I am trying to change out light fixtures in my basement (to recessed). The existing wiring
from main breaker was supplemented a few years back when we added wall sockets
. At that time, the electrician also installed another breaker box with four lines coming out. Now, when I tried to reconnect all the wires that had been in the old fixture, the breaker keeps tripping. Also, it seems that a couple of my neutral wires are hot coming out of the newer breaker box.
JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?
Customer: The original system is late 70's (when the house was built), and I have talked briefly to an electrician, but he has not seen the problem. He just told me to test all the wiring with a hot stick.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: I started because I thought I was just changing out light fixtures but it's gotten a lot more complicated.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: it seems to me that two different lines from the breaker box are feeding into the same fixtures, going two different routes. When I try to hook up just one line, I get nothing, when I hook up both, it blows the breaker.