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  1. Electrical
    I need to find the electrical problem in a 26 year old manufactured home. Put a room addition on and surges became worse. Checked ground on house and found they were disconnected. Reground house and now surges are extreme and consistent. How do I find the problem?
  2. Electrical
    Well, we are finally getting an emergency 7500W portable genny for power outages. My plan is to keep it in a small shed I'll build for it in the far corner of our back yard, to minimize the noise when I need to pull it out and run it. It will need a run of 100' of cable I'll lay out each time I...
  3. General DIY Discussions
    The outlets and lights lights, whole house, just stared flickering periodically. I tightened all screws and the mains in the breaker box (square D) 9 years old maybe. Shouldn’t be a problem. Can it be a bad transformer or connection at the pole? The main line coming in does sag a little bit more...
  4. Electrical
    I have a farm and need to put in a mobile home for employee housing. I need to get power to it and am wondering the best approach. I have power running in 4 directions from a main power pole. The trailer site is located 4 to 5 hundred feet on the other side of a building that doesn't use much...
  5. Electrical
    Hi, I recently started having an issue with my electrical system at home. Well, it's been close to a year now. Basically if I run the dryer, the power to my whole house shuts off. Now, it doesn't "trip" any of the breakers in the box, it just shuts everything off. I have to manually flip the...
  6. HVAC
    Turned off main power to 2H1C with Aux heat pump HVAC system to upgrade thermostat. Disconnected old mercury thermostat. Decided against installing new thermostat (got the wrong one). Installed old thermostat back in. Flipped main power back on. Now AC (or heating) won't turn on. What could I...
  7. Electrical
    I bought new hard wired smoke/CO detectors to replace my existing very old ones yesterday. When I turned off all of the breakers in the house as well as a smaller box with breakers outside of the house, I noticed that the smoke alarms were still showing lights as if they still had power. I...
  8. Electrical
    Hello All, I have a electrical wiring question for a trailer I have at my Cottage. We got it to increase overflow sleeping capacity. I ran a power about a 220 ft power cable to it. I tied into my Shed which was the closest power source, installed a power switch for the trailer. The shed...
  9. Electrical
    I'm a Homebuilder (not electrician) and have two one acre lots and building on the first and can't get temporary power pole by power company soon enough for the second. I'd like to run a compressor and/or a worm-drive circular hand saw to start work on the second house that each do fine on a...
  10. Electrical
    Hi, I have a 7.5KVA single phase pure sine wave inverter, which stores power in ten 12V 200Ah batteries. What is the best/most efficient battery configuration (series, parallel, series-parallel) for connecting up the batteries for max output, capacity and minimal energy loss?
  11. HVAC
    My furnace keeps turning off and losing power to the control board. The control board lights are off. One time I cycled the power and it powered up. Haven't been able to do that since. So, I replaced the transformer which worked, but it started happening again a week after the replacement. I...
  12. Appliances
    My new Bosch dishwasher came with a too-short power cord that had a built-in junction box. They offer a much longer cord but it has no junction box and that cord doesn't have my model # in its models-supported description even though the dishwasher-connecting end clearly matches to my model. I'm...
  13. Electrical
    Hello, I have wall oven that has ceased to function some time ago. After multiple service tech visits, today they determined that the issue is my house wiring, which I don't completely believe yet and am looking for the thoughts of others. The tech pulled the oven today, disconnected the...
  14. Electrical
    I will try to give as much information as I can. I have no experience with wiring so I imagine some of the things I did were incorrect and probably stupid. I purchased a Hampton Bay ceiling fan, and after numerous attempts at installation, the fan itself spins, however the lights do not light...
  15. Electrical
    In my spare bedroom, I have power to all of the outlets and to the one wall switch, but nothing works. The ceiling fan controlled by the wall switch does not work and if I plug anything in to any of the five outlets in the room, nothing works. Yet my GT-12 Voltage Detector beeps when I test the...
  16. Electrical
    Hello, I am looking for some help in choosing the right size wire for a 200' run in order to power my travel trailer and shed. Description of Run: 1. (Electrical Box) >>>>> 50ft. >>>>> (Sub Box, Small Shed / 4/20 amp. -120v outlets) >>>> 100 ft. >>>> (Travel Trailer 30 amp. Circuit) Can...
  17. Home Theater
    How do I do an in-wall cable routing job for a wall-mounted TV if there are horizontal studs in the route I want to take? I bought a Legrand CMK70 kit, which comes with a circular saw to cut two holes and an AC power kit to go between the top and bottom. I thought it would be easy using this...
  18. General DIY Discussions
    I've ran electrical from garage to around my privacy fence in my back yard. Then another run from my garage to the front yard. I have a circuit breaker for the front and back yard in my garage. I put up m Christmas light display in the front and back yards. I've had the lights on for over a week...
  19. Electrical
    Up to 50FT, why does 25FT & 50FT 12 gauge cords exist? I can't think of any reason to ever need 12G cords less then 100FT. All I can guess is that 12G would produce slightly less heat than 14G at the same current draw. Maybe there's more to it other than price. Because I could just buy a 25FT...
  20. Electrical
    Hello. I have been wanting to get into the whole solar and wind power thing.Currently we have 1 battery a 1000w charge controller and a 60w solar pannel set up.We want to hook up our windmill, it is 600w and we will need around 100' of cable to get from down out flag pole to our room that we...
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