Circuit Wiring


Old 04-11-16, 01:50 PM
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Angry Circuit Wiring

I am trying to shut off the feed to receptacles in a room. I have thrown every breaker and the receptacles are still live. The house was built in 1948. There are no subpanels.

Any ideas as to how this could occur?
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Old 04-11-16, 02:20 PM
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I have buddy who has a receptacle in his house which seems to bypass his meter and circuit panel. Never heard of a whole room like that.

Have you thrown the main breaker yet?
Old 04-11-16, 03:06 PM
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Ideas, in order of likelihood:
* You may have two circuits that have been inadvertently interconnected. Turning off one breaker at a time will not de-energize the circuit. Turning off the Main should remove power.
* Bad breaker, stuck in the on position even though the handle is off. Same deal for a penny in a fuse socket.
* You may have another fuse or breaker panel somewhere, perhaps hidden in an illegal location like a closet, crawlspace or attic. Maybe hiding on the outside of the house.
* Unusual panel configuration like split-bus and it is not obvious what you're turning off.
* Stand-alone house, or duplex/rowhouse/etc? Possible interconnection with neighoring unit.
* Previous owners were stealing power and there is an illegal bypass somewhere in the service entrance.

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