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  1. Electrical
    I need to add a few circuits to an older panel and decided to use the tandem breakers considering the 100A panel is full. The breakers are Challenger and Westinghouse and the standard 1 pole Square D seats down just fine. However the Double pole breaker will not fully seat onto the panel. I...
  2. Electrical
    Before I spend the money on AFCI/GFCI outlets. I wanted to make sure that buying new circuit breakers wouldn't be a better option. The circuit breakers appear to cost about twice what outlets do. Is there any reason to use one over the other, or that one is better to use than the other...
  3. Electrical
    Hi, I called an electrician to a condo unit and this is the first time interacting with him. The water heater had tripped a circuit breaker and looks like 2 of the wires are burned and only a slight burn on the plastic of the thermostat. I had called him because I thought a simple 10-gauge...
  4. Electrical
    The electricians have a thread on this topic, but they are prohibited from breaker cross installations as the panel manufacturer (in their own best interests) did not test competitor breakers in their panels and there are code and liability questions as a result. This issue to me is a...
  5. Electrical
    Hi all! I've been planning on adding some power to my garage for a while now to allow me to add a charger for my electric car, and adding some outlets for other purposes in the garage. I think I've thought through the process, but I want to make sure I'm doing the right steps, and I want to ask...
  6. Electrical
    Hi, I was watchiig TV in my living room and all of a sudden the power went out. I checked the breaker but it wasn't tripped and I'm still getting 120V but no power at any of the outlets on the entire circuit. Also there are no gfi's as it is a 1970's mobile home.
  7. Electrical
    I'm trying to identify the breakers in my breaker box because I need to plan some re-wiring of overloaded circuits and accommodate new circuits. I swear I've checked every outlet and light and there are still breakers I can't account for. These four particular breakers are unusual from the rest...
  8. Electrical
    Mystified by this one, last night my wife plugged the hairdryer into an outlet in our bedroom. The TV was on and a few other lights. Something blew, and 2 of the 4 sockets in the room appear to be dead. There are also 3 other outlets dead in total in 1 other room. I have no fuse box that I...
  9. Electrical
    While installing and wiring some new circuit breakers I accidentally touched a bare/ground wire to a "hot" metal strip in the sub-panel breaker box (installed by a licensed electrician). A big spark happened and one breaker popped. I turned all power off to this breaker sub-panel and then...
  10. Electrical
    I've got a full slate of 30 full size breakers in my 42 circuit QO Square D panel. I want to convert some to tandem breakers so I can add 4 new circuits from a remodeled bathroom. Do I have the same number of amperage/breaker values on each bus?
  11. Electrical
    This female is trying to learn about electrical systems. NOT so that I can work on it, but to understand it better. My home has 100 AMP service. Panel box has left & right side, with 6 circuit breakers on left side and 6 on right. Some breakers are 20 AMP, some 15, some 10. I just added up...
  12. Electrical
    I just bought a house about a month ago that's been "gutted" so I have alot of work to put in. Most of the work I've done before, but who ever decided to take from the house took the fuse box/circuit breaker box out. Now I don't know which one the house originally had in, or if it makes a...
  13. Electrical
    I have a 100amp GE circuit braker service. At the bottom of the pannel shown on the diaghram, I can use slim type circuit breakers. But those two buttom positions are now occupied by double pole circuit breakers (One for AC Handler and the other one for the AC outside, 15 and 30 AMPS...
  14. Electrical
    I have installed a bathroom vent fan above the shower/tub and need to make sure I connect this to a GFCI breaker. The vanity light and bathroom fan are currently connect to a switch that is NOT on a GFCI breaker. There is a outlet in the bathroom that IS on a GFCI circuit breaker. I know next...
  15. Electrical
    We have an 11 year old submercible pump and motor, and a control box from 1957. I replaced the control box tonight, but noticed it doesnt have a thermal cuttoff switch in the new one. Can I buy one seperately and wire it into the control box ? Can I just put a 10 amp circuit breaker in there ...
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