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Electrical Wiring in the Home/Electrical Circuit Problem- Part 3


Hi Robert:

Thanks for sticking with me on this. The breaker trips IMMEDIATELY! No delay. I already eliminated the lamps as the issue so they are unplugged and out of the picture. There was no event that I can think of that occurred prior to this problem. I THINK I have located every outlet and switch on this circuit (there were a couple in the basement also). Should I start removing the hot wire one by one and trying the breaker?

Ok kevin, Your doing AWESOME now lets try everything we can w/o having to go to the ceiling fan especially being 18ft up.Now lets just briefly go back to the beginning does the breaker trip immediately or does it trip when you turn on the switch to the lamps, if not explain again In detail what exactly is happening and ANY OTHER detail you may have no matter how small you may thing they are PRIOR to the problem.Did you drop a lamp, were you using a heavy duty appliance, did lighting hit your house.; you get my idea thanks i really want to avoid having you have to go up to that ceiling fan that would suck

WE dont want to do that simply because we can blow a splice apart you see each time that breaker trips your putting alot of stress on the wiring and sooner or later the wire is going to go think of it like a chain and right now the breaker is the weakest link however if we keep tripping the breaker the wire or a splice somewhere in that breaker will become the weakest link...this is where that meter you puchased comes into play now.
1-Using the Continuity feature of the meter i want you to start going from any hot wire to ground starting from where you best think the circuit starts now the theory behind this is that you are NOT supposed to have any continuity between hot and ground...You know what i could MUCH BETTER explain this to you alot easier if you just give me a
Here's my number 718-541-1674 im normally up till 11pm give me a call and ill explain what we will do next
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Robert Tomasulo


I am here to answer ALL your questions regarding anything to do with home wiring such as Switches, Receptacles,Lighting, Main Distribution Panels, HVAC, Thermostats, etc; if it has a wire and in your home I CAN ANSWER IT. Whether its as simple as "why do my lights flicker?" Or as complex as I would like to rewire my house im here to help, in addition i can offer advice on remodeling a kitchen or lighting up you back yard as well as offering troubleshooting on appliances.


I have over 17 years in the electrical industry including Residential, Commercial & Industrial, Im also a certified HVAC technician as well as a certified fiber obtic technician.I am currently employed by the New York City Transit Authority as the Senior Electrical Maintainer and serve as the Relief Foreman for the electrical maintenance division for the past 12 years.I also hold many certifications, licenses and certificates in my field

FOA Member(Fiber Optic Association) UTU (United Transportation Union) IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) HVAC/TALK (Heating & Air conditioning troubleshooting group)

5 years of technical school after high school in electrical installation and design sponsored by Local 3 (IBEW) As well as over 17 years of hands on in the field training and education, and till this day im still learning, Not a day goes by that i don't learn something and if i feel i didn't i will open up a book to insure I DO!

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