Bad Breaker?

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  1. P.Dieter

    P.Dieter Remodel Contactor

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    I just tidied up a 200amp service panel that's been fine for several months but the wires were a mess (unorganized and crowded). A double pole 30amp breaker on the dryer however tips immediately now. the common trip thingiy (bar) popped off and I noticed that only one side was tripping...switched the wires and the same side trips...what's this trying to tell me?

    thanks
    Paul
     
  2. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    That something is wrong???
     
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  4. P.Dieter

    P.Dieter Remodel Contactor

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    bad breaker it seems
     
  5. enosez

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    what color were the wires on the breaker?
    (Did you take the white wire and land it on the neutral bar?)
     
  6. P.Dieter

    P.Dieter Remodel Contactor

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    red and black

    didn't even disconnect these wires during the process.

    replaced the breaker and it worked fine

    (doesn't mean I did everything right, but it seemed to fix the problem)
     
  7. Billy_Bob

    Billy_Bob In the Trades

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    I used to work in an electronic lab around electrical engineers who would build prototypes of new products. These would have a wiring "rat's nest" and work perfectly fine.

    Then they would clean it up and route the wires so it looked nice. As a rule, these frequently would no longer work! :)
     
  8. P.Dieter

    P.Dieter Remodel Contactor

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    electricity is magic...black magic ;)
     
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