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Author Topic: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI's)  (Read 722005 times)
KZ3L
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« Reply #735 on: September 11, 2017, 09:01:21 AM »

Hopefully we will hear something from Kevin

Thank you all for the recommendations.

I picked up the AFCIs on Friday from the distributor (before you posted on Saturday) and decided to install them myself. 13 breakers took a couple of hours to replace, especially since the new version of the breakers (manufactured in Dec 2016) has very short and straight pigtails. The original installation had longer pigtails running to positions on the neutral bar that were further down the panel, so I had to extend the pigtails with wire nuts. As I understand it, wiring multiple pigtails to the same entry point is a no-no.

Fortunately, the replacement breakers do work. I haven't exceeded 40 Watts output yet on HF (40m and 15m) but will do so over the next week or two and watch the lights in neighboring homes to see if anything happens. I'm reluctant to bring it up quite yet but may eventually have no choice. These breakers don't contain any "ham" markings--they just happen to be from a much newer lot.

The homes in our neighborhood were mostly built 3-5 years ago, all by the same builder (Ryan Homes), so it is very likely the others use AFCIs made around the same time.

73,
Kevin KZ3L
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KZ3L
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« Reply #736 on: September 11, 2017, 09:15:24 AM »

I should mention that Eaton is replacing these under warranty.

However, the distributor wanted me to remove all the breakers first and do an even swap for the replacements. With 26 wires hanging out of the panel and the power off for several hours, including drive time, that was a nonstarter. Instead, I bought the new AFCIs from the distributor and they will refund my credit card when I bring the others back. I could have fought that but wanted to get this resolved ASAP... no real net loss in the end.
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« Reply #737 on: September 20, 2017, 08:09:00 AM »

Ten days in and all continues to work well... no tripped breakers and no evidence of interference with the neighbors' breakers.
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W5YZ
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« Reply #738 on: September 20, 2017, 02:12:30 PM »

Great, Kevin
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