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Add new circuits to your breaker box safely with these how-tos and tips.

  1. How Circuit Breakers Work

    Breakers tripping too often? Learn how circuit breakers work and how to calculate the safe electrical loads for the circuits in your house.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Testing a Circuit Breaker Panel for 240-Volt Electrical Service

    Project

    Analyze your circuit breaker panel to see if you have amperage capacity and the physical space needed for a new 240-volt circuit or appliance.

  2. Breaker Box Safety: How to Connect a New Circuit

    Project

    Adding a new circuit can be a daunting and even dangerous job. We show you how to do it with step-by-step instructions and important, life-saving safety tips.

  3. Add More Breakers to a Full Fuse Box

    Project

    Add tandem breakers to expand the available circuits in your fuse box (more accurately called a breaker box). But be careful. Only certain breaker slots will accept them.

  4. Fix a Sensitive Arc Fault Circuit Breaker

    Project

    Most of the time you can find the cause of nuisance tripping of an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) and correct the problem without calling an electrician.

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