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Old 10-23-2016, 05:29 PM   #11
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... Reace said the inverter is wired to exclude the air cond and refrig and suggested resetting the two inverter breakers under the dinette seat. Presto! AC power came back. (Neither of those two inverter breakers had tripped by the way).
The actual problem has been found, and it does make sense that snapping the breakers off and on would jostle the connections in that sub-panel (or secondary breaker box).

For future reference, many people don't realize that the handle of a breaker which has tripped is only moved partway to the "off" position - it can be easy to miss that the breaker has tripped if you can't see the breakers clearly, so I feel along the handles, which makes the tripped one stand out. If a breaker trips without moving the handle at all, that's definitely defective... and would be surprising.
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Old 10-23-2016, 07:00 PM   #12
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Yes, it is always good to turn the breaker off and then back on when checking, regardless of how it looks
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Old 10-23-2016, 07:24 PM   #13
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They also wiggle a bit when they've been tripped. When the breaker is on or off there's no wiggle.
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Old 10-23-2016, 08:51 PM   #14
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Tripped breakers

Always looking for the positive, even when I've done something stupid. When I was 18 I worked in a grey iron foundry grinding slag off of Link Belt Speeder crane counterweight castings. Too much tom catting and too little sleep resulted in grinding the end off of my right ring finger. It healed in time but remains sensitive to this day. Whenever I check
breakers in a panel, especially in the dark I wiggle the flipper with that ring finger as I go down the row of breakers, I'm about 90% accurate finding the tripped breaker on the first check. Saves turning them all off and then back on. Ruined my piano playing career though.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:05 PM   #15
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And your hand modeling career was ruined too Dave!
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Here's the culprit

Kinda scary, the culprit was a hot lead never tightened at the secondary (as in inverter) breaker box. Thanks to Bill McKeag for figuring this out and repairing it.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:05 AM   #17
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Kinda scary, the culprit was a hot lead never tightened at the secondary (as in inverter) breaker box.
A "hot" lead, with white wire to a bus bar? That's presumably the neutral wire, not the line (or "hot") wire, which should have black insulation... maybe just a terminology glitch. Of course it doesn't change the severity of the issue, as the same current goes though either connection.
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