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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Electricity.

In this Badge Bit, you will label an electrical panel.  Don't you hate it when you're trying to install a garbage disposal in your guest bathroom and you can't figure out which breaker to turn off?  Let's get that panel labeled!

Here's one video to get you started.  The gentleman has a "circuit detector" that looks like it would be very helpful:


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - accurately label an electrical panel

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
   - the poorly labeled panel you're starting with
   - the wonderfully and accurately labeled panel once you're done
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Hey, I got to do this today.  Between the old label with moved breakers (arrows) and the scribbles, plus my notes about the work I've done, I was able to type up a better version.  
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Before
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After
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Zoomed out before to show it's the same panel
Zoomed out before to show it's the same panel
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Next new Badge I want to start: electricity. I am better with screw-drivers than with saws and hammers. My dad was an electric engineer and my mum knew how to repair fixtures and switches ...
Soon I'll need a new lamp at the ceiling in my bedroom. But first I'll label the breakers, for safety.


This is what we call in Dutch 'meterkast', a closet full of meters for gas, electricity and water.
The breakers are here at the top. No labeling at all.


Close up before


After labeling. In this way it is easy to understand for me.
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Hi Inge, the intent is to label it so that if you need to shut off the power to a part of the house, you know quickly (and correctly) which breaker to shut off.  Do you have something posted nearby that says what 1, 2 and 3 means?  
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Hi Inge, the intent is to label it so that if you need to shut off the power to a part of the house, you know quickly (and correctly) which breaker to shut off.  Do you have something posted nearby that says what 1, 2 and 3 means?  


Mike, it is in the same photo, the white paper down at the left. Of course it is in Dutch, and maybe the photo is not very clear ... but it is there.
 
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Ha, now I see it.  Thanks!
 
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Here is my submission for Electricity - Sand - Label Breakers on an Electrical Panel.

To document the completion of the BB, I provide the following:
1  - the poorly labeled panel you're starting with
2  - the incompletely but accurately labeled panel
3  - behind the cover showing 2 empty circuit breakers
4  - the wonderfully and accurately labeled panel once you're done
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Poorly Labeled Breaker Box
Poorly Labeled Breaker Box
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Labeled Breakers!
Labeled Breakers
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Behind the panel cover showing two empty circuit breakers
Behind the panel cover showing two empty circuit breakers
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All Circuits Labeled and Empty Circuits are OFF
All Circuits Labeled and Empty Circuits are OFF
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What about the two in the middle on the top row?

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I certify this BB is now complete.

 
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Here is my BB submission!

Before (Tiny house = tiny breaker)


After

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Now I just need to get new batteries for the magnetic flashlight...

Photos are grainy because it's pretty dark back there.  Put it into a page protector; that's why the camera glare.
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I certify this BB is complete & gets a new air badge too!

 
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The main breaker in my house has most of the breakers mis-labeled. The numbers in the lable did not properly correspond to the breaker numbers in most, but not all, cases. Needless to say this led to some frustration and danger. They are now all relabeled properly. The left side has a mix of upstairs and basement, so those have been colour coded for added clarity.
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Old label on the left side.
Old label on the left side.
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Old label on the right side.
Old label on the right side.
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The new label.
The new label.
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Did a switchboard changeover to a more modern one for a customer today. Makes it look nice and spiffy but I apologise for not getting photos of the old one
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Unlabelled new switchboard
Unlabelled new switchboard
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Labelled nice and pretty
Labelled nice and pretty
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Cover down and done
Cover down and done
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Note: the BEFORE picture is required

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Certifier # 17 here.  I think the before pic you posted is adequate but the labels aren't descriptive enough to be useful.  If you change the "protected power" ones to say something a bit more specific, I would've approved it

 
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Round two, this is hopefully a lot more specific like I should've done last time. Cheers team!
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Newly installed switchboard
Newly installed switchboard
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Numbered them all including the spares
Numbered them all including the spares
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The new list of identified curcuits
The new list of identified curcuits
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Done!
Done!
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Any tips for finding circuits? I may also have some empty breakers, but the water heater for instance has to be somewhere on the board!
 
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You can always turn all the lights, TVs, radios, etc on and then flip the breakers to see which turn off.  Lots of clocks to reset afterwards but it's probably the simplest way.
 
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Pv solar system. One of my braker box wasn't labeled, the other was too pale. Did a job on the two of them.
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No labeling
No labeling
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Pale writting
Pale writting
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12 and 24v labeled
12 and 24v labeled
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Touch up done!
Touch up done!
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My breakers were labelled as room 1, room 2 and room 3 which isn't very helpful in an emergency as I don't know which room is which. I relabelled them with the correct rooms and added the kitchen to the breaker panel.
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Breakers before
Breakers before
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Breakers after
Breakers after
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Labeled two panels at a new property today. Uses a plug checker and a non-contact voltage tester to verify the circuits. These tools are so helpful!
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Meter base panel before
Meter base panel before
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Meter base panel properly labeled
Meter base panel properly labeled
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Shed interior panel before
Shed interior panel before
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Shed interior panel properly labeled
Shed interior panel properly labeled
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Looks like the label was original to the house and was badly faded.  Now easy to read.
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We are in the middle of entirely renovating our kitchen, and we’re at the electrical stage right now. Our house is a confusing electrical hodgepodge, so even an accurately labeled breaker is still a bit of a pain… but at least we know now the breaker labeled “garage” had nothing to do with the garage, and is actually “mudroom!” And “TV room” is actually two random outlets on the west side of the house. Sigh.

Husband had to run all over the house with the voltage tester thingy while I flipped breakers on and off, just to FIND the offending outlets.
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new labels
new labels
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Note: wonderfully and accurately labeled panel once you're done

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Sorry R West, although this labeling may work for you, we are looking for clear labels that a stranger to the house could easily read.

 
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I replaced an old main panel with a new one (forgetting to document several possible BBs along the way), but I did take the opportunity to document the labeling of the breakers.
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The poorly labeled panel I started with.
The poorly labeled panel I started with.
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Starting the new labeling.
Starting the new labeling.
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The wonderfully and accurately labeled panel.
The wonderfully and accurately labeled panel.
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