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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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It it safe to have a 15 amp GFCI outlet on a 50 amp GFCI breaker?

My friend just got rid of her hot tub. The person that took it put an outlet where the tub was. He put in a 15 amp GFCI at the outlet but left the 50 amp GFCI breaker in the panel box. Is this ...
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Oven suddenly tripping circuit breaker…bad oven or bad breaker?

We have a double Thermador oven in our house. We've owned the house for around two years, and the oven has worked fine up until the last few weeks. Now, using either of the ovens trips the circuit ...
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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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How many lights can be on one breaker?

How many lights can be run from one breaker I would like to add two two tube fluorescent lights to a string of lights I have already.
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Power Strip/Extension Cord on TV stand

I have a question. I have a TV stand with a capacity of 80 lb., and on it a TV that weighs ~50lb. On the wall directly behind my TV, I have two electrical outlets. On the floor, I have a surge ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Wiring diagram to split one circuit for ceiling lights in multiple rooms?

I would like to replace some Knob & Tube wiring in my attic. Currently, the ceiling lights in most of our rooms are all on a single circuit and are branched using many knob & tube soldered ...
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Is it safe to replace a GFCI breaker with an arc fault breaker?

We recently had our electrical panel replaced/upgraded and I noticed that our GFCI breaker was replaced with an Arc Fault breaker. Is that safe? Are GFCI breakers obsolete now?
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Why does this switch throw the breaker when turned on?

I volunteered to help a friend with an electrical problem she was having - two of the receptacles in her bedroom did not work. All the receptacles that I looked at had two black wires and two white ...
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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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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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HVAC tripping breaker - things to check before replacing?

HVAC system (we're in Houston, it's still hot here) stopped working Tuesday. A/C guy came out, determined it was tripping breaker. Would trip immediately after resetting, but after a couple of ...
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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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Low voltage under load from main line

I have two main hot lines coming into my circuit breaker. One has a steady voltage of ~124 load or no load. The other has some mysterious problem. Sometimes it works fine delivering proper voltage ...
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Can you wire a 30A 2P standard circuit breaker “downstream” from a 60A GFCI 2p circuit breaker?

Will this still provide GFCI protection? Is this against code? Does this represent a hazard? I have a subpanel with a 60A GFCI circuit breaker, that I want to use that to feed to 2 30a 240v ...
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Can I install tandem breakers in this panel, and would one 20 ampere circuit be enough for a garage?

I'm a home owner searching for information before hiring an electrician to come and do work on my home. What I want: Have a separate breaker\s to service a single car garage. 3 receptacles each ...
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How can I replace an I-T-E panelboard?

I have an old 225 Amp 30 space commercial flush mount sub-panel in my home with bolt on breakers that has worked for years. Now, there's 120v on one bus and 0 volts on the other bus. When I remove ...
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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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How Do I Connect 00 AWG Wire to a 100A breaker?

I'm hooking a 100A service panel to my meter pan. There is the 100A disconnect panel on the right side that feeds the little house, I'm installing another panel on the left side to service my barn, an ...
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What areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?

I've got a Crouse Hinds panel with the majority of the breakers being of the ridiculous side connecting type. The panel and breakers are old and beginning to arc due to the lose connection. I've found ...
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Circuit Breaker installation

Why is it so difficult to put a circuit breaker in? I push the plastic part in but the steel contact does not go in. I broke a single 20 amp...any tricks?
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How can I replace circuit breakers with GFCI breakers when it is a multiwire branch circuit?

We have 2 carriage lights on our patio and 3 flood lights on our eves. The carriage lights are controlled by two 3-way switches and the yard lights are controlled by another set of two 3-way light ...
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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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Breaker box one 120 slot left but need one for a second 220 or 240 breaker.

My breaker box has only one breaker slot left for a 120 v breaker. I want to ad a 2nd 220 or 240 breaker to a new outlet to plug a heater into for my basement workshop. Is there any way I can do this ...
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Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?

Is there any reason to use an AFCI receptacle rather than replacing the breaker with an AFCI type? It seems that providing protection on the whole circuit makes much more sense than to just one ...
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Can you put a small breaker panel after a 30 amp breaker from main panel in the house?

Looking to run lights in my garage. If I put a 30 amp breaker in my main panel on a 10 wire to a small breaker panel in my garage, can I put 2-4 15 amp breakers out there for the lights? Likewise, ...
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Why is my fuse board buzzing when I'm using the shower?

I have used an electric shower for years no problems, but all of a sudden my fuse board started buzzing when I use the shower. I replaced the shower with the same size unit and it still makes a ...
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Noisy breaker, whats the reason

One breaker started making a noise every time after i put it on, sometimes its immediately after switching it to on and sometimes it starts after a few seconds, and after a while the noise gets lower ...
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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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Thermal protection switch replacement in recessed incandescent can lights

I find very little discussion of this issue on the net. My son has a Nutone Scovil 60 watt max incandescent recessed can light, damp location rated, in a shower with a high ceiling. Its thermal ...
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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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Is there any advantage of one of these types of switches over the other?

Shown in the photos below are two different 2-pole breaker switches in my circuit box. In order to turn the 15 amp switch on and off it must be pushed along a longer section of the breaker than the 20 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I add a 50 amp breaker for an arc welder?

If my service disconnect breaker is a 150 and my fuse box isn't maxed out, 3 slots still available would I be pushing the limits to add a 50 amp breaker for a arc welder? I haven't pulled the cover ...
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GE Load Center Q's

I have an old GE meter socket load center (see picture). I have no idea what the model number is because the paper label on the inside of the lid is unreadable, and I have been unable to find any ...
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What to look at first when when circuit breaker that fridge is on is tripping?

I have a house where the circuit breaker has tripped a few time over the last several days. It flipped one evening, we flipped it back and was ok for a couple days. We went away for the weekend and ...
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Why do I have no power in two rooms after plugging something in?

I plugged something into an outlet, and heard a sort of a sizzle noise. Now I have no power in two rooms, but the breaker did not trip? Any ideas into what happened?
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How Many Amps Is this breaker? [closed]

I am trying to figure out how many amps this box has. Top left breaker is 50amp and top right is 30amp. I want to put an xray machine on this that requires 100amps at its max. Do you think its ...
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Can I install two GFCI receptacles on a multiwire branch circuit?

I am wondering if I'm using a 10/3 teck cable to power two 20 amp GFCI receptacles for a temporary power situation, can I use two separate single pole 20 amp breakers at the panel for each receptacle. ...