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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 07-21-2012 12:44 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 07-21-2012 01:04 PM

The last time I was in my attic adding a junction box, I made sure the upstairs sockets were isolated before I did anything. Imagine my surprise when I cut through the cable for the immersion heater by mistake.
I kept the wire cutters which have an arc missing from each cutting edge to remind me not to be so stupid the next time.

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#2 posted 07-21-2012 01:49 PM

ouch…lol, at least it’s only 110 around here, as opposed to 220 ;)

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#3 posted 07-21-2012 01:50 PM

That wuz sum funnie stuf there.

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#4 posted 07-21-2012 02:08 PM

Did you isolate them by opening a breaker? If you did, and didn’t just cut the wrong wire by mistake, you may have more issues than you think.

Cutting the wrong wire when they’re close together is a scarey and aggravating “oops”, but not really that bad (except for having to repair it.)

Cutting a wire you “know” is on a dead circuit is a problem. Either the circuit was mis-marked, or somebody did something dumb after the house was built. Both situations need to be checked by a real electrician.

Many problems are the result of poorly marked breakers in your panel. I’ve always wished that codes would require maps of the house wiring with each switch and receptacle marked to show the appropriate breaker. On a couple of jobs on older houses, I’ve spent time using test equipment to make sure that I know every load on each circuit. There’s always a couple of surprises when I do that.

I have two 15a circuits marked “lites”. Doh!! I already know that a 15a circuit is for lighting. Would it have been that hard to give me a clue which circuit feeds which lights?

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