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What is causing intermittent furnace ignition failure? How to Diagnosis?

I have been researching how to diagnose this intermittent lighting issue with my furnace but the common issues do not seem to apply. Blower turns on Ignition coil turns cherry red Sound of gas blower ...
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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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How can I find an open neutral?

My lights and outlets went out in the half bath of my home and also the two recessed lights in my hall just outside the half bath. I believe there are two feeds, one to the hall lights and one to ...
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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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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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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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Possible causes of a loss of TV signal after reorganising masthead amp and splitter

I'm trying to diagnose an issue where my TV reports no terrestrial digital signal. Some background. I've been doing a lot of home renovation and general improvement to my house over the last few ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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No power at outlets but breaker isn't tripped. What do I troubleshoot next?

My "Family Room Receptacles" have lost power. 6 total that I believe are all on the same breaker. I can not locate a GFCI anywhere. I have reset the breaker which also did not restore power. What ...
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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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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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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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Furnace won't light when fan commanded on

House and furnace are 5 years old. Furnace is an Allied A95UH2V090C16S-07 and is interlocked to a Lifebreath HRV. Functioned fine up until a couple days ago. My wife calls me and tells me that ...
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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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Electrical shock when touching the water faucet in the shower

Yesterday when I took a shower, I got a pretty bad jolt of electricity in my arm when I was done showering, and was about to switch off the water faucet. I immediately jumped out of the shower, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Frigidaire dishwasher won't start (LED flashes instead)

I have a Frigidaire dishwasher model FDB1050REC2. It's been working mostly fine for the last year. (Occasionally it doesn't start, but opening and closing the door and moving the dial to Rinse Only ...
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First time testing old motion sensor outdoor light, with new LED bulbs, light flickers at constant fast hz, why? [duplicate]

What could cause a motion sensor to blink at a steady frequency when it is turned on? We've had an outdoor motions sensor flood light that hasn't worked, we presume because the bulbs died. After much ...
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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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Why is my lighting circuit tripping the breaker?

I have several MR16 2 pin style light bulbs in my kitchen - The other day the trip switch for the light bulbs tripped when turning these bulbs on - I went and flipped the trip switch and tried again ...
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Troubleshooting a leaking exterior door

I have an exterior door that leaks water into the house when rain is blown against it. The floor on the inside of the house is unfinished, meaning it is just the raw subfloor. I don't want to put the ...
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Outlet in laundry room is dead

My wife and I bought a house and had most of the outlets rewired (to add a ground wire mainly) when we bought the house. Unfortunately, one outlet in the laundry closet (which is there the laundry ...
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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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How to tell if I have fault wiring

My office is running from one breaker (14 amp/120v) with 4 outlets and 1 light. I've had a laptop die while plugged into the wall and recently my UPS all audibly cycled on-off within 5 minutes of ...
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Light Fixture - power but no light

Yesterday I installed a new light over our dining table. At first everything seemed to work fine, but last night I turned on the light and it sparked and the light went out. I turned off the power 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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Issue with Blower Motor Not Spinning Up

I have a Dayton Blower motor. Model 3K617K. It has a clutch that is supposed to engage when it spins up. However mine never gets up to speed. It turns, but slowly and constantly makes the loud humming/...
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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 ...