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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

Stop, turn off the gas, ventilate the house, and hire a pro. If you applied teflon tape to a flare fitting, you are NOT the person to be installing your gas range. You fundamentally don't understand ...
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Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

It's much more difficult for a small child to "play with the controls" and turn the stove elements on in that location. Having lived with stoves like this for a long time, I've never burned myself ...
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Is this cord bend ok on electric range?

I'm not certain what guage that wire is but many manufacturers will cite a minimum bend radius. It may or may not be code compliance wherever you are in the world. I suspect that wire has a minimum ...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

Repeating the comments : Do NOT use any pipe dope or tape on flare connections . They are metal to metal seals and anything on the metal sealing surface can cause a leak. Pipe threads (tapered) ...
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3 prong range outlet

For an old installation, there are some "shortcuts" grandfathered in, but even those are based on "no ground but have a neutral". You have the opposite - and much worse - problem of "no neutral but ...
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Can I run my 40 Amp Range Stove partially on a 30 Amp generator

I'd take a third option here. You clearly have a place to store fuel and someplace where you can run it so I would suggest a propane tank and stove. Cheap, very long shelf life so long as it's ...
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Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

It’s an old or perhaps a better word is classic design - there are some advantages like if you spill something it won’t go all over the controls. However disadvantages include having to reach over a ...
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Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

In addition to the useful comments already posted, the design prevents accidental turn ons due to leaning up against the stove to stir a pot, etc.
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Installing nema 14-50 with no ground

Nope, no good. The right thing to do in this situation is not to just omit the equipment ground wire from the four-wire receptacle as if it was optional. It will operate, but it will not be code ...
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3 prong range outlet

You can't do that. That's been outlawed since 1989. You need to redo the circuit using 8/3 cable (or 6/3 if you aim to breaker it for 50A). You need to wire a separate neutral/ground and bring it ...
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Venting Range Hood into Attic Space, Temporarily

The biggest issue you have venting into the attic is warm, moist air being blown into a somewhat closed area (aside from the grease and particles you have a filter for). If the attic space you vent ...
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Installing nema 14-50 with no ground

I found a video explaining that it's fine to hook the new 14-50r without a ground (just connect the 2 hot and 1 neutral) so I did that. I turned it on and everything appears to be working great. Did ...
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Can I run my 40 Amp Range Stove partially on a 30 Amp generator

Generally yes can use part of your range. Each burner is different, I've seen 8" burners use up to 2500 watts, smaller can be 1200 to 1500. I have even baked a pie. However I had to trick the ...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

Everyone else is right. It’s supposed to be a metal-metal seal, so tape won’t do anything. Glue or caulking would not fix it, and trying to welding it or solder it won’t end nicely. Basically, Either ...
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Is it really okay to hardwire a range (oven/stove) like this? Should I add an outlet?

Yes it should be in a junction box. It can be hard wired but that takes a cover plate and a strain relief. This is uncommon at least in my code area. The common method is at minimum 3 wires 2 hot and ...
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What amp breaker for 4500w electrical oven and 9600w induction cooktop on same circuit

Table 220.55 and combining appliances Since you're replacing a range with a cooktop+oven as separates, we start with NEC Table 220.55 Note 4: Branch-Circuit Load. It shall be permissible to calculate ...
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Stove will only work with 1 burner

The oven has a 4 prong 220 with a 50A outlet, running on two connected 20A breakers That's the problem. A typical US stove requires anywhere from 30A to 50A. According to the manual for this ...
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Is this DIY electrical rig passable or dangerous?

And try a 240v -> 120 v adapter. ONLY if it is UL-Listed. UL is the safety agency which writes the product safety rules and certifies equipment to be safe. Anything sold over-the-counter in ...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

As others have indicated, there is a very real danger that you have damaged the fitting in an attempt to fix it. Further attempts to fix it can cause things to get worse. And you can solve the ...
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Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

Aside from the major parental control feature, already mentioned, this allows the oven door to extend all the way up, granting a more spacious oven chamber opening for inserting taller things if ...
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Can I run my 40 Amp Range Stove partially on a 30 Amp generator

I would seriously rethink this. Electric stoves are wonderful. But they use a lot (relatively speaking) of power. Unless you expect long term outages, a far better solution is to get a cheap 120V 15A ...
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Oven heating element just blew (WOW!). Went & killed the breaker. Clock on range is still running. And is flipping me off

That is a very common fault for a heating element. Check and see if the stove top works, the fault may not have tripped the breaker. Most older homes have a 40 amp circuit double pole for a range and ...
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Help with oven and breaker!

There are, broadly speaking, 4 different possible problems: The oven The previous oven may have had an electrical problem, but it is very unlikely that a new oven would have a problem. If the ...
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Replacing an old oven

This looks like a relatively recent (probably less than 25 years old) oven. That being said, depending on what is wrong with it, replacement may be the best solution. Since the control panel does ...
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What could cause my range burner to be bright red and really hot when the dial is set to low?

IME, Most electric stoves rely on duty cycles to adjust the heat of a burner. They do not alter the "flow" of heat like a gas stove. The burner is either producing heat, or it is not. If you watch it ...
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Gas range has the wrong burner try to ignite

In my experience, most spark ignition ranges spark all the burners at the same time. So, it's probably just an issue with that burner not sparking - spark gap shorted out with food is the usual cause....
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This range fan drips water

More than 20 feet of flex pipe is a problem - 20 feet of flex pipe, uninsulated, sloped so it drains back into the fan is a huge problem. Flex pipe has VERY high resistance to airflow compared with ...
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Need help understanding power ratings on kitchen range

Different electrical systems, same range On the far right, do you see where it says "208Y/120V" in the first row and "120/240V" in the second row? Most electric cooking appliances are designed to ...
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Gas Range requires 120V 15A yet comes with a Nema 14-50 Plug

A 14-50 receptacle can be a 40A or 50A circuit (i.e. that fuse/breaker). If wired with 8 AWG cable, it can only be 40A. The reason for this exception is 40A receptacles don't exist, because this ...
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Wiring 4-wire Electric Range - Can I use these connectors?

If you have 3 wires coming from the wall (hot hot neutral, no ground), then you hook the wires to the 3 terminals that you see. Note the odd little strap linking the neutral stud to the chassis of ...

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