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  1. Electrical
    Hello, I'm having an issue with lights surging/weakening in my home. I don't have much experience doing electrical work so I apologize if I get some terms wrong or refer to something incorrectly. The main issue is that the lights in our bathroom and bedroom will weaken and then surge...
  2. Electrical
    I'm neck deep in a solo kitchen remodel and have an ongoing nightmare with my home's outdated "to-hell-with-the-code" history of DIY-ering (or "DI-Wiring" Idk which is more clever. Maybe I'll start a poll.) So I've learned a ton from books, youtube, friends, and of course this community. But...
  3. Electrical
    Another electrical panel/circuit question for my kitchen renovation. There is an existing 240V floor outlet that won't be used since we will be installing a gas range. My home is 100 amp service and very old wiring that is not to code but grandfathered in. Obviously I'm bringing my kitchen up to...
  4. Electrical
    Wiring in my house is extremely old (mostly cloth), grounded at the main breaker panel but not bonded, and i also have breakers that are not labeled right, feeds that are spliced with other circuits (meaning that when I turn the power off to a breaker and then follow that line to its termination...
  5. Electrical
    I have a bathroom with three light fixtures on the same breaker. The fixture farthest from the breaker, which has its own switch, is working. The two closest to the breaker, which are on two switches on the same switchplate, do not work. They stopped recently, at the same time. I have removed...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    Hi guys! Me again. My 400 square foot building is coming to a point to where I need to make plans to install my electrical system. It’s going to be a woodworking shop. I want it to have AC, heat, and will be running equipment. I know very little about all of this so I have tons of questions and...
  7. Electrical
    Hi - my inspector took a look at Electrical work in my house and he told me the 200amp breaker (pictured) needs to be at least 160amp or smaller. Basically at 80% or smaller than whats there. I don't know much about breakers and trying to find one online that I can swap out with this...
  8. Electrical
    Hello - i'm looking for some help getting a new in-wall oven/microwave combo connected. My house was built in 2006. All of my 240V circuits use aluminum wire... This particular circuit, for the oven, uses 8/4 wire (black/red/white/ground). The exact writing on the wire sheathing is...
  9. Electrical
    Hello All - I am installing a Ceiling fan with remote and light, connected to only one direct switch. My Switch is OFF and Circuit Braker is OFF I got four wires from Main Ceiling - White, Black, Red, Copper. We are using black wire as a hot wire so the red wire is left empty with a cap...
  10. Electrical
    Someone who owned my home before has a 30 amp circuit breaker, with 10 gauge wire going to a power receptacle then they use 12 gauge wire that goes to a light switch that then goes to a 12 gauge wiring to outdoor garage light. is it safe (legal and professional) to dummy down the wire gauge off...
  11. Electrical
    I am in the process of installing a generator with an auto transfer switch. The local electrical codes require that I have a generator large enough to handle the load of all the large electrical appliances (e.g. range, hot water, heat pumps etc.). Which is forcing me to very large generator...
  12. Electrical
    I have a frustrating problem. I purchased a house 1 year ago. When we moved in we noticed one of the circuit breakers was tripped. It covers two bedrooms with 11 outlets, two fans, and two switches. Looking at the electrical panel I can see that the actual circuit breaker for that circuit has...
  13. Electrical
    Older General Electric TM1410S breaker panel. According to the label, I'm supposed to be able to fit 20 breakers into this panel, but I only have 16 spaces available. On top of that, the label also states I can use tandem breakers in the last two spaces in the picture. But I don't see how that's...
  14. Electrical
    Hello, I have an in ground pool with two lights. One light had a bad gasket and water got in and corroded the socket. The other light still worked. I bought a halogen T3 type socket and put it in and the light worked. But the ground fault 20A circuit breaker keeps tripping. The light is dry...
  15. General DIY Discussions
    Contractor was recently seen flipping each circuit breaker off then on very quickly (no pause after switching it off). Will this do any harm to the electrical wiring in my house? Thanks.
  16. Electrical
    Helping a colleague yesterday do some electrical work, he said the circuit was turned off in his house where we were working; he turned off the wrong circuit breaker. The ground and live wire touched as the old switch was being taken off, caused a spark from the load and then tripped the...
  17. Electrical
    We have an older Square D panelboard fuse box with Tandem breakers in it. I want to do what I call a "wire mapping" for the whole house and create a sheet of info as to which outlets/switches go to which breaker. When I open the panel for example, each circuit breaker has a number next to it...
  18. Electrical
    I have a truly weird problem. Today, my HVAC system stopped working. Not the compressor, just the blower fan on the indoor air handler. I immediately thought it must be something within the HVAC system (capacitor, transformer, control board, etc.). What I discovered is that the indoor air...
  19. Electrical
    Let me preface by saying that I am a bit new to electrical work. Changed a few GFCIs, etc. I've been tackling a problem with brownouts and blackouts in my dining room and kitchen which are on the same circuit. I've tried replacing the breaker for that circuit which seemed to fix the problem for...
  20. How To Guides
    I put together this video to help novices figure out how to determine which circuit breaker controls their outlets and light switches. This will help you detect the circuit, map them, etc. In the video, I am using something called the Circuit Detector. I am also discussing the labeling of the...
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