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  1. Electrical
    Just looking for some help/advice on a question. The last time I turned on one of my ceiling fans, there was a pop, and it flipped the breaker to that bedroom. I am able to turn on the lights to the fan (the fan and the lights are two different switches), but each time I flip the switch for the...
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    i recently activated a spare breaker in my box to install a new outlet that is relatively close to the box. seemingly everything is in order with the installation but when breaker is flipped on my voltage stick lights up when it touches that breakers switch. It doesn’t light up when I touch any...
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    I have a 220 volt GFCI breaker on a boat dock that runs a pump, dock lights and security cameras. I live about 60 miles away so anytime we get a lightning strike nearby, especially on the water probably, it trips the breaker. I have to have a GFCI because it is required for a boat dock. I want...
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    I lost power to my 220 appliances and had low voltage in some outlets breakers were not tripped and and there was power at the main breaker but odd readings I turned off the main breaker and had a reading of 120 to neutral on one leg and 0 to neutral to on the other leg and 120 leg to leg on...
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    I have a garbage disposal that was direct connected to a 15A breaker and working fine. I needed to share that line with a new dishwasher install so I tried to install an outlet. I disconnected the disposal and connected a GFCI outlet (and double checked that I connected to the LINE not the LOAD...
  6. Electrical
    Hi, We have a 2 family residential unit with a 200 amp service which runs into two separate main panels in the basement, 100amps each, located next to each other. NO sub panels present on levels 1 (unit A - which has access to the basement) or on Level 2/3 (Unit B which does NOT have access to...
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    I am trying to replace a outlet in the kitchen. It’s 14/3 wire coming into the box. I have replaced almost every outlet in my house with no issues at all. This time, once I replaced the outlet and turned the breaker back on, the entire house blew. I took the new outlet out and put the old one...
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    Hi, I am a DIYer, have some electrical experience from flipping houses, and would like to think I am pretty good at picking things up. But I do have a question, or really a clarification that I need if I am thinking right on this project. We are adding a Nest Hello doorbell and the current...
  9. Electrical
    Hey all, I'm considering putting in a couple breaker-style whole house surge protectors, like this or this. Does anyone have experience with these? Mainly, how long do these typically last? Don't want to put in the money if they'll have to be replaced every 2-3 years. What has been the...
  10. Electrical
    Hey guys, so I'm a college guy who doesn't have any extensive knowledge on breaker boxes or anything I have a question for all the experts. Tonight, the power to my bedroom in my apartment went out spontaneously. I went to reset/flip the breaker and when I tried it multiple times nothing...
  11. Electrical
    Hey all, Do multi-wire branch circuits REQUIRE a tied 2-pole breaker, and why? What are the risks of not having one? (Referring to when a 14/3 or 12/3 cable is used to power two circuits with a shared neutral/ground.) JC
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    Purchased a new house, breaker started to randomly trip (obviously more often at night). Builder can't figure out why, replaced with new wire by ripping out ceilings. Still can't fix it. But now, we got a very consistent repro of the issue. Long story short: We have a lighting fixture (LED) in...
  13. Electrical
    Hi there, Looking to get some new breakers for an old Crouse-Hinds 200A service panel. I've heard bits and pieces of how this company was bought out years ago, and then their acquirer was also bought out. Which company/brand of breakers thats available today is compatible with these panels...
  14. Electrical
    I'm running a 12/3 wire from a subpanel. I split the red and black on two different breakers. Red going to a fridge and the black going to counter outlets. Can I run the white neutral wire to the fridge outlet and then to the counter outlet? Same with ground wire?
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    I'm required to switch out current 200A two-pole feeder breaker with 150A two-pole (see pic of both in my panel). I've never done anything like this before. Here are the steps I'm thinking: 1) turn off power to at breaker 2) remove that connector to left of current 200A breaker (never seen...
  16. Electrical
    I have a new Dewalt 15 Amp miter saw (DWS780) that trips the 20 amp breaker immediately almost every time. The pole barn was just wired a month ago, by an electrician, and all the plugs are installed correctly. I've tried plugging the saw in, by itself, on two different designated outlet...
  17. Electrical
    Hello, I am painting a basement and there is a breaker box and electrical meter on the wall. Coming out of the breaker box and going into the ceiling are white electrical wires that power the upstairs outlets, lights, etc. These are not in any kind of conduit. The wires just travel upward from...
  18. Electrical
    Are 20 amp outlets used on 20 amp breakers? I actually have multiple electrical questions. Should I make one thread or keep one question per thread?
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    I lost power to half of my breaker box. When I check the voltage to each lug on the main breaker, I only see 120 on 1 side of the breaker. Is that normal? If I measure the voltage between the two lugs I get 120. Is my problem at the main breaker or maybe out at my power pole? Thanks.
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    Hello. I have a garage that is separate from the house. The power cable run to the garage by the previous residents decades ago allows only a 20 amp capacity. Therefore, I occasionally run too much equipment in the garage and the breaker flips, and I have to walk over to the house, access the...
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