(A) Practical Safeguarding. The purpose of this Code is the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity.
(B) Adequacy. This Code contains provisions that are considered necessary for safety. Compliance therewith and proper maintenance results in an installation that is essentially free from hazard but not necessarily efficient, convenient, or adequate for good service or future expansion of electrical use.
(C) Intention. This Code is not intended as a design specification or an instruction manual for untrained persons.
Answer; a defective refrigerator or freezer
So I guess that this would not be a good example would it.
You are mistaken about the process of the making of the codes. Anyone can submit a proposal for a code change.
Once the proposal is submitted the Code Panel will vote on its acceptance. They will do one of four things. 1) accept the proposal, 2) accept it in part, 3) accept it in principle or 4) reject it out right.
Once the proposals have been through the Code Panel (no matter how they voted) the proposal moves on to the comment stage. Here every person that has the ability to read and write can make a comment about proposal and then the final step when anyone can go to the final stage and appeal the finding of the Code Panel.
So if there is something in the codes that someone disagrees with they have a avenue to make a change instead of just disregarding what has been adopted.
And just what killed them? 1) a defective Arc Fault 2) a defective refrigerator or freezer
3) A operational AFCI required by the code. The freezer could have been functioning fine. The AFCI was doing what it is supposed to do. Stuff arcs ya know? Especialy things with contactors/relays. The first batch I ever put in would trip via toggle switch.
Hey...it was a stretch but I was under pressure to come up with an example and I thought it was not too bad.
Not if it opened a arc-fault or GFCI there is a problem with the equipment
You must have missed this part.
The first batch I ever put in would trip via toggle switch.
Stuff arcs. All we can do is contain the arc.
Hopefully whoever designs and builds these things will figure out how to make them work properly in real life situations. I believe they ARE getting better.
Not if it opened a arc-fault or GFCI there is a problem with the equipmentThis sounds like an improperly installed circuit not something that the switch is causing.The first batch I ever put in would trip via toggle switch.
I remember when the arc fault was first implemented there was a rash of trips in my area. When investigating the cause it was found that improper wiring was the fault instead of the device itself.
I remember one case where the electrician was one of those guys who never use the back stab on devices and runs 12 to all circuits and would never install lights and receptacles on the same circuit nor install more than 8 devices on one circuit.
He was so much better than all other electricians that he couldn’t even get an arc fault breaker to hold.
Do you think he thought it was something he was doing or do you think that it was those shoddy arc faults that he was installing?
With all the expert manners in which he was deeming himself as being such a good electrician he did not know that the neutrals from the switched receptacles and the neutral for the light circuit (two separate circuits) could not be tied together in the switch box. This paralleling of the neutrals was causing the arc fault breakers to open.
Once the neutrals of the two circuits were separated the arc faults held. Could this have been your problem with the switch?
The circuits magically repaired themselves when I changed out the breakers.This sounds like an improperly installed circuit not something that the switch is causing.
Stuff doesn't always work like it's supposed to.
This was about 4 years ago when they first came into play here.
If it wan't inspected I would have used a standard breaker.
I remember GFCI's being like that (back when they were GFI's) in the early years. LOTS of nusiance tripping. I don't see it that much anymore.