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GFCI outlet randomly stops working

Recently moved into the house. About half of it has ungrounded outlets. Trying to replace them with GFCIs for some increased safety. This outlet in the living room is giving me trouble. On Friday I ...
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Faulty Electrical

So I have some outlets and switches that aren't working. Periodically they will start working again out of the blue. Power company has been out abd che jes their side of things. Both legs are working. ...
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Electricity goes out during day and half of what was out comes back on during the night

i have no idea what is going on. i live in a tri level home. i have a basement, a main level and an upstairs. some time during the day while everyone is at work/school the power in the basement guest ...
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How can I figure out which switches used to control which outlets?

Previous owner replaced all switched outlets and made them always hot. How can I figure out which switches used to control which outlets? Is there any trick to figuring this out? Currently my best ...
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Center of a wire nut holding neutral wires is burned, but it doesn't seem loose

The outlets in my garage are on a circuit breaker with AFCI protection. The outlet closest to the circuit breaker is a GFCI outlet, and the rest of the outlets are just normal outlets. When the GFCI ...
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How to add a 110v receptacle to my laundry room

My laundry room currently only has 2 receptacles: a 220v for the dryer, and a 110v (NEMA 5-20R style) for the washing machine. That 110v receptacle is powered from a 20A (non-GFCI?!?) breaker in my ...
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GFCI dead front switch for exterior outlets won't stay on

We had a storm last night (lightning/wind/rain) and this morning the dead front GFCI switch (located in garage) for all the exterior outlets was tripped. The LED is on so the switch is getting power. ...
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Upgrading 240v 3 prong dryer outlet to 4 prong

I was going to replace an old 3 prong dryer receptacle with a new one. It being an old townhouse built in the late 60's I assumed there wouldn't be a ground wire, but when I took the outlet out I ...
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What might cause 2 GFCI outlets to not reset after a power surge?

There was a small power surge causing lights and tv to flicker. Power is on but 2 GFI outlets are not resetting. I have tried every breaker in my home but nothing is wrong.
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NEC code requirements for clearance of outdoor receptacle

I'm planting full-grown trees from a nursery along the perimeter of my property. There is an existing outdoor receptacle on the concrete barrier dividing my property line about 6-12" above the ...
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Why not use a plastic receptacle box for an outdoor outlet?

This answer says "... it should be possible to cut into the wall and install a metal box (don't use plastic, please) [for an outdoor outlet]." What are the problems associated with using a ...
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Acceptable To Use 50a 3-Prong for Dryer

My laundry room dryer outlet is currently wired with a 50 amp 3-prong outlet, but has a 30-amp breaker on the main panel. I've been using the dryer in this outlet just fine for a year after moving in ...
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Can I move this outlet near another outlet on the interior of an exterior wall?

I am renovating my bathroom vanity. There are two outlets above the sinks. This is the interior side of an exterior wall. The house is located in New Jersey. The two outlets are not on the same ...
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USB Receptacle with internal ports [duplicate]

I am planning to fish a USB cable from a mounted tablet behind the wall to an outlet box. Is there an outlet receptacle that has an internal USB port? Image below is a common USB receptacle with two ...
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How many breakers can feed a single box?

I was replacing old light switches in a 2-gang box (~1950 home) and discovered it was fed from two different 15A breakers... and not only from two different breakers, but two different legs so 240V ...
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What type of old cable is fed into this outlet, and what is the bare copper if the junction box doesn't seem to be grounded?

I have a groundless outlet that I'm attempting to add a ground to. The breaker that this circuit is tied to is a one pole AFCI, and it seems this is the only outlet on the circuit for the time being. (...
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What electrical work box should I use to replace this steel one?

I'm very new to all this but figured I could handle turning off the power and installing the hot/neutral/ground on a new and too-large USB outlet. I didn't get very far. This is how I found it when ...
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How to correctly ground BX cable in a plastic box

First off, I fully acknowledge that this may not be possible, CORRECTLY... but I have a 1939 house that has been through several generations of electrical wiring. The main panel and a lot of the ...
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What is the proper way to flush-mount an outdoor electrical outlet?

There are many outdoor electrical outlet boxes such that the entire box is mounted to the surface and then a wire comes in from the back. ... but what is the proper way to mount a box behind an ...
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Changed outlet and now nearby switch doesn't work; do I need to break the brass tab?

thanks for reading this and offering your advice. So first I changed the switch which was super easy and the kitchen light continued to turn on and off totally fine. Then I went to change a nearby ...
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How to determine if an electrical box is code-compliant/listed for non-permanent installation?

I'd like to build a cord with a an 14-30P plug on one end and a 14-30R receptacle on the other end. I'll be using 8/4 SOOW cord. Since there are no 14-30R receptacles designed to attach to the end of ...
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How to cut a hole through kitchen ceramic floor tile to install pop-up electrical box?

I'd like to install this (Manufc. Page) 20A GFCI pop-up electrical box in the kitchen floor to allow cookware (microwave, blender, air fryer) to be plugged in. I will build a kitchen island cart to ...
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How can I shorten the cable on an outlet bar?

I have several long outlet bars I'd like to install under a cabinet. I'm not interested in hard-wiring them, so I will plug them into some existing outlets. The problem is that I only need about 2 ...
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Vanity Light Install

I bought an led mirror for our bathroom and can’t figure out how to connect it. The mirror has only a black and white wire while the wiring from the wall has 2 white wires, 2 black wires and 2 green ...
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Does it cause problems to overtighten connections on receptacles/switches?

One of the things that's always been drilled into me is "loose wires cause fires," and that's something I always remain conscious of when changing out devices. But is there such a thing as &...
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Connect ceiling fan romex to switch controlled outlet or directly to switch?

I’m installing a ceiling fan in the living room. I want to control the ceiling fan light and fan on separate switches—the ceiling fan is capable. However, the wiring in the switch box made me pause. ...
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Pulling a 120v outlet from an existing 240v hot-water heater line

I have a 240v hot water heater that is directly wired ... meaning the heavy cable from the wall goes into the water heater. I want to add a powered anode to deal with sulfer-smelling water and the ...
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Does cable for a 30A circuit between garage studs need shielding?

I am trying to add a 30 amp service for my garage-parked RV. I have plenty of open slots in the electrical panel (which is mounted midway on the wall in my garage) and the plan was to do a 2.5 foot ...
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Is This Receptacle Up To Code?

I recently added this receptacle to my bathroom because I am putting a vanity here that has a built-in power bar and previously the only receptacle in the bathroom was the GFCI outlet at the top of ...
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3 wire hot connected to 2 wire neutral in split receptacle

I just bought a house (built in 1999) and was inspecting some of the electrical outlets. In particular, under the kitchen sink is a split receptacle where the top is always on (dishwasher connected to ...
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GFI triping with dog bone adapter [closed]

I want to use dog bone adapter, (2) 30A male Rv to 50A female. Also a 15/30 on one of the 30A male legs. The problem you might have guessed is the GFI. Your thoughts please.
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Unused outlets get warm when others under load

When we run moderately high power devices (around 8-9 amps, e.g. vacuum cleaner, portable AC, small space heater), the other unused outlets on the same circuit get warm/hot after 15-30 minutes. The ...
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Installing a new ceiling fan without existing wiring

I recently tried installing a remote controlled ceiling fan in a bedroom and planned on having it tied into the current switch. This switch only controls an outlet on the other side of the room and ...
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Power flicked after changing my outlets

I am really stumped. My husband and I own a double wide. Yesterday we changed out a double light switch that had a dimmer to just a double switch. We had no issues at all until today. More than 24hrs ...
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Smell from electrical outlet

There is s strange smell on my daughter’s bedroom coming from an electrical outlet (smells like burnt). It smells only at night, despite the breaker being off, it still smells. Electrician changed ...
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Switching to a three prong outlet

This outlet has two copper (ground) wires twisted together and it also had a black cap on it. This had a two prong plug originally and we are looking to switch it to a three prong. Do I untwist and ...
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Can I add a 120v circuit to my 240v hot tub disconnect box?

I have a load box that feeds power to my hot tub -240 50amp. There are no additional slots to add breakers. Wondering what your experts suggest to be the best solution to keep the hot tub feed and add ...
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Reuse Existing 12/2 Romex to Power 220v L6-30R

I have two separate 12/2 Romex lines I ran in my house to a dual 20-Amp outlet (top outlet on one line, bottom outlet on the other). I used this to power a small server rack. I am changing my setup to ...
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Outlets not going off with switch

So mother in law wants white outlets/switches/plates. (she has old almond colored ones) So I get to two outlets in her bedroom....one red, one white and one black in. Take out the old outlet, put ...
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Why does my EV charger only draw 6 or 12 amps on a 20 amp circuit?

It was installed in 2005 as part of a heavy-up. It is on a 20 amp breaker with 12/3 wire. I initially used it for yard tools. Now, I am using it to charge my EV. I am using a 5-15 plug. I usually ...
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Add an outlet to a porch light?

I replaced a porch wall light fixture for a motion sensing one, but the old fixture had an interesting feature: the mounting box was extended so it had an electrical outlet mounted in the side of it. ...
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GFCI Bathroom Outlet Open Hot

For some reason the outlet keeps tripping the breaker. There are 2 other outlets on this breaker as far as now, one of the front and back porch. This is the bathroom wiring. Any help? Should I pull ...
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Do outdoor outlet covers have standard sizes / screw placement?

Do outdoor outlet covers have standard sizes / screw placement? I would like to replace the cover pictured below (preferably without having to replace the whole box). The cover has BWF on the front, ...
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120 volt wire loses voltage randomly

I recently ran a wire on a known 15 amp breaker to an outdoor GFCI outlet. Have 120 volt at the tie in, 120 volt at the outlet, all good. Then last night I lost all power at the outlet, now shows ...
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Can I put a GFI outlet here?

I’ve never seen wiring like this before. If this was a switch I’ve seen black to white but this is odd to me. I’ve tested the lines there hot. And I don’t know if this has anything to do with the ...
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Can I use a plastic or fiberglass box to install a 14-50 outlet or is a metal box required?

The title says it all. If plastic or fiberglass is allowed by code, what if any cons would there be?
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What type of electrical boxes can I use on small metal studs

I am having trouble knowing what type of electrical boxes to use on smaller metal studs. I recently purchased a new construction that has an unfinished walk out basement. On the three sides of the ...
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Can I use a plastic extension ring over a metal switch box and self-grounding devices?

If I use a plastic extension ring over a metal switch box, and if the metal switch box is correctly grounded and I use self-grounding devices with long screws screwed into the metal box, can I ...
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Need to reduce voltage from 245v to under 240v for large printer

I run a home business and have recently purchased a large HP 800w latex printer that requires a 220v outlet. The manufacturer of the printer requires there to be no more than 240v going into the ...
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How to extend an outdoor single gang electrical box to a 2 gang electrical box

I have a single gang electrical box on an outside wall of my home. I need to expand it so it can house two GFCI outlets on separate circuits. I have been looking for an extender with an opening in the ...
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