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Wiring advice - two circuits wired to a single GFCI outlet

I'm scratching my head trying to figure out an odd wiring situation and need some advice on what to do next (if any any). tldr; My kids bathroom GFCI outlet box has two 2-wire romex cables coming in. ...
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Same Bosch batteries, but one battery only works in one tool, what can I do?

So, I have some BAT612 18V batteries from Bosch. I should be able to use both batteries with either of my tools (Angle Grinder - GWS18V-45PC, Drill - DDS181A), but one battery works in both tools and ...
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Whirlpool Dryer powers on but won't spin

My gas front-load Whirlpool dryer powers on but won't spin The blow fan spins fine The idler pulley seems to be fine, the belt is in tact and is tight. (though I did replace the idler pulleys wheel ...
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Why my circuit breaker trips when I turn off my motor?

I have a 1/2hp single phase motor that I wired to a switch. I reused an old wall light switch for testing. I believe my wiring is correct as I am able to turn it on. But when I turn it off, it trips ...
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Can voltage fluctuation cause heater thermostat to flare up?

As the title says can voltage fluctuation cause thermostats to flare up? I noticed light (led bulbs) would randomly flicker (but its not consistent) It happens at most twice a day, or once every few ...
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What could cause a central A/C system to smell but only after central heating had been used?

We have a central heating and air conditioning system in a single family home (in Southern California), where there is a large intake vent in the house that goes directly to the central house fan and ...
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Needs to fix this bed, this lock is keep on turning, did not tighten up, can anybody guide me?

I was trying to fix this lock but its not working, out of four one was intact and it locks right away, I am looking for new locks or to fix old locks.
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Can't isolate my water heater with shutoff valve

My water heater has a shutoff valve at the cold inlet. The shutoff valve was closed and cold water line was disconnected from the water heater. I wanted to restore water to the house while I work on ...
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Trouble Opening a Fluorescent Light Fixture

My house has an old fluorescent ceiling fixture in the kitchen that probably dates back to a remodel done in the 1980s. The bulbs have gone out and I am having trouble figuring out how to open the ...
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My washer is saying F51 on maytag bravo quite series 300

I need links diy video to fix it. I need a manual version also and images
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HVAC furnance runs for awhile, stops for 2 minutes, then starts back up and continues to heat until set point reached

I have a Carrier 58GS150 system. At night it is set to 69. In the morning it is set to 72. Recently, I replaced the air filter. The system starts up fine in the morning and tries to reach 72. ...
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GFCI tester shows fault, but everything is working

I have a GFCI outlet and when the GFCI tester is plugged in, that shows this error code when it is tripped: greater than 30VAC, and open ground, open neutral. I’ve replaced the GFCI, but I still get ...
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How do i wire this 2 switches light switch?

This light switch was failing for a while and I removed it from the wall so I could see what the problem was. After inspecting it, I realized that it was a bad connection on the wires in the light ...
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Electric current shock in Bathroom water tap

I live in india, 1 storeyed apartment with 2 flats on the ground floor and 2 flats on the first floor. It is annexed on the back side with same 2 + 2 model. My Bathroom has a 2000 Watts - 15 Liter ...
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GFCI failure on 240v spa?

I have a 240V outdoor spa with a 30A GFCI disconnect nearby. The spa was working fine until a week ago. Totally dead. I had a spa repair come out and he diagnosed that it was due to the input power....
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Receptacle upstream from GFCI with an issue causing GFCI to trip?

I'm not sure what to do next, and I'm fairly inexperienced with troubleshooting home electrical issues. My investigation started with the GFCI receptacle on the kitchen counter receptacles tripping ...
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Nest Hello door bell

Installed. Camera works ok. Will not chime. Checked voltage at button. 17 volts. Checked voltage at chime with Nest connectors removed. 0 voltage. Replaced Nest Hello at door with old door button. ...
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How do I determine why all outlets on a breaker stopped working, but the hot-grounds are still 120V?

Edit: Is there a way to find an open neutral between the working breaker and the first nonworking outlet without cutting open the wall. It is a pretty straight shot between the 2 with no junction ...
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Help ! Bosch 300 washer and dryer Under the sink hook up

I am finishing my Brooklyn apartment renovation and because of space decided to get the Bosch 300 stacked washer and ventless dryer. My contractor hooked it all up for me under my kitchen sink, but ...
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100 gallon propane tank backup?

I work at a school and the kitchen is supplied by a 100 gallon tank. I cannot run out, this would be bad. Is it possible for a company to install a secondary connection that would allow for the use of ...
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Ceiling fan blades "click" and experience resistance 4x per revolution

My Hunter ceiling fan worked ok a few days ago. Today, when I turned it on the blades begin to spin only a few cm until they hit a point of high resistance and get "stuck". So I turned off ...
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How can I detect sub-second interruptions in mains electricity supply?

TL;DR: Is there a cheap and simple tool for detection of very brief mains power outages? Long story and explanation: Yesterday and today we experienced three or four interruptions in mains electricity ...
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GFCI wiring same as before, but no power

I've watched a handful of videos on installing a GFCI outlet and it seems like a nearly identical process to installing a normal outlet, which I have done a handful of times before without issue. I ...
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Thermostat wiring on a non programical white and rogers

Has anyone ever seen the common wire connected to the red wire??
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Cut cable tripped breaker and left circuit dead after reset

I'm installing recessed lighting around my living room. I pulled power for these lights from an outlet circuit in the same room (see bottom right of photo). Everything was going according to plan, ...
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Could clogged exhaust cause codes 13/33 on my furnace, and how do I check and clear?

My Carrier Performance 96 series furnace (similar to the 59TP6 currently shown on Carrier's website, but I don't have the exact model number in front of me) has been showing codes 13 ("Limit Circuit ...
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Motion sensor light fail on this old house

My old home has a mixture of knob and tube, 2-wire, and 3-wire (w/ ground). I replaced an incandescent floodlight with a motion sensing, LED light. The circuit also has another switch in the garage, a ...
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Troubleshooting immediate CAFI Trip

I'm currently building an addition to our house and in the final phase of wiring - installing the switched, receptacles and fixtures. I am running into an issue and was hoping to get some help ...
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I can only water lawn by manually opening the bleed screw

My sprinklers in one zone won't go on unless I open the bleed screw. I replaced the whole valve and yet still, in that one zone, I can only water the lawn by opening the bleed screw instead of it ...
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Im gonna panic ! Amateur

Single handle shower faucet broken by force... Discontinued but it is the nut apparently- plastic and corroded by using scissors to open for too long...what do I do....it is stuck in there and the ...
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GFCI receptacle will not reset

My GFCI tripped and would not reset. I jumpered out the outlet and all power returned to normal. I assumed it was a defective GFCI so I replaced it. Same problem. Power is available at the line side, ...
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Power outage on circuit

Some of the details of this question are a little hazy so please bear with me. I moved into a townhouse in February. I had a small toaster oven plugged into an outlet but then its stopped working. I ...
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How to chase down an open neutral and low voltage issue

So I bought a home built in the '70s. The circuit in question includes a couple of garage outlets, half of the spare bedroom outlets/light which shares a wall with the garage, hallway light, and an ...
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Wiring IKEA light fixture into old fixture

I am installing a simple IKEA ceiling light fixture. The new light fixture has a neutral wire, a live wire, and a ground wire. My current old light fixture has 4 wires: white, red, dark blue or ...
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Washing machine stops - but always restarts after I open/close lid

I have a whirlpool washing machine (SM 8525079 REV). Whenever it runs, it always stops after a few minutes having filled with water. However, once you open and then close the lid, the machine starts ...
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If a receptacle is added from a switch box, will the receptacle only work when the switch is off?

When I was a new electrician, one day I discovered I could read 120v across the terminals of an open switch. I was bothered by this thinking someone had wired it wrong, but I couldn't understand why ...
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Why did one of my recessed lights in a group stop working?

I have 4 recessed lights on a single switch/circuit. One of them stopped working. I assumed that the bulb went bad, but have replaced it with multiple known-working bulbs. Also confirmed that the ...
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Sparks and no power after accidental short

I replaced the garbage disposal at my in-laws' place that has been leaking for years. It's an old house, and nothing in the panel is labeled. So I flipped what I assumed to be the right breaker and ...
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HTS7200 home theater replaced drive (hacked/tweaked) detects disc but won't play blu-ray only [closed]

Downvote.... It doesn't fit on electronics.stackexchange.com, it doesn't fit here.... where else? Don't start to downvote, tell me where to go if it is wrong to place it here on this site. Edit: ...
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Why does it take 20-30 seconds for a fluorescent tube to start?

One of the fluorescent lights in my apartment does nothing for long seconds or sometimes even minutes when turned on (then it surprises me when it suddenly comes on). It behaves as if there were some ...
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Why is my dishwasher drain pump constantly running?

We have a late 1960's Kitchenaid Superba (by Hobart) dishwasher. Problem: the drain operates continuously, so the dishwasher can never fill with water. (The water comes in, but it's immediately ...
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Can anyone identify this material? Having a hard time cutting it using a bi-metal hole saw

My FIL gave it to me, said he found it in when he was cleanig out an old cabinet shop. It's a very hard composite material of some sort. Fine-grained and powdery when I drilled a hole in it, the "...
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20 year old GenTran Switch Totally Dead

Just picked up a new generator after 23 years using the same one. Had to change over the three prong 220v plug in with a 220v twist plug. Been over a year since using backup power. Plugged in the ...
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Electrical outlet acting funny

My wife and I moved into our new house today. I plugged my phone charger in tonight and the outlet sparked and my breaker tripped. I then plugged a different charger in and it didn't trip. I went to a ...
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How to attach eye hooks to glass fish tank to support a lightweight light fixture? [closed]

I have a 30" fishtank that, due to the filter setup, requires a light bar that doesn't stretch the entire tank. I have a wooden dowel that fits well inside two eye hooks; the dowel will serve as the ...
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3-way switch tied to box, one switch removed, can't make sense of it

I'm starting the question over.I'm having a hard time making sense of what's going on and I found out the other switch wasn't removed. I have a light connected to two switches. One switch isn't ...
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Why do some light bulbs remain on when the switch is off? [duplicate]

We have a situation in our bathroom where we can’t turn the lights off fully. If the switch is on, bulbs 1&2 are on. If switched off, bulb 3 is on. We’ve taken bulb 3 out for now but would like to ...
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How can I tell if this appliance, a kiln, is using 208V single phase or three phase?

My kilns have recently stopped firing and it need new elements. I have to buy elements for specific voltage/phase combination. I didn't install the kilns - it was done by my studio mate before they ...
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What could cause unexpected high water usage?

An apartment water meter has been running high for the last three months for no apparent reason. It's now about 3,000 gallons higher than normal. The meter registers slow continuous usage - even ...
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Weird behavior on circuit but not tripping the breaker

Two years ago I had all the knob and tube wiring in my home replaced. Over the past couple of weeks we've observed some odd behavior on one of the new circuits. My LED lamp will randomly start ...