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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Can I split a shared neutral between two GFCI breakers?

I have two 15A circuits that share a neutral. Currently, they go to two normal breakers, and I'd like to replace two those breakers (side-by-side in the breaker box) with plug-on neutral GFCI ...
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Can I add a breaker to my main disconnect panel?

Next to my meter I have a square d all-in-one combination service entrance device with a service disconnect breaker and a sub panel breaker that must be going to my indoors panel, see attached images. ...
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Breaker “shifted” under panel cover

One of the breakers in my panel has shifted out of position slightly (#13 in the image). This happened as I was turning it off. I am unable to shift it back into position by applying a decent amount ...
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Can I tie grounded/white and ground/bare from a subpanel to any grounding bar in in the main panel?

Suppose I'm wiring a 100 A subpanel, which receives my two phase wires (black, red/black), my grounded/neutral wire (white), and my ground wire (bare) from the main panel. Since this is a subpanel, ...
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What replacement breaker for a Gould GQF20MB panel?

I have a 100amp Gould panel (relevant bits from the label): GQF20MB - I-T-E Indoor Loadcenter Use only I-T-E Type EQ-P Circuit Breakers Since Gould is no longer made under that name, I've gone ...
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Short Circuit that only makes certain electronics go out?

Yesterday at around 11 PM we had a short circuit that lasted just a split second. I was in my office with my back turned when I saw the lights flicker. Then, I went to the kitchen and the same thing ...
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Panels that come with feed lugs? [closed]

Does anyone have a recommendation for a single phase panel that comes feed lugs? I'd like a 40+ space 200A main panel for indoor use. Most of the panels out there don't come with feed lugs and the lug ...
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Is conduit required when running a short distance to an adjacent 60 amp subpanel?

I am installing a surface mounted 60 amp subpanel 5 inches to the right of my current surface mounted main panel. For the short run, can I use 6/3 non-metallic cable w/ground between the two panels ...
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What type of breakers is this and how should they be switched back on?

My friend is taking care of my 25 year old home in British Columbia (Canada) and all breakers were switched off when I went away, except for the Main at the bottom and the garage one for him to be ...
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240 v. Problems to the other garage

I have an electrical issue. I have a garage that is about 150 ft from the main house. Electric has been fine since we’ve moved in 10 hrs ago but now there is very little power (enough to turn on led ...
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Can wires go under the supply wires in my panel?

The only available knockout big enough for my #1 wires is on the right side of the panel. The new breaker (double pole 100A) needs to go on the left side of the panel. Can I cross my #1 wires under ...
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What to make of electrical rating etched into circuit breaker?

This is an extension on a previous question about a 240V outlet in my garage. At that time, I took the advice that I should: replace the 40A breaker in the garage with a 30A version (from the proper ...
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How to air-seal apartment breaker box and range hood duct

I live in an apartment on the top floor. It's the dream apartment for me except for the heavy cooking smell from neighbors entering the unit. I believe the main culprit is the bathroom fan without ...
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GE PowerMark Gold + Conversion Kit

GE has their PowerMark Gold series subpanels. Some of those are main lug that are convertible to main breaker. I bought one of those panels (https://www.lowes.com/pd/GE-125-Amp-14-Spaces-24-Circuit-...
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What are the unused 240V breakers in my panel for? [closed]

The main service panel in my house has eight 2 pole breakers in it. It breaks down as: 2 40A breakers for the AC units 2 50A breakers for the furnaces 1 40A breaker for the stove 1 30A breaker for ...
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What's the best way to connect transfer switch and sub panel?

I purchased a used Generac 10kva with a transfer switch and am in the final stages of getting things setup. The generator itself has a 45a breaker on it and I've got 6 ga wire running from it to the ...
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Why bother referencing neutral to ground in residential transformer?

I'm going to list the 3 scenarios for electrocution I can think up for both a residential transformer with grounded neutral and an isolated transformer. I find that the grounded neutral transformer ...
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Oven/Stove or Wiring causing breaker to trip [closed]

My Kitchen was delivered some days ago and the persons doing the installation were unable to get the oven/Stove set to work. I am unsure if I have a faulty oven/stove or faulty wiring in the apartment ...
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Which are my mains?

I'm installing a Sense energy monitor and am trying to figure out which are my mains. This photo is of my main panel, but there's a sub-panel in our house as well, which I'm assuming a couple of these ...
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Are these breakers single-pole or double-pole?

I'm installing a Sense energy monitor and it needs a 2-pole, 240V breaker. I know I can piggyback off an existing 2-pole breaker, but am I correct that all of these are single-pole?
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AFCI trips when adjacent breaker is switched on

I added 2 separate circuits to a small space on the first floor. Both circuits were AFCI/GFI protected in the breaker panel. Both circuit home runs ran to one junction box before splitting. 1st ...
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Is there a missing ground wire in my pedestal service circuit?

I just had a electrical inspection stated 2 hot 1 neutral and one ground needed. I thought all of that was there. Here are the inspection forms. I have no clue what is wrong or what is correct.
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Install manual generator transfer switch to two 200A feeders

I am installing a 400A meter main with a 200A feeder to the existing interior house panel and 200A to detached garage. Similar to this install: Source: https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/191178/125700 ...
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Is my existing electrical feed to my detached garage safe?

Recently bought a house with a suspicious electrical setup running to a detached garage. Garage is about 70 feet from the main panel. Feeding the garage is 10/3 Romex with no ground wire on a 30amp ...
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What is the maximum sub-panel amperage I can use, and is my setup okay?

I would like to install a sub-panel in a garage by running cable underground. I have 60' of 2-2-2-4 aluminum service entrance cable -- gray jacket, 3 conductors insulated. While I have 60', the ...
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Convert SE panel from two 100 amp breakers to a single 200 amp breaker

I'm installing a 200 amp automatic transfer switch but my main service entrance is a combo meter box that breaks out into two 100 amp since there are two subpanels downstream. I'm thinking of ...
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Wiring of a metal detached garage?

I am looking to add power to my detached metal (enclosed carport) garage. With that said I am trying to figure out the most economical solution to wiring the garage. I would like to run the wire like ...
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A mysterious electricity box - what could it be?

I am a trustee for a 60+ unit building wherein each unit has its own electricity meter. A few owners wanted to install additional appliances in their units, so I conducted a visual inspection of the ...
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How to find a neutral to ground short on my main panel

I've just installed a subpanel in my attached garage. The rough in has passed inspection, however my main panel has standard breakers and has never had fault finding interrupter breakers in it, and ...
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50 amp circuit breaker for a 30 amp electric oven?

My new 30 amp (240v) oven tripped a 50 amp breaker, and now will not heat. The warranty repair is happening, but here's my question: should I just put in a 30 amp breaker to protect the oven from ...
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Unable to seat Eaton CH breakers side-by-side in my Eaton CH panel

This is probably an embarrassing newbie mistake, but I've really been scratching my head over this. I have an Eaton subpanel that states it accepts Eaton type CH, CHT, or CH3 branch breakers. However, ...
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Adding 50amp box directly beside electrical panel

My electrical panel is in the garage, which is drywalled. There are some available knock-outs in the side of the panel wall and this is mounted between the supporting studs. I want to pull the metal ...
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All my outlets are 220-240v , one shows 130-140v. What could the problem be?

I recently wanted to use an outlet that I had rewired 5-6 years ago (along with the whole house) and all my other outlets are 220-240v, but this one shows 130-140v. What could the problem be? I intend ...
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Pool subpanel circuit correct?

I currently have a 200amp service feeding house including a 20amp 2 pole pool pump and a 60amp 2 pole pool heater/cooler, these circuits are not GFCI protected. I would like to replace the pool ...
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External Double Pole Thermostat to 7500 Watt Forced Air Heater

I'm working on adding a 7500W electric heater to my garage, and am wondering how to hook up an external double pole thermostat. What is giving me some concern is that on the double pole thermostats I ...
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What to do, half the house has no power after I used the GFCI tester

So I tried a gfci tester device on a non-gfci outlet without thinking too much over it. Why, you ask? Well, I guess because I am an idiot. As I pressed the test button, half the house lost power. ...
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Electric flows question [closed]

Like the Example of the “Water Supply”, Electricity flows to the house, being supplied through conduits to the service panel and then onto smaller conduit wiring for individual outlets and appliances. ...
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Quad Breaker Issue

We have a new Maytag Bravo dryer. In our breaker box it is on a quad breaker (15 out and 30 in) with the bathroom and living room outlets and outside outlet. When I turn the dryer on the GFCI in the ...
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Power plug will not go inside the power socket!

I have couple of sockets I added through my electrician sometimes back. Now when I plug microwave or coffee maker, it plug would just not go in! I don’t want to put extraordinary force for fear of ...
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Generator wiring into Automatic Transfer Switch – wire gauge

I will be wiring a Generac 24kW Generator, connecting into a 200A Generac Automatic Transfer Switch. This Transfer Switch’s output is then powering a 200Amp service panel. The Generator’s max ...
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NM cable routing to panel backboard / side of the service panel. Take 2. Any NEC 2017/2020 concerns?

Going off of my previous question, I wanted to get a confirmation the below is compliant with NEC2017/2020 for connecting NM cable to a main panel. I have used a length of 12/2 NM cable to show how I ...
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Any issue with splicing a 220 line?

I have an existing 220 line (10-2 wire), that is an outlet for a dust collector. I need to move the dust collector about 5 more feet down the wall. So the outlet needs to move 5 feet too. Any problem ...
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Confused about 230V Air Compressor Wiring

I just got an Ingersoll Rand SS4L5 230V Standalone Air Compressor, and I need some spot-checking on my wiring configuration from my panel. First let's get the details out of the way: I'm not sure ...
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What component do I need to add my own “Private” electric meter

I am adding a workshop, and upgrading my service from 200A to 400A. The Shop will get a 200A panel and the existing House panel will be backfed from the main. I want to bring the new House feeder ...
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Can I run an underground wire to a shed on blocks?

I have a 12'x16' shed which has been leveled using concrete blocks but otherwise sits on the grass/dirt. It's about 100' from the house. I live in Georgia. I'd love to add some lights and outlets ...
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Main panel grounding

I have installed a 200 Amp meter upgraded from the old 60 amp and then installed a 200 disconnect with a breaker type switch inside then feeding 200 amp main panel. My question is do I bond neutral ...
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How to add 30A 240V circuit to an almost full panel

I'm looking to add a 30A 240V circuit for solar.. but my main panel is almost full (pix below). Is there any way to add the circuit without adding a subpanel?
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Wiring for 30amp RV plug from 50amp (14-50R) outlet

When building our home, I pre-wired for a 50amp electric car outlet using a 6/2 wire (not 6/3 because according to Tesla charging station, they only need 6/2. 6/3 wire was going to cost me $20 more - ...
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What options exist when utility wire is too short to reach the meter?

Doing a meter box upgrade, underground service in 2" EMT entering bottom of box. My new meter box has about 12" distance from bottom case to lugs, which is about 3" longer than the old. ...
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How close can an IMC coupler be to the unsupported portion of the rise above a roof?

I'm setting up my entrance riser for my shop. The weather head is 13' up from the top of the panel box, and the shop "roof" is 11' from that with 2' of the 2.5" IMC conduit riser ...

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