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Does big current draw make GFCI outlets go bad?

About 2 years ago during a kitchen update, I replaced a GFCI outlet with a new one, 20-amp (both pass through and the GFCI outlet itself). Branching downstream from it are two more outlets, one on the ...
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Oven trips at certain temperature

I have a (fairly old) Whirlpool fan oven, which turns itself off and trips all of the electrics in the kitchen when the oven reaches a certain temperature (around 150). If we then reset the trip ...
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Is a plywood backer required for all breaker panels?

I read online that a plywood backer may or may not be required behind a breaker panel, and that it must be painted black. What are the rules for this? And why must it be painted black? I'm in MI, USA ...
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How to determine what type and gauge of wire should used for underground wiring to a detached subpanel?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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How do I determine the fill rating of a conduit?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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How to properly ground a subpanel in detached building?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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What do I need to know when buying fuse for 3-pin plug?

I just learned that lots of fuse in 3-pin plug of an electrical equipment are actually are blindly fitted and rarely correspond to the correct amperage rating of the electrical equipment, for example ...
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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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Cheaper to use 8“ electic stovetop coil or 6” coil?

I found out that my Kenmore electric stove small 6" burner is really 120v. The larger 8" coil is 220v. Based on the wattage of replacement coils: 6" elec burner(120v) 1500w = 12.5amps 8" (220v) ...
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UK door entry system cable colours?

Can anyone make an educated guess on how to wire so the door bell rings? The flat used to have door phone entry system, but it doesn't work anymore. So it is used as normal bell. In flat we had a ...
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Need help with my wiring

I have a wire that goes to three lights in the basement. I had a plug installed off the light wire that worked for quite a long time. This week our cable went out, found out the wire was dead, but all ...
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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar?

I'm getting two conflicting reports and was wondering if anyone can help me. I was told that on the distribution panel, grounded conductors (neutral) and ground wires need to be separated in the ...
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What is the proper way to install a junction box above a dropped ceiling?

I'm doing some remodeling in my basement and part of that work involves moving a switch. When I was tracing the wires for the switch I found this above my dropped ceiling: Now, I'm no electrician, ...
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How can I figure out why my electric bill is so high? [duplicate]

I have two homes (read flat or apartment) in two different buildings a few blocks apart. The homes are both the same size but, home 1 gets a huge electricity bill while home 2 gets 1/5 the electricity ...
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Identifying an unknown and intermittent source of electric power usage

I have noticed a problem with my power usage today. I'm watching the meter often and making a record of each reading for the last three days. So far, nothing to note as far as unusual usage until ...
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Should I use conduit for a less than 10' run of 6/3 THHN in my garage

My electrical panel is in a cabinet attached to my garage but accessible from the outside so the utility has access. I'm installing a 14-50R receptacle using 6/3 THHN in my garage and it will be ...
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How to wire a ceiling rose?

I have bought a new ceiling rose for a light. The wires in it are UK pre-2004. There's one black, two red, one yellow, one blue, and two green and yellow earth. Where do all these go on the ceiling ...
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What could cause all the breakers on the left side of my panel box to trip?

I added a double pole breaker in my panel box for a dryer receptacle. When I finished, I noticed the refrigerator was out - and the microwave. Went back to the panel and noticed that ALL the breakers ...
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what do I need to do if the netural bar is hot in the panel box

In my panel box I have just discovered that the neutral bar is hot, it actually shot sparks. I was putting in a breaker for a new ceiling fan and light attached and went to put the neutral on the ...
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Can armored bx cable come into contact with other metal objects?

I am running armored 12/2 bx to wire 4 high hats, the armored cable is grounded. There is a heating duct which I must go over, but the AC will come in contact with it... Is this ok or do I need to ...
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How can I wire this ceiling light correctly?

I have a ceiling light that decided to not to work. On inspection I found bare wires were sticking out under cover. I immediately turned off the light circuits at the switch board. What I found was ...
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Where do I run neutral from/to when replacing a SPST switch with one that requires neutral?

I have a basic/good understanding of electrical wiring and I'm taking all necessary precautions. My research indicates that the old setup does not have a neutral going to the box, and that since the ...
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Why do my two-125 volts receptacles read 40 volts each? [duplicate]

Why do my two-125 volts receptacles read 40 volts each? Note: for more information on my two receptacles please see the following two threads- What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working? ...
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Deeper Wall Plates…Do they exist? [duplicate]

So I took out the wood paneling from my basement recently. The outlet boxes (metal) are screwed directly to the cinder block that is behind the sheet rock. The screws are so rusted that they just ...
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How do I run ethernet and speaker cabling in 2 story home?

My home is 1988 built and I put my modem and router upstairs. I want to have a music system around house and also want to run Ethernet cable to my tv downstairs. How can I do that? I do not want to ...
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Can I use MR16 compatible LEDs in a M62 FTD halogen lighting track?

I have halogen track lighting in my apartment. I took one of the bulbs out to see how much power it draws, as I'm considering replacing the halogen bulbs with LEDs. The bulb says it's and M62 FTD, ...
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Can light wiring problem

I went to put a retrofit LED light in my can light. But after completing it the light does not work. I even put it all back the way it was and still nothing. Double checked the bulb and it works ...
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How does one upgrade garage electrical from an In-House main?

tl;dr Want to know the easiest way to upgrade electrical in garage from 15A to 20A. Actual Post Garage is on a 15 amp circuit, doesn't work out too well for a 15A air compressor. The main is in ...
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How to wire light with a switch in the middle of a circuit

I am attempting to reinstall a switch in a room in my house. Within the box there are two cables. The cable on the left has a black and white wire. The cable on the right has three wires a black, a ...
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Home made powered foundation vents? Computer fans and solar power?

So I have a bit of a moisture issue in my crawl space. I've considered closing up the crawl space completely but I think that sounds like to much work and this idea below sounds more fun. I was going ...
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Is it ok by code to enclose a residentail breaker box in a finished basement as long as there is an access door and what are the requirements? [duplicate]

I am finishing a basement and want to enclose the 200a service box and wiring with a framed cabinet of some sort. Is there any requirements for clearances and what you can enclose it with? I am in ...
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How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening?

How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening? Note: “What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?” is my post. Note: My home is a 1980 manufactured ...
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Electrical turning off on its own

I have a 1938 home which was rewired with cloth covered wires. We have changed all outlets and switches but one circuit will shut off sometimes repeatedly and sometimes will stay on for 6 hours. ...
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Why do I have multiple voltages, power spikes, and other issues with my electric service?

I'm in an old house that has been mostly rewired in the last 15 years. I am in the USA so the power should be 110V, 220V but that is not the case. All day and night the power surges from 110V to 140V ...
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What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?

Problem: No power in two receptacles. Note: Both receptacles on same circuit. What I have done: Checked the 15 amps circuit breakers with a volt tester. Each breaker reads 125 volts. Bought a ...
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How to get experience handling power outlets without electrocution?

I want to start connecting electronics (micro controllers) to run/manage power outlets, but everyone always states to leave it alone unless you have experience. Well, how does one get started without ...
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LED Bulb Blinks on One Setting

I replaced the 40W R14 bulbs in my china closet with LED 40W R14 bulbs. The china closet lighting is touch activated and has three settings. The new LED bulbs work fine on the first and second ...
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Need to hang mirror, AC detected from stud finder

I'm a rookie with any sort of home renovation / improvement. My wife asked me to try and mount a mirror, its heavy, about 40 pounds. The mirror has two d-rings on the back and a big warning not to ...
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Can I get 3 double pole breakers in my circuit breaker?

I am considering purchasing a inline water heater and having it installed (Eco 24). Before I do though I want to know for sure that it is possible to install with my current breaker box (the water ...
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How to calculate size of electrical service?

I know that more goes into it than just the size of my mains (wire gauge, etc). but from the below image, would this generally mean that I have 200 amp service or 100 amp?
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replacing 20 amp breaker which is the test breaker

I need to replace the 20 amp circuit breaker on my cutler hammer 200 amp breaker box. this happens to be the TEST breaker. what is the difference in the test breaker and a any other breaker if I ...
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AFCI keeps tripping after power outage

The power in my house just went out for maybe 15-30 seconds. When the power came back on, one of my AFCI breakers was tripped. Thing is, I can't get it to stay back on. Every time I turn it back ...
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Why aren't my PIR security lights working through my window?

Can any one help? I purchased a solar powered PIR security light, with the intention of putting it inside my kitchen window. The PIR would be inside the window, but this does not work. When I go ...
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Which thermal circuit breaker should I buy?

I live in a small house in Argentina where we use 220 volts. I have a thermal circuit breaker that do squeak noises when the iron starts or the fridge starts. I adjusted the four screws of the breaker ...
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Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?

I have a room that has some really ugly cheap panelling on the walls. I want to rip it out & replace with drywall. While I'm at it, I'd like to add soundproofing insulation between rooms & ...
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Is it safe to store an extension cord outside under a carport?

I have a 25 foot 16/3 extension cord. The instructions say it should not be stored outside, but it doesn't say why. I would like to store it out in the open under my carport. It would not get hit ...
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Why would a person get shocked by the front door handle?

Why would a person get shocked by the front door handle when the porch light is on? If the light switch is off, the door handle is fine. No shock.
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Repairing a circuit when the break is unknown and inaccesible.

Background: 100+ year old house with lots of really janky, messed up stuff. Some novice before me has been monkeying around, so don't assume that the current wiring is sane, safe, legal, modern etc. ...
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Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?

Can I replace 2-3way switches with 2-4way switches as I have a couple of new 4ways just sitting around and the 3way switches are the older style ( every other switch in the house is the new style)
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wiring a wall plug correctly with the black and white wires

With the black wire going to the breaker does the black wire got to the small or large blade plug socket?