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Wire a 30A/15A/30A fuse box to a 4 wire 120V/240V oven

This is for a Canadian Oven being installed in Canada. Used oven came with this box. The manual is not available. The incoming line from both oven and junction are Red/White/Black/Ground. I ...
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Whirlpool washing machine won't start, need help replacing fuse

My Whirlpool washing machine died today. The control panel lights are unresponsive, so it looks like there's a problem with its electricals. The socket works, and the troubleshooting manual mentions ...
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Any problem with installing two identical circuit breakers in series?

Suppose I want to reduce risk of a circuit breaker malfunctioning and failing to disconnect a shorted circuit. What if I install two identical breakers sequentially (one after another) so that if one ...
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What size wire for a 350 foot run at 110 amp sub panel [on hold]

I have a sub panel installed for my pool equipment, but when I run all the features, it trips the 100 amp breaker feed to the sub panel. Also, the voltage at the sub panel drops to 187 vac while ...
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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 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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One specific coil on stove trips circuit breaker

I recently purchased a home with appliances included. One of the appliances is an stove/oven. We cleaned the range before our first use. The day after the clean, we used the oven and 3 of the 4 ...
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Using a 100A main breaker in a 200A panel

So I purchased a 200A Siemens panel to replace the old 100A sub panel in my house. The main panel is in the garage and is also 200A Siemens and has a branch circuit to the house of 100A. I bought a ...
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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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What breaker size for box containing two GFCI circuits?

What should the main panel breaker size be to control a 60amp GFCI for a hot tub and a 15amp GFCI outlet. The gfci's are mounted in a box that will be wired to the main panel.
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Rewiring house and replacing breaker panel. Wiring layout and breaker selections

I'm doing a major kitchen and bathroom remodel project and decided the old federal pacific breaker box needs to be replaced. Since I'll be rewiring the bath and kitchen, I figured it makes sense to ...
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How is it that two breaker switches control the same things?

Forewarning: I don't know that much about electrical terms, so please excuse any mistakes I've possibly made. I recently moved the TV in my living room and ran a new line for the electricity to the ...
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light switch trips breakers at random, but never itself

I recently installed a monorail lighting kit in my home office; I wanted another spot-light which meant I need to swap out the included transformer to something that would allow more than 100 watts. ...
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Circuit breaker panel voltage drops when a load is added

I have a 240 volt 225 amp sub-panel. Both lines attached to the bus bar have 120v. When I turn on any breaker connected to one of the bus bars, the voltage drops to 80-108v. If I remove the load and ...
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Why would a central vacuum breaker trip once every time I used it?

This will be a hard one to find out. I have a central vacuum Drain Vac 2G20028-c , 12.5 amp at 120 volts. It has a mini 15 amp breaker on the unit. The power going to the vacuum is on a normal square ...
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circuit breaker trips

I have a breaker that keeps tripping even when no load is on it. I have already replaced the breaker with new, replaced a ground fault outlet and a dimmer switch ( all on circuit), and same thing ...
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While replacing a GFCI I find it has 2 circuits running into it. New GFCI trips

House sale, inspector pointed out the GFCI at the front of my garage was failing his tester. Trip light was always on but it still fed power. Skip to the end if this is too wordy, but I wanted to ...
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Remote Access to Circuit Breaker

Every once in a while I have a breaker trip when I'm not home. I have a series of computers running cpu intensive programs and sometimes alt coins which can also be hogs :-). At times there is a huge ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I replace an I-T-E panelboard? [closed]

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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Device keeps tripping AFCI device

I have a BedJet device that I run at night that keeps tripping the ARC-fault breaker in my bedroom after about 30 minutes of running nearly 70% of time (other times it works just fine). I have tried ...
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Dead circuits with breakers across from each other

I have 4 dead circuits which were intermittent off/on at first- now dead. The 20 amp dual tandem breakers are across from each other in the breaker box. The breakers/circuits above and below the ...
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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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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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Maximum breaker on NMD7 8/3 wire?

My mother in law recently replaced her 4 burner Frigidaire range and is often popping her breaker when she is cooking for a large party - ie 4 burners going and oven. I checked the specs for the ...
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How can this panel pull 100A without any breakers tripping?

I have a three phase panel fed from a three phase 100A breaker on another panel. I found the 100A breaker tripped on the main panel, but none of the breakers in this panel were tripped. My ...
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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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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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How many electrical circuits? [closed]

Considering the following appliances, how many separate circuits should I consider for an apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom, and 1 access hallway? electrical oven ...
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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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I shorted a circuit, reset a breaker, now much of the house electricity only works if I turn on a wall AC unit

I'm wondering if any of you could guess what might have happened. I live in an older 60s ranch with an older electrical system. I was cutting some shrubs this morning and hit a 3 strand wire that was ...
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How to determine if a circuit breaker has GFCI

I recently discovered none of the grounds in the three-prong outlets in my house are connected to anything. AFAICT the only way this is allowed without GFCI outlets is to have GFCI circuit breakers ...
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Panel switched back on fried garage door opener (need surge protector)

I shut off the power to this entire house, from inside, the larger main switch at the top of the panel. 12 hours later we started hearing the garage door opener circuit board make a noise like a relay ...
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Does turning circuit breakers off cause wear?

A comment over on another SE got me thinking. With screw-in fuses, unscrewing it and then later screwing it back in causes negligible wear on either part of the installation. But what about modern ...
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Is there a lifetime failure count for a breaker?

I have an external cutoff for my air conditioner that has two physical fuses (TR-50's, time delay 50 amps) outside. This is between the condenser unit and the main power panel, where it is protected ...
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Why is my air compressor drawing too many amps?

I have an old air compressor (1970s/1980s vintage) that has recently started tripping the circuit breaker that it is on. I hooked up a clamp meter and found that when the compressor motor is running ...
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What is simplest strategy to map circuits to breakers in the panel?

My breaker box is very poorly labeled and I want to figure out which circuits may have overloaded (or close to it) and which could reasonably handle a little more. In the past I have just tried ...
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Duplex Circuit Breaker Still Providing Power

I'm in the process of installing a new dishwasher. I uninstalled the old one tonight in anticipation of the new one arriving tomorrow. I got everything unhooked and left the electric for last. I ...
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Why did my electric range wiring burn out at the terminal block?

Turned on our 2 year old stove (Whirlpool Gold) and heard fizzing noises, then smelled electrical burning. Went downstairs and shut off the breaker (40 amp). That was the only way to get it to stop ...
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GFI false trips, but everything checks out. (????)

Any load trips a new GFCI breaker: Conditions: Brand new construction. New 75' 4wire feed to new subpanel from a long working and reliable main subpanel. One GFCI breaker feeding 4 outlets from new ...
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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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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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200 amp panel box with some circuits not working

200 amp breaker box in a mobile home. Power just suddenly goes out on all but two breakers/circuits. Each functional circuit is on opposite sides of the panel left side is one breaker down the right ...
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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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What can I do “spread” load on breaker for single bedroom?

Thanks for the help ahead of time. I'm not a certified electrician, but have VERY extensive experience working construction and repair. I do know quite a bit about electrical, but I'm not sure if I'm ...
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Lights and outlets on multiple circuits out but no circuits tripped. Power back to normal after several hours

for the past several days the lights and outlets to multiple rooms in my house have been going out, yet no circuits are tripped. This is happening to lights and outlets on multiple circuits. The weird ...
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Distributing load in electrical panel

I am in the process of rewiring my house. The house was built in 1950 and even though the service panel was upgraded in the early 70's to a Square D 200 amp service, the system is ungrounded and will ...