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None of the outlets in the kitchen are working

The other day I switched on the garbage disposal and now none of the outlets in the kitchen work. This circuit is GFCI protected from the panel but the GFCI breaker in the panel is not tripping. When ...
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“Walk/Don't Walk” street sign wired into bathroom light

I have a game room type area that has it's own bathroom. Above the door to the bathroom I would like to place one of those "Walk/Don't Walk" street signs. I would like the "Don't Walk" to be wired ...
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Can I use a normal 240v weatherproof on/off switch for an electric fence cut out?

A normal mains switch can be much cheaper and you could have a light to show when its on
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How do I replace this switch with a timer?

I was trying to wire in a timer switch for a vent fan. When I went to replace the switch (which I knew was a 3 pole) I was baffled by the way it was wire. 4 wires run into the box, two of the hot ...
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Why is there a copper wire attached to this water pipe?

The outdoor faucet was turned on today(45 degrees), shortly after we discovered a leak in the house. We're not sure if the faucet broke or the pipe fractured/burst. After pulling back the drywall we ...
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Why do I have three phase electricity?

I actually have 3 phase in my home. Notes you said it was not possible. Not sure why, but it is here. Why would anyone ever want it?
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How can I connect a 120V compressor to a 3 phase WYE 208 electrical system?

I have 4 cables from a power supply which are 3 phase WYE 208 volt. so if I measure between neutral and hot I get 120V. The problem is that I need to hook up a compressor for 110V single phase (just ...
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How can I connect a timer to my bathroom exhaust fan?

I have a bathroom fan, but it only runs when the light is on (i.e. no delay). The fan itself is really good, but it should really run on after (I think this might be part of the Building Regulations ...
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Why is my Australian light fixture wired this way?

I just want to replace it with a new light fitting philips tcg701 but there's way too many wires and I don't know why it was done this way.
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How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations?

I just bought a Panasonic FV-20NLF1 inline bath exhaust fan that I planned to used to exhaust 2 different bathrooms. I want each bathroom light switch to control the fan, so when the lighting turns ...
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How can I replace a light switch with strange wiring?

Here's what we have in the box: (2) Black wires (1) Yellow wire (1) Capped cluster of white wires. Here's how it was wired: As stated above, the three white wires were capped. One black wire was ...
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What could cause my newly installed disposal to not work?

I just replaced my garbage disposal. Completed install. Darned thing won't start. Checked the wire nuts two and three times. Nothing. Ideas?
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Why has my garbage disposal started tripping the breaker every time?

I have never had a problem with my garbage disposal or that circuit before, however I am now having issues with it. Every time I turn it on, it immediately trips the breaker. I'm not even sure how to ...
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Can I use extra wire from two separate cables to add a washing machine in a garage?

I have two existing 12/3 NM-B cables that are used to connect two different circuits, which are distributed from a junction box close to the location I want to add a washing machine. The washing ...
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UPS to bypass tripping a fuse?

I have an apartment setup right now where one fuse has a fair amount of load on it. (Fridge, Microwave, PC). Rarely, when these are all used in conjunction, the fuse trips and I have to turn it back ...
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Size of electric wire needed to serve overhead projector and screen off 20 amp breaker

I have an electric run of about 100 feet on a 20 amp breaker. I plan to hook up an overhead projector and automatic screen which this line will be dedicated to serve. What size of wire should I use? ...
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Can i use two AC sources to power one load?

I have a 1.5 KW Solar array with a 48V battery storage of 8KW, I am planning on using a 1KVA generator to back up the solar power system in case the solar system cant power the load on its own(both ...
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How to Recharge Manlift?

I got my hands on an old Top Horse manlift. It looks pretty much just like this one. I tried plugging it in and turning it on and nothing happened. I think the batteries are long dead. My question ...
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Wiring two lights and two switches using a single 14/3

Trying to wire 2 fixtures with power coming in at one of them. Can I run a single 14/3 from powered fixture to 2 gang switches, then branch from the powered fixture to the remote one? Thanks for any ...
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Why is there no power on the load side of a GFCI outlet?

I ran a new electrical line in my basement to include a GFI receptacle for a portable sump pump followed by a switch that controls four LED can lights. All parts are brand new. I wanted to have the ...
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How do I install an occupancy sensor at a switch with only two wires?

How do I install a Lutron occupancy sensing switch on a switch box with two wires? Also, what do I do with the green ground wire?
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Protecting electronics from electrical surges - plugs with fuses

i was just wondering why the UK 3 pin plug has a fuse ? in South Africa the the Grid is significantly more volatile and lighting strikes abundant ( in the area i live in anyway) i have moved here ...
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I am going to install a ceiling light.

Our bedroom doesn't have an existing ceiling light. The switch controls the top plug in an outlet on the other side of the room for the lamp. I have been up in the attic already and can see the wire ...
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Installing a exterior light in existing vinyl siding

My house is a 50's cape which originally had clapboard siding. The previous owner put a layer of rigid foam over the clapboard, then vinyl siding. As far as I can tell, from looking at the wall ...
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Bathroom GFCI Troubleshoot

House about 15 years old. Upstairs bath has light switch (ceiling and 4 bulb over vanity) , exhaust fan switch and two GFCI plugs either side of vanity. Flipping the light switch trips the breakers - ...
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Temporary push button power switch

I'm building a remote button to flush a toilet and I need a temporary power switch - something that will run 120V for say 3 to 10 seconds.... I have googled extensively and have not found ...
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Are there residential light switches that don't have a arc upon toggleing

I am looking for residential switches that don't arc when toggeled
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What conduit should I install underground that meets code?

I want to run a conduit under my front yard about 20 feet. I will be trenching to 18 inches deep, but was curious what the easiest conduit is to install that meets code? PVC? EMT? Liquidtight?
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Exposed Romex inside sink cabinet

Is it legal by the NEC to have exposed Romex cable inside a kitchen sink cabinet?
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What is an End Plate?

I've been researching electrical stuffs in the internet with unimpressive results. I'm a complete noob in electrical stuffs so please be patient with me. What is an End Plate and what is a terminal ...
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Understanding GFCI protection

According to the diagram below the two (non-GFCI) downstream receptacles are said to be GFCI protected. Does this mean that if someone were to accidentally create a ground fault at either of the two ...
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Light switch with 9 wires

I tried to install a dimmer today in the dining area and found my switch is very over complicated. The switch only controls one ceiling light but has nine wires inside. The 3 white wires are all ...
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Requirements for adding outdoor outlets

I would like to run a line of outlets on the front side of my house. Ideally there will be: 1 circuit of outlets that are always on for general use 2 circuits of outlets that are on timers, one for ...
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Keep losing power and after some time it comes back on?

Keep losing power to 1 living room and all kitchen outlets, light above sink, clothes dryer and porch light. The circuit breakers are not tripped, and after a random amount of time the power comes ...
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Correct wiring of float switch into two pole contactor for well pump

I have a Mars 780 61347 two pole 30A contactor: I am using this contactor to control a 220V well pump that fills a cistern. I then have a float switch in the cistern which, when closed, should ...
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Running single phase appliance from three phase socket?

Can a single phase appliance (Australian 230 V) be wired directly to a three phase socket using a single active plus the neutral wire? If not why?
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Trace a breaker to what it powers

I have started on the task of labeling all my breakers but in this process it has left me with one major issue, I have one breaker that doesn't kill anything in the house. During the checks every ...
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light switch is apparently broke, but the light stays on

my light switch apparently broke with the light on. Now the light will not turn off. Is it safe to leave the light on overnight with the switch broken?
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Using two 30amp circuits to supply one range

My old range from the seventies has two 30a circuits coming to it. New ranges all use a single 40a circuit. Can I join the two sets of wires into a single 60a breaker. The circuits would be joined ...
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Ceiling Fan issue

I had a ceiling fan in my kitchen (large vaulted ceilings with attic access) that I replaced with a new ceiling fan. Before the switch the fan and lights for the fan worked perfect. The new fan does ...
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100 amp disconnect

I have a 100 amp disconnect box after my meter and prior to my main box. I run 4 wires from disconnect to main. The ground and neutral are connected in the disconnect box and isolated in the main ...
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What is the difference between “Input” and “Output” values on power adapters? Which one represents the amount of power being drawn from a circuit?

I'm trying to get a rough idea for how much electricity I consume in my home office. I understand that there are a lot of ways to measure this kind of thing: Turn everything else off in all ...
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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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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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Repair L-shaped notch in drywall

I cut some L-shaped notches in the corner between my walls and ceiling in order to pull some electrical wires through. Now I'm not sure how to repair the hole... should I just cake in joint compound ...
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How can I completely disengage a GFCI outlet?

I have 2 GFCI outlets under the peninsula in my kitchen. I never use these outlets and would like to disconnect them and remove the outlets so I can panel over them. These are on a circuit with other ...
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Installing new ceiling fan. Don't think there is a white (neutral) wire

I purchased a new ceiling fan with a remote and installed it. I had three wires coming out of the plastic box in the ceiling. Black, bare and red or white. The reason I am not sure if the wire is red ...
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Parents cable box caught fire, hour later half the house is out of power?

So, My dad was working on a leaking sink in a bathroom and my mom yells there is a fire. Their cable box caught fire, they put the fire out without a problem and mom called the cable company. While ...
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Why am I reading zero volts phase to earth?

When i measured the voltage reading on the socket I got an unusual reading phase to neutral is 220V (expected reading ) phase to earth is 0V (unusual) ?? neutral to earth is oV (expected reading) I ...
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Carpet cleaner keeps tripping outlet

I have a carpet cleaner. The first time I turn it on, I can use it for about 5 minutes before it trips an outlet's breaker which disconnects the power to the used outlet. I then reset the outlet ...