Originally Posted By: jmyers
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I agree that AFCI protection does have the potential to save lives. The NFPA put a lot of effort and money into their decision to place AFCI protection into bedrooms.
My point was that the technology and education were not in place, making it a very costly venture for both the electrician when it came to troubleshooting that technology and also expensive for the consumer, since the technology was not all that cheap when it was unveiled and the need for troubleshooting arose.
I thought it would have been better implemented if they did not stop at the bedrooms and required it through out the house, except those where GFCI protection was required and for dedicated circuits.
They also needed to educate electricians better on troubleshooting the technology as from what I have read, those first units that were placed into use were problamatic and cost electricians and consumers a lot of money to correct.
Now those past problems have seemed to have been resolved, I have entertained the idea of placing all the receptacles in my house on AFCI protection, not just the bedrooms. Most likely over the next year or so, I will have them all on AFCI protection, not just the bedrooms.
My reason is simple, I have one of those >100 year old houses and I did find a circuit in my house that was sending current to the neutral/ground bar in the main panel. I had sparks flying off the bar every time I placed the screwdriver in the bar. While I did not know how it was getting there, it would have made me "feel" much better knowing it would trip.
Eventually I did find the circuit and it turns out the hot was contacting the connector right where it entered the main panel. While I have replaced much of the wiring in "this old house" much of the older wiring still exists and the potential for this to happen again is pretty good.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a toddler and a pre-schooler. If anything would happen to them, I would literally "die" from the inside out. Needless to say, I love them beyond anything or anyone.