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Is my plan for a 125A subpanel feeder ok?

I'm adding a 125A subpanel immediately below my 200A main. The background is my kitchen has 10, 15A receptacles running on one 15A GFCI receptacle as one 20A circuit. When the over the range microwave ...
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Warped Light switches

I have 5 (paddle type) light switches in my home that are warping. Four of them are double pole switches (two on the same circuit, the other two on a different circuit). The 5th one is a single pole ...
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Neutral connections are not grounded to the chassis

I'm trying to learn what the following means in relation to wiring a 240V Euro appliance in the US. With European 240 V mains, one side of the circuit might be neutral, i.e., about ground potential. ...
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How can I combine three switched circuits into one? [closed]

I have 3 light switches in my basement. Each one operates 4 recessed lights. I'd like to get all the lights on one switch. Is it as simple as getting an appropriate sized switch and combining the ...
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Outlet tester shows correct but dim top light

My outlet tester shows correct but the top light is dim. This does not happen with the other outlets I've tested. The outlet with the issue does work but this worries me. What could be the issue? If I ...
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The light on my ceiling fan shuts off every 2 minutes and 47 seconds. NOT the ceiling fan, JUST the light

I have an older concord remote control that works with my ceiling fan and light. The light shuts off automatically every 2 minutes and 47 seconds. Then I push the button on the remote to turn the ...
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Can I use a 20A toggle switch to change between batteries and a 30A campground outlet?

I'm building an RV from a bread truck. I'm using a 120v fridge, 120v portable AC, and a 120v TV. I'm running solar to a deep cycle battery which has a 2000/4000 watt sine wave inverter. I want to run ...
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I hit metal inside wooden stud

I'm about to install a new outlet. Whe drilling horizontally through a vertical stud, I hit something metal. The location of the stud very low to the ground, behind my baseboard. This is between two ...
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Help wiring European electric stove in United States [duplicate]

Long story short, I accidently ended up with a new European electric stove in the United States. It's 40 AMP, 240V and 50/60 Hz compatible. Coming off the Circuit breaker I have two hot wires (red/...
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Mystery Device on my Automated Gate Controller Box (on Nice Apollo 1500 gate opener)

We have an automated gate Nice Apollo 1500 gate opener with an Apollo 635/636 control board and a LiftMaster RF controller. There appears to be a key switch on the outside that is disconnected. Above ...
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Help wiring European Stove In the US

I apologize for writing a second similar post. I'm new to the site and was having difficulty uploading an image/diagram. I deleted the second one and attached the diagram here. Long story short, I ...
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Redundant whole house surge protector on subpanel

I have read that you can have redundant surge protectors (one on a main panel, another on a sub panel), but I'm not sure it's worth the cost (~$100). An HVAC contractor thought I needed one on the ...
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Outlets not working but breaker not tripped

My smart tv was showing no internet connection so I did what I always do, I unplugged the surge protector strip it’s plugged into, waited a 30 seconds and plugged it back in. Everything in that plug ...
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Remote-Controlled Ceiling Light OK?

In my ceiling is a recessed light box that is live via a breaker. The old light had a pull chain to turn it off. My new ceiling light has a remote control for on/off. Will this be safe?
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why does a new LED ceiling light in my utility room flicker when I have my under the cabinet lights on in the kitchen

I installed a new LED ceiling light in my utility room. when we turned the power on the light started flickering. We thought it was loose wires so we tightehed the cinnections and moved the ground ...
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Is electrical wiring causing issues with our kitchen oven?

We bought an LG convection range in 2012 to replace an old built in oven and stove top in our kitchen. We had to replace the bottom element in the oven three times over 11 years, thinking that it was ...
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How do I rechain these wires properly?

The old house owner had done this wiring themselves, and we decided it was time to switch these old dimmer switches out for smart dimmer switches. The new switches need a ground, neutral, load and ...
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Can I change a 20 amp breaker to a 30 amp?

I have a circuit breaker in my trailer, it's a Square D single pole. All of them are 20 amps and if I put on two extra things everything goes off. Can I change the 20 amp to a 30 amp so it won't keep ...
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One neutral wire, carrying electricity in both directions? [closed]

This is a simple circuit with battery, also think it as AC source. One neutral wire in the middle. Two power source, two hot wires. Will it carry electricity in both directions at the same time? Will ...
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Can I convert 50 amp electric oven circuit to subpanel, and power oven plus water heater, plus maybe a car charger?

My gas water heater is very old, and I'd like to replace it with a heat pump electric water heater. The one I'm looking at is 19 amps, 240 volts. My breaker box is in a finished part of my basement, ...
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Generator hookup to house

I had an old 5.5 kw 240 volt generator with a 240 volt plug that was three prongs only, two hots and ground. I connected it(main breaker to street power off) to a dual pole 20 amp breaker with the two ...
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How can I power both sides of breaker box with two 120 volt battery backups?

I have two vtoman 1800 battery generators. Is there any problem powering my breaker box (main breaker off to street power) by using a dual pole 15 amp breaker and hooking up one hot from each ...
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Add second garage door safety sensor

I would like to add a second garage door motion shuft-off sensor for the safety of one of my cats that often finds himself crawling very very slowly under the half-open garage door to go in or out. ...
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Confirming correct wiring on replacement AC contactor

I need to replace my AC unit's contactor (stuck open so have to flip breaker to turn it off). My understanding is that key variables are number of poles, amperage, and control voltage. Replacement ...
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Electric frustrated [closed]

Ran wire from an existing outlet that has nothing else on the circuit, to feed two new outlets. The existing outlet had a gfi installed for whatever reason. I wired the outlets upstairs then came down ...
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Transfer Switch Sizes

15 years ago I personally installed a Reliance 6 station Transfer Switch for generator to my box when building my home. I have never had to use it. So naturally I have sorta forgotten particulars. It'...
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Why did the main wire to my apartment burn before the breaker tripped?

I live in a country where the formal electrical code is more of a light suggestion than requirement, at least for old buildings. My lights began flickering when the shower was on so I went to the ...
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Switch loop light convert to ceiling fan

I am wanting to convert a ceiling light on a single pole switch that is switch looped to a ceiling fan light combo and have that controlled by the currently exiating single pole switch.. is this as ...
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Converting 6-15p to a 6-20p receptacle for "through the wall" air/heating unit

How do we safely convert a dedicated 6-15p to a 6-20p receptacle? This outlet is for our "through the wall" air/heating unit, which no longer works. Current replacement units have a 6-20p ...
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Adding a circuit to electrical service

I'm trying to power a shed that's gonna pull about 1000W max. My outside service box is full and I cannot add a 30A breaker. In my service I have a 50A breaker that's powering my oven. The oven on max ...
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Why do I see low voltage in a repaired underground cable?

An excavator accidentally pulled and cut 2 underground cables that power up our pool shed (light and pool pump). I fixed one wire that powers the lights but I have trouble fixing the other one that ...
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Where is my service panel grounded?

I'm wanting to install a critical loads panel connected to an EG4 6000xp. This is my main panel and I see the two hots and a neutral but do not see the ground. Is the main panel grounded? Top of ...
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Sub panel from service side of Main breaker

I am buying a house and at some point in the past they installed or upgraded the HVAC. I think because they ran out of room in the two panels in the basement, instead of upping the number of circuits ...
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Question on Kitchen Switches and Wiring

I stumbled upon a situation while making some mild upgrades to my kitchen. I will try to be as detailed as possible to minimize follow-up questions. I have two switches next to the kitchen sink; one ...
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Why is my GFCI tripping when I turn the breaker on?

Yet another GFCI tripping post. My issue is that I have a new installed 20A GFCI receptacle that is tripping as soon as I turn the breaker on without a load attached. I've done everything I can think ...
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Dust Collector Fries GFCIs

I have a 1.5HP Delta 50-760 dust collector wired for 120V, rated 15A 120V / 7.5A 240V (3450 RPM capacitor start motor). It starts slowly and takes a while to spin up, so presumably it has a high ...
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How should I protect this cable behind kitchen peninsula drawers?

I’m rewiring a kitchen (San Jose, CA). I’ve added a receptacle at the end of our kitchen peninsula. This is the last receptacle on one of the two 20 amp circuits for appliances. I routed 12/2 romex ...
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Strange Flickering Situation

Two parts to this whole situation... Room A and Room B each have a light fixture. Room A has a single pole dimmer switch and Room B has a three way switch set up (one is a dimmer switch). When moving ...
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What are these mains in my home's electrical panel?

I was planning to install an Emporia Vue in my home's electrical box but have never seen a main power supply that wasn't an insulated wire. What are these that look like brackets and can I safely ...
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Fix christmas lights when AC voltage adapter shows no breaks

Why might an entire strand of Christmas lights remain off when a non-contact AC Voltage Detector beeps when placed next to each wire and bulb? (I know that Christmas lights are cheap. At this point, I'...
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Is this chandelier incorrectly wired?

After moving into my house I noticed that the chandelier light appeared to have a short in it, I've been avoiding switching the light on until I could take a look at what's going on. When I got up ...
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Diagnosing tripped breaker on the dishwasher circuit?

Our dishwasher trips the breaker every time, mid-cycle, and I'm having trouble diagnosing the issue with my limited electrical knowledge. Here are some facts/observations that I hope are relevant: ...
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How to wire lutron 3-way LED dimmable switch

I would like to wire a new installation of a lutron 3-way led dimmable switch for use in 2 locations. I presently have 1 switch installed and it works in that setup as a single-pole application. I ...
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Can I use a galvanized well casing as a ground

I'm installing a sub panel the main is at the pole I have a galvanized well casing over 6' away from the first ground rod can I use the well as my second
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Recessed Ceiling Junction Box, too deep?

We had an existing box, which sat flush to the drywall, but it had broke on one side of the threading, causing the chandelier to pull down a little (probably not helped by our younger son going on the ...
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200A panel upgrade, ready for inspection?

I just completed my service and panel upgrade to 200A, including installation of an emergency disconnect and an EVSE. The old service was 100A, fortunately the meter pan and utility wiring was ready ...
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Need to keep outlet hot while using switch to power new lights

I have a light switch that just powers an outlet. I'd like to keep outlet hot while using the switch for new lights. I will drop the new wiring for lights from attic down to the switch. However, upon ...
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How can I repair an outlet which won't accept plugs?

I am not able to plug in stuff into my outlet anymore. It seems like every time I try to plug something in, I'm hitting some springs. I think I moved the inside of the outlet by forcing things in. ...
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How to test this wire to see if it's neutral

I am trying to determine if I can have a smart dimmer switch installed to replace this old dual light switch. There is an unconnected wire that comes into the switch box on one side and runs out ...
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Level 1 car charger causing outlets and lines to break

I have a Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid that uses a Level-1 charger (120V) which seems to be doing damage to or breaking outlets/lines in my home. The situation is the following: I had been using an ...
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