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Questions tagged [electrical-panel]

For questions about panelboards (also known as "electrical panels", "circuit breaker panels", "fuse boxes", "distribution boards", "consumer units", or "load centers"). Questions about individual overcurrent protection devices should use [circuit-breaker].

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Are these remains of electricity meter's anti-tampering seal?

This is an electricity meter on top of an old Zinsco panel. The meter does not have anything else hanging that reminds me of an anti-tamper seal. So I am wondering - has anyone tampered with this ...
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Breakers for living room was working, but has stopped after I turned breaker on/off

I have one circuit of outlets and lights in my living room that stopped working one day. This happened after I turned off all the breakers to the house and when I turned everything back on I noticed ...
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New Breaker box installation help [on hold]

What all do I need to install a box and the breakers for power to a building without existing power. I'm putting them where the main breaker box for the house is located. On the power poll
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Adding dedicate circuit to old panel

I want to add a dedicated circuit for a wall heater in the bathroom. Attached is a picture of my power panel. How do I tell if I have enough room to add to my existing panel? Housing is currently knob ...
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GFCI Protection for Garage Lights?

I know all receptacles in a garage require GFCI protection. But what about garage lights? I plan to hard-wire some new wiring to new garage lights and I'm wondering if this circuit needs to be on a ...
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Main Breaker Panel or Main Lug Panel for Sub-panel in Attached-Detached Garage

I am installing a ~100-amp sub-panel in my "attached-detached" garage (an "attached-detached" garage is a detached garage that shares a continuous roof with the home). The sub-panel will be fed by my ...
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Can I install a NEMA 14-30 outlet to 100 amp panel

I received a pricey estimate for a NEMA 14-50 installation because I apparently need an automatic transfer switch. Now I think I will go with a NEMA 14-30 DIY install instead. I am just wondering if ...
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Sub-panel tapped from aluminum feed in Duplex

I live in a Duplex (build in 1979) with a 200A distribution panel which has 2 meters and 2 100A breakers (one for each unit).The distribution panel is on the outside of the garage and is fed ...
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Is this 240V outlet undersized?

Garage has 100A service sub-panel from main home. The panel contains a 40A 240V breaker. This connects through a heavy-gauge wire (looks to be same wire as feeding the 100A panel itself) to what I ...
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How to fix A0 error code of a Daikin split system air conditioner

When I tried to turn on my split system AC today, the indicator light just kept blinking and the air conditioning was not on. Here is the error code as displayed on the remote According to what I ...
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Buying a new home and had questions on electrical box

Can someone take a look at this breaker box and please let me know if there is anything I should be concerned with. Its a smaller house 1300 sq 3 bed 2 bath. Ac, new electric oven, gas water heater.
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Main Panel Upgrade

Had a fire in one room (NZ Lockwood home) and renovated the entire interior due to smoke damage. Changed my main panel (150 amp)to a 200 amp and balanced the load to all breakers. No addition to load (...
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Safety hook on double pole circuit breakers

My home was built two years ago, so I would expect everything to have been done up to code. The problem is that I don't know what the metal ring in this photo is. It loops over the double pole circuit ...
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Standby generator

I have a house in Newfoundland, Canada and 5 years ago I had the power turned off before I moved to Ontario, and the power company removed the meter housing and cable from the pole to the house. It ...
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Smoke from the fusebox switch but everything seems be working

I was replacing an electrical fixture and I had turned off the circuit (one with support for arc testing) on the electrical panel. When I turned it back on, it made some noise/ some smoke came. I ...
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Remove unused wires from circuit breaker panel

My house was remodeled and a sub panel installed. The electrician capped and left three unused 220V (3 wire) circuits in the panel. That's probably standard practice. However, I would like to replace ...
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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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Where should I connect the green ground wire in main panel next to meter?

I am wondering what would be the correct location to connect the unconnected green ground wire in main panel next to meter. The detached garage has it's own ground rod. It is being fed by the double ...
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Sub Panel grounding questions… wire size, how-to's

So, I just found out on my first question that I am gonna need a 4th (ground wire) out to my sub panel. Was told by my buddy I only needed three, but evidently that is incorrect. So here goes. panel ...
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Running 100amp service 240' to a detached shop. Lots of questions

Okay, so when I started this project I had a buddy telling me what to do and what to buy and it "wasn't going to be a problem." I was told to buy 4/0 aluminum so now I have 235' of 4/0 aluminum in a ...
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How do I diagnose light dimmers that have become erratic after installation?

I used to have light dimmers in my house that worked just fine; but after an electrical panel upgrade they became erratic and/or noisy. All the dimmers are powering LEDs which claim to be dimmable ...
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ECO 36 on 200 amp panel

I want to install an ECO 36 36kW electric water heater which requires 150 amps max. My house panel is 200 amp and is out of space. What are my best options?
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Why does my garage consumer unit buzz when the kettle is on?

I fancied a cup of tea while working in the garage and didn’t want to keep going back into the house so I fetched the kettle etc and plugged it into the garage. When I turn the kettle on, the ...
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Installing CAFI Plug on Neutral Circuit breakers

The circuit breaker has only 2 places to hold wires. There are 3 wires. These are the newest versions with no pig tail. Do I need to wire it to the neutral bar? I thought the idea of this new design ...
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Can you increase amps in your house with an external breaker?

I would like to significantly increase the draw of power, or rather increase the maximum drawing of power to the house I live in. But I'm looking for an external solution. This is a rental house. I ...
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Wiring change 4 prong to 3 prong

Can I change a 4 prong wiring to a 3 prong on a washer/dryer combo? Would it be the same procedure as it would be if it was just a 240 volt dryer?
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Does a sub-panel in an outbuilding require a ground wire or rod? [duplicate]

My main elect panel in the house has a common neutral/ground bar and not separate bars. If I run from this panel to a sub panel in a detached pole barn and attach the two hots for 240V and one ...
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Operational Electrical Panel in an unfinished building — safe? Sane? Legal?

Is it realistic to have an operational and functioning load center panel (with power supplied only to temporary outlets mounted near the panel), fed by an offgrid solar system, in a half-built ...
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how to find circuit breaker for exterior light

Most breaker finders seem to work with outlets, but I have 3 exterior light fixtures which are on all the time. I want to find the circuit so I can work on this and fix it.
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20A home circuit breaker stuck in “TRIPPED” state

If I understand correctly, then the proper circuit breaker reset procedure is TRIPPED->OFF->ON (ie you can't reset the circuit breaker by going directly from TRIPPED->ON state). However, the circuit ...
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Help with Electric Panel

Ok this panel is on the outside of a small cottage. The electric for the house turns off when you turn off the 100 amp double breaker on the right. My question is should this control another panel or ...
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How to fix bad contact on busbar?

I have an ITE electrical panel from the 1970's. We noticed some flickering in the bathroom and some noise coming from the electrical box. There was a single breaker arcing in the panel. I pulled it ...
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Can I add a subpanel?

Let me start off with the facts: I have 125 amp service that is fed via overhead lines to a center fed panel. I am maxed out on breakers, as every 110v breaker is now a tandem breaker. When other ...
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400 Amp service to 2-200-Amp Sub-panels

I used to be an electrician many years ago (trained by the USCG, worked commercial/residential at EOE). Is been about 13 years since I wired up a service panel. I am building a new home and need a ...
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Interlock and backfeed setup with NEMA L6-20

Am starting to put a generator setup together. I'm planning on setting up an interlock and backfeed breaker into my panel with an outdoor receptacle for the gen to plug into. The issue is this. My ...
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Approved weatherproof way of connecting SER into panel

I have a knockout in an outdoor electrical panel that is above the uninsulated portion of the panel. I need to run 4/0 SER wire into the panel. According to NEC 312.2, I need a wet listed fitting when ...
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Use existing 200A panel as temporary sub-panel off of new 320A service panel

Currently I have 200A electrical service that's brought to my house above ground and into the basement on the right side of the house, which feeds a 200A panel. I'm in the process of getting my ...
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Combo panel upgrade: meter questions

I would like to update my main electrical panel from 12/24 space-circuits to 30+ I currently have an EATON BR 125-amp with 4-jaw ring meter socket (MBE1224B125BTS) which is inside the attached garage ...
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Is the blue conduit connected to my sub-panel suitable for a 50A branch circuit?

I have to add a 50 amp circuit to the sub panel in my garage. I found one of the open knockouts in the top of the panel to have a blue flexible conduit looking stuff in it which runs up into the ...
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Is it code-legal to backfeed both legs of a 240V panel from a 120V portable generator?

My question is very similar to this one (Can I plug a 120 volt generator into a 240 transfer switch with a modified cord/connector?), but I'd like to know whether DDS's answer is code-legal under the ...
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Bare copper wire under kitchen sink

I have a bare copper wire that runs from the breaker box to the hot water hose under the kitchen sink. The electrician did this. Is this safe, if not how do I fix it?
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Metal enclosure insulating paint/spray [closed]

What spray or paint can you use to insulate metal enclosure from conduction (say in breaker panel just for double protection in case the breaker won't open during ground fault to case)?
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Plastic Breaker Panel Enclosure [closed]

Are there any plastic circuit breaker panel enclosure? What brand have them? Won't it be better if panel enclosure are plastic instead of metal? What material would be best, resin? fiberglass? ...
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Connecting 12ga wire to 14ga that is connected to 15 amp breaker

I have a ceiling fan and 1 porch light that is connected directly to a 15 amp breaker. It was installed using 14-2 wire. Then, I have a small basement area that has a 1 light and 4 outlets that I ...
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What size sub-panel and wire do I need for my three-season room?

I have a 15x22 room that is roughly 50' from the main panel, that I am converting from a 3 season room, into a conditioned space (heating and cooling, enclosed with windows and doors, etc.). ...
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Can I feed two circuits from one breaker? [duplicate]

I'm running out of slots in my old electrical panel. All of my breakers have a single wire plugged in. Can I free one up by feeding my doorbell low voltage converter into the same circuit breaker that ...
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Vapor barrier behind electrical panel?

My electrical panel is mounted on bare studs of an exterior wall in my attached garage (living space above). The garage is not insulated and it does not need to be (except for the ceiling which will ...
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Neutral bar in the breaker box

I was trying to disconnect a 220 50 amp breaker to replace with a 30 amp, changing function for the breaker. When I disconnected the white wire from the neutral bar it jumps to 120 volts on the bar ...
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Connector for joining approx 10 wires

In my main meter box, there a bunches of wires joined together. Nearly 10-12 connections are jointed at the same point by just twisting them together. This looks very untidy and also unsafe to work on ...
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Electric boiler and dryer same breaker?

I'm adding an electric boiler 240 volt. Can I use the same breaker from the dryer? I don't have room to add another breaker on my electric panel.