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NCV fails to still detect voltage once the circuit is loaded?

The light above the cooktop in our kitchen started flickering occasionally, and eventually just was steadily very dim. I hated the fixture, so thought I'd replace it, and also just hoping the ...
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Installed ceiling lamp, but phase meter screwdriver lights up when testing its body, neutral line

I had to change a ceiling lamp, electrical installation (Europe, 240V) is quite old and i've no idea how it works. The old lamp had 3 bulbs and a wall double switch can light up 2 of the bulbs and/or ...
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Voltage tester detecting voltage in non-hot wires when the light switch is off [duplicate]

I just switched the wiring of a single-pole light switch from back wiring to side wiring and noticed that my voltage tester (non-contact pen-style one, Klein Tools NCVT-3) detects voltage in both the ...
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Replaced Blower Motor, but A/C won't stay on unless power button is held down

My HVAC has an electric furnace blower motor for both heating and cooling. I called a repair guy out who explained that the capacitor was good, I just needed a new motor because it had gone out. I ...
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Which terminal to use on my multimeter

I have read the manual for my new multimeter but unsure which (red) terminal to use for what. The meter has one VΩmA fused 500 mA max terminal and one Unfused 10A Max terminal. I just want to measure ...
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Replacing a power outlet safely

I want to replace some power outlets in my condo with ones that have built-in USB ports. The condo was built in 2008. My thinking is I can simply turn off the breaker for those outlets and get to ...
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Fried dimmer turns lights on/off but new dimmer won't

I had two black wires, one red wire and two white wires coming from the ceiling (I suspect there used to be a fan with a light). In the switch box, there was a black and a white wire (with a green ...
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How to wire LED light to old wiring layout

Bought a new LED strip light to replace an old fluorescent light. After removing the old light I'm left with 3 grey cables coming from the ceiling.There are 3 copper ground wires are all sleeved into ...
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One light switch controlling multiple lights

So my husband and I bought an older house (1956). After we moved in, we noticed that if we turn off a certain switch in the kitchen, we can't turn on the lights in the hall, bathroom, or bedrooms. ...
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Why do my new basement lights trip the breaker?

I am upgrading my basement and the builder initially put the family room and two lights in the basement all on one circuit. During the remodel I tried adding two more lights to that same run and it ...
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Electricity tripping off after installing Nest [closed]

I just replaced my old thermostat and timer for a Google Nest, but every time I turn the electricy back on, it goes off shortly after. I have an oil boiler for heating. Before I call an electrician, ...
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No power to room

Left heater plugged in drying floor all night. Woke up to no power in room and no breaker kicked. Can't figure out what happened. Checked plug in and shows hot and ground reversed but don't no how. ...
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3 Way Switch Spark

I am trying to figure out why a spark was created when I was testing the voltage across a three way switch I have. So to make a long story short, I was trying to move some switches because I didn't ...
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3 phase (delta) power to single phase space heater

I bought a 240V single phase, space heater for heating up a warehouse space. The warehouse has 240V power in a delta configuration (no neutral). My understanding is that in a delta configuration, ...
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Test Connection for vintage lighting fitting

Out apartment has one of those vintage light fittings, with the edison bulbs in. It also has 4M high ceilings. One of the bulbs has popped and repeatedly pops if i replace it. so i'd like to take the ...
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