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Not all white wires are "neutrals", and not all "neutrals" are white. Some white wires are in fact used as "hots", especially those that are marked with black tape/marker/paint, and/or connected to single pole snap switches. You should put everything back the way you found it, and contact a local licensed Electrician. Better yet, just shut off the breaker ...


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You should definitely pull a new cable for the washing machine circuit. Problems with your solution You can't use a red wire as a neutral (See NEC 200.6(A)). Circuit conductors (wires) must be contained in the same "raceway, auxiliary gutter, cable tray, cablebus assembly, trench, cable, or cord" (See NEC 300.3(B)). You have not clearly described where ...


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TL;DR -- find the breaker that shuts that red wire off, then slap the builder with it, so to speak The builder of your house needs a slap with the NEC. There are two very clear Code violations here, and they're both things that are trivial to avoid. First off, the lack of panel labeling isn't just a massive inconvenience to you, it's against Code -- the ...


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The water apparently got inside the stove and caused a short. If there was a fuse inside there that blew, the breaker wouldn't have tripped. The breaker is detecting the excessive current to the appliance and switching off the power before the wiring inside the wall overheats and start a fire. The best solution, as the electrician indicated, is to have the ...


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I realize this is an old question, however I just wanted to mention something... Tester101 indicated not to drill too many holes within the joist, as it could weaken it and cause structural damage. I thought I should clarify something... The principal force that is applied to a floor joist is moment. With that, you get tensile along the bottom edge, and ...


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I'm not an electrician, so I usually don't answer code questions, but a quick google search found what looks like the answer in the Ontario amendments to the Canadian electrical code on the Electrical Safety Authority's page This reference might be enough for you and your electricians to break the tie: 31.Delete CE Code Rule 26-744(4) and replace with ...


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There are too many unknowns here for us to help you out. We don't know which switches you intend to use afterwards (locations), what access you have to joining the circuits together, or what the possibilities of joining them would be without knowing of your personal setup. Your setup, roughly as described to us is... <--- S --- S --- Kitchen Lights ...


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Simply turning off the breaker that feeds the furnace will turn off the thermostat power as well.


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This kind of tester will tell if the wire is hot. A bad return path (white wire) could be the cause. Also the lamp can be bad, but you said both quit so I would check to see if the neutral wiggled loose.


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By string lights are you refering to something like a string of christmas lights. If this is what you mean then remove the buld and replace it. If you don't have a replacement bulb, cover the opening with tape just so nobody sticks their finger in the opening and you're good to go. Plug it in and let there be light.


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It's either an intentional product feature (i.e. To serve as a night light) or an ...unintentional bug which would require really exceptionally bad design. If this is a quality premium unit, I would expect the former; if it's a bargain priced thing from China perhaps the latter. But it would be really unusual for a product defect to leave a tiny bit of ...


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I need a little more information on the wiring to give an answer. Typically the white neutral wire is bonded to ground, but only at the panel. If this is a switch box, the white wire could be bringing power to the box or returning power back to a light/outlet/switchable device. Essentially, power has to feed "into" the switch with one wire and back "out" ...


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Maybe the reason J Box 1 and J Box 2 were empty is that the previous owner gave up trying to get it to work. If so, this would indicate the problem is in the cables. If J Box 2 is in a position where a light would be installed, then the circuit was most likely originally intended to be wired like this: (Put black tape or black paint on the ends of the ...


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OK here's what I see. Imagine Junction box 2 did not exist. Go back into in Paint, select the white brush and remove everything relating to Junction box 2 including the 3 wires. That looks like a common two-switch configuration using two 3-way switches and the lamp in the middle. You should have found that on any of your web searches. Black and red are ...


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RCD will trip on a ground fault. Sometimes an older refrigerator or garbage disposal will cause them to trip. Since it appears to have a cycle it may be a defrost setting in the refrigerator causing the fault. It is possible the breaker itself is faulty but I would expect a more random tripping if this was the case. Are there any other appliances that have a ...


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The type of knockout you describe on a plastic box is an integral NM clamp -- it's Code to use these on NM cable (but only on NM cable -- if you want to hook up conduit to it, you'll need to drill your own knockout.)


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As TFK mentioned, this is likely not going to be an easy task. It will surely require installing new wiring, and modifying the existing wiring. However, you have not provided anywhere near the detail required, for somebody on the other side of the internet to tell you how to do it. If you're not experienced with electrical work, you're likely going to have ...


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The first answer is a good one but if you think you put everything back together as it was, check the recepticle to make sure there is nothing shorting out in there or better yet, just change it with a new one. The white wire colored black should most likely be connected to a black wire and if it's connected with the whites you have a dead short, disconnect ...


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If the device is not wired probably, it will not set. Make sure you've wired the LINE and LOAD terminals properly. Make sure you use the markings on the device, and don't simply wire it how the old one was. The LINE terminals are where the wires coming from the source should connect, while the LOAD terminals are where the wires going to other devices ...


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Actually, it was the reset button, which needed to be pressed after flipping the breaker switch on.


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You need to swap the cord on your range for a 3-pin range cord (NEMA 10-50) and configure the bonding jumper appropriately, then install a NEMA 10-50 receptacle for your stove. (This is allowed for existing branch circuits, just not new ones.)


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What you propose is indeed possible. How difficult it is, depends on what wiring is currently in place. You should start by connecting all the bare/green grounding conductors in the switch box together, including a pigtail to both switches. Other than that, it sounds like the wiring in the switch box is good to go. If you want to control the fan with a ...



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