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Re: [Shop-talk] Easier EE question

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Easier EE question
From: Paul Parkanzky <>
Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 15:01:35 -0400
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I would definitely try a new breaker first, since they do fail
(although not as frequently as they used to).  If that doesn't work,
you'll need somebody smarter than me to help you.


On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM,  <> wrote:
> OK, Since I'm out of luck for my other EE question, let me try an easier
> one.  Note, not much shop content, but it does allow me to use tools, and
> it makes the SO happy.
> Anyway, I got a tanning bad for the SO.  She only uses it to relax her
> muscles since her car accident.  But here is the problem...
> The machine worked fine for a while (I got it used*)  But now, when she
> starts it up, it trips the breaker.  I called the company and the breaker
> size (and wiring) I ran was for the correct size (I think it was a 10%
> over max rating.)
> And since the machine worked fine for a while, what could be causing the
> extra current draw?  (and more importantly, how do I find it?)
> Do I just try another breaker first?  is there a way to measure it?
> Thanks.
> *= I got this unit used from someone who had it.  They got rid of it
> because it 'sparked and made  a loud noise.'  When I got it home, turns
> out that one of the connectors had shorted.  I fixed the connector and
> have been using it since.
> Thanks again
> Eric P
> "Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational
> being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory." Ralph
> Waldo Emerson

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