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What is this outdoor electric component called and used for?

Follow the flex cables and see where they lead. As you say it was linked (is linked?) to a pond filter, probably it's switching pumps connected to the flex, and perhaps also lights if there are lights ...
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Only 2 Neutral wires in my panel?

This is a serious mess. It looks like somebody used 12/4 cable to feed trios of circuits. That is a huge problem because if two of the tree circuits are fully loaded and happen to be on the same leg ...
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Can I use this disconnect between meter pan and main panel?

If it is marked suitable only for use as service equipment, then it has to be installed as such. That means it can be installed as Emergency Disconnect, Service Equipment. Bond the neutral to ground ...
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Can you identify/explain the wiring in my bathroom based on this diagram?

I think there's enough information to answer your question, though you'll have to verify a few things. You won't be able to do this using the existing wiring, for several reasons: You can't have ...
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Only 3 Wires going to a sub panel

The main disconnect outside may not matter Yes, as a general rule, you run 3-wire before the main breaker and 4-wire past the main breaker. But "main breaker" does not mean "first ...
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Only 3 Wires going to a sub panel

If the incoming conduit is/was metallic (but it looks like PVC to me in that picture) that would be the ground conductor connecting this to the main panel. However, it is in conduit, so you can add a ...
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Connecting C-wire to 1989 Forced Air Electric Heater

I don't think that this has been clearly explained: In most thermostats (and according to this wiring diagram), the R wire is hot and provides power to the thermostat. The W wire goes through various ...
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How do I wire grounded receptacles if I don't have a ground wire in the box?

It is a kitchen. If you don't find a ground at the box. Use a GFI at the first box from the breaker panel, use the load terminals on the GFI to connect to downstrean regular outlets. Label their cover ...
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Connecting C-wire to 1989 Forced Air Electric Heater

I have colored the "C" wire cyan, also a link wire and an unused terminal I suggest running a wire from the unused C terminal through to an unused space on the the barrier junction block. ...
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Connecting C-wire to 1989 Forced Air Electric Heater

Look closer. You have 24 Volt Transformer clearly labeled. On one side of it there is the C-wire and 24 volt coming out Two yellow wires. One goes to the R on the thermostat and other relays, the ...
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What size wire in conduit before feeding 20A nm circuit?

(or is there something else I'm missing entirely) You only need one ground wire per conduit (or metallic conduit and it is the ground.) That is sized for the largest ampacity circuit in the conduit, ...
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I'm replacing an old 3-wire motion sensor with a new sensor that has 4 wires. How do I install this?

The blue wires can link another fixture to the motion detector.
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do dielectric unions preserve continuity or do the two pipes need to be jumpered to preserve continuity?

Dielectric unions are intentional continuity breaks Putting a bonding jumper around a dielectric union, sadly, is not an option, since it would defeat the continuity-breaking function that the ...
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Dual-function (AFCI/GFCI) and 2-POLE breaker

Consider extension boxes They make extension boxes which stack on top of your existing small box and make room for a GFCI. One popular model is the Legrand Wiremold surface conduit starter box. It's ...
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Raceway wiring in a bathroom next to sink

That's perfectly fine. In Chicago you generally need to use wires in conduit, but there are raceways that are legitimate conduit, so you should be fine. However, you are still in "finish the ...
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Dual-function (AFCI/GFCI) and 2-POLE breaker

As ThreePhaseEel already answered, you can't find AFCI/GFCI double breakers. I expect that will change over time, but you can't install what you can't find. You have two solutions: Bigger Boxes Most ...
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Can a 25 amp breaker be used on #12 wire to feed a fridge receptacle?

The refrigerator is probably tripping the breaker during compressor start, this maybe a sign of future failure. I would check the amp draw of refrigerator while it is running and compare it to ...
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Dual-function (AFCI/GFCI) and 2-POLE breaker

They don't Unfortunately, nobody that I know of makes two-pole dual function (AF/GF) breakers (which is odd, because AFCIs of your vintage contain all the stuff needed for GF protection, just ...
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3-way switch wiring is not making any sense at all

I suspect a lot of what you are seeing is phantom voltage. That's where power is induced from another wire. It can easily happen with travelers in a 3-way switch setup. Your diagnostics are a bit ...
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Electrical modular switch screwless cover plate

If the cover plates are installed properly, (the bases are not so tight that they warp.) the top covers come of easily with a small flat blade screwdriver inserted in the notch and twisted. If this is ...
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Electrical modular switch screwless cover plate

TANSTAAFL Exposed screws may be ugly, but they work. Anything hidden is a tradeoff between form and function.
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Why does my outdoor light sensor not turn the lights off during the day?

At ~ $18 each (current price at Home Depot and on Amazon), there are unlikely to be any practical replacement parts - i.e., you just treat the entire thing as a replaceable module. The only real ...
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Adding 2 new outlets to existing GFCI's in two bathrooms

Let's name the receptacles as follows: 1A = Bathroom 1, first receptacle 1B = Bathroom 1, second receptacle 2A = Bathroom 2, first receptacle 2B = Bathroom 2, second receptacle You can do any of the ...
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Can I split a group (1 circuit) of neutrals in 2 inside a 4 gang box

Yes, that is perfectly fine. Electrically it is the same thing whether in one, two or even three groups. Similar situations happen when adding a neutral to a switch. For example, if this box has three ...
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Can I split a group (1 circuit) of neutrals in 2 inside a 4 gang box

Yep, no problem doing that at all. Though unless it's a huge wirenut, I'd guess that the original one with 7 was probably overfilled to begin with. Just make sure that the wire linking the two wire ...
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What is causing some of the receptacles in my trailer to not output 120V?

By first 2 breakers, you mean the top two left and right side, not top and bottom? It sounds like a loose or dirty connection on the low side between the meter and main breaker or the main breaker not ...
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What is causing some of the receptacles in my trailer to not output 120V?

When I test the two wires that are hooked to the 100amp breaker, one side shows about 124V and the other only shows about 110V. The heavy imbalance between one voltage and the other indicates that ...
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Need to install a new outlet : from Light Fixture or GFCI? How to go about it?

Not having details showing cabinet locations make this a little hard, but I think you are stuck between a hard place and a rock. I suspect you need to find another circuit. Existing installations that ...
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How to break off outlet yoke tabs without bending

Use a Dremel with a cutting disc - it will fly through it in seconds: You'll probably want to wear safety goggles.
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Are outlets required to be near the floor where there are shorty foundation walls?

Anywhere from on/in the floor within 18" of the wall and below 5-1/2 feet on/in the wall meets electrical code. Where handicap accessible code applies, location is more restricted, but that's not ...
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Are outlets required to be near the floor where there are shorty foundation walls?

TL;DR Above the 3' concrete wall is fine As I understand it, the NEC does not specify receptacle height for the required (generally every 12', but actually "within 6' of any place on the wall&...
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How to break off outlet yoke tabs without bending

It's a matter of how you apply force, which is something that becomes second nature when you've worked with hand tools for a million years or so. Imagine that you're dealing with a floppy lasagna ...
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How to break off outlet yoke tabs without bending

You don't actually need to break it. Just bend it once at 90 degrees (into the box) so you can install the outlet. Bend far enough to clear the cover but not so far as to interfere with the screw. If ...
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How much energy will continuously running a furnace fan use?

Power consumption by the main blower and induction blower, if present, can be expected to vary between about 500 watts and 1,000 watts for the most common, single speed arrangements. Good design ...
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Protecting kitchen outlets with GFI outlets

You are on the right track. You can't split a GFCI, so each receptacle goes on an alternating phase. Use a GFCI receptacle at each location. Leave the warning tape on the load terminals. Don't waste ...
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Can I use Wago 221 and 2273 connectors outdoors?

Wago sells "gelbox" parts for its Wago series 221 connectors that provide IPX8 protection. For the 221-4xx parts (AWG 12-24) Wago's part numbers are Wago 207-1331, 207-1332, 207-1333. These ...
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Protecting kitchen outlets with GFI outlets

In most houses, the practical solution to this will be a 2-pole 20A GFCI breaker in the breaker panel, which feeds the Multi-Wire Branch Circuit (MWBC) without further fuss. To use GFCIs of the ...
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Connection of Protective Earth for EV charging

The UK is a big hot mess when it comes to EV charging. This is because of decisions made decades ago, to scrimp on wires in the street. John Ward's excellent video covers the underlying issue well. ...
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KitchenAid Oven (Model KDRP407HSS13) - Oven Part Lost Power; Gas Range Still Working

These types of ovens typically have a couple of critical safety features to avoid thermal overload. Basically, when the outside of the oven cavity gets hotter than it is supposed to, a fuse that is ...
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Why does a single pole tandem breaker allow connecting the switch handles?

When you use a handle lock device the screw goes into handle hole. I don't think these are OSHA approved as lock-out/tag out, but are used as lock on for Fire Alarm Panel circuits. When used as lock-...
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Where do I connect 2 gauge neutral and ground wires for a subpanel in the main panel?

It's essential to ensure proper grounding and neutral connections when installing a subpanel. Here's what you should do: Neutral Connection: Since there's no opening large enough on the neutral bar ...
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Why is my electrical panel buzzing?

The buzzing noise you're hearing could be caused by a loose connection or a faulty breaker. When current flows through a loose connection, it can create vibration and buzzing sounds. The voltage ...
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Do I need to update my NEMA 10-50 receptacle with no neutral for NEC 2017 code compliant?

There's another answer which not everyone will like, but it's just as safe. Replace the outlet with a NEMA 6-50 three prong outlet. You have to remark the neutral as a ground. No new wires required. ...
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Did I install this "weatherproof outdoor extension ring" correctly?

You need to extend the original box which is in the wall so that the extension ring can bolt directly to the box without the wall getting in the way. You need to have a waterproof seal between the box ...
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Need to install a new outlet : from Light Fixture or GFCI? How to go about it?

Assuming that your light is not currently GFCI protected, your best choice is to chain off the load (i.e., GFCI-protected) terminals on the existing GFCI receptacle. That will allow you to use an ...
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How can I correctly replace this section of a circuit powering 4 individually-switched lights?

Maybe not the answer you're looking for but since conduit seems like the only reasonable approach and you don't want to use it, an alternative is to use smart switches. You just need a 14/2 between ...
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How can I correctly replace this section of a circuit powering 4 individually-switched lights?

The only code compliant options are: Run 2 14/3 cables with a neutral in each to the exit box. Run a second neutral through the exterior conduit to two of the lights: I believe this would be to code, ...
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How to install soft start module on table saw?

The connections on the saw this is designed for are slightly different, but basically the idea is the motor black lead (only) goes to module black, while switched hot (your switch terminal 1) goes to ...
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Why is my electrical panel buzzing?

Either find the broken/bad joint in the conduit, or (might be simpler) add a ground wire in this particular circuit's conduit. At some point the hot to ground voltage will be correct. If that point is ...
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Adding 240 V Circuit Through Attic

All standard conduit types can be used for 120V or 240V - really no difference. In the US a 240V circuit is 120V to ground from each hot conductor. Plus the insulation for most wire types is rated for ...
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