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Why won't my washer turn off when breaker is off?

I have switched off all the breakers and my washing machine continues to run. How is that possible? How can I fix it?
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how to calculate sub breakers from the main breaker

how do I calculate exert amount of sub breakers to match a specific rated main breaker. e.g 200A main breaker to sub breakers
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Rating for the outlet does not match the breaker.

I have an outlet for an air conditioner that is rated at 20a 250v. The breaker has 2, 20amp breakers. Should I be concerned? Should i replace this outlet?
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Can wireless ceiling fan controls work without a direct wire to a wall switch?

Is there a wireless controller that can control fan without the direct wire from switch to fan? There is direct power at fan, and direct power at switch but they are not connected together. Looking ...
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Wiring to a detached garage

I have a detached garage approximately 50' from the house supply panel. I want to wire 6 outlets & maybe 2 overhead lights. I will have no heavy use, mainly 1 outlet & overhead lights. I have ...
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Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently

I currently have an existing loud bathroom and a ceiling light on he same circuit. The wiring goes from the switch to the ceiling box and then to the fan. Both of these are controlled by the same ...
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I rewired my two bulb ceiling light

one of the bulbs was not working. I took the wiring apart and rewired them in series Now neither one works.
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How do I wire one switch in a circuit with two “fixtures” but only one being operated by the switch?

I am setting up low voltage 12v landscape lights in my backyard using one transformer with have to runs/branches - one for two lights and other to operate tow small pond pumps. I have no room for two ...
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Are these three-way switches?

I have 2 bedrooms and I want to replace the light switch for a dimmer. I though it would an easy job for a beginner like me but after I opened the first switch, I realized there was a 3 wires (I was ...
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A spark from a power strip recently made the electricity go out is it safe to turn it back on?

About a week ago my daughter plugged up her iPod to a power strip that was plugged into an outlet in her bedroom, she said she placed the iPod onto the power strip and let it sit there while she ...
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Is it possible that my GFCI receptacle is bad?

I have a double wide mobile home. The outside receptacles and the one in master bath do not work. They are GFCI protected but the GFCI is NOT tripped. Is it possible that the GFCI is bad? I think the ...
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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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Wiring requirement for small kitchen

I am in the process of renovating an older home where I require just two or three counter top receptacles. I discovered in the NEC that: The countertop receptacle outlets in kitchens must be ...
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Extremely confusing 48 v on neutral

I am actually a pretty good electrician, but am baffled by what I found today. During a remodel and adding a few new boxes for future lights, I received a shock from a neutral wire and a floating ...
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Encasing electrical outlet behind a panel above overhead microwave

My remodeling contractor has installed an overhead microwave. The electrical outlet is no longer in a cabinet above the microwave. He has taken the limited space above the microwave ( about 8 inches ...
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Connecting 14 AWG to 12 AWG for oven operation

I have a new wall oven to install. Both old and new oven are 30Amp units. Old wiring from local oven junction box is 14 AWG (pig tail - 6ft). New oven is 12 AWG, 3ft pig tail (will not reach ...
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Trying to measure kW and kWh

I want to measure how many kilowatts or kilowatt hours are going through some of electric lines in my house. For reasons too numerous to list here I can't use a standard kill-o-watt (basically some of ...
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Networking Phones Together in Building

I have a number siemens optipoint 500 economy phones. They have been used in an office environment in which the networking of the phones were managed by a third party. I would now like to use them in ...
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Pre-Romex AC circuits to DC for offgrid Solar

We live in a rural 250 year old colonial that was wired for ceiling and wall sconce electric lights sometime in the mid-1940s. In the early 70's outlets were added, then updated to Romex when a ...
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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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Should I replace a receptacle with a small burn mark?

I have a window A/C in my room. I turned it on last night and power from that socket, the restroom lights, second bedroom and hallway lights are not working now. The plugs in the restroom do work. The ...
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Add new outlet in pantry to one of the two existing 20 amp small appliance branch circuits

I am doing some remodeling in my kitchen. I currently have the required two 20-amp small appliance branch circuits powering the kitchen counter outlets. I have a small pantry/closet directly off the ...
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How do you wire multiple outlets between three way switches?

I am trying to put my basement lights onto a three way circuit and can not find any examples of how to wire the circuit correctly. I have power (12/2) coming into a box with a three way switch, then ...
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outlet bypass for multimeter

seeing that I (and i bet 99.9% of the people here) already have a nice multimeter, i find it kinda of silly to buy a kill-a-watt type of device. But, on the other hand, it is really impractical to ...
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Adding a two-way circuit to a three-way circuit

I have two overhead lights controlled by two separate circuits of two three-way switches. One is wired like this: The other is wired like this: There are two three-way switches for 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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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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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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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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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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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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wiring for wall sconces

I had someone connect some romex for some wall lights for me. I ran the wire, and just had him do the connections (they're inside junction boxes). This from a partially finished space into a finished ...
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Can I use a dimmer on a fan IF I only use at 100%?

I have an IRIS home automation system. I want to put my fan on an IRIS switch however the on/off switches require a neutral - the dimmers do not. The neutral in the box is nearly impossible to get ...
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Should I drill through the concrete garage wall to install a generator inlet switch inside?

I recently purchased a generator in the aftermath of the ice storms in the Northeast. I'm quit handy with the electrical wiring in my house and have no issue installing the proper circuit for the ...
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How would I go about wiring a new light fixture where there are more wires than expected?

There was a cap in the middle of the ceiling in my living room that I had always assumed was hiding an old light fixture or something. There is a also a light switch that doesn't do anything in the ...
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Replacing the wiring to a socket in a home? [duplicate]

In my home, in one bedroom circuit, there are several receptacles. After first two receptacles, next socket has no power. After significant effort, it has been determined that the sockets are fine, ...
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How do I wire a 3-way motion sensor?

I am trying to install a motion sensor switch on a 3-way switch in my laundry room. both 3-way switches function normally if I use them now. One 3 way switch, we will call it #1, is by itself. It has ...
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How Safe is this 5-way ceiling lighting DIY install

I've installed a 5-way ceiling light in a relatives house yesterday and whilst I've been more than careful in all it's prepartion and install, and being over caustious (without big paranoid!) I'm a ...
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Can I use a receptacle and switch for a dishwasher and garbage disposal?

I would like to install a receptacle under the sink to control the dishwasher and garbage disposal, with a single pole single throw switch mounted in the wall above the counter top to control the ...
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How do I install a dimmer switch?

A friend was trying to help me install new dimmer switches and instead of disconnecting one wire and putting it on the new switch, he just cut the wires and couldn't figure out how to put them back. ...
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Why isn't my mini fridge getting cold?

I recently got a mini fridge from my neighbor. He said he didn't want it because it wasn't keeping his food cold. I examined it and it is a brand new mini refrigerator in good condition except for the ...
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How can I repair this Ikea light fixture that seems to be missing parts?

We found this chandelier at IKEA in the as-is section (apparently formerly a floor model), and as it seemed to be in perfect condition, 50% off the retail price seemed like a good deal. Unfortunately, ...
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Duration of charge held by High Voltage Components

How long can a High Voltage Capacitor in a Electric Oven hold a charge after the oven has been unplugged?
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Where in the breaker box should I terminate the neutral wire from my dryer circuit?

I am looking for an answer to something I am lost about, hopefully I can fins some help. I recently moved into a new home. The previous owners had a gas dryer and no outlets for an electric dryer. I ...
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Can I have a sub panel right below the attic access?

I'm rewiring an old house where I've already installed a 50 amp sub-panel. Now the carpenter decided to put his attic access in the ceiling right above the panel is this permissible.
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Should I reorganize the main service panel when adding a subpanel?

I am currently in need of a new 240V circuit for a welder in the garage but my main breaker is full. Adding a subpanel seems to be the only solution that would be to code, but I have a couple ...
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Why does my ceiling fan pop and sizzle at one speed setting but works fine at another?

My ceiling fan that has been installed for 11 years will pop 1 time when I turn it on. Yesterday it popped when I turned it on then a few minutes later it started to make a sizzling noise followed by ...
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How can I add a programmable timer to a circuit breaker so that I can force specific circuits on/off at specific times?

My father-in-law suffers from dementia. His doctor wants him to go to bed at 11 PM, but he often refuses and stays up way later than he should watching TV. We have him set up with a separate suite ...
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How can I add two bathroom receptacles behind and above a vanity?

Background I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and had to take off some drywall to get the tub in, then thought I may as well take all the drywall on that side off to give me an easier taping ...