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Hi, I will be glad to assist you but first I need to know a few things:
What type of house are you in? Single Family, Condo, Etc.
Ok.. no need for that just yet but let me ask you this....
You said half the house goes out because of one breaker tripping?
If so, what size breaker is it(there should be a number on it)?
Also, do you know if this is a 2-pole breaker(looks like two breakers but have a handle attaching both together)?
I can't download your pictures for some reason....but this is quite simple to figure out for the most part:
When you mention this breaker...Does it cut power off to all the breakers you mentioned? In other words is it a larger breaker that is tripping and shutting power down to the breakers you mentioned?
Very good photos....thanks....
Can you explain now what you meant when you said
"ALL OF THAT IS THE CIRCUIT BREAKER ON THE RIGHT WHICH IS THE ONE I HAVE TO KEEP RESETING"
Which one on the right? All the ones on the right?
No problem....which one? top, middle, bottom....And if it is the bottom(RED) is it the top or bottom RED...
Also, do you pay an electric bill for this house? If so, does your neighbor pay separate bill?
So can you tell me if the top right switch is the ONLY one giving you a problem...Or is it the ENTIRE right side?
Also...Do you pay an electric bill...And if so does your neighbor pay a sepate bill?
No big deal...I don't want you to pay unless you get a solid answer or advice....
So, here it is:
The line for that breaker is overloading and/or shorting....More likely overload which means too much power is being drawn on that circuit.
1-You need to have someone locate all the recepticles and lights that are tied to this circuit and proceed to troubleshoot.
2-The way to do that is unplug and shut off everything on that line and turn breaker off.
3-Then turn breaker back on as well as the lights on for that circuit.
4-Then plug in small, low power drawing things in.
5-Then plug in the bigger stuff.
6-See what tripps it.
7-Could be a faulty appliance/electrical equipment or simply too much on that line.
*****If it is too much on the line that causes it to trip....You need to tell the landlord to have an electrician come and run a new line for more recepticles and an additional breaker
*****The electrician may also notice something wrong that I can't physically see too.
Take care, Good Luck!
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To be 100% honest with you....
With my experience as an electrician I have seen ALOT of crazy "quickies"...
They ARE potentially unsafe, and if safety is a concern for YOU, your landlord MUST address it appropriately.
The cheapest thing to do, "believe it or not", is have an electrician come in and check it out...Most do FREE estimates.
PLEASE TAKE MY ADVICE!!!! It is your best bet for safety, time, and possibly money.
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