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comment Why am I showing 50 volts between neutral and ground?
The short could be anywhere in the circuit. When the grounding conductor is connected, the electricity has a path to flow along which causes the breaker to trip.
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comment Is there a motion sensor light switch that does not need ground?
Connecting a "neutral" conductor to the grounding conductor or any other grounded item in the house is not safe, as it will allow current to flow through the conductor. It is also not safe to use a "neutral" from a different circuit, as this can lead to an overloaded conductor.
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comment How to wire GFCI outlet
It sounds like this might be a multi-wire circuit, so you might have problems with nuisance tripping due to the shared neutral.
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comment How to wire GFCI outlet
Can you post a photo?
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comment What would cause my LED tape to flash when plugged in?
Self promotion is frowned upon around here, so make sure you are open about your affiliation with any linked resources.
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comment What do I do if there are only two wires coming from my ceiling electrical box?
The OP mentions that the wires in the ceiling are cloth covered, and so likely the same color.
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comment Should I have continuity between hot lug (at service in) and neutral bus with main breaker off?
Try turning off all the branch circuit breakers, and test again. Or disconnect the ungrounded "hot" and grounded "neutral" conductors from the panel, and test them while not connected to the panel. If you find that you still have continuity, you'll want to find the short before connecting the service (otherwise the service provider is going to be really mad at you).
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comment What size extension cord gauge would I need for a 12 amp electric mower if the cord is 250 feet long?
Have you tried starting a newer pull start mower lately? The mower I have (a Toro) starts on the first pull, with almost no effort. In fact, as a sort of "game" I often pull the cord as slowly as I can, to see if I can have it not start. So far, it has started every time.
Sep
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comment Why am I showing 50 volts between neutral and ground?
Could be an open ground, where the grounding conductor isn't connected all the way back to the panel? If the breaker is tripping, there's likely a short to ground. Disconnecting the grounding conductor means there's no path for current to flow, so the breaker no longer trips.
Sep
28
comment Why am I showing 50 volts between neutral and ground?
You are not a good ground. Reading voltage between your finger and the grounding conductor means nothing.
Sep
28
comment 20amp breaker trips with NO load…Continuity between black & white wire at electrical box
Try to figure out what the first device on the circuit is. Disconnect the device, then flip the breaker on. If it trips, your problem is between the first device and the panel. If not, reconnect that device and disconnect the next device. Continue the process until you figure out where the problem is.
Sep
28
comment Replacing ceiling fan light with a regulate ceiling light
You're going to have to add a bit more information. How many wires were; and what color was each, attached to the original fixture? What wires did you attach to the new fixture? What color wires are attached to the switch?
Sep
28
comment 20amp breaker trips with NO load…Continuity between black & white wire at electrical box
Sounds like you have a short somewhere, and the breaker is doing its job.
Sep
26
comment Replacing braid steel hose under pedestal sink
Some photos might be helpful, but in general a basin wrench is the tool you'll want.
Sep
26
comment Why would a circuit breaker not trip if I accidentally shorted hot to neutral?
You might want to research the make and model panel and breakers. In the past there have been devices that were found to be defective, and require replacement.
Sep
26
comment Floating workbench
For a work bench, you want it to be as sturdy as possible. I'd want more legs, not fewer. Especially in a garage, where you could potentially be putting lawn mowers and such on the bench.
Sep
25
comment What can I do to make my new bathroom vanity more stable?
Are you affiliated in any way with the blog you've linked to?
Sep
25
comment Breakers tripping
Think of the overcurrent like a tidal wave. It has to pass point a (the 150 amp breaker), to get to point b (the 60 Amp breaker), and point c (the 15 amp breaker).
Sep
25
comment Breakers tripping
Think about the direction of current flow... The 60 ampere breaker actually experienced the overcurrent situation longer; even if just by nanoseconds, than the 15 ampere breaker. Actually, I wouldn't have been surprised if the 150 ampere breaker tripped. Since it experienced the overcurrent the longest. However, it all depends on the breaker, as they all have slightly different trip characteristics.
Sep
24
comment Lights wont turn off after switching dimmer types and changed again
Is the first photo how it was originally wired? When you first opened up the box, was there anything connected to the two white wires, or were they simply twisted together with a wire nut?