skipperdude wrote:rwidman wrote:
Just like in your home, on a boat there is a circuit supplying power to the main circuit breaker (or fuse in the "old days") panel.* The circuits leaving that panel are "branch circuits".* They are each protected by a circuit breaker (or fuse) that opens the "hot" conductor if there is a short circuit or overload.
If you have a circuit from the main panel that supplies power to a sub panel, the circuits leaving the sub panel would also be considered "branch circuits".
The same terminology would apply to DC circuits.
An inverter (or genset) is no different, it is merely a self contained power source.
And just so there's no misunderstanding. there can be more than one circuit supplying power to the main circuit breaker panel (shore power, genset, or inverer), but only one can be used at a given time.
*It sounded to me he was running the cook top and oven off a seperate circuit.
If it was a seperate circuit would* RickB response have any validity?
Just trying to get an understanding as to the reason he would reply to the method of switching that he did. I am not an electrician or a marine electrician and have never taken any electrical theory classes 101 or above.
Rick seems to have made his living doing this sort of thing for many years.
I would tend to think he knows of which he speaks.
Is the current diatribe a matter of opinion where as one can agree to disagree? Or variations on theory or school of thought concerning electrical theory.
We certainly do disagree.* I think he is enjoying it more than I am.
There's no harm in disconnecting or switching both the hot and neutral conductors but there's nothing to be gained from it either.* Standard practice is to switch the hot conductor only.** Being on a seperate circuit (a stove would normally be on a seperate circuit) makes no difference.