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GFCI outlet won't come on

I have a couple recently installed (By a professional licensed electrician) GFCI outlets outside a barn, both on their own circuit. Both have water trough heaters plugged into them - 1500 watts each. ...
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Can a mix of receptacles and light fixtures be installed on a single circuit?

A while ago we had some renovations done in our house. After the electrician was done, we realized we now had one light switch in our kitchen that was no longer connected to anything. It is in a ...
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How can I remove a receptacle and abandon the electrical outlet?

We are trying to remove an electrical outlet. We turned the power off and disconnected the wires from the outlet. Then we twisted the + wires and tapped them and did the same with the - wires. Then we ...
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Is it acceptable, or to code, to splice electrical wire outside of a junction box behind drywall? [duplicate]

I'm planning to add a set of recessed lights to an existing circuit in my home. The existing circuit is fairly simple: one light, controlled by one switch, and there is no insulation in the wall or ...
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What is a UFCL brand circuit?

I'm shopping for a combination vent fan/light for a bathroom, and some of the ones I've found state this: UL Listed for use over bathtubs and showers when connected to a GFCI protected branch ...
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Is it within code to branch an exterior outlet off an interior outlet in the middle of a circuit?

My city adheres to the 2008 NEC. I've got a run of outlets around a basement room on one circuit. On an exterior wall I've got a weatherproof outlet that's on a different circuit and somewhere in ...
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Do gfci's have to be on a 20 amp circuit, or can they be on a 15A?

Do gfci's have to be on a 20 amp circuit? Also if you use the receptacle type gfi do you just need one in a circuit or do all receptacles have to be gfi?
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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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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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Can I add an occupancy sensor to a 3-way circuit?

If I replace one switch in a 3-way circuit with an occupancy switch, would this cause the occupancy switch to work in reverse (or not at all) if the regular switch was toggled? If so, would the best ...
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How can I eliminate a light circuit?

Background: We live in a co-op. Each unit has it's own electrical box to shut off electricity. We have a corner under-cabinet light that is hardwired into the box I THINK (I'd have to tear up the ...
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2 circuits connected in one box?

I'm swapping out outlets and this one has me stumped. This is in a room of switched outlets (top outlet is always hot, bottom is switched) so the red/black side tab on each outlet is broken off. The ...
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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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How many Amps in a Garage. AND how to maintain consistent lighting from an outlet (no flickering)

I have two questions that hopefully someone more experienced than me can answer. Background: I am doing a claymation in a garage and need to set up a lighting system that requires (a.) lots of ...
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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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What should I consider when replacing an outlet serving two kitchen circuits?

I have an outlet underneath my kitchen sink that serves my dishwasher and my garbage disposal. The latter's circuit is toggled by a switch above the countertop. I need to replace the outlet, and was ...
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How can I 'share' lights between multiple circuits?

I am installing a rectangle of 3 x 4 recessed can lights in the ceiling and would like to have 4 separate circuits where each individual row of lights can be illuminated by its own switch. This means ...
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Possible Electrical Short After Drywall Installation

I just finished tearing my office down to the studs, insulating, and then having drywall installed. The crew did the drywall install today. I have a light switch which is a dimmer that powers 4 "cans" ...
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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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Why would two regular outlets stop working after I replaced GFCI outlets?

I replaced to gfci outlets and they are working fine, but two outlets on the same wall that are regular stopped working and are not receiving electricity. I checked and checked to see if I did the ...
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Can a freestanding **gas** range share 15AMP circuit with a range hood/extractor?

I have a freestanding gas range in my basement suite that is not currently vented. Obviously this is a problem - CO more than grease - and I want to install a range hood to direct-vent outside. The ...
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How does an illuminated switch light up without a neutral

There are some illuminated switches that operate without a neutral. For a lamp that is lit when the switch is ON, I can envision a circuit diagram that has the switch lamp in series with the switched ...
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How do I rewire this box?

In an '80s Canadian house I took out a wall switch and now I can't figure out how to rewire it. The box has three cables coming into it. They all come off the same panel breaker. Two of the cables ...
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How many circuits do I need? and can I bundle wires in the wall?

I'm looking into running new electrical circuits to my attic and second floor. The attic is two bedrooms + a small bathroom, the second floor is four bedrooms + another bathroom. I'd like some advice ...
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How can I determine if there is any damage to the conductors of a circuit?

I recently went to replace a couple 3 way switches and, I am ashamed to admit, did not do my due diligence when wiring up. The new switches were a different style and the wiring configuration was ...
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Can I go from a 3-prong outlet and connect to a 2-prong outlet and switch?

I have rewired the first 2 outlet in a circuit with 14-2 wire. However, I do NOT want to rewire the rest of the circuit because it is inside non-accessible walls. The rest of the circuit is a front ...
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Best Way to Extend 30A 120v circuit over 300 feet?

I have an old barn to which i'd like to provide electricity. The problem is that the barn is about 300 feet away. I understand that voltage drop over 300 feet is fairly significant. Buying thicker ...
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Jury-Rigged Modification of 120v Circuit to 240v Circuit Using Steel-Armor of BX Cable as Neutral/Ground… [closed]

My house was constructed in 1980 in the City of New York. About twenty-five years ago, I installed a new 29,200 BTU Carrier A/C through the wall of the house. The unit was rated at 208v, drawing ...
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How can I get my fluorescent light fixtures to work with an occupancy sensor?

I have a Leviton PR150-1LI occupancy sensor in my garage. I have two 4 foot T8 fluorescent fixtures (each has 2 bulbs). Neither fixture originally had rapid magnetic start ballasts. At this time, the ...
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What should I look for when diagnosing electrical circuit gremlins where load is much less than capacity?

We have an electrical circuit with these loads (all on different outlets): 15W aquarium pump, 250W LCD television, 35W cable box, 13W GoogleTV box, and a 100W ceiling fan (plus an integrated 50W ...
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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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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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Why am I measuring low voltage when I connect this fluorescent fixture to an existing circuit?

My bathroom has two switches: one [was] connected to two overhead can lights (with CFLs), and one [was] connected to a fluorescent wall sconce (one of those ugly circular plastic things that I can't ...
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Why does my fluorescent ceiling fixture trip the GFCI sometimes?

Every so often, roughly a 1/20 chance, flipping the light switch to my laundry room's fluorescent fixture will trip the nearby GFCI outlet. Why is this? Is it more likely to be the GFCI being faulty ...
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Rain Bird ESP-6 Sprinkler controller buttons no longer functioning—do I need a new controller?

I am trying to manually cycle through my sprinkler zones with my Rain Bird ESP-6 controller (from 1996), but the membrane button to manually cycle the zones does not work. In fact, none of the 4 ...
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How do I wire receptacles for a washer and dryer on a new circuit?

I need to add a new circuit that will have only 2 receptacles, 1 for a washer and another 1 for a dryer. This will be a 20 amp circuit. Can someone please tell me how to wire the two outlets together? ...
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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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How to GFCI protect bathroom lighting circuit

I have an old house with 3 bathrooms all on the same circuit. Each has an light with a receptacle above the sink controlled by a wall switch. (See image below.) I want to GFCI protect the entire ...
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Can I convert a single circuit with multiple lights/1 switch to control 1 light/switch

I have 3 recessed lights in my house that are controlled from a single switch. Actually they are controlled from 3 places with 3-way switches, so it's not really working all that well :) What I would ...
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2 hot wires into light switch and no neutral

I recently bought a home built in 1908 and I've found some funky electrical issues - such as the entire main floor on one 30 amp circuit. This morning I went down to the bathroom on the main floor and ...
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Electrical tester says its hot but nothing is working

I removed a section of wall not to long ago and did have to rewire some but everything was put back together and has been working for a couple months. The other day it seemed like the breaker popped ...
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What would a circuit labeled “Heat Trace” be used for?

I have just purchased a brand new (just built) upmarket apartment and having been looking through the circuit board and have come across a circuit labeled 'Heat Trace' I do not understand what 'Heat ...
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What's the name of type of AC Circuit where you can remove an element?

There are different type of circuits, such as parallel and series. I'm wondering the name / type of the [AC] circuit where there are n number of circuit elements and even if one element is removed ...
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None of the outlets in the kitchen are working

The other day I switched on the garbage disposal and now none of the outlets in the kitchen work. This circuit is GFCI protected from the panel but the GFCI breaker in the panel is not tripping. When ...
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Remove power on magnetic lock

I am looking for help on a project so any ideas are welcome. I want to build a drawer into a table that is held shut by an unseen lock (probably magnetic). The drawer front would have two small ...
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How can I find out why my washing machine trips the outlet?

I was washing a large down comforter in my washing machine and I noticed that the machine was shaking during the spin cycle. I let it go for about 10 minutes and decided to just turn it off, but when ...
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In an AC circuit, where does hot end and neutral begin?

I understand the differences between "hot" and "neutral" and their positions in a circuit, but it's not clear to me where hot ends and neutral begins. In principle, you could cut the wire at any ...
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What subpanel and number of circuit breakers should I install in a detached garage?

I no longer am dealing with my contractor. Long story. But he ran 2 10-3 wires out to my garage for power. I think he was planning on putting a 30 amp breaker on the panel in the house for each wire ...
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How can I convert a 240V dryer outlet to two branch circuits?

I'm converting a former laundry area into a bar/coffee area. There's a relatively new 240V, 40A circuit that is now unused, so I'd like to repurpose it for 120V service. I'm hoping to run 1/2 of it ...