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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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Light sconces tripping circuit breaker

I recently installed two sconces in our kitchen to replace some old halogen lights with LED bulbs. The boxes had three (?!) White wires twisted together, two black wires twisted, and one red. I ...
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Can I install a 150A breaker if the the outdoor MCCB is 100 A?

I have a villa, which is 375m2. On the boundary wall of the villa I have a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) rated for 100A. I need to install a main distribution panel (MDP) inside the villa. The ...
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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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Replacing 10 amp breaker for 20 amp

I'll try to keep this short but there is a bit of background info that may be needed. Couple of days I rented a floor grinder to eliminate uneven concrete floor in the basement. The grinder kept ...
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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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What is the difference between Square D and QP single pole circuit breakers, and can they be mixed?

I just noticed that all of the branches from my upstairs service box are run off of 15 or 20-amp type QP circuit breakers, except for one 15-amp line that is for the hard-wired smoke alarms- it uses a ...
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Can having a bad grounding situation destroy a circuit breaker?

We moved into a home, built a while ago. there are wires hanging and covered in black tape on a chimney. I bought 2 sconces and put them in place. i did not hook up the ground wire on one of them, ...
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Outlet causes breaker/fuse to trip but why

Been living in my house for 9 years. I've got a certain outlet in my master bedroom that just started doing something strange. Let's say I have a light on in my master bedroom...and I try to plug in ...
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internal fuse on air handler blows every time it shuts off

air handler for air conditioner has worked fine since I moved into the house but this year both times the air conditioner has turned on it has not restarted. Both times so far the problem has been ...
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Is it safe to pull a continuous 18 amps from a 15 amp outlet?

I have a heater that draws a continuous 18 amps and has a 20 amp plug. I created an extension cord to plug into the wall, however on one end it's a 20 amp receptacle - heater plugged into extension ...
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Is it possible to fry a lamp's internal wiring if I put the wrong bulb in?

I went to the hardware store pulled a bunch of LED bulbs off the shelf. One of the bulbs found its way into the wrong box and had a significantly smaller screw base than your typical light bulb base. ...
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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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Is it ever safe to have 14 gauge wire anywhere on a circuit protected by a 30 amp breaker?

I was doing some work in an old house I recently moved into, and found that my dishwasher and garbage disposal (and some outlets near them) are on a 30 amp breaker. However, some of the electrical ...
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Circuit breaker + panel selection — make and breaker series?

Is there a compelling reason to choose one type/brand of breaker & panel (Eaton CH, Eaton BR, Square-D QO, Square-D HOM, Siemens, GE) over another when putting a new electrical panel and breakers ...
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Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?

I was trying to locate the circuit breaker for an outlet in my garage and found a truly baffling setup. Two breakers control the same outlet (both plugs). After some head scratching, I opened the ...
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What size breaker and wire do I need to feed a panel for a tankless water heater?

I purchased a electric tankless water heater and I would like to know the following? The unit requires 3 separate 40 amp breakers, one for each line. I have 200 amp service. The subpanel will be ...
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Why does half the house go out when a single breaker trips?

The breaker box at my brother's house is well marked and balanced except when a breaker is tripped half the house goes out. I'm currently living on the third floor of his house. When I turned on a ...
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Why are the lights flickering when the a/c is on?

The lights flick on and off when the a/c is on and the sound of a/c is too noisy and look like it's going to blow. I already checked the connection if they have a short circuit. Did not found any ...
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Do I have to run new wire when replacing my electric oven?

I bought a new single electric wall oven to replace an old one in an old house. It says it requires 20 amp and 240 volts. The old one was running on a 10 amp breaker. The wire from the breaker to oven ...
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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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Identify fuse that is off/bad but not tripped

I have a set of outlets and an overhead light in the garage that are not powered. I believe I know the fuse they are under via simple labels and from some process of elimination. The fuse is not ...
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2 15 amp breakers to 1 30 amp

I have a wired garage that has 3 wire 10 gauge going in to it. In the panel this wire is hooked up to 2 individual 15 amp breakers. I want to know if i can put in a 30 amp breaker in that spot. The ...
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Why is my air conditioner tripping the circuit breaker?

Our air conditioner recently stopped blowing out cold air. When I went to check on it, I noticed that the outside unit wasn't coming on. We had had problems with ants in the contacter in the past, ...
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Is my breaker box aluminum compatible?

I have been advise to convert old aluminum branch wiring with AlumiConn connectors and maybe also in the breaker box, unless the circuit breaker is AL & CO compatible. How do I determine this? Can ...
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15 amp load trips 20 amp breaker instantanously

New construction wired by professional electrician, Montana USA. Dedicated circuit for a 14" chop saw with 10 ga. wire and a 20 amp breaker. Saw was used previously on a 15 amp circuit with no ...
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Where can I find information on slow blow breakers?

In a previous question, the comments mentioned slow blow circuit breakers. I have done a web search and went to Square-D's website(the maker of my current breakers) and came up empty. There is a lot ...
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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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What is the best short-term solution for fused neutrals?

I have inherited a house that has been in my wife's family since 1860. I do not know when it was electrified, but it seems to have skipped knob and tube. There is a lot of fabric-covered wire, and ...
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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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Can I replace the main breaker in an electrical panel with a smaller one?

I have an older 60amp fuse box in a rental property that is wired as a sub panel off my main 100amp service. I would like to upgrade to a new circuit breaker panel so tenants can not pull out the ...
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New install: What's causing a tripping arc fault breaker?

We remodeled our home and had all new electrical put it in to plan. For rough-in, the electrician put in regular breakers instead of arc fault breakers. Arc fault breakers are required by code now ...
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Why would there be a 50 amp plug on a 30 amp appliance?

I have an old conveyor dryer, which my office purchased used some time ago, just sitting in storage. The dryer is for silk screen t-shirts and has a large heating element and a variable speed conveyor ...
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How do I figure out what this 30amp 2 pole breaker is doing?

I have am looking for space in my circuit breaker panel to do an upgrade. There is a 30 amp dual pole breaker labeled "water heater". Our water heater was upgraded to a tankless about 6 years ago and ...
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Insulating near a breaker box

Hello: In remodeling my basement I have so far finished installing R-10 2" XPS insulation against my block walls. My question is: How close or how far away from the circuit breaker panel can I place ...
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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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30amp power cord to 20amp breaker?

I am converting a cargo trailer into a camping trailer, including wiring it to have power from and RV hookup. The most common RV hookup is a 30amp. Since i don't really need the 30amp power, my plan ...
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How do I replace a GFCI breaker with a normal breaker?

I have a breaker on my panel that has 2 white wires and one black and a test button. I am changing to a breaker that has no white wires going to it just the black. Do I put both white wires to the bar ...
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GFCI Breaker - not tripped = outlets work, turn light switch on breaker trips, lights work but outlets do not

I had a kitchen remodel that went a bit bad with a contractor and his minions. The house was build in 1934 so has a two wire system with a 100A panel. As we remodel we are replacing 2 wire system ...
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How can I remove a stuck circuit breaker from the panel?

I went to replace my circuit breaker for my dryer because the dryer kept shutting off. I started checking around and discovered when you jiggle the breaker a little the dryer light flicker. I ...
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Why is half of my house without power with no flipped breakers? [duplicate]

The master bedroom and middle bedroom of my 3 bedroom mobile home is without power. None of the breakers have flipped. I even changed the breaker that controls that part of the house and my ceiling ...
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How to identify circuit breaker to non-functioning built-in microwave oven?

I have a wall-mounted over-the-range microwave oven that is completely non-operational at the moment; from the user's point of view, it's as if it were unplugged, but it is. Unfortunately, access to ...
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Do I want a common trip or independent trip quad breaker?

I had a quad breaker that went bad. It had 30A outer pair for the dryer and 20A inner pair for my well pump. Both pairs were tied together so you could turn them on or off together - the mechanism ...
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20 amp breaker with 12 gauge and 14 gauge wire

I am looking at replacing a couple of old, porcelain style single bulb fixtures in my basement with some 4 lamp fluorescent fixtures. I am actually running new wire to the fluorescent fixtures from a ...
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Can I take the cover off my fusebox to attach an energy monitor?

I have bought an Energy Monitor to track our electricity usage (hard times...). I now need to put the sensor on one of the cables either next to the fusebox or the meter. Unfortunately I cannot ...
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Pretty big electric shock when touching my lamp

I just received a fairly large electric shock when trying to turn on the lamp on my nightstand while I was sitting in bed. When we purchased the lamp, it was 110v however we had it changed to 220v ...
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Remove power spike when restoring power

I've been experiencing interesting problem recently. When the power goes down, there is roughly 50:50 chance that a circuitbreaker for my plugs trips after the power comes back on. Flipping it back ...
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Should I replace ALL the fuses in plugs?

In certain countries (for example the UK), plugs have fuses in them. In most cases, this is a stand 13 A fuse. My question: If I know that a device (to which the plug is attached) won't draw even a ...
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What could be causing there to be no power at my ceiling fixture?

I installed a replacement chandelier, heard a pop which tripped breaker, reset the breaker the chandelier would not work. That breaker shares CAN lighting (has its own dimmer switch) with the ...
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On a true 60 amp 240 volt circuit will each side of the breaker carry more than 30 amps if required?

If my distribution panel on my boat is wired 240 v 60 amps max and there are many 120 v 15 a circuits, if one side of the 120 v panel starts to draw more than 30 a, will the breaker compensate by ...