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  1. Electrical
    Hi, I had 3 wires in the panel that were using a marette in the panel to run an extension to the breaker. I have removed the marette and fed the 3 short wires into the top of the panel. The black and white reach the breaker, but the ground wire won't reach the ground bar. Please help with...
  2. Electrical
    Location: Indiana, USA. Hi, thanks in advance for your assistance. I caused an arc (line-to-ground) with my voltmeter lead. The light switch was grounded and the hot line was secured to the light switch. The lead contacted both the hot line screw of the light switch and the metal side of the...
  3. Electrical
    Went to troubleshoot a non working switched hall light on my 45 year old house. Found non working switched outlet in adjacent bedroom. Was only showing about 30 volts in both. Appears I have two switch outlets in different bedrooms, a ceiling fan, the switched hall light, AND the hall bathroom...
  4. 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...
  5. HVAC
    My trane heat pump trips the outdoor unit breaker at startup. It stays set when compressor is not running. I changed the contactor because it was arcing, but still have a problem. What's the best way to test compressor and fan motor for short.
  6. Plumbing
    I have Rheem gas water heater with blower, that was plugged into the standard AC socket that is mounted into the top of the heater tank casing. One morning the water was cold. I reset the breaker and the water heated nicely. A couple days later I had blower plug/socket melt violently...
  7. Electrical
    A while back I had the AFCI trip on me in the master bedroom, I unplugged everything and then plugged them in one at a time until it tripped and then found the culprit (it was when I plugged in a heated fragrance thing in one of the outlets). I stopped using the outlet and didn't mess with it...
  8. Electrical
    Outlet was working correctly - hot to neutral lights up and hot to ground lights up and neutral to ground does nothing. Was working in the circuit box and the neutral became disconnected. At which point hot to neutral was not lighting up and hot to ground was not lighting up. When neutral was...
  9. HVAC
    Our Carrier central air/furnace will not cool. I put the a/c to cool and after running for a couple of minutes it turns the furnace on while still set to cool. I've replaced the thermostat and still the problem persists. I don't know if it's a short on the system itself or some other...
  10. Electrical
    I need some help please. I'm trying to install a new hallway light with two three-way switches on either end. So in my gang boxes, here is what I have: Switch 1: 12/2 wire that is the power source 12/2 wire that goes to the light 12/3 wire that goes to Switch 2 Switch 2: 12/3 wire that goes...
  11. Electrical
    While in the attic performing some repairs, I reached to hang my droplight from an attic fan frame, near the attic fan motor. The droplight shield is metal, and when it came in contact with motor pully, I was surprised by a significant arc between the light and the motor pulley. Made a nice...
  12. HVAC
    Hi all, New to the forum. Old hat DYI'er. History: While running AC the system reached temp and shut off correctly (presumed). Then it simply refused to start. I wanted a new thermostat anyway (for energy savings reasons) so I bought one and things started and worked fine ... for two days...
  13. Electrical
    The GFI in my kitchen went out and I am trying to replace it. I'm new to home electrical work, but have worked with bread boards and have done some lightweight electronics repair. When I pull my faulty GFI out of the wall, there's only enough wire to get it out about an inch, so it's a very...
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