Circuit Breaker use


Old 11-16-06, 07:01 PM
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Circuit Breaker use

I'm rewiring my garage... new outlets, lights etc. I've been turning my circuit breakers on and off a lot to cut off power, test circuits, etc.

My question: is this OK? Does a circuit breaker have a limited amount of times it should be turned on and off? I'm a bit paranoid and plug in a radio into a new outlet and turn the circuit breaker on and off to test the juice. Everything is going great so far but it dawned on me that maybe I'm abusing the breakers. I'm just about finished renos but have I shortened the life of the breakers?
Old 11-16-06, 07:05 PM
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Most residential circuit breakers are not designed to be used as switches. That is, they are not designed for everyday use to turn a circuit on and off.

However, normal installation and testing of a circuit does require that they be used in this manner. Once you have a circuit wired, however, there should be no reason to turn it on and off.
Old 11-16-06, 07:22 PM
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In your case, You will be hard pressed to hurt them.

More importantly, Is the garage wired correctly? GFCIs and all?

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