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Old 07-23-2002, 01:29 PM
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everytime my wife plugs the hair dryer into the bathroom plug a breaker trips.

what's the problem??? name the problem.
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Do you have a 15a breaker with a 1700w hair dryer?

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Sounds like a weak breaker
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now she is..well this week!
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just a clue.......you have to name the problem prior to solving it.
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Is the hair dryer sitting in a sink full of water when she plugs it in?
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Does it happen right when she plugs it in or while using the dryer?

Is it a ground fault outlet or ground fault breaker in the panel.

How old is the home and has there been recent renovation that involved electrical work?

Does it happen if you plug anything else into outlet.

Initially I would look at faulty hair dryer or outlet. If you change the oulet be sure it is a ground fault outlet. Actually it is code required.
Any outlet within 6ft of a sink, tub shall be GFCI.

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we had this on our last "spec house" the electrician tied about 4 plugs to that circuit all over the house. It end in the bath with the ground fault outlet. they are touchy.

our problem, we had our deep freeze in the basement plugged in. IT WAS ON THAT CIRCUIT. only knew when the ciruit was tripped when we let the dog out and the outside light (ON THAT CIRCUIT) wouldn't turn on!!!

see what else goes out when this trips.

new house now. dedicated circuit breaker for the freezer.


so my advice.... get a new house, interest rates are low
that will fix it.

just kidding. unplug some stuff, or replace that ground fault circuit with another new one. like I said, they can be touchy. they are suppose to be.
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paul...i just want to know what the problem is...this is the first thing a prof. asked in the 10 mins of class on day one...funny, that blew a hour or two with engineers fighting!!!LOL
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