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Receptacle Troubleshooting

I have an outdoor receptacle that isn't working. I've checked for a tripped breaker, I've tried replacing the receptacle, and I've confirmed that the breaker is getting power. Using a multimeter I've ...
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Dryer not heating issue

My dryer is not heating. I checked the safety switches, heater, etc and found them to be ok. One check I made surprised me: a voltage check on the incoming terminals found 120 vac on each side of ...
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New GFCI outlet won't reset after tripping when load wires are connected

I'm attempting to replace the outlets above my kitchen counters after doing some remodeling. The old outlets were likely from the 1960's and I'm replacing them with 15 amp GFCI outlets. We have 3 ...
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Why do I only have 30V going to my light fixture

I just replaced a broken light fixture in my closet. (The switch in the light fixture broke when I pulled too hard on the chain.) When replacing the light fixture I noticed that there is only 30 V ...
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Central air conditioning system isn't working

Ok, so I have done all the research I can and nothing is working. About 3 weeks ago my A/C was running fine nice and cold no issues. Came home to a house that was 97 degrees inside and started ...
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Skillsaw 5150 - blade won't turn if blade stud tight but blade won't cut if any looser

Blade won't turn if blade stud tight as I would normally have it. Any looser though it won't cut and the blade stops once it makes contact with the wood but the motor is still running. I assume I ...
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30 y.o. air pump troubleshooting. Where do I start?

500 sq.ft. apartment, 2nd floor, 32 y.o. through the wall, ducted air heat pump. The pump is installed in a closet next to the apartment (separate entry), and the air ducts spread from there along the ...
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Which components need replacing in my Frigidaire oven?

I've been having gradually worsening trouble with my electric double wall oven (Frigidaire model GLEB27T8ABA) for some time. The problems have become intolerable, and I intend to attempt a repair. ...
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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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shower stem replacement troubleshooting.

I replaced the hot water stem, went to HOME DEPOT and got a replacement. Price Pfizer is the brand according to the HD advisor. However I was wondering if you know or are aware of any tricks with it. ...
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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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Shower problem: Can't turn off hot water

I turned the tap fully clockwise, as usual, to turn of the water. Still, a significant volume of hot water continued to flow. I removed the tap handles and used some locking pliers to twist the ...
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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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Shaking electric furnace

anyone have an idea about this ? My furnace fan is running 24/7 and make no special sound. But when the heat turn on the fan start vibrating and making noise in the house. If I remove the panel (...
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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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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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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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Non-contact tester shows voltage in house circuit while three-lamp tester shows none

None of the outlets or lights in my bedroom work. My non-contact tester shows the outlets are hot. My three lamp tester shows no juice reaching the outlets ( no lights light up when it's plugged in). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What could be causing this strange intermittent sound?

I've seen that there are already some questions about odd sounds but I thought if anywhere is likely to provide a specific answer or a suggestion, here would be a good place to look. I have a ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...