How To Install A Arc Fault Circuit Breaker / Interrupter




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Shadow of Palms: Great tutorial. Thanks

strong1235: Arc faults cost about $40.00, standard breakers about $5! Why? Because the greedy electrical mfgrs know you have to buy them. The NEC and NFPA doesn't care what it costs, they just want to not have to pay claims so it doesn't cost THEM! All outlets should be installed ground pin up. Why? 1 Its the longest pin and you can see to engage it first when you plug into the outlet 2. Anything conductive falling on top of the plug will hit the ground first and then if it hits the hot terminal, will be already grounded so less chance of shock and more likely the breaker will trip. Now can anyone give me a better reason to do them the other way? The white lead on the AFCI should be straight as possible because of inductance. At high arc frequencies a coil acts like a resistance to tripping current.

Wayne Somcher: Excellent video - very clear and instructive. Thanks for taking the time to inform us. Does the AFCI offer any GFCI protection? To bad AFCI isn't the standard period, and priced accordingly. 

ozzstar: good video, thanks

Mary Howard: I'm pretty sure the NEC 2008 says something like "all power sources" meaning Lights and plugs are required to be Arc Fault protected. All bedrooms and all habitable spaces that are not GFCI protected (bathrooms kithens unfinished basements). REMEMBER TAMPER RESISTANT PLUGS ARE NOW REQUIRED. Great teaching job - especially telling people to read. 

B Carr: I am replacing a arc fault breaker but this particular one has only a neutral line connected to it and the coiled white out is connected to the neutral bar. The load line black for that circuit is connected to a regular breaker. I have never seen this type of connection. Do you have any ideas as to why they wired that circuit this way. 

Robert Rooney: This guy must hv the worst looking pannels. Who wires breakers tht aren't attached the circuir. Momo

Chris Murphy: Sometimes outlets are installed upside down even though the one in this video isn't. In a kitchen, they might have the outlet flipped upside down with ground at the top, just in case a liquid drops onto a plug in a receptacle, it'll hit the ground first.

Brian Coley: If a breaker tests and resets, is it possible that it is still bad? I feel that I may be dealing with that very issue. But I am definitely no electrician.

sxr951: argg.. guy waste so many words..skip ahead to 3:45.

spelunkerd: I understand that AFCI breakers take two slots on the panel, ie double width. Are there AFCI breakers that are single slot width? The extra size problem is an issue when trying to retrofit and upgrade to new building codes. Are there AFCI breakers that could be installed at a receptacle, like GFCI plugs? Thanks for your effort -- good demo.

Carlos Gonzalez: Excellent video my friend. But I have a question. I wired my all bedrooms on its own circuits. Lights on 15A and plugs on a separate 20A. In short each bedroom lights and plugs are not sharing one. So to the question, what do I put on an arch fault? The plugs or the lights? Or both with 20a arch fault for plugs and 15a for lights?

askmediy: Thank you very much. Either you can ask right here or you can use my site for questions. The whole idea is to help others as well.. My site is listed in the video description

Dave Quick: If anybody does not realize ..that the power to this "display'panel " must be shut off first...Before you preform any work..Hire a licensed electrician ...

Bill Mysinger: DominickDiY, when you snapped the afi breaker back in, the power light immediately came on, e.g., the panel was hot. For safety sake (since a lot of people watch your video), I'd recommend you redo the video but with the panel power actually off.

Philscbx: So what happened to the standard 'Ground Fault' breakers. Who's changing the wording?

ElectricTN: on the gfci that was 2005 NEC on the 6 foot rule. Obviously any wet location requires GFI..., kitchen counter tops, bathrooms, outside, garage, etc.

Harley Higgs: Thats a great vedio love it

fidely: I wish I could read lips. Please let me know when the sound is back on. Thank you

Philscbx: Thanks - I rescued arcing attic junction someone tapped into for a drop wire into kitchen for MicroWave. Miracle house didn't burn down. I chopped out burned mass as one with the tap and put it in baggy for owner. No junction box used - the old insulation around tap formed a softball size charcoal. Blistered ceiling. Obviously arcing every start of MW, the load over heating the loose tap -never tripping breaker, not able to keep MW running. Interesting processor.

ElectricTN: Thats for posting. Yes pending on county so, if you are in a county thats 2005 that means nothing. Also dedicated circuits are not required, nor kitchens, lights, outside receptacles, attic, bathrooms, laundry rooms or GFCIs. So no all circuits are NOT required to be afci protected. ;] Damn near though. They should make it really either all or none and be done with it. I got a feeling NEC will make all circuits AFCI other than GFIS... So lame. But again its if the state adopts it.

barriejimmy: NIce, I like hot tubs!

zackman191: @DominickDiy Now, why don't they don't use this all the time instead of just for bedrooms?

Socomlover323: The best video, man, anybody can understand the instruccions, yo hablo español y lo entendi muy bien. keep going with that I save a lot money

Philscbx: Ok, I'll have to stick a screwdriver across live GFI- to see what trips first- the breaker or the GFI.

askmediy: Glad I could help out.

askmediy: @johnlvs2run Thank you so much.

dahmooren: I am impressed...nice video.

askmediy: Awesome, glad I could help out

Brian Reynolds: @DominickDiy Being a smat ass because the ground on the outlet is not facing up.. which their is no code defining the orrietation of a receptacle.

Haoleplumber94: Great video My friend told me just put whie wire and pig tail white wire in neutral bar. Which would defeat the whole purpose of the " GFCI". Glad I what he'd this. That's brother

Philscbx: The other reason - some right angled cords have orientation opposite - forcing outlet to be flipped 180.

PianoUniverse: I'll use both, one AFC! for the panel and GFI for the outlet. Thank you!

zackman191: I'm someone who has been diagnosed with dyslexia, and I do admit i'm a handyman (and one who has a license, insurance, and a lot of training). Your video is quite thorough enough to where I only had to watch it once, and got it completely. Thank you!

ElectricTN: I think we are on the same page here, and should probably leave this alone because we are more than likely confusing the readers. My initial point was simply all circuits do not necessarily require AFCI protection. There are some exceptions you did not mention also like fire alarms but, I hear you. What is your thoughts on AFCIs try not to be bias, just in general? Im curious.

ElectricTN: As I stated its different per county and state. AFCI is NOT required on all circuits that BS... Show me the article on that NEC code book. I got it right here and I know its not in there.. Again some game rooms, bonus rooms, etc do not require AFCI because there is not closet, all bedrooms they do. Now again thats PER COUNTY. Some its all. Ultimately its up to the inspector anyway and the NEC is the MINIMAL, though please post the article for what you are stating.

TheSoftailboy1: @spelunkerd I believe that there are AFCI's that you can install at a receptacle, the same as a GFCI. However, you seem to have missed in the video that AFCI breakers can take up only one spot on the panel. The one he used in the video was a 20 amp single pole breaker. They exist.

DOCSAVAGEQUINN: GREAT! I will start thinking of my list of "To Do's" LOL! I work part-time in the mornings doing construction (siding, windows, doors, framing etc..) so I hope I have some decent ideas for videos for you! Thanks again Dom!

askmediy: By code it's just the outlets.

Alexander Nguyen: Thanks asmediy, You did explain very clear. You made my day and save me money. and thanks youtube.

SwingboyPA: Great video + detail Dom! Just one suggestion: the neutral on the AFCI should be cut so that it provides a direct path to the neutral bus bar. That step is usually in the instructions -and to be honest I never paid attention until I "trouble shot" a bunch of AFCIs which were nuisance tripping and (amazingly) this fixed the problem. I can't believe it makes a difference, but apparently it does. Instructions also suggest no sharp bends... *shrug* Anyway, still one of the best youtube videos!!

Wayfarer515: After shopping around for videos, Ive settled on yours as a tool to assist me on the aisle with my cusgo

askmediy: @jjlwis What are you talking about ?

rdata34: Great video i am now going to attempt to install a GFCI receptical with its own circuit breaker.

poop: plugs go upside down now? lol ground up

SwingboyPA: A ground fault circuit breaker is not the same as an arc fault circuit breaker. An afci protects against wires arcing and a gfci doesn't.

Galogalog: Some people say that mounting them with the ground on top is safer in case the plug is pulled out slightly and something falls onto it and makes contact with the hot and neutral prongs in your plug. The idea is that the ground prong will block anything from doing that (this idea does not apply if you are plugging in a two prong plug, such as on a lamp). However, the traditional way to install these is ground down, but neither way is "wrong".

ElectricTN: AFCI and GFCI is 2 different things.. AFCI is not like a GFI. AFCI is geared more for preventing fires, GFI is for preventing people getting shocked. And no you are 100% correct it is not a sub for a GFI at all. AFCI Bedrooms or room with closets pending on county and state obviously, gfi bathrooms, outdoors, garage, kitchen coutertops, etc.

askmediy: @steji113 Thank you very much. Always nice to hear that.

Keith Allen: Great info...you're thorough and easy to follow! Very, very well done! Keep the DIY instruction coming!!
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