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  1. Electrical
    Hi, My apologies in advance for what may be a basic question... In the photo below, I'm trying to install a smart light switch that requires a neutral wire. Those wires that I'm connecting the switch's neutral wire (white) to are colored brown rather than white. (Same color as the load wire...
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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...
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    Hi there, I had a new question come up regarding a project mentioned in a previous post. I'm looking to install a generator setup at my in-law's. The goal is to power the main house panel and also the panel on the rental cottage on the property. The two houses are on two separate services...
  4. 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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    Hi All. I have three wires sticking out above my basement door - all of the same color and gauge. I want to hang a light there, so I need to determine which one is which. Now, hot is easy. But how do I tell which one of the remaining two wires is neutral and which is ground? Is there an easy...
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    In practice and in education I follow the more recent versions of NEC 404 to include a grounded (neutral) conductor at switch locations. This article from IAEI discusses the reason being for accommodating modern occupancy controls and preventing putting current on the EGC. Sadly, many new...
  7. Electrical
    Is it okay to put multiple ground wires in one hole in the ground block and multiple neutral wires in one hole in the neutral block in the main panel?
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    House built 1968. I noticed that many receptacles were quite loose in the walls, and decided to have a look. There are more surprises: almost every receptacle has one of the neutral terminal screws loosened almost completely so that it nearly touches the side of the metal box. In one box, the...
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    For my personal education, please explain the difference in these two MHF cables (mainly the difference in the neutral and ground sizes and why each variation is produced). 2/0-2/0-2/0-1 2/0-2/0-1-4 Under what cirumstances is the larger neutral required? Installing in U/G conduit going 300...
  10. Electrical
    When testing voltage at the receptacle with a load the neutral to ground is 0. Is this correct? Thanks!
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    I am having my handyman doing some electrical work for me at the house. After he disconnected some outlets and reconnected new and old romex wires, the garage lights are not working any longer. I am getting 60 V between hot and neutral when the switch is on and 38 V when the switch is...
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    I’m looking to add a new circuit to my electrical panel. There is plenty of space for the new breaker, but the neutral / ground bar is totally full. That’s not a big deal for the ground wire as you can have more than one ground wire to a screw. But it is a problem for the neutral as you are...
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    I need to wire up a small camp in the forest. The current primary source of power will be a generator. My generator's manual says it has a floating neutral. In the future we may switch to solar power along with generator power. I am confused with the panel installation and the ground / neutral...
  14. Electrical
    Hi, I bought a FIAT 500e recently. With LEVEL1 charger (120v), it takes around 13 to 16 hours for a full charge. This is too long. I just bought an Ebusbar LEVEL 2 charger which has a NEMA 10-30P plug with 2 hots and a neutral. I'm trying to install a new 240v outlet that this can plug into. My...
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    Hello All, First Time Poster- I am so glad I found this forum today. I've read through several threads and there seems to be tons of great info, but I wanted to get a little bit specific on my issue and see what some of you think. I am a mechanical engineer so I have some electrical background...
  16. Electrical
    I'm well aware of the reasons that neutral should only be bonded to ground at the main disconnect panel, so I was surprised to see the default configuration in a 125 amp sub-panel that I'm installing. The panel comes with a bonding screw attached from the neutral bar to the case, but no bonding...
  17. Electrical
    Hello - quick question.. I have a 7kW 50 amp generator. It has 2 black hot leads and 2 white neutral. Is it ok to wire the neutrals together at the generator? It's for my food truck & I have just 1 white wire in the 50 amp wire that goes to the panel. Thanks in advance
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    I need some help. I am installing a ceiling fan to replace a light fixture. When I disconnected the light fixture, it had white wire and black wire. The electrical box has two white wires and one bare wire for ground. When power is on, my volt meter shows 120 volts on one white wire but none on...
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    Hello I'm new to this forum and i was wondering about how dangerous it is grounding a neutral wire to a water pipe? I was at a friends house today checking out his utilities closet out of curiosity. I stumbled upon a white wire and green wire clamped together with a grounding clamp onto the...
  20. Electrical
    Hi, I have 3 outlets that don't work. When I look with the multimeter for the voltage between hot and ground, I get 120V. When I check from neutral to ground, I get slightly above 0V. But when I check from hot to neutral, I get about 0V. Any ideas as what the problem could be? Thank you, Frederic
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