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#1 posted 12-29-2007 10:19 PM

Blake is absolutely right about breakers as switches. There was an incident several years ago in the bodyshop where I worked. One morning when turning everything on, there was a “pop” and a few sparks….then nothing from the compressor. It turns out that the entire connection lug in the breaker box just disintegrated. The electrician, that came in to fix it, added the proper switches for both compressors. He said that it should have never been done like that.

As far as the original question, no. The shop where I work does not cut power at the end of the day. The lights are on banks of switches in two different locations. The compressor, a huge screw type, has its own magnetic switch. All of the 220 stuff has magnetic switches, including the dust collection system. The biggest problem is with heating element type tools that don’t make any noise. Hot melt guns being the most common there.

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