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Old 08-04-2004, 09:34 PM   #31
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Additionally, LR was pulled immediately and hauled off to the LFS. The owner of the LFS was awakened by my wife at 3am. He was here in less than 10 minutes, laying the rock in his very new minivan right on the carpet, within 1/2 of getting access to the tank the LR was already sitting at the LFS holding tank. Those are the kinda people I like to do business with. Kudos to him, The LR was the ONLY thing that appears to have been salvaged from this mishap.
Yes some very serius kudos to him.
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Old 08-04-2004, 11:00 PM   #32
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Would a GFI inline stop or lesson the chance of short circuit fire? 35$ is not bad in heine site. Hoping to help to save others from this....Hammer
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Old 08-04-2004, 11:13 PM   #33
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Sorry for your loss. Wished I could help out. Almost had a fire myself the other night. I was doing some work in my sump and noticed a smell. found that my light plug was melted and almost shorting out. When you get ready to start putting your tank back together let us know. Might not be able to help much but at the very least drop some ls (full of pods) to you.
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Old 08-04-2004, 11:16 PM   #34
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I don't know what good if any a GFCI would have done. They sense an imbalance of a sort in the current. Where as this seems to be a case of "overcurrent".....heat is generated by current and basically how a heater works anyway. Circuit breaker should have caught that if it was over current. If it was a short caused by overheating of the heater then GFCI may not have caught it in time since it is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It senses a ground fault and not neccesarily a shorted circuit. Now maybe an ARC fault interrupter may have been better at that, who knows?

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Jeff, what LFS do you go to?
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Old 08-05-2004, 02:08 AM   #36
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yeah im really sorry 2. but im wondering how the heater caught the cabneton fire? because is the heater in the tank or in the cabnet? because if it was in the tank the water woulda put it out. so i guess it was in the cabnet?
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Old 08-05-2004, 09:12 AM   #37
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krap101, read the post again. It wasn't the heating element that started it, it was the temperature control connector.
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Hopefully things will be resolved soon and you will be on your way to mending your losses, both financially and emotionally. I am so sorry for your losses.
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Circuit breakers protect the circuit from shorts and current overload, not from overheating of a unit on the circuit. . The control unit basically acted like a electric stove if you catch my drift. Eventually the circuit breaker tripped but only because 175g of water came pouring down on all the electronics under the tank.
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Man, that picture sent a shiver down my spine. Sorry for your loss
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