did, lives may depend on it.
What is he? What is the circuit feeding? Did you plug in anything new
lately or installed something new electrical in your house?
Better correct te situation ASAP and hope you have a good house
insurance in the mean time.
Dangerous indeed, as well as illegal. So maybe it was tripping because
the current was 21 or 22 amps; in real, practical terms, is this likely
to cause an electrical fire in the near term? Probably not - there's a
certain amount of safety margin in the code specs for wire gauge and
rated current. However, he didn't fix the problem; he merely masked the
symptom. I'm a senior electrical technician in the Navy; if one of my
youngsters did something that idiotic, I'd rip his asshole out, then put
it back in so the Chief could rip it out as well.
If you work with him, report him to your boss. He's a danger to the
customers and will do your company's rep no good at all.
"Take sides! Always take sides! You may sometimes be wrong - but the man
who refuses to take sides must *always* be wrong! Heaven save us from
On Fri, 20 Jul 2007 23:48:25 GMT, William Underhill
Sincere thanks for your service!!!
And one day he would exclaim; he has had his ass ripped out by the
best and still has some left over :)
..through the use of electrical or duct tape, achieve the configuration in the
Electrical wiring is done by following the electrical code and is done by
The electrical code is in place, because in the past, people have died from
fires or by being electrocuted. The electrical code has been updated and
changed throughout the years to PREVENT these things from happening again.
What you are saying is that an unqualified person is doing electrical work
for other people and is not following the electrical code.
Basically he is endangering other people's lives! For to not follow the
electrical code is to create dangerous situations. Dangerous to people's
lives and property.
This person should be stopped before he can do anymore of his handiwork. And
the people who had this work done by this person should be notified that
they have a potentially dangerous situation on their hands - that a
qualified electrician should inspect the work which was done and correct it.
It is one thing to do this type of work on your own home. Even then the
person would be endangering the lives of his family and those who might
purchase his home in the future.
But it is quite a SERIOUS matter when someone does this type of work for
other people. I'm not a lawyer, but I could imagine there could be stiff
fines for both the employee and the employer as well as potential criminal
I should think this should come to the attention of the local electrical
inspector and/or district attorney's office.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.