electrical overload

Old 12-19-03, 08:43 PM
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electrical overload

I think I may have too much on 1 circuit, I recently put some x-mas lights up and a couple of days later, I noticed a recepticle on the same circuit getting real hot. I disconnected the x-mas lights and now everything is fine. My ? is how do I know how much is too much when dealing with this kind of situation. Is there a way to test and see what a particular circuit can hold? Thanks for any advice anyone can give..
Old 12-19-03, 09:07 PM
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There is most likely a loose wire in the one that is getting hot. Shut the breaker off and pull it out and check. Lots of them are wired with the connection wires all thru the recept instead of pigtailed, or worse yet the wires are backstabbed into the recept. If they are backstabbed take them off, just snip them off and get a new recept and wire it to the screws.
Old 12-19-03, 10:03 PM
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How do you know how much is too much? There's no really easy way to tell. You can add up the wattage of all the bulbs, but Christmas lights often don't tell you the bulb wattage.

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