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  1. Electrical
    While working on some stuff I noticed an 8-8-8 (w/ ground) service entrance cable being used in a regular branch circuit. Never seen this before, is there anything in the NEC that prohibits the use of SE cable in regular branch circuits? Should this be replaced with some 8/3 romex / nm-b cable...
  2. Electrical
    I have a 20 amp circuit dedicated to my refrigerator. I am remodeling my kitchen. I need to move the outlet for my refrigerator about 20 inches to the left. I am wondering is it OK to extend the cable by creating a junction box and simply splicing a short piece of cable. I do not know how long...
  3. Electrical
    Line tester shows open ground on several wall outlets on same breaker. Test meter shows voltage across hot/neutral on all shows 120. Voltage across hot/ground shows 52/53 volts on same outlets. I tested all outlet hardware on good circuit and all show 120 volts with no open ground. In service...
  4. 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...
  5. Electrical
    in a closet wall, I found a circuit box. Inside the box was two incoming cables, with black connected to black and white connected to white. (grounding is all via conduit or BX cable). I need an outlet in that wall, so after confirming the breaker, I disconnected the wire nuts and attached to...
  6. Electrical
    Hi Everyone, I have a Square D electric panel, and yesterday the main breaker died on me. Because it's a 220, and still live on one side, I definitely think this is out of my DIY comfort. They showed me how the breaker couldn't be "popped" in an out, as it was the main line, and the entire...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    This has been puzzling for a while now. I have this weird circuit problem. When the microwave in my kitchen turns on (it is on a dedicated circuit); the lights in my dining room get brighter and they are on a different circuit. When the microwave shuts off the lights go back to normal. Another...
  8. Electrical
    I have a wall switch, and there are three receptacles connected to it. The first receptacle in the series is half-hot (tab is broken), and the third receptacle in the series is half-hot, but the middle/second receptacle in the series is not half-hot, even though the tab appears to be broken...
  9. Electrical
    Today I installed a new garbage disposal under our kitchen sink. I used the wiring from the previous disposal, which had never been a problem. After finishing the installation, I flipped the breaker to the "On" position and tried turning on the disposal. It hummed, but didn't run. I went back to...
  10. Electrical
    Hi all, I've begun electrical work in a house I'm inheriting that was built in 1900. I'm running into a few issues. Like most homes in our area, the entire second and third floors, and half of the ground floor is all on one breaker. This is what I'm assuming to be the original wiring of the...
  11. Electrical
    Hello forum, I'm looking for the name of the type of circuit that is split at a utility box. For example, I have a wire that leaves a outlet box, then enters a utility box. Withing that utility box I want to split the circuit, one going left to an outlet, one going right to an outlet. Please...
  12. Electrical
    Hi- I'm having trouble finding a picture of or a ruling on this what-I-thought-would-be-more-frequent situation: I have typical 15amp circuit for one side of our living space (bedrooms and living room) that serves outlets, switches, and lighting fixtures (it's mostly all 1955-original). It's...
  13. Electrical
    How much will it cost me to add 3 switches, to run 60 more amps to my circuit panel? How hard is it. Outside meter says 240, and someone online just helped me and told me i have a 100 amp box.
  14. Electrical
    I am designing the circuit(s) for my basement apartment (cca. 800 sq ft) baseboard heating solution. I am planning to buy Berko HBB Series heaters and distribute them as shown in the below table. All have a voltage of 240/208. Location Model Length(in.) Watts Amps...
  15. Electrical
    Remodeling one level of a split. Gutted area and reconfigured the rooms. As a result, all of this existing wiring has been removed. Going to wire with fresh runs from newer breaker box. Looking for some advice on running wire in an efficient and correct manner on four of the lights. In the...
  16. Electrical
    I have a problem with lights dimming and then going back to normal. This happens every 3-5 minutes and they will dim for about 2 seconds and then return to normal. It only happens on one of the circuits in my house. The circuit in question is the main bathroom which also has an outside...
  17. Electrical
    The problem occurred sometime around Christmas, and I had plugged in a trickle charger and 2 30ft strings of icicle lights onto this one wall outlet. Now, I have no power from the two outlets in the garage or the one outside connected to the garage. The last time that I used the outlets, they...
  18. Electrical
    I'm trying to do some under cabinet lighting. I found the 15 amp circuit that runs the kitchen and foyer lights. I added up all the wattage and it can handle more lights. I was thinking I could add another switch to the existing outlet to control the under cabinet lighting. I've been following...
  19. Electrical
    Happened as follows: Was leaning on stainless steel countertop with one hand, touched the metal door of refrigerator with the other. Shock. Felt like 9v batteries you put on your tongue as a kid, except in both hands. Not quite injurious, but tingly fingers for a minute. Checked the back of...
  20. Electrical
    Hi all, I've been reading the forum for a little while and just registered. My wife and I recently bought our first home, built in 1937, which we believe is a kit house. We just had our basement refinished--it was previously and poorly finished--and I've got two electrical questions. (I...
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