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Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?

I have been doing some electrical work in my house and I noticed it has old knob and tube wiring that is still hot, should this be replaced as found or is it fine to just leave it? It seems really ...
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Federal Pacific 200a main panel problem with oversized 100a 2pole breaker

There is a 200a FPE breaker box (yes, I am aware of all the problems). It is not in the homeowners budget to replace at this time. He has 2 issues: His panel is full His electric furnace is an older ...
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Can my home's power supply handle this tankless water heater?

So my home was built in 1960 and 15-20 years later another room was added on. There are panel boxes everywhere ha. I have mapped it all out and isolated almost everything. Anything that is ...
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Is short-circuiting a good way to test if a breaker is safe?

I am looking at the electrics in a house that a friend just bought, and it has one of the problematic "Stablok" Federal Pacific panels. Watching this video, made by a supposed master ...
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Breaker panel location next to sink. Is this okay?

This is in our garage. There’s a slop sink with a breaker panel close to it. Is this okay? I want to upgrade the panel so that I can install a charger for an electric car. Will the sink or the panel ...
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Where to land ground in main panel

If one were to add a new branch circuit to this panel and didn’t want to use metal conduit, where would you land your ground wire to? Would you need to add a grounding location to the panel?
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Do I really need to replace a Federal Pacific Electrical panel? [duplicate]

If just received an estimate from a recognized A/C installer. He said my FEDERAL Pacific Electrical panel had to be replaced before/during A/C install. Also had to upgrade water heater and furnace. Is ...
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Floating service panel ground

The main lug panel in my parents garage appears to have a floating ground. This is in Florida. Earlier today my father observed some sounds from the office. By the time I got there you could smell a ...
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Voltage increase when connecting a large load to household circuit

So in the place I'm currently staying, they use an inline hot water heater1. This is a ~5500W, 50A beast2 that replaces the shower head and heats up the water as it comes out. Notably, even 5500W isn'...
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neutral bar is burnt

The neutral bar is burnt in the breaker box of my mobile home. The kids hooked up a small window cooler and ran it a couple months ago, by morning we woke up smelling wires burning. We traced it to ...
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Are older Federal Electric breakers a fire hazard?

I live in an apartment with a very old circuit breaker box that looks like this: The panel's description says that it's from the Federal Electric Products Company, Catalog No. 116. According to this ...
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How to predict when the electrical infrastructure on my 1950s rental is going throw a breaker?

I live in an old house; it has old electrical infrastructure. Last night it was really hot, and we were running an external dishwasher on the same circuit as the TV and a fan and a ceiling fan. Only ...
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Circuit breaker not accessible

My dryer stopped working and I found out that the circuit breaker (fuse) had burnt out. I measured the voltage in the socket and it's none. I live in an older house in USA and the cable is inside the ...
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Can I replace a 40A breaker with a 50A breaker?

I am changing a 40A 2-pole (240V) Federal Pacific Electric Co. circuit breaker but I can't find one. Can I use a 50A 2-pole? It's for a wall oven.
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What can I do about a breaker that trips frequently on a Stab-Lok panel?

I have a 120V/20amp breaker that trips if I run a kettle boiler, toaster oven and microwave at the same time. The only other load on this circuit is a small computer/modem/wi-fi router running at < ...
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