Receptacle short

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Receptacle short

The other day I went to use one of my receptacles that had one device plugged into it. When I plugged in another device to the second plug, it tripped the breaker on and off. I turned off the breaker and took the receptacle out. One of the hot wires had popped out and had a black scorch mark on it. It was wired in using the quick snap-in method, not the screws. I replaced the receptacle and cut off and replaced the scorched part of the hot wire. All works well now, but I'm still wondering why it happened. The circuit is not overloaded and has been working fine for over 1.5 years since it was all wired in.
 
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If you had any conductive path back to the panel and the loose hot wire contacted it a short circuit was created.

The breaker did what it was designed to do.
 
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Originally Posted by pcboss View Post
If you had any conductive path back to the panel and the loose hot wire contacted it a short circuit was created.

The breaker did what it was designed to do.
Although oddly enough, power would return when the second device was removed. Kinda through me in a loop with that one. It's an ARC fault breaker, not sure if that would act any different.
 
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