Circuit breaker: could I have damaged it?


Old 12-22-14, 11:23 AM
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Circuit breaker: could I have damaged it?

I was trying to replace two three-way switches last night and while testing for voltage the circuit breaker tripped.

Instead of just flipping it back and letting it trip immediately if it wanted to, I held it for a couple seconds (and it made a buzzing noise.) Could that have damaged it? I haven't noticed anything odd about it since (smell, noise, etc).


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Old 12-22-14, 11:49 AM
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It depends on how old and what type of breaker it is. The more modern ones will trip regardless of whether the handle is held closed or not. To reset the breaker needs to be completely switched off then back on. The trip position is roughly in the middle of the switch throw.

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