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Should all Federal Pacific panels be replaced?

I understand that Federal Panel Stab Lok breakers have the potential for becoming stuck, overheating, and starting fires. My home has a Federal Pacific panel but no outward markings of being a Stab ...
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How can I shut off circuits when I have a generator with an automatic transfer switch?

We had professionals install a generator with an automatic transfer switch. I showed them our circuit-breaker box and told them which circuit numbers should be on generator power. Okay, everything's ...
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Eubanks 9 SEER air conditioning max circuit breaker size

Can a 50 amp breaker be used with a Eubanks 9 SEER air conditioning unit. We cannot read the plaque information. I bought the property and that is what is currently installed. It's an older unit ...
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Identify type of circuit breaker

My house came with a main panel that supports this type of circuit breaker. However, I am unable to find that type at the store and the breaker doesn't say what type it is. I thought it might be ...
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UPS to bypass tripping a fuse?

I have an apartment setup right now where one fuse has a fair amount of load on it. (Fridge, Microwave, PC). Rarely, when these are all used in conjunction, the fuse trips and I have to turn it back ...
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How to check breaker compatibility?

This is a follow up to my previous question. Thanks to the advice there, I am planning to replace my existing double-pole breaker with a quadruplex breaker. How do I determine that my panel can ...
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Which breaker should trip with a ground fault with a subpanel?

I am installing a subpanel in an outbuilding and understand that I need to use a four wire feed and keep the ground separate from the neutral at the subpanel. I know that is code, but I like to ...
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What type of damage can power surges do?

I've lived in this apartment for a couple of years and electricity have always been bad (a demand in power from a device systematically causes others to fade off). I know that a power surge can cause ...
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low voltage from circuit - bad breaker?

Background: I'm doing some rewiring work in the kitchen. There were three circuits coming into a junction box that controlled the sink disposal, dishwasher, a few receptacles and a light. So I got ...
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Why are lights on 15 amp circuits and receptacles on 20 amp?

I'm wondering about the logic behind 15 amp vs 20 amp. Why isn't everything 20 amp if it is considered safe? If a light circuit shorts, what difference does it make it if trips at 15amp vs 20 amp?
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Low voltage fuse blowing in furnace

I have an outside A/C compressor and indoor furnace fan combo in the attic. The unit was off and the 3 amp fuse was blown. I replaced the fuse and used the thermostat to turn the fan on followed by ...
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GFCI and Refrigerator and Circuit Breaker

We have a new home and a new refrigerator. The refrigerator is plugged into a standard outlet and on the same circuit is one GFCI. While using a hand mixer on the GFCI outlet the circuit breaker - ...
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Got a used Electric oven - not sure what wire and breaker to use

We just got a used electric oven. We had propane, but no longer have access to propane. Currently there is only a standard wall outlet behind the oven. I realize I need to run a new wire, etc., but ...
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Circuit breakers off, but meter still running

I purchased a house a few weeks ago and got the power connected about a week ago. The house has been empty and I leave all the circuit breakers off. The Meter is digital but the display doesn't seem ...
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Why does my power keep going out to most of my house?

My power frequently goes out, mostly at night or early morning. Sometimes it goes off multiple times in a row, sometimes just once. Most of the time, I can get it to come right back on by flipping the ...
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Is this a faulty GFCI receptacle?

Need some advice on an electrical issue I'm having in my new condo. My bathroom has a GFCI receptacle (similar to this one). I noticed one morning that the LED indicator was out, so I figured ...
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Computer makes USB unplugged noise when I run the microwave/heater

Not sure if this is the correct place to ask, but my computer, heater, and microwave are all on the same socket. I have had times when if I run the microwave, the fuse blows. But just curious, if I ...
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How to wire ground when the sub-panel is Plug-On Neutral

I need to install a sub-panel in my home. Both the main panel and the sub panel are in the same building. I purchased a Square D Homeline Indoor Plug-On Neutral panel (Model # HOM2040M100PCVP) for ...
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Tankless water heater - Electric issue

I have a AuqaPower Tankless water heater I installed myself 2 years ago. I used the old wire from old (tank) water heater and I ran a new wire for the 2nd place. It has worked great for 2 years and ...
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using two oven in one outlet

I have two ovens. One is 20 amp at 240 V and Second is 30 amp at 240V. And I have one 240 V 50 amp outlet hook up to one circuit. Would this be sufficient enough to run two ovens without ...
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Need another 240v breaker

I bought a device called Sense to monitor home electrical usage that is installed in your electrical panel. The device needs to be connected to a 240v breaker like this: The problem is that I only ...
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What does “Range” Mean in Electrical Circuits?

The switching have been tripping a lot at my apartment, sometimes an entire wall is completely powerless, but the rest of the rooms are just fine. Usually, I just need to turn the switch off and on ...
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How do I read the usage information my electrical meter sends to my power company?

I would like to keep an eye on what information my power meter sends to my electric company. Is there a way to use, for example, powerline networking to read what usage statistics the power meter ...
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How do I troubleshoot a newly installed non-working outlet?

I recently spent several frustrating hours trying to figure out why an outlet on a new branch circuit would not power a load even though there was proper polarity at the outlet, my non-contact voltage ...
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How could other breakers have been switched off when one was tripped by a short?

is it possible if one breaker trips, the rest (or some) of the other breakers in the panel will also trip at the same time? we had put in a separate breaker for the bedrooms, once we connected this ...
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Add circuit off main disconnect or sub-panel required?

I have an outside main disconnect of 200 amp and a inside main panel in the garage. The disconnect panel outside also has 8 or 10 breaker slots in it, four occupied with double breakers for ...
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What does “Split” label mean on circuit breaker panel?

I'm attempting to map out our home electrical breaker panel. The labels written by the electrician 20+ years ago aren't super helpful, so I've having a go making things a bit clearer. I have ...
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Circuit breaker keeps popping, how do I troubleshoot?

The 20 amp breaker to my garage keeps popping. On that circuit is one outdoor floodlight fixture, one outlet receptacle (with nothing plugged into it), and two light fixtures with 60 watt ...
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Why did my RCD trip when I was working on my de-energised lighting ring?

I'm replacing a light in my hallway. Before starting, I turned the light on, turned off the lighting-ring breaker, confirmed the light went out, and then turned off the light-switch for good measure. ...
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Why does my greatroom have a GFI breaker on the circuit?

We moved into a condo in 2012 and have had issues on one of the circuits. The circuit serves the outlets in our great room and sun room. Initially, we would trip the breaker when using the vacuum ...
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Can I install this array of circuit breakers in my sub-panel?

I have a 30 amp breaker in my main panel, with 12/3 wire ran about 100 ft. To my sub panel in my shed. I'm wondering if I can put a 20 amp breaker for my outlets and a 15 amp breaker for my light in ...
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What are my options to repair a broken tab on a bus bar?

My A/C went out this week. The problem was a broken tab on a bus bar with cut power to one phase of the 220v circuit. My HVAC guy was able to get me going again by swapping the A/C unit to the dryers ...
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How to find the circuit breaker that is connected with my outdoor outlet

I have one outdoor outlet where there is no power coming in and I and unable to determine which circuit breaker is attached to restore the power
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Protecting electronics from electrical surges - plugs with fuses

i was just wondering why the UK 3 pin plug has a fuse ? in South Africa the the Grid is significantly more volatile and lighting strikes abundant ( in the area i live in anyway) i have moved here ...
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Apartment Circuit breaker flips randomly

I'm not sure how to diagnose or fix this issue. I have seen it happen when nothing is on, when a few things are on, and when the heater is on. It does not appear to matter what the electrical ...
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What would cause an AFCI breaker to trip under no load?

I have an AFCI Breaker that trips with 0 load - nothing plugged in, no lights on. To test that power is getting to the room, I turn on the overhead CFL lights (very light load) and flip the breaker. ...
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Why won't my AC system turn off after I flipped the breaker?

We've got a central cooling air conditioner that was installed in 1984 with a thermostat from that same year. We are replacing the thermostat with a new programmable one (which has a 100% ...
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How do I add more circuit breakers once the breaker box is full?

My house was completely rewired by the previous owner. They tore out all the old knob-and-tube and replaced it with modern wiring. I definitely appreciate this, but unfortunately they left ...
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2 breakers powering 1 set of outlets

this is my first time posting a question to a forum like this. Electrician added a breaker and ran a line to an outlet that had power from a different circuit but had a short in it that could not be ...
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what steps to take after removing a cable from a breaker box?

While building some shelves in my basement, I noticed an electrical cable than ran along a joist and dead-ended. I tested it and discovered it didn't have power. As the dead-end is not particularly ...
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What are the differences between SDS, SDS Plus, and SDS Max drills?

Basically I had to use a breaker last weekend, it was clear I did not need the “heavy duty” as I did not have 6” of solid concrete, but the descriptions of the other options confused me.
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Can earthing of a building degrade over time

The building is almost 12 years old. We didn't have this problem before. But in this last 2-3 days some residents complained they have experienced shock coming form the pipeline of bathroom even after ...
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Why is the coiled white wire on a GFCI circuit breaker smaller than the branch circuit neutral?

I just recently installed a 50A two pole GFCI circuit breaker that was part of a 240VAC spa panel. For 50A I was using 6 AWG wires. When connecting up this type breaker you connect the two poles of ...
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New service continuity

This is a new 200 amp main breaker panel service and with no service drop yet. With main breaker off and with all circuits off I show continuity between neutral and the screw on the breaker when the ...
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my 220v circuit breakers show a voltage but dont seem to be able to drive a load. why?

im racking my brain trying to get my 220v electric cooktop to work. ALL 4 burners do not operate. i read 220v at all the proper places on the switches etc but when i turn a burner on... the voltage ...
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60 amp detached shop able to run 50 amp hot tub? [duplicate]

my house main panel is 200 amp, the shops panel is 60 amp. My new tub is closest to my shop but wasn't sure it would cause my shop to trip with the tub on its 50 amp gfci circuit? I was going to run ...
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Is this true about circuit breakers being out of phase in a house?

I just read this on another message board: If you know which breaker each outlet is on, it's easy. Breakers that are directly adjacent to each other (above/below or left/right) are on ...
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NEC Breaker Selection for Motor Loads

In the case of motor loads connected to a long branch circuit, why does NEC Table 430.52 limit selection of an over current protection device (OCPD) to a smaller size than the branch conductor will ...
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How many amps can this breakers box provide?

I bought a house from the early 80s and I'm trying to figure out how much amps I can use safely, if it is possible to add air conditioning on the current electric system, and in general if the current ...
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Using a 30-amp tandem circuit breaker for a 120/240v circuit?

I inherited a main panel box from a homeowner that wasn't always fond of meeting the required NEC codes. As such, there are some oddities in the panel. One such oddity is the fact that he installed ...