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Help me understand what happened and how the machine left works

Likely a transformer, or autotransformer (or it could be an inverter, with current tech) making a new neutral, so the problem becomes fix when convenient rather than Fix immediately. Just need to ...
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1 of 4 lights damaged on a ceiling fan

In many light fixtures it is possible to replace the bulb socket with an equivalent new socket. These sockets are available, as in this non-endorsed example from a web-search: https://www....
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Running outlets in or on a garage fire protection wall

It's likely you're overreacting. First, find out if your current situation is a fire hazard, a question that's probably best answered by your local building inspector. She/he will know your local ...
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Unsure if licensed electrician correctly wired old Zinsco 100-amp panel to new Siemens 200-amp subpanel

They were lazy/cheap. The normal process would be to call this a "heavy up". That would typically involve: Replacing the feed from utility to meter with 200A wire. Replacing the meter box ...
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Is this a safety or fire hazard

It's certainly an electrical code violation, and electrical code is about both fire and shock prevention. If the building's head of maintenance doesn't immediately get this corrected, send the picture ...
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Back fire brick panel loose

I have had 2 wood burning fireplaces like that over the years in the various home I lived in. The panel are held in place by the "Z" clips like you see in one of your pictures. The ...
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Back fire brick panel loose

Looking at this remotely, I would err on the side of caution, and have it inspected by a competent repairman. The firebrick is necessary to protect the sheet metal from the intensity of the fire. A ...
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How does arcing in an electrical panel cause fires?

or some kind of plastic that melts or chars but doesn't burn. plastic burns just look at all the pictures of burned plastic: https://www.electrical-forensics.com/CircuitBreakers/CircuitBreakers.html
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Will a toilet crack if used as a fire pit?

Personally, I'd simply get a stainless steel basin in about the right size that'll fit inside the toilet bowl (a round toilet bowl will probably work better for this than an elongated) and build the ...
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Unsure if licensed electrician correctly wired old Zinsco 100-amp panel to new Siemens 200-amp subpanel

It sounds like this is step 1 of a 2-step process. First step, install a 200A bus rating panel to be the new "panel with all your breakers". Move all your circuits to that. Temporarily ...
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Should a breaker panel with mild interior browning be replaced?

A lot depends on the specifics. Certain panels have known problems, and in those cases the electrician should have used that as the reason, not "browning". Assuming it is a generally OK ...
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Help me understand what happened and how the machine left works

What happened: search for past answers with the phrase "lost neutral"; it's been described in some depth at this point. Re what the machine is: could be anything from transformer to motor-...
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What are the requirements for fire doors in homes?

@Owain links to the actual regulations, so please adhere to them and not to me. We had our loft converted a couple of years ago, and had to change all internal doors to bedrooms, the lounge, dining ...
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Weber Genesis caught on fire

Same happened to me. It's a bad weber genesis design. The rubber propane hose attaches upward very close to right end of drip pan so even small grease fires can reach the rubber line. A small metal ...
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