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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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Automatic garage door opener opens when it hits the floor

I have a garage door opener that has been working fine until the past month or so. Now, during a close cycle, once it hits the floor (where normally it would stop) it will switch back into an open ...
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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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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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Troubleshooting bandsaw cutting at an angle (through aluminum)

I occasionally use (or abuse) a small tabletop band saw to rough cut aluminum plate. I generally having a lot of success and have been able to cut half inch thick plate without any problem using 6 to ...
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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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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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What is a good tutorial on the use of a multimeter?

I am ashamed to admit, that despite my many electrical (mis?)adventures.. I have no idea how to use a multimeter. I have installed automobile sound systems, central air air-conditioners, and every ...
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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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what is beeping in my house?

I know this sounds like a silly question and it may be closed before it may get a single answer but there is something strange in my house which beeps infrequently. I tried to troubleshoot the sound ...
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AC in the attic affects downstairs but not upstairs

We have one AC unit (roughly 1 year old) connected to two zones: Zone 1 is upstairs and Zone 2 is downstairs. Yesterday, our AC seemed to completely stop working for the upstairs but continue to work ...
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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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What could I have done wrong while changing to LED bulbs in my recessed lighting?

I have six recessed lights in the kitchen. I bought six new LED bulbs to replace the old incandescents. I had to lower the socket an inch or two along the track in the recessed fixture in order to get ...
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Troubleshooting a garage door/opener that “catches” and re-opens when wet

My garage door and opener work reasonably well most of the time -- hot weather or cold. Sometimes when it rains, though, the door "catches" a little bit, at about 2 feet from the ground, and it is ...
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Why is my furnace blowing cold air?

My HEIL 7000 natural gas furnace has stopped working what are the most likely causes, and how to verify faulty parts? Normal operation routine Thermostat sends "need heat" signal. Exhaust blower ...
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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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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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What Steps Should I Take to Troubleshoot My Gas Oven?

I recently purchased a house, and it came with a gas oven. I've never owned or used a gas oven before, and the oven takes an extremely long time to preheat (like hours). I replaced the door gasket ...
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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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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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Why won't my washer spin even though it still agitates?

I have a Kenmore 80 series washer and it recently stopped spinning and agitating and I found out it was the coupler. So I changed that and it start to work again, normally. After a week or two 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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Why is my AC suddenly *heating* my house?

I have a 13 SEER heat pump about one year old. Everything's been working fine, but the AC suddenly started heating my house spontaneously (no changes to thermostat, etc). The outside ambient ...
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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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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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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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how can i find electric short from room to fuse box?

When I came home last night the wife was setting in the dark in the bedroom. Why are the two hall lights strobing I ask? She did not know, she took a nap and when she woke no power in the room. ok??? ...
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Water heater too hot, possibly caused by low water flow

I have a puzzle: The water heater in a small building was too hot -- scalding. Turning the thermostat down to warm or even vacation didn't seem to make a measurable difference. We were about to ...
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Furnace flames run for a minute then shut off

I have a furnace (Model: NUGK050CF01) that has recently been experiencing some weird behavior. The furnace will come on (I can see the flames) and it will run for a little over a minute. Then the ...
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How can I remove a stuck overhead light fixture?

I recently decided that it's time to install some less hideous lighting in my apartment. Since it's an apartment, my options are limited because I must be able to restore whatever is there now if I ...
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Help with oversized furnace causing short cycle

I have just moved into a new home that had a pretty terrible HVAC system installed brand new by a flipper which has been causing me a ton of headaches. My house is 2000 sq feet, and the furnace is ...
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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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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 ...
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Why did my oven light stop working after cleaning the oven?

I replaced the bulb in the oven with a new bulb and it won't light. Both the old bulb & new bulb work in a table lamp. The light stopped working after cleaning the oven. Any suggestions? Is ...
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My refrigerator is freezing vegetables in the crisper [closed]

Lately I've noticed that my refrigerator (Whirlpool side-by-side fridge/freezer, about 5 years old) is freezing vegetables located in the two crisper drawers in the bottom. Liquids, including plain ...
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Why did my hot water stop?

I have a Rinnai RL94 tankless water heater. Today something went wrong and now I have no more hot water. The machine is not showing any kind of error code like it has in the past when things went ...
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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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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 does my oven temperature keep rising?

I have an old gas oven that is having a temperature problem. When it's turned on, the temperature keeps rising and rising, not stopping at the set temperature. It gets up to 500+ degrees. This ...
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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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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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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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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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Furnace entering lockout mode - air flow problem?

I have a Nordyne KG7SA, about 2009 vintage, which has begun acting strangely. We started noticing that the thermostat would drop several degrees below the set temperature before engaging. More ...
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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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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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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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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 ...