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Troubleshooting: Why does my multimeter not work when a non-contact volt detector shows current?

I recently purchased a 1970's home, and the lights in one room don't work. Troubleshooting yields odd results, and I don't know where to check next. The room A fairly standard secondary room on the ...
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Is my three-way switch miswired and causing an outage elsewhere?

I was planning to replace a three way switch in my garage, but after replacing it, a section of my house went dark. I ended up replacing the original switch to do some troubleshooting. The problem ...
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Troubleshooting Garage Door Opener (GDO) safety sensors

A Linear Brand GDO (model LD033) does not close unless the wired button is held down. I believe optical safety sensors: may have been exposed to flood water (hurricane Matthew flooding) LEDs are ...
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Garage Wiring: No Voltage With a Load

The power recently went out in my garage. When I went to the garage and flipped on the light, there was a small spark from within the switch box (where the wires enter the garage) and then no power. ...
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Why won't hot water come out after turning the water main back on?

If someone turns their water main off to work on a plumbing and toilet problem, why would the cold water come on but no hot water. It doesn't come out at all or it will drip. Why would this be, and ...
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GPO Has No Power but All Breakers Are On

Have a weird one. I have three power points at opposite ends of the house that are on the same breaker. Randomly tonight power went out to them. All breakers are turned on and all other outlets work ...
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Pressure Washer shoots black smoke from exhaust and then will not start

I have a two year old Troy Bilt pressure washer with a GCV 190 Honda engine. The pressure washer has worked fine for two years (although I have rarely used it). Recently, I broke out the pressure ...
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how to test electric dryer without 240V outlet?

I received an electric laundry dryer that I want to test before installing. The new dryer is outdoors on the back porch, and a working electric dryer is installed in my basement, quite a distance away....
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How can I figure out exactly where a bathroom leak is coming from?

There's a small amount of water at the lowest point on my bathroom floor. It looks clear and doesn't have a smell. Lately, it's been showing up every day, whether anyone's taken a shower or not. ...
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Why isn't my halogen floor lamp working with new bulb and new dimmer switch?

I replaced the bulb and the dimmer switch. There is 120V between the connections when switched on. It varies between 115V on low and 122V on high. The bulb has continuity. I also measured the voltage ...
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My florescent lights need a shake or a hit to work

I have a Wave Twin Fluorescent Ceiling Light that doesn't light up in general. If I switch it on, it only lights up a very small part at one end. I need to shake it or give it a hit a couple of times ...
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Why does my Aprilaire 560 make clicking noises before starting?

My Aprilaire 560 humidifier will do a bang click many times before it turns the blower on. I replaced the solenoid valve with a new factory part and it still does the same thing. What next?
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HVAC - hot air flowing on both zones when only 1 zone should be on

I have 2-zone forced air heating, with separate thermostats for each zone. Normally, if the thermostat in zone 1 triggers the system to go on, the heat will only blow through the vents in zone 1. ...
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question about a gas furnace having to light repeatedly

I am new to this forum, but I will do my best to answer any questions I can (I am a general contractor with a background in engineering and residential construction and machine design) so, here is my ...
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When I turn the light on/off on one circuit, it makes the light “blink” off/on on another circuit

I apologize for the long post, but I wanted to provide as much info as possible. Recently I started a DIY home electrical project to replace a lot of light fixtures, the light switches, and the ...
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Unable to close Garage door with remote

I’ve made a video of the issue. I have a craftsman garage door mechanism and can open the garage door with the remote but unable to close my garage door via the remote. I can do both the tasks via the ...
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How to troubleshoot “refrigerator power goes off occasionally but comes back on when I cycle power switch off and back on”?

Refrigerator power occasionally goes off (lightbulbs are off, and apparently everything else though I haven't tested with a multimeter or anything) but comes back on when I cycle power switch off and ...
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Flashing LED down lights

Here's one for the master electricians. I just installed two new LED down lights and noticed this morning that when I turned them on they started flashing on-off at about a 1sec cycle. When I ...
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GFCI in garage keeps tripping when I turn on kitchen lights

The GFCI outlet in my garage keeps tripping whenever we turn on the kitchen lights. When it trips, two cable TV boxes in the living room and one bedroom also lose signal. I press the button (...
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What would cause multiple fridges motors to stop running, but leave the lights on?

When my old fridge cooling unit stopped working but the light remained on we assumed that since it was an old fridge that it was broken, so we replaced it. Today my new fridge has had the same ...
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Why does my garage door opener only click when the button is pushed?

My Quantum 3213 garage door opener only clicks when I hit the main button in the garage. The light comes on for 30 seconds or so, and then it blinks on and off. I've checked all the safety mechanisms:...
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generator quits running

I have a Coleman 6250 generator that has set idle for over 3 years. It has compression. I can start it with a little carb cleaner and keep it running with that, but as soon as I stop squirting it ...
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What should we do with floor tiles that were applied with Type 1 Mapei mastic?

We tiled a 25 sq. ft bathroom with 12X12 porcelain tiles. Instead of a bag of normal powered mortar (which covered more area than we needed), we picked up the tub of Type 1 Mapei and were told it was ...
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Lutron Maestro CL Extreme Delay

I've had nothing but success with using Maestro dimmers on both LED and incandescent lighting for years, but recently picked up a new dimmer (MACL-153M-WH) and a pair of G7 Elko LEDs (30W total) and ...
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trouble shoot air conditioning thermostat

my compressor outside is not kicking in. Here's the sequence of events: I came home and the thermostat - a Honeywell LCD - was no more numbers and the battery indicator was flashing. replaced the ...
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Refrigerator freezes contents, even when set to warmest setting

Our refrigerator, an Amana/Whirlpool ABB1921DEW5, works very well -- rather too well, even, as the contents of the refrigerator are freezing, even with the refrigerator thermostat on its warmest ...
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Troubleshooting dropped phase in 240 volt line

A 60 amp breaker in our circuit breaker box serves a sub-panel in our barn. That panel serves 5 120 volt lighting and convenience circuits. The sub-panel has two bus bars, each attached to one phase ...
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Is this the source of my hot tub leak, or just a symptom?

Background: I have a Galbocca 2-person Plug and Play HotSpa (tm?) that I imagine is quite old. It came with the house I'm renting, so I have no idea exactly how old it is, but the company doesn't ...
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If a Drill's Clutch doesn't properly align the gears, can it cause the Chuck to loosen?

So I was using my hammer drill to drill into some masonry when I ended up hitting the clutch to a lower setting. When this happened, the trigger remained pulled for a moment, but the bit nor the chuck ...
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Could our new plumbing be to blame for our new downstairs toilet and upstairs spare bath being clogged?

We need help troubleshooting our plumbing problem before we spend any more money on this house. We just spent quite a bit of money finishing our basement, where we added two bedrooms and a new full ...
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Troubleshoot AC issue, no inside blower

I need help troubleshooting Rheem RAHE-036JAS, Armstrong G1N80AU125D20C-1, Honeywell ST9160B 1068 Board, Honeywell SV9520H 8034 Gas Valve. About a week ago, AC and Heat were working fine. After ...
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garage door button on the wall does not work but remote control does open and close garage door

My remote control opens & closes the garage door but the button on the wall does not work.
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Circuit troubleshooting. Need input on discovery

Using an extension cord (like new, great condition), I checked a disconnected circuit attached to the same service. First, I checked the disconnected circuit: Hot -> Ground ~0V Hot -> Neutral ~0V ...
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GE gas dryer noise - is this from motor?

Hi I'm trying to fix my 13 year old dryer. It's started to have squeaking noise but I was able to fix that by replacing the front and rear bearing. Now it's starting to have this noise and I think ...
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Why is it taking so long for my A/C to start?

When I turn my AC thermostat to cool, I can hear it click but the outside unit does not start and no air blows inside. Several hours later everything turns on and it works fine. If it turns off, ...
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lost voltage to outdoor light fixture

have an out door motion decter light suddenly w/o voltage to fixture. I traced romex from mdl to an in ceiling down light in laundry room. down light works fine, switches on and off. am I shooting the ...
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Why does my breaker trip when I turn a light on?

In my bedroom I have a light wired to a plug and three receptacles. There is nothing plugged into the receptacles but every time I turn the switch to the light on, the breaker trips. The wiring ...
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Why does my Whirlpool washing machine stop after the wash cycle?

My scenario: Whirlpool washing machine, mechanical timer/dial. It will fill with water, agitate during the wash cycle and at the END of the wash cycle it (the timer) clicks and stops completely. ...
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Heating system won't blow warm air

Turn my heat on via the thermostat. My oil fed burner kicks on and is lit up (heat is being made). The system is sucking in air to feed the system. Only problem is hot air never makes it out the ...
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Viewing cumulative electricity usage [closed]

The TED 5000C monitors real-time electricity usage. This, however, isn't so useful if plugged into, say, a fridge, where, presumably, the bulk of the electricity usage is going to come from when the ...
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Timer on dryer stopped working

The timer on our Maytag dryer seems to have died/stopped working and I would like to replace it myself: What I mean by "died/stopped working" is that the timer no longer decrements and mechanically ...
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How to troubleshoot/diagnose an oven that won't heat past a certain point?

Our ovens (double-stacked Nutone Hotpoint circa 1960s) are old: About 2 months ago, we noticed that the bottom one - which had been running great for years - wouldn't get any hotter than just "kind ...
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Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?

We live in Florida, and the fluorescent lights in the kitchen turn on very slowly (if at all) in the summer. Other clues are: They work fine in the early morning Later in the day (hot day) they will ...
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sliding window with electric roller shutter doesn't fully close

I have this window which doesn't fully close. It stucks at some point while closing. I can hear its electric motor still working but something prevents it from fully closing. So half of the holes are ...
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Router bit depth keeps decreasing/slipping down, where is the problem?

I inherited a black and decker plunge router from my grandfather. From when I first tried it the bit has always slowly receded back decreasing the amount the bit protrudes from the router base. This ...
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What could be causing my lawn mower to surge?

My lawn mower was giving me the worst time tonight. The only way I could keep it running was to pull the choke back and the engine would start again. Finally, after 30 minutes of messing with it, the ...
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Identifying an unknown and intermittent source of electric power usage

I have noticed a problem with my power usage today. I'm watching the meter often and making a record of each reading for the last three days. So far, nothing to note as far as unusual usage until ...
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What could be causing my three way switch to malfunction?

Ok we recently moved in. There is a problem with our kitchen three way switch. I have not opened the box yet, but feel comfortable doing so, and working with a volt meter and what not. Here is the ...
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How can I determine if there is any damage to the conductors of a circuit?

I recently went to replace a couple 3 way switches and, I am ashamed to admit, did not do my due diligence when wiring up. The new switches were a different style and the wiring configuration was ...
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Gas Oven Stove Will Not Ignite

My wife reported that our GE profile JGS968SEK1SS would not heat. I removed the igniter and it is reporting 99.1 Ohms for continuity, which seems fine to me. What other troubleshooting options do I ...