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Why are there two cables connected to this GFCI outlet?

GFCI outlets have two sets of connectors: Line and Load. The Line terminals receive power from the breaker/fuse box. The Load terminals carry power onto other outlet(s). These “downstream” outlets are ...
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Diagnosing tripped breaker on the dishwasher circuit?

I had a similar issue with a hot water tank. It would work fine for weeks , sometime months. Then trip the breaker. The issue was a poor connection of wires at a wire nut. The poor connection caused ...
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Melted GFCI receptacle

Most likely a poor connection - connection not properly torqued (to a measured value, with a calibrated tool, neither too loose nor too tight - some folks think "properly torqued" means as ...
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Diagnosing tripped breaker on the dishwasher circuit?

As Jansen said in the comments, it seems much more likely that the breaker is telling you the dishwasher is unsafe and needs repair, than that the breaker has gone bad. Especially since the GFCI was ...
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Level 1 car charger causing outlets and lines to break

Vehicle charging puts a fair amount of stress on circuits. Properly installed that should not be a problem, but if there are screws that were not torqued down properly or wirenuts that are not twisted ...
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Adding outlets to a room via daisy chain using wiremold raceway

Since this is a rental, it is highly unlikely that either you or the landlord can do this work. (assuming USA's typical jurisdictions) If this were your house and you were allowed to do this work ...
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How can I protect an unprotected hot tub outlet?

If you can get cabling from the panel to underneath the tub without breaking any walls do that. It doesn't matter if it's hard wired or if you put a receptacle under there. Either way it will be GF ...
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Dust Collector Fries GFCIs

I'd check the bearings - a fan (a dust collector is basically a big one, at its heart) really should not be that hard to start. It should have very low power requirements until it spins up, so hard ...
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Does under sink outlet need to be GFCI?

Yes, GFCI is required under a sink where you can measure less than 6 ft from the top inside edge of the bowl to the receptacle. This requirement was added in 2011 NEC 210.8. There was a loophole for ...
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Why are there two cables connected to this GFCI outlet?

You might look at cars and presume all cars are gasoline powered. No, "gasoline power" does not define cars and there are other options. Similarly, you might look at GFCIs and presume all ...
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Diagnosing tripped breaker on the dishwasher circuit?

When the breaker is flipped back on, the arc fault indicator is illuminated. Arc faults frequently turn into fire hazards. Somewhere, you have electricity jumping between two conductors that should ...
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Power consumption of GFCI+CAFCI combo breaker (Siemens Q115DFN)

I meanwhile did my own thorough measurements. Results are shocking and disappointing. Siemens Q120DFN 20A breaker: 229mW (turned on, no load) Bryant BRN120A1CS 20A breaker: 906mW (turned on, no load)....
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Why is my GFCI tripping when I turn the breaker on?

Only 2 clear ways to go about troubleshooting now. Some devices have a very stiff reset button. Make sure it's bottomed out, even if you need to use a hand tool to mash it in there. We haven't seen ...
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Light switch and electrical socket placement from sink

Here are the main NEC rules for locating outlets near a kitchen countertop sink: 210.52(C)(1) Wall Spaces. Receptacle outlets shall be installed so that no point along the wall line is more than 600 ...
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Adding outlets to a room via daisy chain using wiremold raceway

Wiremold raceway is expensive and as noted you are not allowed to install it in a rental even if the landlord agrees. If the goal is to avoid messy extension cords, consider a solution that plugs in ...
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Why is my GFCI tripping when I turn the breaker on?

Did you read the instructions that came with the receptacles? Tripping on first power-up (as a mandatory self-test) is normal behavior for many GFCI receptacles. If it stays reset after you press the ...
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