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How to Identify Electrical Circuits in Your Home

By: Joe Truini

To determine which circuit breaker controls a particular electrical outlet in your home, plug a radio into the outlet with the volume turned on high, then turn off each breaker at the electrical distribution box one at a time until the radio stops playing.


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  • Christine ONeill Says:
    February 14th, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Front overhead porch light will not work with new bulb. Believe wiring faulty. Is this something I can repair?

    October 17th, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your show. You & your team along w/your lovely daughter are great & informative and make hard things (projects) seem understandable and easy, It also helps that you fix up very relatable homes. Ones like i’ve lived in and have bought. Not $250,000-$500,000 homes.
    I wish you traveled a little…..lot further than 100 miles from home-i’ve got a manufactured home remodel. You proably don’t do manufactured homes….but its a shame theirs a lot of us out there. I’ve got to do some rewiring, plumbing, flooring ceilings(thats what i’m working on now), new kitchen, Ive already removed some walls & maybe some leveling. Sounds like a whole season……..RIGHT.
    Anyway you’ll are wonderful! Keep the good work. oh-saw you on inside edition (i think)-nothin like the big time.
    LOVE Kellyrae Marrs-Fayetteville, tn

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How to Identify Electrical Circuits in Your Home