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Blake

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#1 posted 2428 days ago

I did that in my shop. The wiring is old and I don’t want to worry about electrical fires. So it all goes cold before I leave.

One thing that you want to be careful of is using breakers as switches. They are not made to be turned “on” and “off” all the time. It is hard on the breaker and it will not hold up after years of regular use like that. If you compromise the breaker it may not do it’s job some day, which is to prevent fire.

If you want to be able to turn off the circuit you should actually wire in a master shut-off switch. Make sure it is rated at least to the amps of the entire circuit, and put it after the breaker.

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