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Circuit breakers trip after power comes back on

What causes circuit breakers to trip after my power comes back on from an outage?
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It is normal for glass-ceramic cooktop to be hot?

I just bought a stove with glass-ceramic cooktop and I'm frustrated because when I use one hot plate the whole cooktop is hot (even the metal corpus around it). Is this normal or the cooktop must be ...
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upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes

The house currently has a 3/4 inch conduit to feed the main wires coming from the power company to the breaker box. This is very much inadequate. I plan to upgrade to a much bigger breaker box. My ...
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sub panel in garage?

I have 200 amp service. I want a subpanel to handle my garage outlets hot tub and a small welder. besides normal power tools such as a miter saw table saw and ets. I have 3/4 inch pipe ran to my ...
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How do I wire a 1/2 switched receptacle?

I am changing receptacles and one of them is 1/2 switched. I have the red to the brass screw and the whites to the silver ones and it keeps tripping the breaker. I swapped the whites to make sure I ...
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What's this JML thing in my house?

I have seen these things in various walls around my house and I am just wondering what the heck they are??? reverse image search showed no useful results so now I here asking for the help of stack ...
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Roadblock installing 4-way switch

I've been trying to install a four way switch setup for a ceiling fan using a Leviton z-wave control switch and two matching remotes. I've attached a copy of the wiring as it is currently set up. I'm ...
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Is it safe or normal to close/cover junction boxes but use existing line to power new boxes just a few (6-12) inches away from the old ones?

We have 2 pendant lights hanging over a breakfast bar in the kitchen. The boxes are easily accessible in the attic. We'd like to move them back a few inches and then add additional wiring for a 3rd ...
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How to solve blinking of my samsung plasma 3d tv when connected via hdmi with pc [on hold]

I am facing blinking problem in my samsung plasma 3d tv. The model number is PA43H4900AR. My observation about the problem is like this. This blinking problem occurs only when the tv is used as 2nd ...
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Can I install a light switch on the end of a wall?

I just recently moved into a home and there is a 3 switch light switch at the end of the wall near where the fridge was. We have purchased a wider fridge and the switches would now be covered. I ...
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Looking for a transparent-on-demand liquid crystal cell [on hold]

I am working on a project where I need to show or cover a sign with a switch. I figured that the best way to do that is to put a liquid crystal plate over it and hook it up to a power source and a ...
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I broke the knockouts on the blue receptacle boxes while doing electrical rough in. Now what?

I haven't been inspected yet but most my rough in work is done. The problem is that I didn't realize until now that I wasn't supposed to remove or fully knockout the trap doors on the nonmetallic ...
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Would this be the correct way to add a timer switch to an existing fan with thermostat?

We have an existing 120V AC exhaust fan wired to simple inline attic fan style thermostat. We would like to add a timer switch so the fan could be manually turned on as needed. Would this be the ...
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Recommend me a portable power supply for this treadmill? [on hold]

I've never used a portable power supply before. I'm looking to hook it up to a treadmill much like this outdoors. The treadmill's technical specifications are thus: Voltage rate: 220-240V Rated ...
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motion sensor lights

I have a number of lights that light up the driveway and walks. Some years ago I installed a Heath Zenith motion sensor that worked very well. The sensor was connected at the driveway light. When the ...
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Can I connect ground to my ungrounded porch?

I live in a 40 year old house that has a porch added by the previous owner roughly 10 years ago. The porch contains two three prong outlets that have an open ground. Both outlets are protected by a ...
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Can I use a ballast that is rated for four 32W T8 bulbs with a different number of 15W T8 bulbs?

If so how might I figure out how many? I don't know how the math would apply in this situation.
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Can a 15 amp and 20 amp share a ground?

I uncovered a metal junction box that was behind a wall (I'll fix this, I know it should be accessible). I looked inside and found the following: a 20-amp circuit (12 ga wire) and a separate 15-amp ...
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What size conductor do I need to bond water and gas piping? [duplicate]

What is minimum size ground do I need for a 200 amp panel? I need to bond the hot and cold in the water heater and already have a ground rod in the ground. I also need to bond the water and gas.
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Breaker for compressor tripping when a/c reaching stage 2

My breaker for the compressor is tripping when my a/c is switching to stage2 in very hot weather. Is there anyone who can give me the steps to troubleshoot this issue?
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Configuring a plug-on-neutral breaker panel as a subpanel

I recently learned about a new species of breaker panel known as the "plug-on-neutral" design. All the major load center manufacturers seem to be making these now. The idea is to provide a neutral bar ...
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Move Kitchen to Living Room-Unit

My unit is on the ground floor, I am thinking to combine kitchen and living room to create an open kitchen and renovate original kitchen to a bathroom/Laundry. I know it sounds crazy and probably ...
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Installing a new 240v receptacle - what do I need to know?

Provided I use a box large enough to meet the fill requirements (and use 10 AWG conductors), are there any additional requirements I should be aware of when installing a new 240v 30 amp receptacle for ...
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Ceiling Fan Wiring with Remote Control & 2 wall switches

I have the a wiring situation similar to below but also have a red power wire coming in from the ceiling. I have 2 wall switches, 1 for fan and 1 for light. How do I include the red power wire coming ...
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What does it take/cost to change an oversized breaker and wiring? [closed]

We are trying to close on a house but our inspector found this in the breaker box: Electrical: Breaker #5 is oversized for 14 gauge wire and is double tapped. This circuit services the ...
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How can I make a 240 volt 4 wire to 3 wire extension/adapter cord?

I have an existing 240 outlet wired into the wall of my shop. It's there to run a phase converter that I use about 2 hours a week. I want to use this circuit to run a 240 window air conditioner when ...
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Electrical circuit dead, wire seems broken

We have 2 small appliance circuits in our kitchen. They are carried over the same physical cable, one circuit is on black, the other on red. The black circuit works fine. The red does not. Its rather ...
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How do you properly connect 3 x solid 2.5mm wires to a 4mm stranded wire?

I have a single 4mm stranded wire I want to connect to 3 x 2.5mm solid wires. At the moment I've simply wound them around each other temporarily and sealed with electrical tape - but how is it done ...
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Should I change from fluorescent to LED lighting in the kitchen?

I bought an old home and put two large 14 in. round fluorescent lights up, thinking it would supply plenty of light. There's also a recessed light over the sink. It's still dark in there. I've been ...
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How to hang modern fixture over old square recessed box?

I purchased a home built in 1958 and a few rooms have these square recessed light boxes. I would like to hang a larger diameter modern flush-mount fixture over them, but I'm not sure what the way to ...
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What is this thing with wires found on wall inside closet, and how do I remove it?

My 1950's-ish home in Pennsylvania has an addition built off of the kitchen (no idea when the addition was built). In this addition there is a closet I am remodeling. While taking down the wood ...
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Is it necessary to use GFCI receptacle with AFCI/GFCI combo breaker?

I was just reading about the dual GFCI and AFCI breakers. Is it then necessary to use a GFCI receptacle with these breakers, or is that redundant? Also, rather than just pushing a button in your ...
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Breaker problem after bad weather? [duplicate]

Electrical storm the other night. Woke up in the morning and half the power in the house is out. I tested all the breakers and three of them tested bad. A double breaker tests good on one side but bad ...
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How can I replace a single pole light switch with Z-Wave light switch?

I'm trying to replace a single-pole switch with a z-wave switch. I'm new to electrical stuff, I understand a little of the terminology just from reading the black & decker wiring book. I turned ...
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How can I add a bathroom fan to the existing end line light switch?

I would like to add a bathroom fan to the existing end line light switch. I am fine with the switch controlling both the light and fan at the same time as the light only has 14-2 running to the ...
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Are conduits run along floors code permitted?

I'm running 240v outlets in my garage for several woodworking machines. To keep the conduits out of sight, I'd like to run them 4-6" off the floor along the bottom of the wall. Is this allowable ...
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Why is my motion activated light switch in my pantry also controlling my bathroom light? [closed]

I installed this motion activated light switch, and felt so smart doing so and getting it to work. Now I've realized that the motion activator is also controlling the adjacent bathroom light. Can ...
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Outdoor Conduit for A/C and outlet

I am in the process of putting down some outdoor conduit at one of my properties. I am replacing some old UF wire that wasn't buried properly (or came up over the years) and has shorted. I chose to ...
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How do I separate these wires?

My ceiling fan stopped working and I want to remove the light box from the fan so that I can replace an in-line fuse holder. In order to separate the light box from the fan rotation device, I need to ...
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How do I wire 2 switches to control a ceiling light?

I recently bought our house in Australia, and one light wasn't working, so I took a look at it. The wiring was not connected to the light. There were lots of wires coming from the ceiling for the ...
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Dimmer switch replacement

Have new dimmer switch . Tried wiring it . Not working . Have two black wires and one white and green from wall . I have tried each wire in every spot . To no avail . One way keeps lights on all time ...
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What is this part on the receptacle of the stove called and what is it for?

We have an older Whirlpool electric stove. (Model # RS6750XVN) One of the burners isn't working and when I lifted the top off I found a different type of receptacle. Three of the receptacles look ...
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How bad is it to attach a gas water heater to a gas furnace electrical circuit?

I'm looking to replace my existing water heater with a more efficient model. One of the things that makes better models more efficient is the replacement of the thermocouple / pilot control system ...
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How much extra wire should I have in my electrical panel?

Question: What are some rules of thumb for leaving extra wire within an electrical panel (if any) and routing the extra wire (e.g. create a single loop from the extra wire) to maintain balance ...
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What does “Range” Mean in Electrical Circuits?

The switching have been tripping a lot at my apartment, sometimes an entire wall is completely powerless, but the rest of the rooms are just fine. Usually, I just need to turn the switch off and on ...
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Trying to understand why a light would be wired this way?

Just moved in to an older home with fiancé and WAS planning to change out a light fixture with a new ceiling fan. However after turning off light switch and breaker and proceeding to remove light ...
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Where should I bond neutral to ground? [duplicate]

I have an old house that was remodeled with a bathroom addition added years ago. I have two breaker panels: the outside service entrance panel (A) and another panel in the garage (B). I found bonds ...
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Need help designing a circuit layout and wiring diagram for a garage

I'm renovating the electric in my detached garage. The previous owner ran 12/2 direct burial and it shorted. So I put a 20 amp breaker in, dug up the direct burial, ran 1 inch pvc at 18 inch depth, ...
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Can I wire a regular ceiling mount hard-wired chandelier into the light kit area of a ceiling fan?

Basically swap out the lights. Ceiling fan light kit off and regular ceiling mount chandelier on. I want to KEEP the fan, just swap out the light fixture.
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What could be causing the main breaker to continually trip?

I live in a apartment, it has a 100 amp main breaker. It trips usually everyday at 6 pm and somes a couple of times after the first. The individual breakers don't. The main breaker gets hot to ...