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We all see stuff every day that makes us shake our heads, this one is beyond belief. Did an upgrade today which included eliminating some old Edison fuse boxes and extending the circuits to the new 200 amp panel. The furnace room fuse box supposedly ran the electric dryer and the furnace. Funny thing was when the dryer fuses were unscrewed the dryer kept running.


Also noticed the wire was really charred. #10 UF which disappeared into the ceiling and re-appeared outside as #14/2 Romex for about 80 feet to the dryer on the back porch!


Questioning the HO, who is actually my daughter-in-law's father, here is the story. Brother in law moved the dryer for them some years back, which explains the buried splice in the ceiling of the #10 to the #14/2. After that, the wires at the fuses got really hot and the fuses kept blowing. So he asks the neighbor what could be wrong? The neighbor, being neighborly and all, figures out how to keep those pesky fuses from blowing:eek:


He says it has been this way for many years. Needless to say ended up running a dryer circuit as well. Just unbelievable what some people do, it borderlines on attempted homicide.
 

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We all see stuff every day that makes us shake our heads, this one is beyond belief. Did an upgrade today which included eliminating some old Edison fuse boxes and extending the circuits to the new 200 amp panel. The furnace room fuse box supposedly ran the electric dryer and the furnace. Funny thing was when the dryer fuses were unscrewed the dryer kept running.


Also noticed the wire was really charred. #10 UF which disappeared into the ceiling and re-appeared outside as #14/2 Romex for about 80 feet to the dryer on the back porch!


Questioning the HO, who is actually my daughter-in-law's father, here is the story. Brother in law moved the dryer for them some years back, which explains the buried splice in the ceiling of the #10 to the #14/2. After that, the wires at the fuses got really hot and the fuses kept blowing. So he asks the neighbor what could be wrong? The neighbor, being neighborly and all, figures out how to keep those pesky fuses from blowing:eek:


He says it has been this way for many years. Needless to say ended up running a dryer circuit as well. Just unbelievable what some people do, it borderlines on attempted homicide.
Track the bastard down and kill him, considering the heinous offense the judge should let you plea down to aggravated manslaughter.
 

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The longer I'm in this trade the more surprised I become at how terrible stuff can be, and work, for yeeeeears.

Seriously makes me not give a sh1t about derating or box fill or voltage drop or conduit fill or any of that jazz.

CRrrrRrrraziness.
I knew from post #1 that you were a hack!!:jester::laughing:

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He was told by the kid at Home Depot that No. 14 was good for 15 amps.

So he hooked each wire up to a 15-amp fuse.



What's the issue?
 

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Wait do you mean post #1 from this account or my old account? One answer will hurt my fweelings, the other I won't care so much.
Who was your other account Bcsparkygirl? Jk but really who was it?
 

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It's quite believable.

In fact 30A screw ins powering 4 cir homes via wadsworth main/range & 4 are common here in the 'land code forgot'

~CS~
 

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It's quite believable.

In fact 30A screw ins powering 4 cir homes via wadsworth main/range & 4 are common here in the 'land code forgot'

~CS~
I think you missed the point, there was NO fuse protection on the dryer wired with 14/2 other than the 60 amp mains
 

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I always thought one simiply put a penny behind the fuse, that's with the screw and washer?!

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It's an ingenious setup, the hack screwed the fender washer in with a stove bolt so that it touches both sides of the shell connections, thus completing the circuit.
 

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The age old cliché is wrong all the time in my personal observations. Its not that people fear what they don't understand, its that they fear only what they do understand.
 
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