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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 neutral bar is live 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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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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What is wrong with my recessed light wiring?

I went to put a retrofit LED lamp in my recessed light fixture. 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 ...
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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?
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Do I need a special receptacle when more than the standard number of wires need to be connected?

I've got two regular wall outlets controlled by one single pole switch. I want to replace them with new ones, and thought I just needed to grab a couple duplex plugins for them. Except there's more ...
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Replacing recessed lights with pendant lights

I bought "conversion kits" which supposedly do the job in 5 minutes, but the I discovered that the kit is designed for the current type of can, and is not suitable for the ones that are up there (22 ...
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what do you call a female single socket extension-style plug?

I can't for the life of me figure out what this female plug is called. I just need to buy the UK female plug, no cable, can anyone help please?
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GFCI to light not working

I put a gfci outlet in my front yard for use during christmas time for lights and such i ran it to on my front porch light so it only turns on when my front porch light is on i also added to the gfci ...
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Is AC power really worth it anymore? Is it time (or almost time) to switch to DC? [duplicate]

Houses have historically only offered AC power throughout, but I'm wondering if that makes any sense anymore. If I were building a large addition, or even building a new home from scratch, would it ...
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Nice looking on-wall wiring

I need to run some standard AC wiring for wall lights etc. in the living room and some telephone/broadband wiring too. The problem is I can't do it in-wall for various reasons. The only option I am ...
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One of my breaker switches buzzes when I flip it on, should I replace it?

I recently installed a ceiling fan in a bedroom, and when the fan is active the electromagnet was a little louder than I was use to, but figured it may just be a cheap fan. However today when I went ...
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old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel

I have a an old 230 volt S.D.LEE arc welder (that I can not find any info about) printed on the front is says "PRI volts 230 max OCV 78 arc volts 25 PRI amps 65.7 SEC amps 230 temp rise 115c 60 cycles ...
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Installing of Honeywell Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat

I need to install new wifi thermostat but I don't have the C wire. There are G, W, Y and R wires attached to my old thermostat. There is also one blue wire not connected on the wall.
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How to install thermostat with plug in heater?

My house has three electric wall heaters in different rooms used to augment the gas forced air that heats the whole house. These electric heaters are mounted on the wall, but plug into standard 120v ...
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Does the circuit providing a light at the electrical panel have to be ONLY for that light?

Does the circuit providing a light at the electrical panel have to be ONLY for that light? I'm fairly sure there specifically has to be a light at the panel, as well as a circuit with an accessible ...
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How many lighting circuits are needed in the LED era…? (US - NEC)

This is in a two story, ~1000square foot per floor building. With the advent of affordable, decent (IMHO) LED fixtures (finally!) the entire lighting load for the structure looks to be 500W - 1000W at ...
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How can I know the 'capacity' of an electric socket?

I bought an electric oven, and the safety instructions say that it should be plugged to an electric socket with "capacity at least 10 Ampere". How can I tell the capacity of my electric sockets? I ...
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Need help wiring switches with several wires

Background: This started out as a simple addition of a recessed light in a hallway. The beginning issue was that the wire to power it was live all the time. So I took apart the switches in "Box 1" ...
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Light fixture buzzing sound

Today I replaced our dining room's old 70s chandelier. When I opened it up I noticed pretty quick the rubber shielding on the lamps cords had been melting a bit towards the tips as it got all over my ...
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NM-B insulation repair?

I'm doing some work up in my attic, installing plywood decking over my garage for storage. During installation, I accidentally rubbed the edge of one plank of plywood against a run of NM-B, tearing ...
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L14-30 Plug & Generator

Please move if this is the incorrect place. I have a portable generator that is mounted to a car trailer. No earth grounds are made from the generator to the ground. There is a service panel inside ...
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Is there a way to get hot water without altering plumbing or electrical wiring too much?

Is there a way (other than collecting water and heating it on the stove ) to get hot/warm water from the tap without having to alter existing plumbing or electrical wiring ?