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Electrical main disconnect problems

I will apologize now for my lack of grammar and terrible writing style I never learned in school so you will have to please bear with me I will try my best to explain it so maybe you can understand ...
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How to make exposed wire safe

I live in Canada, and recently removed an old dishwasher. There was a power cord that I snipped, and was wondering how I could make it safe? Could this be a potential fire hazard if left as is?
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(Up to) 35 Amp Load on 10 Gauge Wire?

I'm looking to connect an electric pottery kiln to an existing subpanel that is serviced by a 10/4 copper line and want to understand if the wire can acceptably tolerate the load. The wire (installed ...
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My light in bedroom isn’t working

So my light recently went out so obviously checked bulbs and then Bought a new led fixture which worked fine but then it stopped working as well so wiring it I notice the light will light up but only ...
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From Honeywell to Google Nest... not cooling?

I recently changed my thermostat from an old Honeywell 7-day to a Google Nest. I'm an idiot cause I didn't take a photo before replacing it. now, I feel the air is not cool, just air/fan. The NEst is ...
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Smart 3-way dimmer switch cuts off at full brightness with incandescent bulbs - won't work with LED bulbs?

I installed TREATLIFE smart switches and dimmers throughout our entire home and there is only one 3-way dimmer switch that just won't seem to properly function. These smart switches are from Amazon (...
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Why does my ceiling light fitting has 2 of every wire

I took my old strip light out and didnt properly look at lay out,now ready to put new light up it has 2 brown wires, 2 copper and 2 blue wires. Would all these go into same terminal on new light ...
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Choosing Where to Place Forced Air Wall Heaters

I have a small home ~800 sq ft in a mountain climate that gets quite cold in the winters (10s-20s F in the day in the winter). I already have a pellet stove but the other existing heat comes from two ...
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GFCI Circuit Breaker won't reset after construction

I had my garage slab removed and during the jackhammering phase, a GFCI circuit breaker tripped and would not reset (It would immediately trip when I turned it back on). I replaced the breaker with a ...
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I have a ded circ for my fridge with 2 neutrals attached to the receptacle. 1 of the neutrals is shared with 2 other cir. Can I remove the shared?

I have 3 circuits - 2 20 amp and 1 15 amp. 1 20 amp is dedicated to the Fridge and the receptacle for the fridge has the hot from the panel terminated at the receptacle and also has a neutral from ...
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Should I terminate individual conductors exiting conduit or run all the way between panels?

I need to make a run from my detached garage to my house. The run exits the garage by way of an LB, runs underground for 25ft in 1 1/4" Schedule 40, then enters the house through another LB. From ...
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200A Meter Socket Ground / Bonding Strap

I'm replacing a meter socket (upgrading to 200A) operating under NEC2017, and saw something I didn't see on the old socket. Current setup - a 200A capable main panel, with 4ga stranded wire coming out ...
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Large Kitchen Island Outlets

My island for my kitchen measures 144” x 50”. I will have outlets on each end in the waterfall edge. I was reading that I will need an outlet at every 48”. Do I have to put two outlets on top of ...
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Can I hookup a electric cooktop on 20 Amp breaker?

I am planning to buy a electric cooktop of 2 burners. Right now I have a connection of 20 amp breaker with 12/2 wire. I am confused if both burner are opened at the same time. below are details and ...
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Why are there occasionally sparks in my old breaker panel?

Anyone notice any wiring issues here? I know the housing wires are old. This Main panel runs from the meter. I have noticed occasional sparking here where the blue dots are. It causes the house to ...
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combination GFI outlet and 3 way switch [closed]

I want to replace a 3 way switch with a combination GFI outlet and 3 way switch. What product do I need to use?
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Best way to align cast-in-place conduit to desired box location

So I was close when I cast this 3/4" sch40 PVC in concrete - but not close enough! I'm roughing in an 110v electric radiator here with a single run of 12/2. Where I want the box to interface with ...
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Can a three way switch control two lights that have no connection?

Our contractor added a light at the bottom and top of the basement steps, each on separate switches. The top light is on a three-way switch with one of the switches right next to the switch for the ...
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LG Washer plays dead. Re-plugging sometimes revives it?

I have an LG washer: WM2650H. This morning it was dead: pressing the ON/OFF switch did nothing. When I unplugged, and plugged it in again, I could switch it on again. I left it off for half an hour, ...
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Whole House Fan Emergency Shutoff / Limit Control

We are installing a whole house fan (which we already have) and would like the extra precaution of an emergency shutoff so it won’t cause extra risk of fire spread if a fire occurs (due to it causing ...
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House Wired Incorrectly? - MWBC [duplicate]

I am working on finishing my basement. In my basement there is 3 junction boxes fed by 12/3 wire. Each junction box feeds a single 12/2 line (White-White, Black-Black, Ground-Ground, Red-Nothing). My ...
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Radiant stove burner - Wire or switch?

One of the burners on my glass range stopped working. More specifically, it won't turn on when I turn the knob, but it does warm up when using the Simmer Select setting. I lifted the glass cooktop to ...
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Is my garage subpanel safe for 100 amps?

Not an electrician. Just wondering how much my subpanel can safely power. I have a 125-amp subpanel in my attached garage powered by two separate 6/2 NM-B cables with ground, run in the attic. ...
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How can I identify my switch wiring for a smart switch?

I have a light that is controlled with 2 switches. I want to control it with a smart switch, so I bought a "3-Way" smart switch, since that's what the online guide said to get. The switch I ...
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Would like to change a 230 Volt 12/2 into 2 each 115 Volt separate plug lines without having to run another 12/3 from panel?

Would like to use an existing 12/2 line from a now defunct water heater running 230 Volt to this junction box. Would like to change or split this 230 Volt 12/2 into 2 each 12/3 lines to run 2 separate ...
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Wire size for the communication between generator and ATS

I have a 125KVA Generator supplying a 200 Amp ATS. What is the size of communication wire I need between the ATS and the Generator? I was told I need an 18 Gage / 1mm wire; that does sound right.
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Grounding a Legrand Metal Wall Box from existing box that's too short

What would be the proper way to ground this new Legrand Starter Box (BW5) if the ground cable inside the previous box and it's too short to reach the new box or receptacle? The original cabinet ...
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What can cause a partial and temporary loss of power?

My elderly mother lives, alone, in a townhouse (basement, full first floor, second floor "loft" type arrangement) in the United States. Construction date unknown, but probably 1990s. She ...
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What is a Non-automatic AC Disconnect

The 10 GE AC Disconnects that comprise their list of Spec-SetterTM Safety Switches are categorized fused, no fuse and non-automatic. I want to know the definition of a non-automatic AC disconnect. GEs ...
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Costco CST80SL fan wiring

I want to replace my old bathroom fan with a CST80SL BROAN bathroom fan. Originally, there are two switches in my bathroom, one for bathroom fan and the other for bathroom light. My question is can ...
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Living room light, bedroom and AC switch are not working. I checked both switch, both have power coming in also the neutral. Lost of neutral

It was a generator Well I checked the distribution board for power which was there in all the breakers. The neutral had light in it when tasted with a tester so I left to check the wire for the light, ...
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Need to know if my 1/0 wire will suffice

I have a warehouse in my property that I want to work in during summer. The closest meter is 600 ft away and which is 200amp(240v) single phase. There are 3 wires in PVC to that meter but not ...
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How do you find a circuit when you only have access to a wire in an open wall

I open a wall in a certain area with the intention to recess that area. Of course there was wiring there, two wires of wich one I know where ig goes while the other I do not know. How do I determine ...
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Two cables in a wall segment , I need to relocate the wall toward the back and they are too short (no slack) what is the recommended way to do this?

So here is a diagram of what I am dealing with The blue cable is used to connect the right side power plug to the left side power plug The left side is upstream to say so. There is no slack and no ...
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Does any manufacturer make a fused 240 V 60 A steel AC disconnect with GFCI receptacle? [closed]

I need a fused pullout 240 V 60A steel AC disconnect rated at 10 horse power with a built in GFCI receptacle for use as a convenience outlet required by 2020 NEC, but cannot find one available. Has ...
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Why would a fusible AC disconnect require a bonded neutral when a non-fusible disconnect only requires the equipment grounding conductor?

According to the GE Spec-Setter TM datasheet their AC disconnects are comprised of three varieties: fusible, no fuse, non-automatic. A GE diagram on that datasheet for their "fusible" ...
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Must NM cable from floor to wall go through sill plate?

In New or remodel with floors and walls open, When routing NM from a joist bay into a wall is it required or preferred to drill through the sill plate or is it ok/normal to route over the plate and ...
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Am I required to glue together non-metal conduit

I have an outdoor run that will use THWN wires in gray PVC electrical conduit. I plan to seal around and inside the conduit at the (above-ground) building penetration. This is for energy efficiency ...
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Must SEU cable between the meter and load center be in conduit?

I have a very old house that at some point many decades ago had its electrical system partially updated (mixed knob and tube in a 70s 200A panel). Part of this upgrade relocated the panel to an ...
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Goodman AH2429-1A

I am trying to convert my old thermostat to a Wyze smart one and everything was going smoothly until I tried to connect the c wire adapter. I can’t find the terminals labeled YRGW like it wants me to. ...
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Adding a duplex outlet to a gang box that had capped off wires

I moved into a friends house and I noticed the room I’m in had a blank wall plate and when I removed it I noticed capped off 12 gauge solid wires and a gang box. I’d like to add a duplex receptacle to ...
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Is there a safety issue if my window AC causes lights to dim?

I've been researching this fairly common problem. However I haven't found any solutions. When my 12,000 BTU window AC first starts, the compressor it will whine for 3-5 seconds during which the lights ...
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Can I run a flexible cord between a ceiling-mounted LED light and wall outlet?

I am planning to add a ceiling-mounted light in one of the corners of a bedroom. Unfortunately, the only power source I could find is from a wall outlet. I do not want to get into the trouble of ...
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Is it safe to use extension cords whose wires are not double-insulated?

Most of the two-prong extension cords I have encountered have two conductors which do not seem double-insulated. This is in contrast with three-prong power strips which usually have three, already ...
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Residential garage breaker and outlet requirements

I’m upgrading wiring in my detached garage (in Burbank, CA), and I’m not 100% sure about a few things. It seems every branch circuit needs GFCI protection, but not necessarily AFCI protection, is ...
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how to wire 220v receptacle to old shop without a ground?

i'm replacing an old 220v receptacle in my shop with a new one that mates with a plug on a dust collector i just got. when i removed the existing receptacle it had two hot wires, a neutral, and no ...
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Is any damage to an electrical cable acceptable?

We had electricians over today and they struggled to pull the cable for a new subpanel. They are planing to finish tomorrow. Now that they left, I checked the cable and the plastic protection is ...
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Switch with weird voltages and wiring

I went over to my parents' house and am trying to fix a combination switch. The old switch stopped functioning recently and my Dad had removed it. I do not know how it was wired previously but my Dad ...
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Can I use a NEMA 6-20r on a 15amp circuit?

I just bought a new window unit and it has a NEMA 6-15p. My previous unit had heat also and therefore was on a 30 amp circuit on 8/2. I've always been told that using a bigger wire is never a problem ...
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How to cleanly wire this improvised power socket?

DIY community! On one of my walls there was a cable running to provide a socket across the room. This cable was interrupted in the middle, and a socket was added there. Since this required some extra ...
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