New Here But Serious Question

Is the 3 pole breaker for something 3 phase? Don’t see an orange leg/tape.


WTF, :roll_eyes:


@rmeier2 will be here soon to sort it all out. :thinking:


How did you get in my house to take the


There are a few face plates missing. I’d put that in your report.

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Do not paannniccc! We’re growing the best bud in town! It’s littt, I promise dude!


Ironically it was a serious question. My electrician roommate answered me and I did some reading up on 3 phase.

@srechkin LMK when you are in CO and I’ll take you to this “house”. :wink:

My wife is originally from the Philippines. If it were there I would say normal wiring. LOL


Free air wiring. Less resistance.

I bet the realtor would have still interrupted the walkthrough to say that this was an acceptable practice when the house was built! :grinning:


As long as it will still run my Christmas Decorations…image


It is note worthy that all the manufacturers safety tags have been left on all the extension chords!

Are there any open grounds or reverse polarity outlets?

I believe he is still checking.

That’s, that’s, quite innovative and imaginative. Not everyone could do that. :roll_eyes: And it’s backfed, maybe by one of those five orange conductors?

Hi Guys! I’m new here too but I did find some information that states that in certain instances a 3-pole breaker can be used in single phase systems…

Now I’m not saying this qualifies as a “certain instance” at all !!

What a disaster that is!

Welcome to our forum, Byron!..Enjoy! :smile:

That is from Schneider Electric however:

For reference:

  • Per NEC article 240.85: “A circuit breaker with a straight voltage rating, such as 240V or 480V, shall be permitted to be applied in a circuit in which the nominal voltage between any two conductors does not exceed the circuit breaker’s voltage rating.”
  • According to UL’s White book, “3–pole circuit breakers are suitable for use on 3-phase systems only, unless marked to indicate use on 1-phase systems, such as, “For 1–phase connections, use two outside poles,” or an equivalent statement. A 3-pole breaker used in place of a 2-pole breaker on a 3-phase system, such as a 2-pole breaker used in a branch circuit that is actually two legs of a 3-phase system, is acceptable without the 3-pole breaker being specifically marked.”
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