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Why would my clothes drying machine's switch keep on getting fried?

Around a year ago, my parents got a new drying machine installed. The dryer didn't come with any cables, and the when my parents called the company, they told them that it was the customer's ...
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2 breakers powering 1 set of outlets

this is my first time posting a question to a forum like this. Electrician added a breaker and ran a line to an outlet that had power from a different circuit but had a short in it that could not be ...
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Switch working intermittently

My master bath has 2 switches. The switch on the left (1) goes to the light. The one on the right (2) goes to the fan. The light works fine. The fan only works intermittently. It takes 2-3 flips ...
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Should the neutral for a GFCI be separate from other neutrals?

What I found at the sub panel in the garage was an old Murray 120/240 being fed from the main with a 12/2 or 10/2 (dont remember) bx. At each phase I get 120 from phase to neutral. It has 2 double ...
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Electrical Code Clarification

I'd liked to get some insights into how others interpret the code regarding AFCI and the NEC 2015 code. Here's a hypothetical: Arc fault protection is omitted for outlets outdoors, garages and crawl ...
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Electrical - converting 3-way to single pole for multiple fixtures

My kitchen has 4 ceiling lights that are all on a 3-way switch (one switch at each end of the room). I would like to separate them and put 2 lights on one switch (single pole) and 2 lights on the ...
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Troubleshooting Four Fluorescent Light Fixtures

In my office, I have four fluorescent T-8 4'/4 lamp surface mount fixtures. All four are on the same three-way switch. I just replaced 3 of the four fixtures. Two of the new fixtures adjacent to each ...
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How can I replace my light fixture with a ceiling fan?

I have a new ceiling fan. I removed the old light fixture. The ceiling fan suggests connecting black wire to black, blue to blue, white to white, green to green. Makes sense. When I removed my ...
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How can a 5V power supply power 3 LEDs at 3V each?

If I have three LEDs at 3V each = 9V, how can a 5V power supply 9V power to those LEDs? Does it have anything to do with Watts?
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Do I need 5V or 12V to power a LED light strip?

What is difference between 5V and 12V power supply? I want to power my WS2812B LED light strip (5m at 60 LED/meter) and don't understand why I would want a 400W 5V 80A power supply vs a 400W 12V ...
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What wire type & size for sub-panel in a shed?

I need to install a sub-panel in a shed. Total run distance from main panel to sub-panel is 80 ft and includes three 90 degree turns. Burial distance will be 18". I'm thinking to install a 60-amp ...
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Exhaust fan hook up. I only have black and white from source. Please help

I am trying to hook up a ceiling exhaust fan. I am going to run 2 switches, light and fan separate. The line in power from box is just 14 ga blk and white. My house was built in 60s. I don't know how ...
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Disconnecting wiring for chandelier

I've previously searched for some advice using Google but I'd like to confirm for my specific situation. It's simple enough to disconnect the chain supporting the chandelier but the wiring is proving ...
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Circuit troubleshooting. Need input on discovery

Using an extension cord (like new, great condition), I checked a disconnected circuit attached to the same service. First, I checked the disconnected circuit: Hot -> Ground ~0V Hot -> Neutral ~0V ...
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Pump control panel (electrical diagram attached). Could someone tell which ones of 1 2 3 4 5 6 are hots and which one are neutral?

Pump control panel (electrical diagram attached). Could someone tell which ones of 1 2 3 4 5 6 are hots and which one are neutral? http://www.docdroid.net/zjph/wd-s115.pdf.html
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How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?

My friend just rented an appartment (in the UK), and during the inventory the janitor showed her the programmable water heater, and said it was configured to turn on for a few hours during the day. ...
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Why do I have saw out the bar the electric box hangs on to replace it with a fan rated bar and box?

I had a ceiling light and it had a metal bar and a electrical box. The home is not that old but The electrical box was not ceiling fan compatible so I removed the box. Now the bar is solid I could ...
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What effect does the number of coil turns on an electric stove heating element have?

I'm in the US. I have an electric stove with three 6" burners, and one 8". The 8" burner doesn't perform like I think it used to, so I'm considering replacing it, to see if it improves. (It's slow to ...
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electrical switch and outlet issue

I have a room in my house with both a dimmer switch and a flip switch. The flip switch controls the ceiling light and fan, and the dimmer controls the outlet by the entrance. It seems now we cannot ...
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Does getting live/neutral the right way round actually matter? [duplicate]

I was replacing an electrical socket in my (UK) house, and I noticed that the previous occupant had wired live and neutral backwards. However, I've used a variety of appliances and devices on that ...
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Electric 220 stove wiring

I am replacing my electric slide in range with a stand alone model. The original was hard wired and the new is with a cord. There are 3 wires and a bare copper wire coming from the wall. What ...
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What is the difference between an AFCI and a whole house surge protector?

Is there a difference between a whole house surge protector and an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)?
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Can I use a 120 volt 50/60 Hz. tool on a 230 volt 50 Hz. circuit?

I want to get the Dewalt DW660 cut out tool, it has been made for the north american market so it runs on 120 volts. It has the following specs: 120V ~ 50/60 Hz 5 Amps 600 Watts The voltage ...
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How do I convert a double 60 amp breaker(hot tub box) to run 15 amp breaker powering an outside light and GFI receptacle?

I am trying to run an outside light with a switch and GFI receptacle from a former hot tub panel that was double 60 amp breaker. My problem is that the switch does not function as normal. As soon as I ...
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Why are the lights flickering when the a/c is on?

The lights flick on and off when the a/c is on and the sound of a/c is too noisy and look like it's going to blow. I already checked the connection if they have a short circuit. Did not found any ...
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Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?

I was just wondering how viable this would be and if this seemed too crazy. I have a fairly large lawn that just so happens be sloped and facing east. Assuming the city ordinances don't bar me from ...
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Electrical wiring question - interconnect question

i have three ventilation fans on three different circuits that are connected to a switch in each bathroom. (One fan/bathroom) The fans are all connected to exhaust ducts that terminates into a ...
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How to connect a earth leakage detection GFCI/ELCB?

My specifications are as follows: 2 in phase 120V lines 1 Neutral 1 Ground So, I should use a 240V GFCI, right ? This is the one I plan to use: Heavy Duty - High Power GFCIs part no- 23250 003-1 ...
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Could our electric baseboard heaters be causing soot damage in our kitchen?

We have electric baseboard heat that's about 30-35 years old. Each room has its own unit. We normally keep each unit on 60-62 °F. We only use 3 units: kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. ...
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How can I convert 4 ft fluorescent tube fixture to be used as a plug in fixtures?

So I purchased four overhead 4 foot fluorescent tube fixtures and my plan is to re-wire so that I can plug them into a wall. Would it make sense to run them in (Series)? (I believe that is the ...
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If our Panasonic microwave shuts off after 2 seconds, is it likely a door latch or magnetron issue?

Need some help with our Panasonic Inverter NN-SD681S. Very light use and in perfect condition except that it suddenly started shutting off after 2 seconds. All other functions are fine (lights/power ...
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Circuit breaker + panel selection — make and breaker series?

Is there a compelling reason to choose one type/brand of breaker & panel (Eaton CH, Eaton BR, Square-D QO, Square-D HOM, Siemens, GE) over another when putting a new electrical panel and breakers ...
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How to convert L609 4wire to L6 3wire

My electrical feed to location is L6 3wire (grnd+X+Y). My cabinet is L609 4wire (grnd+neut+X+Y). The cabinet feeds 4 blocks of 110V. Should the grnd+neutr be plugged into the grnd on the L6? or do I ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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electric shock from brass light switches

I went to put out 2 light switches at the same time and got an electric shock from both of them. I'm just wondering whether this was static as I was sorting laundry from the tumble dryer or a more ...
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Better looking raceway for under the patio?

Is there a better looking conduit that would be per code that I can place under the patio root. It will be visible, and the gray sch. 40 looks bad. Is there anything better looking?
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Can I have splices in an electrical panel?

Adding 220 to garage no room in my 125 amp main panel. Subpanel will be 10 ft from main will be removing 3 15amp and 1 20 amp breaker to add 50 amp breaker in its place. I'm I allowed to have splices ...
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Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker?

Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker I have a 12/2 wire I have a black and white wire I need to know does the black go on top or bottom because there is 2 screws on the braker ...
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switching half an outlet

gregmac's terrific, detailed replies here prompt a question for me. I have a switch mid-circuit that will control half of the next outlet downstream. There is one more outlet after that one, and it's ...
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Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?

When I test the four prong electric stove outlet by touching one of the prongs and the ground, one prong reads 120V and the other 220V. Is this normal or is it wired wrong?
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Replace GFCI in bathroom

When I opened up the old one, there are 3 cables with the normal 2 black, 2 white, and ground. However, there are 2 whites and black capped together to a load screw and another white on the other ...
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Troubleshooting 3-way switch

I'm having trouble with a three-way switch. (It may be 4-way, there are switches in my house I can't figure out). I don't recall if they ever worked properly. The light stays on regardless of the ...
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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 ...
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Electric stopped working after I moved my microwave?

"We moved the microwave to a different spot in the kitchen and didn't realize the amount of electric wasn't enough to support it. The whole wall quit working. We changed out the actual breaker in the ...
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What is the danger of reversing the polarity while connecting a dishwasher to the electrical service?

What is the DANGER, if any, of connecting the white neutral line of the dishwasher, to to black hot line at the power source--- and of course similarly connecting the black hot line of the dishwasher, ...
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Replacing a dimmer switch

I wanted to replace a dimmer switch on a wall outlet that had 3 switches next to each other. The dimmer was in the middle. There were 3 wires I disconnected from the old switch - green for the ground, ...
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How do I change a single-pole switch to a timer with 4 wires?

I a want to change out a pole switch to a timer switch. All makes sense except, there are only two wires on the pole switch and 4 on the new switch. So I only have the white and black and no ground ...
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Splicing or not on the 12v side of a halogen lighting system

I've concluded that the WH1601-E6A transformer in a light fixture has expired, and ordered a replacement. The 12v wires coming out of the transformer are wired as follows: there a crimp-ons on the ...
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wiring switch loop properly

There is a switch box. The box has three incoming 14/2 cables. One for the ceiling fixture, one for an unswitched outlet and one bringing the power. The one with power has an energized white wire. I'm ...
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Wiring power cord Adapter to connect a Round 3-prong female generator plug to a round 4-prong Gen Trans Switch

We live in a rural area where electrical service from the local utility is sometimes interrupted for a few/several days by winter storms - accompanied by high winds - that blow down large evergreen ...