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AFCI useful?

Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by William P.N. Smith, Oct 1, 2004.

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  1. Are Arc Fault Circuit Interruptors really useful, or just another
    Expensive Code Requirement (SM)? Where are they required, and does
    anyone have any experience with them? Are they available in main
    breakers, or just for branch circuits?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Well, if they are useful, I'd rather have one main breaker that's AFCI
    and a bunch of 'normal' breakers, but if they aren't that interesting
    I'll probably just leave them out. [NEC doesn't apply in this
    application]
     
  3. SQLit

    SQLit Guest

    I would sure like to know what sort of an installation was exempt from the
    NEC which is minimum safety.
     
  4. Electric chair?
     
  5. Would you believe a non-US country? Kinda of a rathole, though, the
    original question was roughly "is it worth springing for an AFCI
    (main) breaker?"...
     
  6. Steve Spence

    Steve Spence Guest

    minimum safety? or maximum beauracracy?

     
  7. Steve Spence

    Steve Spence Guest

    this is interesting ...

    Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter Breakers, or AFCIs are now required in new
    construction by the National Electric Code (NEC). (Your town/city may not
    require them). What are they? Do you need them?

    http://www.handymanwire.com/articles/AFCI.html


     
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