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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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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 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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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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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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What information do I need to select a circuit breaker?

I am having 2 new lines run in my basement to power a workbench's tools and an unrelated computer station. I have room in my panel for additional breakers, and rather than tie into existing wiring, I ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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can you combine 2 circuits into 1?

Can I safely combine two 15 amp double pole circuits into a single 30 amp double pole circuit? I am trying to make space in my 200 amp box to put a 40 amp double pole breaker to support a water ...
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What model circuit breaker is this?

I live in an old 50 + year old house and it still has the original circuit breakers. I am trying to search for one that died, but don't know the model or even if they make these anymore. If any ...
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What does the latch position of a circuit breaker mean?

I bought a new home in December 2011. After some time the kitchen lights and the lights in the living room started to switch off randomly. Some days it would happen 3-4 times in a row. Other days it ...
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I have phantom electricity

I have three outlets in a room that are not on the same circuit as the rest of the outlets in two rooms. I have most of the circuits in the house mapped and identified on two breaker panels. The ...
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Do receptacles require a 20 ampere breaker?

I thought wall recepticles required a 20 amp breaker. Am I wrong?
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Why does the circuit breaker for my bedroom continue to trip without any visible event after a power loss?

The 20A breaker for my bedroom will trip whenever we have a power outage at my house. If you reset it, it will trip again after an interval, say 5~10 seconds. The longer you wait to reset it, the ...
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Why does the main circuit breaker trip but not the smaller branch circuit breakers?

We have one circuit breaker (40 ampere) in entry point of electricity line in our house, than we divided it into two separate line in two levels and put one circuit breaker( 32 ampere) in level one ...
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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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Main breaker on load center won't open

I was in the process of connecting a Reliance generator trow over switch , although the job was completed , I was trying to shut off power to the entire house by opening the main breaker but would not ...
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What's the amperage on a circuit breaker that's “linked” together?

On our circuit breaker, we have several circuits that are linked together by a metal handle. For instance, there are several cases of three 20A circuits all linked together, meaning you can only flip ...
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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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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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Any reason not to leave unused breaker in the panel?

My main panel has a couple unused slots, but the metal tab covering those slots has already been removed. One of those slots has an unused breaker, the other one used to have a plastic filler panel, ...
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How much current should I expect this motor to draw when it's running steadily?

This fan lists its "Max. Amperage" as 3.2. I assume the motor draws that much when it's first turning on, then settles down to some lower current. How much current should I expect it to draw when ...
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How can I determine the rating of an unmarked dual-pole circuit breaker?

I would like to install a new electric cooktop. The panel has a dual-pole breaker serving the current electric cooktop but there is NO marking on the breaker to indicate the rating. The new cooktop ...