Three Tips to Follow When You're Hunting for Loose Wiring After a Circuit Breaker Trips


If the circuit breaker in your home trips, and you don't have an excessive number of appliances on at the same time, the culprit could be loose wiring either near the circuit breaker itself or around your home's outlets. If you want to find these loose wires yourself and reconfigure them so that they'll work properly, you'll need to be very careful and use all the proper tools, such as safety goggles and gloves. Check out these three tips to follow when you're hunting for loose wiring after a circuit breaker trips.

Start By Inspecting the Outlets Closest to the Circuit Breaker First

Since the "pressure", or voltage, of the electricity in a wire becomes less intense the further it travels away from the source, outlet wires closer to your circuit breaker are more likely to cause a tripped circuit than outlet wires farther away, even if all your wires have the same voltage capacity. This is because a sub-optimal wire connection that decreases a wire's voltage capacity may not cause problems when a wire is far away from your circuit breaker while a closer wire will be quickly overwhelmed.

Therefore, once you've inspected the wiring around the circuit breaker itself, start with the outlets closest to it before you move on to the ones farther away.

Only Grip One Wire at a Time to Prevent Unintentional Damage

Most electrical wires in the interior of a wall aren't designed to be gripped by a strong hand. Therefore, especially if you're using leather or rubber safety gloves, it's important to only grip one wire at a time and to grip it very carefully.

Wherever this is possible, lightly pull the wires you need to inspect toward you with a cupped palm rather than gripping any of them directly. Once the wires are close at hand, use your index and middle fingers to grab at one of them while you keep all the other wires in place with your other hand.

Use a Flashlight and Mirror Instead of Pulling All the Wires That You Can Out 

Some of the wires you need to inspect will be so far away from the outlet that it'll be very hard to pull them out without damaging them. In this case, since you only need to handle the wires that actually have loose connections on the ends of them, just looking at the wires with a flashlight and mirror is an easy way to do your job.

Once you've removed an outlet and inspected the wire ends that are close at hand, put the mirror in the wall and shine your flashlight on it. Tilt the mirror from side to side to give yourself a view of the wall's interior.

For professional help, consult a company such as RDS Electric.

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