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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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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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What should I do if the AFCI breaker neutral pigtail is too short?

I am wiring a house that I built, and code says I need an AFCI for the bedroom circuit. The panel that I will be installing this AFCI breaker in is a subpanel, so my ground/neutrals are on 2 ...
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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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How would I wire a thermal circuit breaker and switch together?

I want to wire a circuit breaker and switch to a GFCI and some other outlets. This is for power outlets on a work bench. Something like: I have this for a circuit breaker: and this for a switch: ...
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Is one circuit connected to two breakers safe?

We redid our bathrooms and had an electrician come in and put in new wiring for outlets, heater/fan/lights and heated floors. He had to replace the electrical panel, because the house is older (1956) ...
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Whats purpose of four pole breaker?

Was working on a friends house today. Mostly running a new branch circuit for an upgraded kitchen. That all went fine. The panel in the basement has a four pole breaker as the main. I've never ...
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Can I wire a secondary 240V breaker box for lab equipment from Europe?

I have a dental lab in Europe and might want to move it to the USA. Some of the equipment rates as high as 4kW, and the the total maximum draw is 15kW for the whole lab. Can I wire a secondary breaker ...
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Why did I lose power to half the house when the breakers did not trip?

Using a voltage detector I determined that three breakers in the panel are not conducting voltage, yet they are fully on (not tripped). Thinking they were bad, I replaced a double throw 15 amp and a ...
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Amp rating of ganged circuit-breakers

Backstory: I'm considering replacing my current tank water heater with a tankless whole-house unit. The units I see generally require a 120-amp breaker circuit. Currently, my panel has two ganged ...
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When replacing a circuit breaker in the service panel, how can I determine which neutral is associated with the hot wire?

In my service panel I would like to upgrade two standard circuit breakers with AFCI breakers. AFCI circuit breakers differ from standard circuit breakers in that you attach the hot an neutral to the ...
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How many circuits should I include in a sub-panel for workshop?

I am looking to run a sub panel for a basement workshop approx 60 feet from the main panel, all inside. I have a table saw, jointer, band saw, planer, and dust vacuum, as well as routers and such. I ...
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How can I figure out why my breakers are tripping?

A few years ago, I installed a solid wood "pocket" sliding door for my workshop. It's on an exterior wall, so I had to add some thick sealing strips that keep the cold air from Wisconsin winters ...
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My breaker panel is in a sump closet, should I move it?

I just purchased a new home and I'm going to replace the breaker panel (it's full and I want expansion room). The panel is located directly above the sump pump in a small closet in the corner of the ...
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Why did my circuit blow after replacing a switch?

I replaced an older switch yesterday on an existing line of recessed lights. There are five lights on the one switch. On the same breaker; but different switch, there are 7 more recessed lights (all ...
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Different circuit breakers keep tripping, some not re-setting

Background: South Carolina house built in 2009, assume all electrical systems, main panel and circuit breakers new at that time. I moved into the house in May having transferred from the UK. I brought ...
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How to predict when the electrical infrastructure on my 1950s rental is going throw a breaker?

I live in an old house; it has old electrical infrastructure. Last night it was really hot, and we were running an external dishwasher on the same circuit as the TV and a fan and a ceiling fan. Only ...
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What is causing my circuit breaker to trip instantly and trip the next breaker too? Update - Video Added

One of my circuit breaker trips instantly. I try to reset it but it trips immediately and trips the breaker under it too. I can reset the break next to it and it is fine until I try to reset the ...
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Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?

I'm pretty new to DIY stuff... but I'm selling my home soon and was wondering if it was possible for an electrician to fix just the part causing the lever to not come down in my garage's fusebox (...
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Three dead power outlets, no tripped breakers

A few days ago I was using a multimeter to check for current to the thermostat on my garage refrigerator. I wasn't thinking and did something wrong (wrong HOT, I believe) and power to the refrigerator ...
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What ampacity circuit breaker would I need for an 18 amp electric heater?

What ampacity circuit breaker would I need for an 18 amp electric heater? Here's a link to the model (IEP-4024), it's North American, 240 volts, 4000 watts, installing it outdoor.
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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 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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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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Is it possible that I could have a 240V circuit with no circuit breaker?

Is it possible to put in an electrical circuit without any way to interrupt the circuit? I tried to work on a 240V outlet, and it wasn't marked in the breaker box. I threw every breaker, and that ...
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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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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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When replacing non-grounding type receptacles is a GFCI receptacle required, or can any GFCI device be used?

Under the NEC (it was 210(7)(d)(3), but appears to have moved around some), it is permissible to replace an ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI receptacle, then wire further ungrounded or non-grounded (...
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How to fix double-tapped 14-3 cable to boiler

I have an oil boiler for heat. 14-3 cable runs from the panel to a thermal cutoff above the boiler, then into the boiler's control box, and from there to a Taco controller that manages three zone ...
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Is a warm breaker normal?

I have 2 15 Amp breakers both of them with a load of about 12Amps and they are warm. Is this normal that such a load should warm up the breaker?
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Can manually throwing the dryer circuit breaker cause it to burn out?

What can cause the dryer circuit breaker to heat up to the point that the plastic at the connection melts? Can manually throwing the breaker cause this? My wife has suffered through two house fires ...
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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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Why does the breaker trip occasionally after I installed a new light fixture?

We bought a house a couple of years ago with a covered light fixture box in the ceiling (a blank cover over a wired box and a blank cover over the switch box). I recently modified a plug-in pendant ...
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Single outlet resettable breaker?

Basically I have an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) which has a 20amp plug and I know that the load on the UPS will NEVER exceed 15 amp (Bought it mainly because it can attach more battery units to ...
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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 sub-panels,...
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Water hammer or something else?

I'm having a bit of a mysterious problem. A couple of weeks ago I've replaced a dimmer switch in the upstairs bathroom. Of course while working on that I shut off the electricity for that part of the ...
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Why would a circuit breaker not trip if I accidentally shorted hot to neutral?

I am installing a set of recessed lights in a closet, replacing the existing fixtures one at a time. I removed power to the lights while installing each one by using the light switch, not the circuit ...
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What is the purpose of a double pole breaker for separate 15A circuits?

My new house is done being built and I am going to come in and install my new gas range and dishwasher, both 120V 15A appliances. I got thoroughly confused looking at the breaker box because gas ...
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How do I determine if adding an air conditioner will overload a circuit?

I'm going to take advantage of some Memorial Day sales and pull the trigger on a portable AC unit for my "basement-ish" (bottom of windowsill is mid chest, rather than head height) apartment. Before ...
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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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Does Sewage Ejector system need a dedicated circuit?

The sewage ejector system in our basement is on a GFCI outlet that is on the same circuit as the adjacent bathroom (fan, light and switch). Someone told me it needs a dedicated circuit. Does the NEC ...
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How should I add an AFCI to this panel?

I'd like to add an AFCI to the middle circuit here. But that circuit shares a tandem breaker with the circuit above it, so I don't know if there are any subtleties of this setup that I don't ...
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How to track down a short circuit in attic with pressed metal ceiling?

When switching on a light the circuit breaker tripped. On the distribution board, I switched off the sub-circuit for the light. The rest of the house and the plugs in the room with the light still ...
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Lighting circuit trips breaker every time

I have a lighting circuit in my home like so: Every time I turn on the switch, the breaker trips. This circuit has existed for over four years and only now has the problem begun. I've checked all ...
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Is this too many items on a 20 AMP Breaker?

I live in a 2 bedroom 2 bath duplex, where we have issue's with the light's flickering, often causing mini power surges, and at times kicking a breaker. One 20 ampere circuit supplies 3 ...
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How difficult would it be to replace these fuses with circuit breakers?

I had a fuse blow last night. While the short-term plan is just to replace the fuse wire, in the longer term I'd like to switch them out for circuit breakers for the added safety but mostly for the ...
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Curcuit breaker not accesible

My dryer stopped working and I found out that the circuit breaker (fuse) had burnt out. I measured the voltage in the socket and it's none. I live in an older house in USA and the cable is inside the ...
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Why does the breaker keep tripping on a circuit with two rooms' lights and a sewer pump?

I have a circuit-breaker that is connected to lights in two rooms, and to a sewer pump in the basement. I had the sewer cleaned out and the pump inspected, and no problems were detected. I then had ...
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Why am I getting no power to the branch circuits with a new sub-panel?

My home had an ancient Zinsco sub-panel in which the breakers were grounding out and arcing to the panel. I've swapped it with a new Eaton 100 amp panel. I've re-installed all the breakers, and re-...
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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 ...