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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet box extensions??, installing wainscotting, receptical
installing wainscotting, receptical, hardwarestore: Hi, There are box extensions. They slip inside the existing box and can be adjusted to the depth you need. I attached a website that shows how they look so you ll recognize it when you find it. http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/14-45-box-extensions.aspx...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet box wiring, motion light, new motion
motion light, new motion, souths: Hi. Everything may not be what they appear. Hopefully you remember where everything was. It sounds like you have some things in series with each other. Remember where the things are, then separate them. You should have power in only one cable. Connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet in Concrete Basement WalL, wire nuts, zero luck
wire nuts, zero luck, concrete basement: Hi Doug, Tough call. More than likely these wires come from another outlet, or an overhead light in the same room. About the only way to tell is to open the adjacent outlets, and ceiling box and gently pull on the wires and see if there is movement. These...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet controlled by wall switch - not working anymore, lighting circuit, several different ways
lighting circuit, several different ways, recepticle: They are wired in a confusing manner to get a separation of the recepticle from the lighting circuit. Some times the switched half is in a circuit with the lights, sometime with the recepticle. It can be wired in several different ways. When you remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet extension, crap job, outlet boxes
crap job, outlet boxes, vertical board: Tell me more. All of them are sunk? Did they move for some reason? Or are you saying someone installed them incorrectly? Has someone put paneling over the sheetrock and that made them in the wall so far? Are they screwed or nailed to a vertical board?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet not getting full power, brass screws, electric fan
brass screws, electric fan, power source: Hi Dan, it sounds like one of the outlets is wired in series when it should be parallel. So, check the place where you got your source of power for the new outlets. Make sure the black wires are attached to the brass screws and the white wires are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Not Grounded, knob and tube wiring, line conditioner
knob and tube wiring, line conditioner, knob and tube: Afternoon Abin, The outlet that does not work, Is there a 3rd wire in the box? Bare or green? That would be your ground wire and you should hook it up to the green screw (assuming you have 3 slot outlets). An outlet does not need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet instalation, home electrical wiring, weather proof
home electrical wiring, weather proof, best of both worlds: Chris, You can very easily get the best of both worlds by doing what you ve suggested. You can locate a weather proof box at the base of the lamp post for the GFI receptacle or where ever you want to before the line reaches the lamp post and then just run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet issues, clock set, electrical experience
clock set, electrical experience, extension cord: Hi Megan, I too do electronic recording in my home studio so I can relate how expensive this stuff can be. The 1st thing to do is use power strips for the electronic equipment that has power surge protection so if something does go nuts with the electricity,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet in J Block, canopy
canopy: Hello Luke you can use a cut-in box, and cut it in the wall sometimes called an old work box, or you can use a 1/2 deep pancake box and screw it to the J block, if you have just one cable going to the light. The fixture canopy is usually large enough to cover...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet/Light Switch wiring, light switch wiring, diagonal cutters
light switch wiring, diagonal cutters, real good time: Hi Steve, Just getting back in for the day from a family B-B-Q....it was a great day for it....we all had a real good time. Based on your description and your goal....YES...you should have only cut ONE side tab....not both. This is what we...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet and Lights inop, hallway light, master br
hallway light, master br, metal edge: Hi again. The green is just the ground. In the main panel, it connects to the neutral bar. So, when you are testing it, is is acting as the neutral. The problem is that the neutral is acting like the hot. So, the break is somewhere in the neutral. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet and light out, loose wire, in1
loose wire, in1, human contact: Hi Mark, If you are sure the outlet and the lite are the only 2 things not working, the problem would almost have to be in 1 of these boxes. Are the outlet and switch for the light near each other? It sounds as if there is a loose wire in1 of these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet no longer working, bob osgood, gfci receptacle
bob osgood, gfci receptacle, outdoor porch: Hi Tom, Based on your description...it sounds as if your porch receptacle outlets were wired per Code (you d be surprised how many are not)....and are on GFCI protection. The ceiling fans and any outdoor lights do not require this protection...only the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet for MIG welder, mig welder, digital readouts
mig welder, digital readouts, circuit breaker: Hi Bill, There are breakers that are rated for super lag. They just hang on a little longer when current exceeds their rating before tripping. I have never installed one and the regular breakers have held up fine. 8/3 is he proper wire if your welder...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet melting, reoccurence, electrical fire
reoccurence, electrical fire, electrician: Hi Todd. Hopefully your electrician used pigtails to connect the wiring to the outlets, which means that there is one wire connected to each side of the device, instead of 2. To give you extra protection, you can replace breakers with an AFCI type of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet operated by wall switch, ceiling fan light, light combos
ceiling fan light, light combos, wall switch: Hi. The most logical way is if all the black wires are capped together and bypass the outlet. The red wire goes to the outlet (dark terminal). The white wires go to the outlet (light colored terminals) and are capped together. That assumes 1) The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Plug Overload?, phone chargers, faulty wiring
phone chargers, faulty wiring, fire inspector: I agree it appears they totally overloaded this circuit. However I will say I have argued with a fire inspector when he saw a power strip plugged in with all spots being used and claimed it was overloaded. My arguement was it was not overloaded, full maybe,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Problem, don beck, metal tab
don beck, metal tab, wall switch: Hi Mark, I assume the standard operation of that outlet before the trouble began was; 1/2 of the outlet was operated by a wall switch and the other 1/2 was hot all the time. To get the new outlet to operate that way, you need to shut off the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Problem, power conductors, receptacle
power conductors, receptacle, sheath: Can you separate the wires to the sheath, or cable and see what combinations you have? Most likely your gray is really black and shares a cable with one of the whites. The other white, black and red are in another cable. That being so, first, on your receptacle,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Problems, electrician, couple weeks
electrician, couple weeks: Hi, I m sure your husband can repace the outlet. It s just a matter of following the directions that come with it. It s no use paying an electrician to do it. If the problem is other than a bad outlet, an electrician should be able to locate it and repair...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet pigtails, duplex outlets, pipe nipple
duplex outlets, pipe nipple, dozen outlets: Steve, I am not aware of any code article that forbids this type of wiring, except for Article 300.13(B), which is for multiwire branch circuits only. One thing you might want to consider is the use of terminal ends (Sta-Kon, T&B, etc...) on the stranded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet has power but microwave won't work, gfci receptacle, volt meter
gfci receptacle, volt meter, t power: Hi Tina, If your microwave is on a dedicated circuit the problem is probably just a loose connection in the panel. Do you have a volt meter to see what voltage you are getting? If it is a GFCI receptacle have you tried pushing the test and reset button? If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Question, satellite reciever, lengthy explanation
satellite reciever, lengthy explanation, plasma tv: Hi. In order to use the wire from the switch, you have to make sure that there are at least 4 wires in 2 cables (not counting any grounds) and you have to make sure that the circuit is not a dedicated circuit for the fireplace. (The circuit goes to other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet question, deb deb, qualified electrician
deb deb, qualified electrician, florescent light: Deb, Don t worry you won t burn the house down its just an inconvenience that you can continue to put up with or have a qualified electrician come in and replace that fixture and or the GFI as well , it could be the existing GFI has become too sensitive...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet question, connection options, tom wright
connection options, tom wright, fins: Tom, Yes. I am assuming you mean by fins, that top and bottom are shunted together. There is generally a little connection diagram in each outlets box, if you don t have that you can look up the manufacturer on the Internet and most likely get the connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet replacement - 4black wires and 1 shite, pig tail, wire nut
pig tail, wire nut, shite: No need for another outlet. Take two black wire and pig tail it (wire nut) with a small piece of black wire. Take the small piece of black wire and plug it into the quickwire/screw. Take the remaining two black wires and do the same. Or; You can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet rewiring, coffee pot, rewiring
coffee pot, rewiring, pigtail: Hi. What it sounds like you have is a shared neutral circuit. The way they are wired up is no longer allowed. You can t have the white wires go through the outlet. The problem with shared neutral wires, is that there are two hots. if you don t turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet/Switch control, electrical experience, switch control
electrical experience, switch control, two blacks: Hi again. Did you connect the white wires to the outlet? It should go on the light colored terminals, or the side that has the wide blade? Here is what should be on the outlet: dark color terminals: (short slot) (should have bridge between two screws...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet/Switch for back porch lighting., silver screw, back porch
silver screw, back porch, switch box: Hi Randy, This can be done if the switch has 2 black wires attached to it an there are also 2 white wires in the switch box that are connected together. If this situation exists then run a white wire from existing white wires to the silver screw next...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet and Switch Wiring, circuit breaker trips, incoming power
circuit breaker trips, incoming power, switch wiring: You made a breaker checker, CONGRADULATIONS, lol, but seriously: The feed to the switch has a black and white wire and the feed to the light has a black and white wire. Put one black wires on each terminal. Wirenut the whites togeter. At the fixture the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet/Switch wiring, jumper wires, switch wiring
jumper wires, switch wiring, receptacle: Grounds and whites go to the appropriate terminals, wirenutted to short jumper wires at each receptacle. The incoming black goes to the bottom terminal of the switch. The outgoing black runs from the top switch terminal to a pigtail, 2 in 1 short wire out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet(s) Failures, home improvement projects, volts
home improvement projects, volts, contradiction: Further investigation show 110V across the hot and neutral, but next to nothing is registering across the hot and neutral. --contradiction here... did you mean to say there was 120 volts to ground? sounds like a classic open neutral either a broken wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet in series not working, ceiling fan light, brian phelps
ceiling fan light, brian phelps, faulty outlet: Hi. If the outlet is located between the switch and a working outlet, then the outlet should work if wired correctly. One thing you can do is get a circuit analyzer for under $10 at a home center. This would tell you if it is the hot or neutral that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet sparked all electric stopped working, breakers, living room
breakers, living room: If you were not doing something at the outlet that sparked, I would suggest that is where the problem is. Turn the power off and look for indications of the spark [arcing] at this location. [Could be a connection burned loose.] If you aren t up to this,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet stopped working - breaker not tripped, bird bath heater, circuit breakers
bird bath heater, circuit breakers, loose wire: Hi Patrick, This can be cause by a lot of different things, so I ll cover the ones you can check yourself. Breakers: Turn each one off, wait 10 secs and turn back on. Sometimes they trip and you cant tell be looking, so you have to shut them off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet surge, hallway light, master br
hallway light, master br, bkr: This is either a simple little bad connection, or you need an electrician to trouble shoot. When you said you had 120 from hot to neutral and neutral to ground....if that is what you meant...big wrong there. Somewhere the neutral became energized. Ck for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet & switch not working, thumb tacks, light switch
thumb tacks, light switch, ceiling fan: Two things. Most bedrooms have a switched recepiticle for lamps. I dont like it, but its code. Second, loosing power in a room from banging on walls, either you hit a wire with a nail, or your vibrations caused a connection to fail in a junction box. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet-to-switch, combination devices, lighing
combination devices, lighing, hot wire: This seems to be a single gang box, so a switch with a single receptacle seems to be the device of choice. Most of these combination devices have a single hot wire connection, with a second terminal for the neutral, and a third for the switch leg to the transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Trouble, loose screw, loose connections
loose screw, loose connections, loose connection: Good Morning Kristy, Based on your description...you clearly have a problem with the connections (or internally with the receptacle outlet itself) in the dining room receptacle outlet. It may be simply a loose connection of the wiring to the outlet...or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet after a three way switch, brass screws, way switch
brass screws, way switch, switch box: There should be 3 wires connected to the switch. Ignore the 2 wires that are attached to the brass screws as they will have no bearing on our project. There should be 1 wire attached to the dark screw of the switch. There should also be 2 other wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet trouble, wire nuts, gfci
wire nuts, gfci, downstairs: Hi. You have a disconnected white wire somewhere. The only reason you are getting some reading, is because you are probably getting feedback. Check everything on the circuit, even anything that is working. Look under wire nuts, and check anywhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet usage, chest freezer, garage door opener
chest freezer, garage door opener, amp circuit: Hi. Are the outlets each on their own circuit, or do they share the 20 amp circuit? All of these items use a lot of electricity. There should be no more than one heater or oven on the same circuit breaker. There is also a lot of things that can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Wiring, rule of thumb, kitchen appliances
rule of thumb, kitchen appliances, wall space: Hi Casey. The NEC does not have requirements for height of outlets. Normally it is set to a common height to match existing outlets. Electricians usually use their hammers as a handy height stick. You have to place an outlet within 6 of any opening...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Wiring, knob and tube wiring, silver screw
knob and tube wiring, silver screw, brass screw: Hi Matt, With the red wire i would guess this is a swtiched outlet. Guessing cuz i m not there to actually trace the wires down. Also sounds like you have a black neutral. The wire that should be white.. is black. You see 2 blacks on old knob...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet wiring in older home, downstairs level, upstairs area
downstairs level, upstairs area, arc fault: Hi Dale, Thanks for the follow-up....so it appears possibility # 3 (owner didn t need the upstairs upgraded) is the correct answer. Yes...the cubby holes may make wire routing fairly easy...if one to get into these cubby s from down below (we renovated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet wiring, broken wires, loose wires
broken wires, loose wires, basement garage: Hi. It really isn t safe to leave damaged wiring in the system. So it is best not to just jump the wires. First of all, check and make sure that the outlet is not on a GFCI. Check the bathrooms, basement, garage, and outside for an outlet with a test...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet does not work all others just fine, electrician, screws
electrician, screws, next box: Hi Aleece. It sounds like you may have a loose or broken connection upstream from this outlet. You should also purchase a outlet tester to find out if you have lost the neutral or the hot, which will help in troubleshooting. If you can t find anything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet not working, gfi outlet, lightning storm
gfi outlet, lightning storm, 4 walls: HI There, Bathroom outlets are connected to GFI outlets. This GFI may nor be actually in the bathroom, but in another location. In most cases like this, this GFI outlet is located in the garage. Check this area for a GFI that has tripped. Garage outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet not working., handy gadgets, wire nuts
handy gadgets, wire nuts, neutral wire: Hi. Getting a hot ground reversed is frequently caused by a disconnected white neutral wire. However, it can be anywhere on the circuit, including at an outlet that is working (because it could be the wire leaving a working device going to a nonworking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet works with lamp, not TV, mr cook, weird thing
mr cook, weird thing, receptacle: Keith, I am as perplexed with this one as you are. I would turn off this circuit and try replacing the receptacle. A tv pulls more amps than a lamp and it could be the internal part of the receptacle is not making a good enough connection to operate a tv....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet, don beck, gfi outlet
don beck, gfi outlet, circuit breakers: Hi Scott, There are 2 usual causes for this: 1) A circuit breaker has tripped and needs to be reset. To reset a breaker, you must first turn it to the off position by hand, then back to on. When a breaker trips, it does not go to an off position, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, circuit breakers, gfci
circuit breakers, gfci, hot wire: Hi. When outlets don t work, there are three ways to go with it. First, make sure that the breakers are not tripped. Sometimes they look fine, but they are not making contact. Flip any affected breaker(or all of them if you are not sure what they go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, amp circuits, don beck
amp circuits, don beck, amp service: Hi Jimmy, The best thing to do is replace the 15 amp outlets with 20 amp outlets. The whole wiring scheme would be destroyed if you started swapping breakers. Putting 15 amp breakers in where the 20 amp breakers are would be OK and safe, but the system...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, using a voltmeter, loose wire
using a voltmeter, loose wire, true indication: Hi Alexander. It looks, from your description, like you may have a loose wire in one of the outlets. turn the power off, and remove each of the outlets, checking for a loose or broken connection. The type of tester you used is not a true indication...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, wirenuts, voltage meter
wirenuts, voltage meter, ground wires: Hi. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a place where the black, white and ground wires are not making proper continuity. It could also be in an outlet that works, because it could be the wire leaving the working outlet going to a non working outlet that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets go out, landloard, bathroom lights
landloard, bathroom lights, new apartment: Hi Alison. It sounds like you may be using some heater that is tripping the breakers. Try to find a circuit that has hardly no load on it for this heater, or don t use it at all. The breakers should not trip all by themselves. If they are, then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets out, gfi outlet, copper wiring
gfi outlet, copper wiring, loose wire: Hi Tom, This is the normal indication of a loose wire or a tripped GFI outlet. To start with check all the GFI s in the house by pushing the test button, then the reset button. The microwave may be downstream of a GFI outlet. Next, since you found...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, hallway lighting, voltage tester
hallway lighting, voltage tester, neutral wire: Hi Bill, This sounds like a loose neutral wire (white). It s an easy fix, but can be a bear to find. Shut down the breaker for that circuit and make note of everything that is dead. Each on of those dead devices will need to be opened up and checked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, voltage spikes, smoke alarms
voltage spikes, smoke alarms, clock radio: Hi Danette, You might see if your utility company will install a voltage monitor on your system for a few days to see if you are getting voltage spikes or drops. Also have the connections in your panel and disconnect checked to see if you have a loose connection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets and Breakers, ampmeter, soucre
ampmeter, soucre, neutral wire: Well if you were Terry Rose with a Y (my old buddy) I d ask where you went off to, but you re most likely female. Anyway, you d use a VOLTMETER to check for voltage and an AMPMETER to check for amps, or current flow in a circuit. There are meters that perform...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets Controlled by Wall Switch, top of the stairs, chest freezer
top of the stairs, chest freezer, outlet location: In that case, heating up an outlet so it is hot all the time can t be done. You will need to run a separate circuit from the breaker panel to a new outlet location, unless you want to discontinue the switching of the outlets and have them all hot, all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets controlled by a switch, lugs, wrong answer
lugs, wrong answer, e mail: Mike, Sheeeesh! This could be interesting. Lets try and find out exactly where the problem lies. Outlets 1-2-3 can stay hooked up as they are, since they don t seem to be causing any problem Keep outlets 4-5-6 disconnected from all the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets controlled by switch., hot wire, living room
hot wire, living room, screw: Breaking the tabs is the way to do this, but your problem is, somewhere, the switched wire and the hot wire are connected together. I m sure there are more than 6 outlets on this circuit, but if only 6 were originally switched, one of these outlets has a red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets don't work, 220 volt appliances, gauge wiring
220 volt appliances, gauge wiring, freak thing: Hi. You are right, all three items would be on separate circuits. The dryer should be on a double 30 amp breaker. The washer should be on a single breaker. The only way all that can be related is if half the house is not working. There are two hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets and Fan Stopped Working, porch lights, porch light
porch lights, porch light, wire nuts: Hi. If an outside outlet stops working, it is usually because there is a GFCI somewhere on the circuit, and it tripped. These can be in the bathroom, garage, basement, or outside. However, other outlets, fans, and porch lights should not be on the GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets in kitchen, duplex receptacles, branch circuits
duplex receptacles, branch circuits, amp circuit: The kitchen is required to have 2 dedicated 20 amp small appliance branch circuits for the countertop. Only the receptacles within 6 lf the water need to be GFCI protected. The receptacles are to be no more than 4 apart and not mounted in the counter surface...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets and Light will not work, kitchen countertop, vaccum cleaner
kitchen countertop, vaccum cleaner, garage area: Charles: More then likly a connection in one of the boxes that holds the outlets, switches, and light fixtures was going bad and when you pluged the vac in, it finally quit.I would first try to determine just what isn t working any more. Then one at a time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets and light out. Switch changes 3 prong tester from correct to hot/ground reverse., lighting condition, poor lighting
lighting condition, poor lighting, mr thompson: I would think your problem is in the light fixture. Most likely the black and ground wires have been made together. It s not common, although possible, since in a poor lighting condition, green and black colored insulation kind of looks alike. I don t know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets no longer work, working lamp, neutral wire
working lamp, neutral wire, lamp socket: Hello Skip. I am assuming you are saying you are reading 120V at the receptacle that will not operate the lamp. If so, which slots are you putting the leads into. You may need to pull the receptacle closest to the panel on this circuit and check for a loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets only have two wire but are grounded, outlet configuration, vertical slot
outlet configuration, vertical slot, voltage tester: Ian, If the conduit is acting as a ground, then you would get a reading as the screws that hold the outlet in place pick up the ground from the metal box. To be absolutely sure, you need a 2 lead voltage tester. 1 lead you plug into the hot side of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets have no power, ceiling fan light, construction supervisor
ceiling fan light, construction supervisor, circuit breakers: Sunny, Check those breakers again to be sure each one is putting out power since that panel is outside and exposed to fluctuating weather conditions as far as humidity , cold , heat etc. You could very well have a poor connection in the panel or a bad...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets no power, gfci receptacle, lee vickers
gfci receptacle, lee vickers, circuit breaker: A lot would depend on the age of your house, but I m going to assume, from what you ve told me, that you have a GFCI receptacle protecting all the receptacles that the Code requires to be protected. Start by looking in your garage (first place I d look if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets and Switches, duplex receptacles, gfci outlet
duplex receptacles, gfci outlet, line terminals: Hi Rick, Sorry just responding....we have been straight out here the past few days... Confused by your terms...(or perhaps it s a typo..? )...to meet your application...you should have standard duplex receptacles....and SINGLE pole toggle switches...not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets in spare room, 4 walls, typical office
4 walls, typical office, spare room: Hi Ron, Sounds like it s going to be a pretty area. Tapping into an existing line is always iffy , as you don t know what else is on that circuit. A separate circuit to this new area would be the ideal thing to do since the walls are open and you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets stopped working, tripped breakers, wire nut
tripped breakers, wire nut, reset buttons: Hi. If your kitchen was upgraded, you may have GFCIs in the wiring. These are outlets with test and reset buttons. If you do, press the reset button. If you don t, be sure to turn the breaker off and back on to be sure it didn t trip, but looks set....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets stopped working, tripped breakers, using a voltmeter
tripped breakers, using a voltmeter, troubleshooting skills: Go around and look for a tripped GFCI circuit. They could be outside, garage, bathroom, attic, crawlspace. Those are the ones with a [TEST][RESET] button on them. If that isn t it and if you don t feel comfortable removing the panel cover I would suggest...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets stopped working, tripped breakers, gfi receptacles
tripped breakers, gfi receptacles, troubleshooting skills: Hello Don. Check to be sure if there are any GFI receptacles on these circuits that one has not tripped. If there are none, you will need to check the breaker panel to be sure voltage is actually leaving the breaker with a meter and if so, check at every device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets stopped working, tripped breakers, copper coating
tripped breakers, copper coating, troubleshooting skills: Breakers go bad, receptacles go bad, connections go bad. You may have a junction box in the attic that has a bad connection. It may have been steel wire with a copper coating....that can break under an unusual load. A voltmeter may come in handy looking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets stopped working, tripped breakers, type duplex
tripped breakers, type duplex, garage areas: Don: 1st of all go to the panel, one at a time manually turn off and then back on each breaker 2 times, Sometimes breakers will trip and not look like they are. If that dosen t solve it. Look in the kitchen, bathrooms,possable garage areas for what we call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets stopped working, gfi outlet, refrigerator light
gfi outlet, refrigerator light, wall boxes: It does sound like you will need an electrician. If all the wires are secured tightly. If the outlets have the stab in connections in the back, these sometimes work loose and it would be a good idea to wrap the wires around the screws provided. Those...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets stopped working, proper test equipment, tripped breakers
proper test equipment, tripped breakers, don beck: Hi There, There are a couple of simple possibilities, 1) The circuit breaker for those outlets may be tripped. When a breaker trips, it goes to a neutral position, not to an off position. When in the neutral position, it may appear to be on, but really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets turned off, digital multimeter, neutral wire
digital multimeter, neutral wire, space heater: Hi Chris, It sounds like you have a loose neutral wire in one of these outlets,(White wire) or in the outlet that is feeding these 2 outlets. They need to be opened and inspected for a loose white wire. If the outlets are wired using the holes in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets vs. brakers, arc fault breakers, tv lamps
arc fault breakers, tv lamps, brakers: Hi Ashley, There is no hard and fast rule, but the guideline I use is, no more than 8 feet without an outlet. Since this is your home, you probably know how it is going to be decorated. So, put the outlets where you need them,,,TV...lamps...etc. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Some Outlets not Working!, proper test equipment, street vibrations
proper test equipment, street vibrations, don beck: Hi Rob, It sounds as if a wire has come loose in one of the outlets. I would check the ones that quit working first and see if you can see a loose wire or a wire that may have broken off. If these outlets check out OK, you will have check the others in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Some Outlets not Working!, proper test equipment, street vibrations
proper test equipment, street vibrations, don beck: Hi Rob, It sounds as if a wire has come loose in one of the outlets. I would check the ones that quit working first and see if you can see a loose wire or a wire that may have broken off. If these outlets check out OK, you will have check the others in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not work after install ceiling fan, circuit breakers, ok check
circuit breakers, ok check, fan light: If there were any other wires in the fan ceiling box, one of the connections may have come loose white you were installing the fan/lite. Check these and make sure they are tight. If these check out OK, Check the connections at the switch box. If those...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets work, overhead lights do not., meter box, ground wires
meter box, ground wires, electrical company: Hi. Let me start with the easy one first. If you don t have a grounded system, the tester will always say open ground. It just means that there is no ground. You are probably getting feedback on the line, which is giving you a voltage reading. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets do not work, hi tim, test button
hi tim, test button, reset button: Hi Tim, There are 2 things you can check and fix yourself without the need for an electrician. 1) Check the circuit breaker in the panel. Don t assume it is on, but shut it off, wait 5 seconds, then turn it back on. This will reset the breaker. 2)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, home improvement centers, major lightning
home improvement centers, major lightning, don beck: Hi Barb, The first thing to check for is a GFCI outlet. It looks like a regular outlet except it has a small tab in the center that acts like a circuit breaker. It may or may not be in the room in question. Check the bathrooms, that is where most GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, robert wilber, daughters room
robert wilber, daughters room, j box: Hi Michael. I agree with Robert, it sounds like a loose connection. The question is really, where? This could be anywhere from a outlet box to a j-box up the breaker panel. I recommend you get an electrician in to check this out for you. It is a hazard,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, wire nuts, gfci
wire nuts, gfci, bob bob: Hi. It is just a matter of providing a constant path for the electricity. If you know the sequence of the wiring for the outlets, it will make it easier. Check to see if you have any power at all in the first outlet. If you don t, then you have to go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, gfci receptacle, ground fault protection
gfci receptacle, ground fault protection, gfci breaker: Hi Sabrina, Just getting back in from a double shift...sorry for the delay. Based on your description...and where this is a new townhouse...it should have been wired up to today s electrical Codes....and as such - should have ground fault protection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, reset buttons, curling iron
reset buttons, curling iron, gfci: You have a tripped GFCI somewhere. Those are the receptacles that have [TEST] [RESET] buttons on them. Your going to have to check all of them. A curling iron along with anything else, hair dryer, etc., will usually overload the circuit causing it to trip....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, gfci receptacle, handman
gfci receptacle, handman, electrical problems: After you have assertained just what the problem is....breaker or GFCI...you can easily fix it. If you believe it to be the breaker, turn off all power to the panel...the main breaker...100amp or larger... then the breaker you want to replace comes out with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, don beck, fridg
don beck, fridg, hot wire: Hi Lori, If you have power(the circuit breaker tripping), that indicates you have a hot wire(black), but lost the neutral(white) somewhere either in that outlet or the other one that isn t working. Check both outlets and make sure the white wire is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, wire nuts, device failure
wire nuts, device failure, wire nut: Did you check to see if the breaker had power? If you are sure this circuit only has the four outlets, then you only have five things to check...the breaker and all four outlets. Wiring doesn t simply break within the walls, so the problem most likely is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, arc fault, recepticles
arc fault, recepticles, first house: If there is nothing plugged into any of the recepticles....it could be the breaker went bad when it tripped. I would try to put the wire from that breaker into a different breaker to make sure the circuit is good. Try to reset the breaker without a wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working all the time, afci breaker, afci breakers
afci breaker, afci breakers, arc fault: Hi Don, Sorry just responding....we were away for most of the weekend...last minute trip (family emergency). Based on your description...if your old fuse panel was recently replaced with a new circuit breaker panel - making this a new service upgrade....ALL...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working, don beck, gfi outlet
don beck, gfi outlet, neutral position: Hi Laurie, It appears you have a GFI outlet tripped. Look in the baths,and in the garage for a GFI outlet. It looks similar to a reular outlet, but it has a little tab in the center that acts like a circuit breaker. If you locate the outlet, just push...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, bob osgood, ceiling boxes
bob osgood, ceiling boxes, master electrician: Hi Larry, Just getting back.... Based on your description....it sounds as if you have a loose connection. You mention the connections at the receptacle outlets and panel all look well....so that leaves a connection in between the breaker and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Output and wiring for Troy built 5550 Generator, line crews, ivin
line crews, ivin, transfer switch: Hello Benny, at this point you will be better off with cords. A tranfer switch needs to be installed to attach a generator to a panel, without this there is no protection for the line crews restoring power as the back feed will travel up the lines. After the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Branch Circuits, amp circuit breaker, volt circuits
amp circuit breaker, volt circuits, pvc conduit: Hi Al. No special grounding will be required, other than the metal box at the outlet will need to be tied to the equipment grounding conductor run in the cable. In the table you mentioned, the wording with GFCI protection means that the underground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside boxes, cable clamps, light boxes
cable clamps, light boxes, lock nut: Hi B.N. Cut off a small piece of pipe(I think you are using PVC, but EMT will work as well.), and put a water tite connector on the end.Screw the connet. into the back of the box and slip the whole thing over the wire. Before anchoring the box, it would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside burial junction box, amp breaker, pond pumps
amp breaker, pond pumps, beauty garden: Joshua, This is a very tricky area..Local Inspectors all have their own views on this, so there is no hard and fast rule. In this situation, a call to your inspector would be a very good idea and see what he wants, otherwise, you may have to do it over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Electric Wires, gas water heater, kilowatt hour
gas water heater, kilowatt hour, wet soil: Terry, Every so often I don t get notification from All Experts that I have a question to answer and apparantly thats what happened with yours so I m sorry about the delay and maybe you ve had your question already answered but in any event I ll address...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Electrical Wiring, amp circuit breaker, electrical pvc
amp circuit breaker, electrical pvc, don beck: Hi Don, Even though this is an outside kitchen, the materials should be as if it was a regular inside kitchen. This calls for: 12/2 UF-B 20 amp GFI 20 amp Circuit breaker in shed panel.When buying this breaker, make sure it is the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside electrical outlets not working, gfci receptacle, good mornin
gfci receptacle, good mornin, gfci outlets: Good Mornin Steve, Based on your description..it appears you are referring to my recent answer (12-20-06) to Stephanie - who had several inside and outside outlets go out with her Christmas lights - and all areas that were out required GFCI protection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Fixture replacement, light fixture, black wire
light fixture, black wire: Richard, It would be the black of fixture to single white in box, and white of fixture to the 2 white bundle. The 1 black is sending the power to the switch on the other black. When the switch is turned on, the power goes thru the switch and back to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Flood-lights not working, excess vibration, quality bulbs
excess vibration, quality bulbs, incandescent bulbs: Hi. There are several things that cause incandescent bulbs to burn out early. The main thing is too much voltage. So perhaps they were accidently wired up with 240 volts? The other things shouldn t apply in this case, such as excess vibration, or being...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside flood light electrical, open framing, flood light
open framing, flood light, basketball hoop: Hi Mike, Ok, lets get on the same page here. You got a switch box controling a ceiling box. And you got another box in your outside gable (near the peak). Do you know if this gable box is switched? Do you want (your new light) it to be? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside flood light, flood light, motion sensor
flood light, motion sensor, hassle: Hi Susan, The lamp is good and the wiring is probably OK. It s the fixture itself. In this type of fixture, the motion sensor or the timing device inside do give out over time. I would suggest you get a new one and replace the old one. You can buy...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Garage Door Light, bob osgood, dusk and dawn
bob osgood, dusk and dawn, master electrician: Hi Angela, Just getting back in....another long day.. Based on your description...yes -it s possible that the inside garage light switch also controls the outside garage door light...but it s unlikely. It s more likely that this outside light is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Garage Door light, indoor garage, possibilty
indoor garage, possibilty, home bob: Angela, The interior and exterior garage lights should not be on the same switch. There has to be another switch for the exterior garage door light some where. If its on a switch by itself that switch would normally be at the entrance to the garage from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Lighting Fixtures, photocells, don hi
photocells, don hi, cfls: Hi, Sometimes the differences are in how the original fixture was produced. In any mass production there are flaws in the construction of some units, while others may be better than normal. Possibly changing the whole fixture,hoping to get a better one,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside lighting using deapcell marine bat., solar cells, trailer type
solar cells, trailer type, trailer size: Donald It will take some engineering to come up with all this but can be done. I guess my question first is why not purchase the individual travel trailer size lights with the solar cells and switch installed? It would preclude all the conduit, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside motion light, cycles of power, emergency mode
cycles of power, emergency mode, cold weather: Remove all power from the device. Make sure the breaker or whatever is off to the device not just the switch. Wait for 60 seconds, with switch in off position. [switch off by itself is not enough] Turn on breaker. Turn on motion light device and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Outlet -No Power, gfi outlets, circuit breakers
gfi outlets, circuit breakers, oulet: Jim, It would be very unlikely that the disruption is in an attic box, but possible. If your home was built from the mid 60 s on, a GFI would be required in the garage, so maybe it is hidden behind some stuff on a shelf or some other way. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Outlet Problem, don beck, gfi outlet
don beck, gfi outlet, 4 walls: Hi June, I suspect there is another GFI outlet in the garage somewhere. It may be hidden by shelves or stuff . Check all 4 walls for this outlet. It should be apprx 45 off of the floor. It is common practice for electricians to have outside outlets and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Outlet, loose connections, receptacle
loose connections, receptacle, gfi: Many outdoor receptacles are protected by the kitchen GFI. I believe there is a loose connection on the receptacle that is feeding the outdoor receptacle. Pull out the receptacle on the inside that is closest to the outdoor problem receptacle and check for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside and other outlets not working, gfci outlet, gfci outlets
gfci outlet, gfci outlets, gfi: Hi Kathy, There may still be another GFI on this circuit causing the problem, it usually is located in the garage, so look around in there for a tripped GFI. Your theory of the rain causing the ripping is very sound and astute and it does take some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside outlet, mark beard, outdoor barbecue
mark beard, outdoor barbecue, flagstone patio: Hi. Yes you should be able to do that. Local codes vary about the type of wire and depth. Usually it has to be 18 inches below, and UF cable is OK. But some places may require conduit. So it would be best to check with a local inspector. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside outlets have no power, circuit breakers, gfi outlet
circuit breakers, gfi outlet, light switches: Hi Tuan,, The problem has to lie in the breaker panel, of with a GFI outlet. In the breaker panel turn the breaker that controls this circuit off and then back to on. If this breaker tripped, it goes to a neutral position, not to an off position. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside recepticles, proper test equipment, qualified electrician
proper test equipment, qualified electrician, gfi outlet: Hi Lou, With a home this new, the problem should be an easy fix, but possibly, a hard find. The first thing to check is the breaker. It may look as if it is on, but it may be tripped. To be sure, shut each breaker off, wait about 5 seconds, then turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Wiring Box, landscape lighting, lighting system
landscape lighting, lighting system, wire connections: Hi David, You may still have too much wire if they won t fit, or too many wires in the box. The electrical code requires 6 of wire in the box or enough to pull the wires 3 out of the box when your working on them. When you have made up your connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside wiring to pool, shack, pool filter, color arrangement
pool filter, color arrangement, ground bus: Albert, I m extremely sorry for the mix-up. It s not the fault of the system, but mine. I read your question late the other night and it not being a simple one, decided to wait till morning to answer. Then I had a senior moment and let it slip my mind....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside wiring voltage drop, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, voltage drop: Hi Gary, Seems like this idea of yours would work. Like you, i think your problem is voltage drop too. As long as you don t upgrade the 30A breaker you have no safey issues. If you get a bigger breaker you can t have any 10 ga on this circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside wiring, low voltage lighting, gfi outlet
low voltage lighting, gfi outlet, volt systems: The typical installationf or low volt systems is a transformer on the side of the house plugged into the GFCI recepticle. The low volt wires are usually just under the surface...2 or 3 inches. Normally people need ready access for bad connections. Weather...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OVERHEAD LIGHTS, hookup, canopy
hookup, canopy, electrician: Hi katreen. Normally, ceiling swag lights will have a canopy that will cover the ceiling box, and the type of swag that plugs in does not. Without the canopy, you will not be able to do this. You might contact a local electrician to see if they can come...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven 4 wire, wire house, ovens
wire house, ovens: Hi Frank, Uncrimp the white and bare and keep the bare and white wires separate. There may be another step involved in this like moving the green wire of the oven to a different location. This should be in the owners manual so read it carefully. Some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven and Cooktop Wiring, prong plug, oven cavity
prong plug, oven cavity, new appliance: every town has their own variation in codes. I personally think that using a cord and plug would be fine. They do now require that you use a new 4 prong plug that includes a ground. but since your old receptacle probably does not have a ground you cant...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven and Cooktop wiring, prong plug, wire connections
prong plug, wire connections, cooktops: It will save you money by not installing an outlet and cord for your built in oven so that is good news. Do you really want a source of a potential problem behind your built in oven? By direct wiring it you have a better connection than an outlet and cord....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven controlling power to circuit, brakers, controlling power
brakers, controlling power, utilitys: Kelvin, Half of your main breaker has most likely gone bad which kills half your panel except when you turn your oven on. Its a litt le hard to explain but suffice it to say thats what is going on. The breaker may feel hot to the touch which is a dead...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven controlling power to circuit, wire nuts, brakers
wire nuts, brakers, tight connections: Strange indeed. My best guess is you have outlets downstream of your oven circuit, and the neutral or one of your hot connectors is somehow causing the problem. Why you d have something else on your oven circuit is a good question, but open up the junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven Electrical, appliance guy, heating element
appliance guy, heating element, electrical problem: Your oven grounded? Does it have a ground wire in the receptacle? Heating element ON when they touched it with a wet (?) cloth? Don t think the problem is with your breaker. If anything, it s the outlet not being grounded, the range not being grounded,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven Element Wiring, needle nose pliers, oven chamber
needle nose pliers, oven chamber, horrible mistake: I can t see what was showing as far as fuzzy insolation, the black tape if pushed back behind the oven chamber might melt off, and even smell like melting plastic, but you had fuzzy insulation and a nick in the red covering. no bare wire exposed, so you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven wiring, micorwave, bare wire
micorwave, bare wire, red stripe: Gary, From what you describe, the wiring is not correct according to the electrical code, but it will functiion. Just make sure that somewhere on the oven back plates it says 220 V operation. Also, make sure that the wires attached to the breaker are:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven wiring, proper test equipment, amp circuits
proper test equipment, amp circuits, fuse panels: Hi Gord, Been straight out here with electrical work....just now getting the chance to answer your question. Based on your description...it sounds like you ve lost one leg of the incoming 120/240. In this mode.....oven lights, clocks and controls...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven wiring, garbage disposals, convection oven
garbage disposals, convection oven, master electrician: Hi Greg. the existing wiring sounds like normal wiring, with some additional wiring added at a later date. I think your changes are good, and will result in a lot better installation. I see no violation in using a small appliance circuit for the gas...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven wiring, convection oven, new appliances
convection oven, new appliances, cdrs: This would not pass code today. Not all inspectors pay close attention to detail so this could of easily been overlooked. You cannot start out with 6 gauge and transition to a smaller wire size, such as 8 gauge. Replace the 8 gauge from the junction box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven wiring..., neutral wire, bare wire
neutral wire, bare wire, red stripe: Can you verify the same wiring in the panel box? If the oven needs a 110/220 circuit, then you do need the white neutral wire. Read the back of the new oven and verify the need for 110/220 service. It may only require 220volts which only needs the blk/blk...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead Cielling Fans, revolutions per minute, blade fan
revolutions per minute, blade fan, model fan: Hi Dino, Hunter usually makes fairly high quality fans...but it sounds as if your 10 year old fan (if it is a Hunter) was not one of their better models....or it was one geared to not spin as fast. If you do decide to invest in a better ceiling fan...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead Cielling Fans, motor windings, maylasia
motor windings, maylasia, lowe s: Obvious answer...are you sure you have the fan on the HIGH setting? Is there any noticeable difference in fan speed when you pull the cord? Or do you have slow, slower, and slowest? You could have a faulty fan, where the motor windings are shorting out,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead Cielling Fans, motor bearings, line fans
motor bearings, line fans, pull switch: Hello Dean, unless this is a real cheap fan, there is a pull switch to vary the speed, and it should be a three speed fan. If on high speed it is still very slow, the motor bearings may be locking up or the motor is worn. In ceiling fans, this is a perfect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead kitchen light, wire nuts, light bulbs
wire nuts, light bulbs, voltage tester: Hi Suzanne. You will need some sort of voltage tester to see where we are loosing the power. Start at the light fixture box and use the tester to see if power is present. If not, then check the wall switch box and see if you get a reading there. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead Light, overhead light, hook up
overhead light, hook up, dinning room: Hi Dan, It sounds like the ceiling was wired for a fan/lite combo. In the ceiling box: Connect the red wire to the black wire of the lite Connect the white wire to the white wire of the lite cap the black one...it won t be used. at the switch:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead Light Flickering, overhead light, light switch
overhead light, light switch, rental house: Hi Catherine, if you ve replaced the switch, then the problem lies either in the wire going to the light from the switch or in the box where the ceiling light is located. Open up that ceiling box and check for any wires that may have come lose and are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead Light, back porch, overhead light
back porch, overhead light, hi bob: John, You ve got a poor connection there some where and it could be in one of the near by light fixtures on the same circuit. I would check the closest ones first and also check the switches that control these fixtures as well. The loose connection could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead light wiring, voltage tester, overhead light
voltage tester, overhead light, bare wire: i am afraid that the the terms that you are using are making things difficult to understand. a receptacle is normally the word for an outlet (plug receptacle). do you mean the socket or wires? do you mean by tied off as spliced together with a wirenut?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overhead lighting., ceiling fan light, fan speed control
ceiling fan light, fan speed control, fan location: Shawn: If the switch or duplex is located on a interior wall that is the starting place. Interior walls usually do not have insulation, so fishing a wire is easier. If the switch is on a interior wall open it up but do not remove the wires just pull it out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overheated wires, wire insulation, upstairs bath
wire insulation, upstairs bath, amp circuit: Hi. Yes, if the breaker is defective, then it may not trip unfortunately. There is no easy way to follow the wires. It will probably be easier to replace the wires. The code now requires a 20 amp circuit in the bathrooms. A hairdryer, even though...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overheating 3-way dimmer switch, watt lamps, dimmer switches
watt lamps, dimmer switches, watt lamp: Sounds like you have two dimmers in one box. First question...did they have fins on them and the fins got broken off for the two switches to fit into the single box? That s a no-no. Second question....you said seven lights. At what wattage, and what is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overheating subpanel, amp breaker, copper wires
amp breaker, copper wires, neutral wire: LEt me say this another way. Verify your electrical load. You are using 120amps of protection, but you havent told me the load of the heaters. They could be 45amps each, and have a minimum protection rating of 60amps. That would mean that 90 is needed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overheating switch on floor lamp, loose connections, light bulb
loose connections, light bulb, what other kinds: First, check all the internal wiring looking for loose connections etc., it definately should not be getting hot. If you don t find anything I would replace the switch and if that doesn t correct it, and the wires are not getting hot then it would be a problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overload?, circuit breaker trips, circuit breakers
circuit breaker trips, circuit breakers, electrical experience: Larry, If the breaker is putting out full power, then somewhere in that circuit there may be a wire that has worked loose. Shut down the breaker for that circuit and open each outlet and tighten all the wires on the screws. Keep in mind that circit breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overload, circuit breaker trips, gfci breaker
circuit breaker trips, gfci breaker, flourescent lights: Hi Ray, The circuit breaker you are talking about is a GFCI type and they are very sensitive. It may be tripping because flors lights usually don t have a ground wire which breaker senses and trips. The breaker itself is not defective, they are designed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overload protectors in recessed lighting, wattage lamps, energy savers
wattage lamps, energy savers, electrical supply: Michael, You do need those thermal cut outs and they are required to protect against higher wattage lamps and to prevent over heating if the can gets covered by too much insulation. Its not just NJ its a national thing. Replacements are readily available...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overload?, electrical experience, light fixture
electrical experience, light fixture, circuit breaker: Larry: Maybe when you installed the fixture a wire got pinched or the mounting screws nicked the wires in the box. If you didn t have any problems before you installed the fixture. Remove it and see if the breaker will reset. If it does then look close at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overloading circuits, amp circuit breaker, amp load
amp circuit breaker, amp load, coffee pot: A 20 amp circuit should be able to carry 16 amps all day long, and 16 amps times 120 volts is 1920 watts. Your AC (1050) and crockpot (250) fall a little short of overloading the circuit. And don t rub it in, but watts is the determining factor here. Afterall,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overloading an outlet, amp circuit breaker, amp breaker
amp circuit breaker, amp breaker, surge protector: Hi Bill, I am sitting at my computer and I have two plugged into the same surge protector. Sometimes I have them both on at the same time, but they share the same monitor. What you need to find out is how many watts each load is and then add them up....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overloda..., wall boxes, electrical experience
wall boxes, electrical experience, neutral position: Larry, Let s take a stab at a simple solution before we go digging around in the wall boxes. When a breaker trips it goes to a neutral position, not an off positioin. To reset a breaker, you have to turn it to the off positioin by hand, then back to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: obtaining permit, nec code, electrical job
nec code, electrical job, electrical work: Hi Jeff The NEC doesn t set the timetable for permits, this is done by your local inspector. Some are very strict in this area requiring the permit before any electrical work is started, others allow you to wait until his preliminary inspection. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: odd number of wires in outlet box, educated guess, bare wire
educated guess, bare wire, grounder: Hi. You should replace the outlet the same way the old outlet was installed. I really don t know where the wires go to or come from. Is part of this outlet on a switch? If I had to make an educated guess, I would put the two black wires on the two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: odd power outage..., double wide mobile home, odd power
double wide mobile home, odd power, incoming power: Have you reset the main breaker or the outside disconnect? Do your 240V circuits work? If not and it s not either your main breaker or disconnect it might be the incoming power. If you live in a double wide mobile home it may also be in the junction box where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: odd voltage in a house circuit, proper boxes, seperate boxes
proper boxes, seperate boxes, j box: Hi Tom, Sounds like the switch just ain t breaking the circuit. Disconnect the switch and check the voltage again, it should read 0 at the light, and 120 (close to 120 anyway)in the switch box. If is does then replace the switch. If it doesn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: odor in the house, air conditioner, ozone
air conditioner, ozone, sara: Sara, I seriously doubt it especially if your noticing it in different parts of your house. If it were emanating from the kitchen and migrating to other areas I would think you d smell it in the kitchen more consistently than anywhere else. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: offset conduit nipple, intermatic timer, pvc material
intermatic timer, pvc material, sealtight: Several options...use a conduit nipple instead of the offset (they come in lengths starting at 1/2 inch and going up from there), or connect box and panel together with a flexible conduit, either sealtight (which comes in metallic and non-metallic) or carlon...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "ok attach the 2 pinks to..., desa international inc, motion sensor lights
desa international inc, motion sensor lights, outdoor floodlights: ok, im confused, the sensor has 3 leads right, black, pink, and white, the fixtures have 2 wires each, [?] and white. The incoming power has black and white. Ok, attach the incoming white to the sensor white and fixture whites. Attach the incoming black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: is it ok to use electic heaters, electic heaters, electrical lines
electic heaters, electrical lines, space heaters: Hi Julie. I really can t say if using heaters would cause a fire, but there are cases of this happening from overloading the wiring. These types of heaters are good only for spot heating, not for heating your whole house. I recommend you contact your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old 110 outlet, hole plug, recepticle
hole plug, recepticle, electrical outlet: IF you only have two holes in the receticle, it is logical that you only have 2 wires connecting. However, you may be able to test voltage to the box and verify that the box is grounded and thus be able to install the normal 3 hole plug and ground the round...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old 2 wire load restrictions, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, shotgun shells: Hi. The vacuum manufacturers are in competition on how many amps their machines are. So a lot of them are high users. You can probably get a simple vacuum that does not use as much. I am not sure how thick a 12 gauge wire would be. By definition,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old 3 way switch wiring vs a new 3 way switch, 3 way switches, odd color
3 way switches, odd color, switch configuration: Hi. All 3 way switches should have two terminals that are one color and one that is an odd color. Usually this odd one is marked common. be sure to remember which wire goes on the common terminal. The other two don t matter. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I have an old air compressor..., air compressors, receptical
air compressors, receptical, compressor air: Hi. Different plugs have different configurations for a reason. People think in terms of generic 110 volts or 220 volts, and not the amperage. The 4 prong plugs are usually for dryers and ranges. They really aren t made for air compressors. While...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old base board heater 40 amp circirt., amp breaker, silver screw
amp breaker, silver screw, brass screw: Shut of the 40 amp breaker and remove it from the box. Take the white wire that was attached to the breaker and connect to the place in the panel where the other white wires are attached. Install a 20 amp single pole breaker in the the place where the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old baseboard heater wiring..., spagetti junction, robert wilber
spagetti junction, robert wilber, wire nuts: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Single-pole thermostat. Although the proper method is to break both hot legs using a two-pole thermostat, if you open the circuit anywhere with just one set...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: An old block house has voltage fluctuation, lightening arrester, voltage fluctuation
lightening arrester, voltage fluctuation, meter base: You may have multiply problems. Yes it sounds like you have a bad ground situation. If your panel has 120/240 tested, then your wiring or ground bond is going to be your biggest issue. You can have defective switches bleeding in different rooms, bad wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old ceiling electric heat, drywall plaster, induction heat
drywall plaster, induction heat, wall cavity: Bill What they are running is a heating element in the ceiling for induction heat,so when they are on the ceiling radiants the heat down. Now we all know that heat rises so this theory never worked correctly as the heat would stay around the ceiling and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old dryer wiring receptacle, robert wilber, oldie but goodie
robert wilber, oldie but goodie, national electrical code: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old elec oven needs wiring for gas stove, amp breaker, volt line
amp breaker, volt line, 110v outlet: Yes you can make it into a 120 volt line. Turn the Main breaker off, remove the 2 wires from the breaker currently feeding the stove, then remove the breaker. If you bought a 15 amp recept. put a 15 amp breaker in place of the old stove breaker, or if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old electric baseboard heater, electric baseboard heater, pam
electric baseboard heater, pam, electricity: Removing it is not an issue. What to do with that wire and/or circuit that makes the difference. Sometimes they are part of the bathroom circuit, sometimes are separate circuits. In either case you need to know where the wire comes from to be able to remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old electric motor, number br, hp motor
number br, hp motor, wiring diagrams: Mark, Tell me about the wires out of the motor. Are they numbered, colored, or are any connected and taped or wire nutted together? It is most likely reversible also. So if if has any connections now, don t disturb them. If you can tell me how they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old fuse box, blown fuses, blown fuses, fuse block
blown fuses, fuse block, fuse blocks: Hi Paul, If I understand everything correctly, it appears that trouble may be brewing. 1) It would be OK as long as they are the same amperage (60) 2) No, the 60 is too big, it should be a 40 3) The amperage of the fuse is determined by the size...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old fuse box querie, fuse size, glass fuses
fuse size, glass fuses, fuse box: You can be pretty assured that you have at least 115volts..your fuzes are displaying amperage. Your wire size is the main indicator for fuse size. However, in a house this old, I am assuming that you have steel wire and/or copper coated steel wire. It can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old fuse box, electric water heater, volt device
electric water heater, volt device, volt devices: Don, Having an electrician change this over for you is a wise move. Years ago the power company used to meter the water heater separately. I would think you want this whole thing removed and if a sub panel is needed, start from the main panel and tap...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old glass fuse 30 amp, fuse box, electrical rates
fuse box, electrical rates, old glass: Good Morning Rebecca, Based on your description...you ve encountered a typical scenario...an older home with a clearly outdated electrical system....we see a LOT of that here locally (some of the homes in this area are pre-1900 vintage...including Stephen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old home install new wire, wiremold, index family
wiremold, index family, system id: Hi Steve, I am assuming you mean some type of track with wires running in it, and not a track light. There is such a thing, it s called wiremold or raceway It is much better looking than than conduit and most of it can be painted to match...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old home wiring, recepticles, home wiring
recepticles, home wiring, gfci: Somewhere in the recepticles...the black and white wires were put on the wrong terminals. They still work, but the GFCI will sometimes malfunction. You will need to isolate that circuit and pull out all recepticles to find that one...and switch it back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old house electrical repair cost - URGENT, ground fault circuit interrupters, hot water tank
ground fault circuit interrupters, hot water tank, ungrounded outlet: Blaine, The only real danger is shock if around water. I would change any bathroom, and Kitchen outlets near the sink to GFI type. They will still be ungrounded but they act like a circuit breaker and trip out very easily and quickly should a danger...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old house electrical upgrade, knob and tube wiring, glass fuses
knob and tube wiring, glass fuses, novice questions: Hi Merideth. Generally, you can not pull out the old wiring and pull in new. You can fish in new wires without tearing up the walls, if done correctly. Check out www.homewiringandmore.com for detailed information. Hope this helps. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old house wiring problem, room thanks, switch box
room thanks, switch box, strange way: Hi Charles, That is a very unusual situation. If it works OK, there is no need to change it. It is safe as is, just a strange way to wire things. If you want to change the wiring setup, I ll guide you thru it but you will need access above the fan...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old house wiring, gold screw, neutral wire
gold screw, neutral wire, light thanks: Hello Mike, at the light fixture, the white or neutral wire will connect directly to the neutral side of the fixture, it should be color coded white or silver, the Hot leg will connect to either of the two wires to the switch, the other switch wire will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old lamp rewire, neutral wire, light socket
neutral wire, light socket, hot wire: Each light socket requires two wires. The hot wire black wire from cord will connect to one side of each switch, the other side of the switch will connect to the tab in the bottom of each bulb socket, one to one bulb and the other to the second, the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old lighting fixture, correct connections, lighting fixture
correct connections, lighting fixture, voltage tester: Hi John, Turn the power off and pull the switch out far enough to look at the wires. What do those wires look like? Also, with the power on and the switch on, which black wire (in the fixture box) is hot to neutral that was not hot with it off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old outlets, ground wires, pain in the neck
ground wires, pain in the neck, receptacle: Gene, You should be fine just check to make sure these boxes are grounded. To do that Pull out any receptacle and look inside the box. If the cable(s) are BX (metal outer cover) with no visible ground wire then you can be confident the boxes are grounded....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old service, amp breaker, shock hazard
amp breaker, shock hazard, codeing: Hi Darrell (Dimmy...) Sorry just responding....was away yesterday in a remote location...just getting back in. Based on your description ...it sounds as if you a re describing a meter /100 amp breaker combo trim ...feeding underground to a panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old style 2-prong outlets, gfci outlet, circuit breakers
gfci outlet, circuit breakers, gfi receptacles: First of all, grounding a metal box that s not connected back to the main panel, doesn t accomplish anything, except grounding the box. It s okay to do that anyway. To answer your question about GFCI s, the GFCI will protect you against shocks, even though...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old switch, wall boxes, wall sconces
wall boxes, wall sconces, hot wire: There has to be either a damaged wire or wrong connection somewhere for both to be hot even with the switch out. Another question, are you checking with a meter or a volt stick. A volt stick will indicate voltage, although it will not be 120 volts on a circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What to do with the old wire, kitchen wall, easiest thing
kitchen wall, easiest thing, ten feet: Raymond, The easiest thing to do would be to box the end of the cable where it is and make sure the wires in side are taped up or wire nutted and either shut the breaker off or remove it. Or if the cable comes from an unfinished area such as your basement...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wires/? short?, wall receptacles, loose connection
wall receptacles, loose connection, work thanks: It would be difficult to say how many times this electrical has been modified, but I would have to think that a connection past the working items that feeds the rest of the circuit is the problem. It may require opening every device on this circuit and seaching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring, ceiling light with fan, wire nut
ceiling light with fan, wire nut, live wires: Debra: The kitchen sounds like it was wired for a fan/light setup. With the red for the fan motor and the black for the light kit. In the bedroom pull out the dimmer and using a wire nut take the 2 wires and completly bypass it then see if you got power at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring corroded, cape style, electrical tape
cape style, electrical tape, light fixture: Hello Jeff sounds like the insulation on the conductors is failing. The circuit should be replaced, if the conductors are bare this could be a hazard. For now until you replace the circuit. Purchase a roll of Scotch 33+ brand electrical tape cover the bare...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring and dimmer switch, ground wires, good shape
ground wires, good shape, light fixture: Hi. It shouldn t be a problem. There is still wiring from the early 1900 s out there. It probably isn t grounded, so you can t connect any ground wires. I suppose there is a minor chance that the wire may be brittle and break, but that is not likely....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Very old wiring identification, surplus wire, meter boxes
surplus wire, meter boxes, junction boxes: If I m reading you right, this wire in question runs from one j-box to another with nothing in between. If so, you can use either wire as your hot or neutral, but mark them with tape for the next guy. You can determine which wire is which at both ends by grounding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring,new 4 ton ac, copper conductors, amp breaker
copper conductors, amp breaker, ground application: For copper conductors, a minimum of #10 wire will be required. On any motor circuit, I personally do not use anything less than a #10 ground, even though in this case this could be a #12 ground application. Also, #10 is rated for 30 amps, but on my personal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring new outlet, prong plug, gfci
prong plug, gfci, wire system: Hi. The only way you can add a 3 prong outlet to a 2 wire system is to use a GFCI, and the outlet has to have a sticker that says no equipment ground. I would be better to run a new line to the panel and ground it. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring, update, copper clad steel wire, copper clad steel
copper clad steel wire, copper clad steel, home fabric: The amount of upgrading you want to do is the issue. You will need to verify that the old wiring is grounded to each box and a water or earth ground. If you add on to an existing circuit, it will need to have a consistant continuing ground. That wire may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring in wall, brass screw, hot wire
brass screw, hot wire, motion detector: If the wiring is in good condition it should not require removal. I have seen some old romex that appeared to be white, but the color was part of the sheath insulation and not the wire insulator. It is possible the electrician used 2 whites to connect the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring, light thanks, correct combination
light thanks, correct combination, fan light: Hello Scott. I need to be sure of the correct combination of wires. On the switch, there are two terminals, a black wire is connected to one and a white to the other, correct? Also at the junction box the light was attached to, the old light had two wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old work electrical box install and vapor barrier, electrical operations, vapor barrier
electrical operations, vapor barrier, hi john: Hi John, Although there will be some air leakage around the box, sealing up the opening is really not needed. There are thousands of homes with no insulation or vapor barrier around the boxes at all. It should not affect any electrical operations. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: older cooktop wiring, ge cooktop, electrical fire
ge cooktop, electrical fire, amperage: Hi. I am not sure what you mean by a wall panel. There is no way you can connect a cooktop to a circuit that has just one outlet. This may be more than a homeowner can handle. You MUST check the wire for the proper gage, and the circuit breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: older cooktop wiring, appliance repairman, heating elements
appliance repairman, heating elements, electric cooktop: This control panel should be tied into all of the appliances as a unit . I ve never seen two separate circuits for something like this, and if the panel isn t controlling the burners or heating elements, it s more likely an internal failure, probably a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: older cooktop wiring, j box, electric cooktop
j box, electric cooktop, jbox: Ellen, I am not sure that you painted the clearest picture of what is going on but I will try to help. First off the cooktop is going to have large wire, anywhere from 10 gage to 6 gage. If it goes down to the basement into a j-box, then there needs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: older fuse panels, fuse panels, fuse panel
fuse panels, fuse panel, fuse box: Hi Linda, I really don t think you will locate a new replacement. Your best bet is to try electrical contractors in your area. They usually keep this kind of stuff when they upgrade service panels and you may be able to locate something fits from one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: older fuse panels, surge protection devices, fuse panels
surge protection devices, fuse panels, fuse panel: Tw: If your fuse box has the 3 main feeder conductors in it then you have a 120/240volt with neutral feeding it. The circuits will have a black and a white. All of the blacks will be connected to the fuses. All of the whites should be on some sort of common...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: older home wiring, home wiring, rewire
home wiring, rewire, electrical contractor: Hi Dave. Most wiring systems have a lifespan of about 30 years, less if abused. I would suggest getting an evaulation of this homes system before purchasing it. A normal rewire can be anywhere from $1000 to $2500, or more depending on size of home. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: older receptacles and switches, prong cords, brass screws
prong cords, brass screws, brass screw: Yes you can. Without the grounding wire in the box, the system will still be ungrounded, but you won t have to use adaptors to plug in the new 3 prong cords into outlets. The 3 prong outlets will be more for looks and convenience than practicality. Just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ongoing motor conversation, cutler hammer, pool cover
cutler hammer, pool cover, windings: You got it perfectly. the reason it won t run if just the run windings are energized is that there is no start winding to put the two windings OUT OF PHASE CREATING ROTATION. I THINK THEY HAVE ONE HOT LEAD THROUGH TO THE MOTOR AND ARE SIMPLY THEN SWITCHING...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Have only 110V out of 220V subpanel, glass fuses, fuse box
glass fuses, fuse box, subpanel: Fortunately, the Power company service call is free. I would start there. Those gents are so nice, they can tell you very quickly how and where to continue the search. If they verify that you have 220 at the meter...then you may have a bad panel box. He...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: only one set of wires into my electrical outlet boxes, electrical test equipment, outlet boxes
electrical test equipment, outlet boxes, logic dictates that: Hi Kristin, Just getting back to my office...saw your e-mail in my box... As you noted....it is a typical practice for us to run incoming and outgoing power from one receptacle box to the next box on that circuit...and in the event that is not done...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open circuit, oulets, pat answer
oulets, pat answer, light switches: Pat, Start at the breaker, shut it off and check every light and outlet and make a list of everything that is not working. Turn the breaker back on and test the wire connected to the breaker, if you have power then go to the area that is dead. Now...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open circuit, don beck, gfi receptacle
don beck, gfi receptacle, romex: Hi Frank, The hot pair of wires is the feed from the breaker panel to the outlet. The 2nd pair of wires feeds out of this outlet to another location. With this set up, the devices downstream from this outlet also have the protetion of the GFI. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open Ground, loose ground, problem thanks
loose ground, problem thanks, little time: Hi Allan, An open ground indicates the ground wire (bare or green) is not making contact with the ground bar in the breaker panel. If this is a direct line from the breaker panel to shed area, then it may be loose in the panel, or in the outlet. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, hook ups, don beck
hook ups, don beck, wire hook: Hi Richard, A broken wire is possible, but unlikely. If you have a voltage tester, see if you get a reading from the hot side of the outlet and the neutral(The 2 vertical slots) and the hot side of the outlet and the ground.(Small vertical slot and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, voltage detector, comming
voltage detector, comming, iplug: An open grouond means that no ground wire is present. This is real common in older homes where no ground wire was thought to be needed. The only way to fix this is to rewire the entire house. An open ground should not affect the ceiling light. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, installing a gfi outlet, knob and tube wiring
installing a gfi outlet, knob and tube wiring, knob and tube: Fayaven: Without runing a ground wire, there is only one option. It involves installing a GFI outlet in the circuit/s and then all the outlets downstream of it/them can be made into 3 prong type, and they would need to be labled at each one the following:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, loose connection, electrician
loose connection, electrician, bard: Hi Bard. An open ground, when you are talking about an outlet, means that the grounding conductor that is feeding the outlet is either missing, loose or not hooked up. This loose connection could be anywhere in the circuit, so it could be hard to find....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, gfi receptacle, prong plug
gfi receptacle, prong plug, ground wires: It would be difficult to tell when the last electrical upgrade was on this home. The existing wiring may not have ground wires, even if there are grounded receptacles, they may have been installed illegally with no ground wire existing. The most simple solution...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, screw, ground wire
screw, ground wire, open ground: Hi Burnie, If you are getting an open ground reading on only the 1 outlet, that indicates the ground wire in that outlet(bare or green) is not making proper contact with the grounding screw. It may have broken off, or come loose. When you open up that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, robert wilber, hotmail
robert wilber, hotmail, google: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * All the grounding in the world only helps if you have a three-prong plug to plug into the receptacle. If you have two-prong plugs, it doesn t matter OR help if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, amp circuit breaker, bearer of bad news
amp circuit breaker, bearer of bad news, hood exhaust: Hi. The stove should be on its own circuit, and so should the microwave. It is unlikely a short in the microwave would be enough to kick the breaker off, but it could be enough to start a fire. If you can t run another line, it would be much safer to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, conductor of electricity, wood stud
conductor of electricity, wood stud, metal boxes: You are not required to ground those old two prong outlets. You are allowed to put those adapters on. The screw does not ground the adapter, it just holds it in place. Unless they ran metal conduit to each outlet, no you cannot ground to the metal box....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground on middle outlet, screw, tabs
screw, tabs, open ground: Maybe mistake a green wire for a black? Check and make sure your connections are good and tight, and nothing came loose when you shoved the device back into the box. I don t see how everything could be okay except for this one outlet if all the wiring is connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground in old house, little bit at a time, electrical shock
little bit at a time, electrical shock, interior wiring: Hi Al, An ungrounded wiring system is always more of a hazard than a grounded system. To make it a grounded system can be very expensive as all the interior wiring has to be replaced along with the main fusebox and incoming wires from the power company....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground problem, ground socket, tab area
ground socket, tab area, votage: Chris, you ve got it diagnosed correctly. The tab is intact indicating that this is not a split receptacle as I had suspected, and the blacks should not be connected to the receptacle. Some times in a large home, the three wire arrangement allows the running...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground at receptical, gfci outlets, receptacle
gfci outlets, receptacle: Yes. You have to mark the receptacle (on the outside so anyone can see) that it is ungrounded. Most GFCI outlets come with a sticker that states no equipment ground . This sticker must be applied to the outlet. Be careful, some GFCI outlets will not reset...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground in wall outlet, ungrounded outlet, guitar amplifier
ungrounded outlet, guitar amplifier, wire bottom: Tony, That may help, but then again, maybe it won t. The problem with an ungrounded system is, their is no grounding wire and there is no place for the unwanted noise created by electricity to go. On a wild chance that it might work, you could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, recepticles, disconnection
recepticles, disconnection, electrician: You will have to do what the electrician will do. Open all the related boxes and pull the recepticles out and varify the grounds exist and are connected properly. Somewhere, you have have a disconnection. Be advised...if you pull them out, test them and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open hot, recepticle, wayt
recepticle, wayt, gfci: Pull the switches out and verify the connections, remove the GFCI and put in a standard recepticle (for the test), then your testor will read what is currently connected and show if the wires are connected correctly or what needs to be done to correct them....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open hot, wire nut, wall switch
wire nut, wall switch, nob: Hi. Most likely then, you have an open hot. Although I would check the neutral too. You may get a more accurate reading if you unplug everything and turn everything off, since you may be getting feedback. An open hot is no more than a black wire that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open negative in gfci outlet, porch area, gfi outlet
porch area, gfi outlet, reset buttons: Stacy: Check around the trailer, look for a GFI outlet in one of these locations. Another bathroom, outside outlet by a entry or porch area. Sometimes the GFI in one area will be feeding another area. They have test/reset buttons on them. And it sounds like...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open netrual wire, junction boxes, bob bob
junction boxes, bob bob, receptacle: John, Open the box and check all the connections there. Make sure they are all tight with no signs of any burned connections. If the problem isn t there you will have to go down stream (back towards the panel) to the next junction point and check the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral, faulty outlet, recepticle
faulty outlet, recepticle, recepticles: It is either a bad connection in a junction box or at another recepticle, or at a recepticle the wires are crossed. White where black goes and black where white goes. I can happen easily in a factory. It will carry the current but for polarity it is backward...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral, meter base, electrical grounding
meter base, electrical grounding, information thanks: The service neutral bonds to the ground in the meter base and/or the panel. When the neutral corroded into, the ground began carrying current. Apparently the ground, as it should be, is grounded to the piping, and should also be connected to a ground rod....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral, circuit breakers, sound connections
circuit breakers, sound connections, neutral wire: Some where you have lost your connection of the neutral wire. Start at the circuit breakers. Make sure all are putting out 120volts. Then start tracing circuits to find where they begin. Then you can test each circuit for sound or not sound connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral in house, amp service, hot legs
amp service, hot legs, electrical appliances: A typical dryer is not connected to the neutral wiring of the house. It is only connected to the 2 hot legs for 220volt and the ground for equipment grounding. The hum sounds like you have an undervolt situation. Have them start at the panel and verify...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral indicated on receptacle tester, dimmer switch, receptacle
dimmer switch, receptacle, thanks for your time: Hi. Was there only one cable with 2 wires in it going to the dimmer, and then you tapped an outlet from it? If so, there is no neutral, and you can t do it. You ll have to tap off of something else, or run another wire from the light to the switch. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral line Test, neutral line, electrical tester
neutral line, electrical tester, gfci: The open neutral means that it is either NOT connected, or is reversed with either the hot leg or the ground leg. You can see clearly if the wire is connected on both ends, but if it is on the wrong screw or terminal, it will read as open. It is strictly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral, watt space, electrical problem
watt space, electrical problem, certificate of occupancy: The breakers are on the hot leg of the circuit, and an open neutral will not always cause a breaker to trip as you have found. An open neutral can damage electronics, so I would insist this be corrected immediately. The structure would most likely not receive...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutural, prong plug, back stab
prong plug, back stab, loose wire: Hi Gene, If this is happening only on this 1 circuit, and not any others in the house, then shut off the breaker for this circuit, and mark down every light, outlet, and switch that is dead. Each of these locations will have to be opened and checked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open nuetral, wire nut, nuetral
wire nut, nuetral, light fixtures: There s no simple solution here. Somewhere in the circuit, the white wire is not making good contact, or is broken or came loose from a wire nut. Start with the problem receptacle, then you ll have to investigate all other outlets, switches and light fixtures...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open nutral, wire nuts, amp circuit
wire nuts, amp circuit, nutral: Hi. You will be looking for a white wire not making contact. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open nutural/ open hot, wire nuts, strange readings
wire nuts, strange readings, neutral wire: Hi. You probably have a loose wire somewhere. Sometimes when the neutral wire becomes loose people get strange readings which are caused by the feedback from things plugged in the circuit. Check everything on the circuit, including anything that may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open vs. short circuit, zero volts, voltage meter
zero volts, voltage meter, open location: Hi Brian. A short circuit will blow your overcurrent protector, be it a fuse or a breaker. An open will not blow your OC protector, but your load will not work. If you were to use a voltage meter, you would find zero volts at the end of an open circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: options for fixing an overloaded circuit, tv air, hi thanks
tv air, hi thanks, time thanks: Hi Susan, The main expense of splitting up these outlets onto different circuits, is twofold. The distance from the main breaker panel is a factor and the other is is if these outlets are accesible from the basement or attic as new wires eould have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outage, volt circuits, circuit breakers
volt circuits, circuit breakers, volt circuit: Paul what it still sounds like are on the same side of the buss as the 240 v circuit thus when when you turn on a 240 circuit it back feeds to energize the 120 volt circuits. Take a tester to the 120 volt side of the breakers see if you have power to all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outage and flickering - dim, main switch, electrician
main switch, electrician, good chance: Hi. It is a good chance it is a power company problem. There are two phases between the street transformer and your panel. It sounds like one phase is not working. Even if it is not a power company problem, they can probably tell you what is wrong. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outage, circut breaker, recepticle
circut breaker, recepticle, afci: The first generic cause is a GFCI or AFCI recepticle that is tripped. This can be a considerable search to find the right one. If that is not the case, it will be an inspection of all recepiticles and switches that are affected and pull them out of their...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdooor electrical outlet, extention cord, patio areas
extention cord, patio areas, reset buttons: Janie: usually the garage, front door outlet, any porch or patio areas,bathroom, kitchen countertops, basically any electrical outlets located close to were water is involved. should be protected by a G.F.I. device sometimes it is a breaker most for the time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor 120 lights and gfi issue, pvc tube, amp breaker
pvc tube, amp breaker, lighting problem: David: You know how the wiring is run for the entire light circuit. Go to the mid point in the circuit break it apart (hot grnd., neut.) run the lights for 4 nights to see if the problem returns. If not try adding 2 lights at a time and repete test untill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor 120 lights and gfi issue, pvc tube, amp breaker
pvc tube, amp breaker, lighting problem: Hi David, No problem with the long descriptions...when using the written word - the more detail provided - the better. (you should see how long some of my answers are at times...) It clearly sounds like you have some form of a ground bleed or fault...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor 120 lights and gfi issue, pvc tube, amp breaker
pvc tube, amp breaker, gfcb: If your lighting is protected off of the spa s GFCI circuit, I d remove them and wire the lights separately.There mat be a small short somewhere and the GFCI, correctly, is tripping. As far as your last question about removing the GFCI for underground lighting...Code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor 120 lights and gfi issue, pvc tube, amp breaker
pvc tube, amp breaker, lighting problem: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 610-299-0452 * [SAFETY WARNING] Working on electrical wiring is dangerous. Electricity can kill. * No apology necessary. This was a great question, presented...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor box..., tank air, wire nut
tank air, wire nut, gallon tank: Hi Mike, First shut the power off. Remove the receptacles and tighten the screws (even the ones without wires attached) if the wires are also connected together with a wire nut pull that connection out also, check to be sure all the wires are completely in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor christmas lights, outdoor christmas lights, ones that work
outdoor christmas lights, ones that work, electric eye: Hi. Most likely the electric eye on the dusk feature is seeing the lights, and thinking it is daylight. I ended up getting rid of the dusk timers and just getting ones that work by the time of day. You can try to move the timers so that it does not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor electric cable, fish tape, junction boxes
fish tape, junction boxes, attic fan: You can run 14/2 romex but it has to be in conduit if it is on the outside. If you are trying to fish wires through conduit it is easier if you buy the individual wires that are stranded, instead of trying to pull romex through it. But wires on the outside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor electrical box, amp breaker, authority having jurisdiction
amp breaker, authority having jurisdiction, camping site: Evening Tom, This box on your pole is most likely a disconnect. Just a single breaker in a grey box, correct? With the breaker here being 100A, it means you have 100A available. With the distance of your run though,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor electrical outlet, gfci outlet, christmas lights
gfci outlet, christmas lights, electrical outlet: They should be fed from a GFCI outlet or GFCI breaker. If you look in your breaker panel and find a breaker with a push button on it that is a GFCI breaker. Try resetting it. If you do not find a GFCI breaker then you need to find the GFCI outlet feeding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor electrical outlet problem, bird bath heater, ground fault circuit interrupter
bird bath heater, ground fault circuit interrupter, screw terminals: Don, those pencil type testers are usually of little value, especially in diagnosing. If your house was built in the last 15-20 years, the outside receptacles are supposed to be protected by a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter). the GFCI device may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor flood light installation, outdoor flood lights, flood light
outdoor flood lights, flood light, overhead line: Hi. You have to connect the floodlight to where the power enters. If it enters the switch first, connect it there. If it enters the light first, connect it there. Just connect the wire to the floodlights to the same two wires that bring the power in....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor flood lights - on a motion sensor, outdoor flood lights, dusk to dawn
outdoor flood lights, dusk to dawn, fuse box: Hi Amanda, These lights may be dusk to dawn type. They are on all the time but they have an electric eye that senses light so during the day they are off and only come on after dark. The older types of these fixtures are not very reliable while the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor flood lights, outdoor flood lights, motion lights
outdoor flood lights, motion lights, new motion: Hi. While some people like the meters, I don t like them. They pick up feedback in the wires, and confuse people. In a housewire situation, you usually either have power, or you don t. You shouldn t get a reading on the white wires. Just buy a pigtail...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor floodlight with motion sensor, flood light, quality sensor
flood light, quality sensor, luminator: Thanks so much, Bob, for your quick response. I checked RAB online and took a look at a basic Luminator (LS300). I guess my computer skills are lacking because, for the life of me, I couldn t find the price. Can you give me an idea what we have to spend. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor fountain pump card, weatherproof box, outdoor fountain
weatherproof box, outdoor fountain, safe way: Hi Rick, The only safe way to splice a cord outside, is to install both ends into a weatherproof box. This is only if the splice is not in the fountain itself. If the spice is going to be in the water, then it shouldn t be done. The whole cord should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor gfci problem, proper test equipment, gfci receptacle
proper test equipment, gfci receptacle, jumper wire: Hi Justin, It sounds as if the bare(or green) ground in the new circuit is not making the correct connection along the line. It could be in any of the new outlets or in the breaker panel itself. There should be a special screw or connection point on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor light post and recepticle, terminal screws, receptical
terminal screws, receptical, underground conduit: When you remove the existing light with the circuit off of course, there will be a white neutral, a black power wire and the ground. These will extend if needed to connect to the new receptacle. Connect the white neutral on the side with the silver terminal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor light wiring, wsa, light fixture
wsa, light fixture, simple solution: When you have two locations operating a light or sets of lights...you have 3way switches in the works. It is very easy to get the wires confused and crossed to create several unwanted schenarios. Unfortunately from where I am....I cant see which wires are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor light wiring, home improvement centers, best guess
home improvement centers, best guess, hot wire: Hi Michael, It is important to get the hot wire coming into the lantern on the black wire of the new fixture. To do this, you need to buy a small tester and place it on each wire, 1 at a time to see which is hot. It will light up when you have the correct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor light wiring, wirenuts, hi bob
wirenuts, hi bob, wsa: Hi. The most likely cause is that the wire in the second fixture going to the first fixture came loose. In the fixture you replaced first, was there one set of wires connecting to the fixture, and two sets of wires connecting to the other fixture you replaced...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor lighting, sized bulbs, watt bulbs
sized bulbs, watt bulbs, electrical knowledge: Max, The number of bulbs on the same switch, in this case, should not make a difference. I doubt that it is an internal electrical problem, but more bulb related. Most bulbs are made in China and thy are not as reliable as they used to be and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor lighting problem, duplex receptacles, lighting problem
duplex receptacles, lighting problem, four trees: Sandy, If the photo cell is controlling both duplex receptacles in the double box the power to the timer is being turned off at dawn by the photo cell thus screwing up the time the lights should come on. With just a couple minor adjustments with in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor lighting, accent lighting, porch lights
accent lighting, porch lights, togle: Eric, I have never installed anything like that, but I do buy from a company that specializes in this kind of stuff. Possibly they would have exactly what you need. I have attached their web address. I have been very satisfied with everything I have ever...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor low voltage lighting; indoor timer?, robert wilber, walkway lighting
robert wilber, walkway lighting, fuse box: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * As you observe, the instructions say ... outside ... and you are supposed to install equipment in a manner in keeping with manufacturers instructions and the item...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor motion detector, outdoor motion detector, volt circuit
outdoor motion detector, volt circuit, electrical tape: Kari, Slow down and relax we will figure something out. OK you have an outside motion detector that turns on what lights? Lights connected to the detector, or lights inside the house or parameter lights? I need to know what kind it is. Is it the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor motion sensor light, motion sensor light, outdoor motion sensor light
motion sensor light, outdoor motion sensor light, light sockets: Connie, These instructions are typical and may not apply to your light. You should have a black and white wire coming from each light socket. You should have a black, a red, two whites, and possibly a ground wire coming from the sensing head. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor motion sensor lights stay on, motion sensor lights, outdoor motion sensor lights
motion sensor lights, outdoor motion sensor lights, time delays: YES. Are they controlled from a switch in the house somewhere? If so, these things sometimes have time delays for certain functions. For example. Turning the switch off for more than 30 seconds puts it back on auto. Flip the switch off and on quickly could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor outlet..., gfci outlet, extension cord
gfci outlet, extension cord, gfi: Hi Mike, This is usually caused by 1 of 2 things: 1) The wires attached to the GFI aren t making good contact. If the wires are connected by the stab in the back method, remove them and use the screw provided. The connections in the rear do not hold...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor outlet, gfi outlet, 12 gauge
gfi outlet, 12 gauge, underground wire: Hi Dustin, The best way, of course, is not the cheapest way. The best way is to run an underground wire from that GFI outlet to another outlet at the parking spot. The cheapest way is to use a 12 gauge rubberized extension cord. The rubberized...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor outlets, outdoor outlets, vertical applications
outdoor outlets, vertical applications, google: Hi. I have never heard of one. I don t see how they could be safe because the water of the patio would end up going into the plug. I checked Google and did not see one. Perhaps the stone your friend found was for vertical applications? I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor outlets, gfci breaker, outdoor outlets
gfci breaker, outdoor outlets, gfci outlets: The term is pigtail. You take the two wires that are leaving the box...wire nut them (red wire nut) together with a short (6 or so) piece of wire...then put that short wire on the load terminal on the GFCI. Both the black and white wires are done same....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor photocell light, thermal protector, streetlight
thermal protector, streetlight, ballast: Hi/ What kind of light is it? If it is an HID light (streetlight style) the bulb needs replacing. If it is a fluorescent, then the ballast is probably bad. If it is a recessed light, it is probably the thermal protector. I hope this helps. Feel free...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor plug trips breaker, plug trips, storage room
plug trips, storage room, gfci: Patty, You say you did plug other things into this outlet? And this circuit has a GFCI in the garage that trips and the outlet that the electrician used in the storage room trips? So the outlet in the storage room is new, the electrician not knowing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor pool/pond, robert wilber, pool pond
robert wilber, pool pond, pump house: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Sorry. I don t teach basics. Pools are too complicated and dangerous for me to be willing to get involved in the middle of an amateur installation. You will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor post lamp, nite time, windex
nite time, windex, friction: Hi Judy, Changing the sensor cam be a bear, all depending on how it is mounted in the lamp. Some are welded in, some are just snapped in by friction, and others have screws. If you can get it removed, mark how the wires are connected before removing it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor recepticle, check voltage, recepticle
check voltage, recepticle, reset buttons: Check voltage between hot and neutral and hot and ground. Both should be 120 or there abouts. If you get it to ground but not to the neutral then obviously the neutral is broken somewhere. GFCI receptacles go bad more often than regular ones. Might try...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor sensor light, sensor light, customer service department
sensor light, customer service department, specific products: Hi. Problems with specific products should be taken the their customer service department. (or just return it for a new one) It sounds like it is defective. Electronic based equipment is very sensitive and fails easily. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor socket, gfci receptacle, tripped breakers
gfci receptacle, tripped breakers, shock hazards: Hi Rich, Unless this is a fairly old home that hasn t had any new wiring or been brought up to Code for decades...this outdoor receptacle outlet must be GFCI protected (required for over 30 years by Code). But - that doesn t mean that the outlet has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring, gage wire, amp breaker
gage wire, amp breaker, safety cutoff: Rick: The best thing is to run a line from the main box. Eather over head attic run, underneath crawlspace, basement, or around the outside. You will need a 20 amp breaker to match the panel. #12 gage wiring minimun, #10 gage wire beter. A 20 amp G.F.I outlet,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring / circuit breaker trips, circuit breaker trips, 3way switches
circuit breaker trips, 3way switches, test meter: Hello Keith, the first thing to do is to replace the double breaker with two single 20 amp breakers. Even though this double breaker is working, a circuit is supposed to trip its individual breaker, and it one of these has a problem, it may not be able to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring & plumbers pipe, plumbing pipe, plumbing fittings
plumbing pipe, plumbing fittings, porch light: Hopefully you didn t use plumbing fittings on the pipe, other than that it will work and yes, you can paint it. Actually the biggest difference between the pipe is that electrical pipe is softer so it will bend, plumbing pipe is harder because they don t bend...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring for pool/spa, master electricians, corrugated conduit
master electricians, corrugated conduit, ac compressors: Hi. First of all, you should always check with the inspector first. There are many times that the local codes are different than the national code, or the inspector just doesn t like a particular way of doing things. I have a lot of knowledge of electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring upgrade ?, conduit lines, correct path
conduit lines, correct path, woody: Thanks Woody. Just for ease of a pull and the fact that 3/4 is not much more than 1/2, I would use 3/4 PVC. It will be fine to run both in the same conduit, and I believe you are on the correct path to install two separate circuits. Let me know if you run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring for yard lights, yard lighting, weatherproof boxes
yard lighting, weatherproof boxes, wire nuts: Judy, the wire itself is waterproof so the only thing we need to be concerned with is the actual connection of the new wire to the old. There are weatherproof boxes available at home centers. You ll need 1 of these and a weatherproof blank cover for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring, electrical pvc, pvc conduit
electrical pvc, pvc conduit, hi john: Hi John. Under normal conditions, yes you can use electrical pvc connected to a metal box. Use the correct fittings, and provide the proper support, and you will be ok. Make sure to provide GFCI protection for this outlet, either as a breaker or outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, armored cable, wire nut
armored cable, wire nut, recepticle: Scott, OK thats good enough. You want to put the white wire from the new receptacle with all the white wire s that are connected together. Then look at those 3 switches again. The hot wire feeding these switches is either looping from one switch to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, bath upstairs, voltmeter
bath upstairs, voltmeter: Hi Jeri, Actually, it can t. Don t use one of the testers: that light up and tell if something is wrong. Go to your home center and buy a voltmeter, for about 10.00 and use it to see what kind of readings you get. It s the only way to be accurate. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, brass screws, good luck
brass screws, good luck: Hi Dejan. This could be caused by any number of things. Find out where each cable goes. Was the old outlet a switched outlet, or did it have 2 feeds coming into it? You should only have one feed (hot) coming into this box, normally. If you have more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how much is too much in an outlet, amp breaker, power watts
amp breaker, power watts, ixe: Hi Victor, The formula is: P=IxE P=power(watts) I=current (amps) E=Voltage(120volts) So for your lights you are talking 1280 watts which is apprx 11 amps. Depending on the wire size of the feeds to the outlets and the breaker size, you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, voltage detector, coffee maker
voltage detector, coffee maker, circuit breaker: Is the non working outlet in parallel or follow the one that does? I would check it to see if it is passing through the other outlet. Also a non contact voltage detector is handy for many things and are now affordable for anyone with your kind of knowledge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, switch configuration, way switch
switch configuration, way switch, switch box: Hi. Only if the power enters at the switch box. If the power enters the light first, or if it is the end switch of a 3 way switch configuration, you can t. Check to see if you have wires that are wire nutted together. If you do you can probably do it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, recepticle, two blacks
recepticle, two blacks, wall switch: Scott, I answered this question a bit ago but it evidently got lost somewhere in cyberspace. Check the wires connected to the switches. If there is a black and a white connected to each switch, you may have a problem getting a neutral. If there are two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet from 3-way switch, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, voltage tester: Hi Gary With the 3 way operating correctly all we need to do ins find the incoming hot and neutral wire to the wall box. One of the black and white only cables coming into to the box should be the hot feed. Using your tester check each black and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, silver screw, wire colors
silver screw, wire colors, recepticle: You got lucky, the whites which are nutted together will be the neutral wires. You can attach to the whites for the neutral, and to the connection on the first switch from the power wire, and this will give you a circuit for a receptacle. The white connects...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, top screws, silver screw
top screws, silver screw, brass screws: Hmmm, it sounds like you lost the neutral. Going to and coming from the switch are black and white wires, 1 carries power to the switch and when the switch is on the other wire carries power back to the receptacle. Where the receptacle is you have incoming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, pig tail, wire nut
pig tail, wire nut, ground terminal: The original receptacle had a choice of either making the connections into the back, which is called a stab back device, or connecting the wires to the terminals. This circuit must have had three neutrals in the box and they just used the back for the third...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, gfci, volt meter
gfci, volt meter, frig: There might not be a GFCI in the garage but I bet it is fed off a GFCI somewhere. I would look for a tripped one outside, bathroom, attic, crawlspace. If that doesn t do it turn the breaker off and back on. Still nothing, check junction box to junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, gfic, strange readings
gfic, strange readings, cross wire: Hi. The reading comes from feedback of things connected to the circuit. The electricity gets from the black to the white wires by things being plugged in. If you turned everything off and unplugged everything, you should get no reading. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet addition, power strip
power strip: Make sure your circuit will handle the load and code is OK, then get the box for the triple and wire the outlets in parallel. If the existing wire is large enough you need no more than to add the outlets. If you are planning on plugging in a various loads...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: putting an outlet in my bathroom, ground fault outlet, wire nuts
ground fault outlet, wire nuts, bare wire: Hi. You will have to convert the wire from 220 to 110. In the breaker box. if you find the wire, you will see both the black and the white connected to breakers. Take the white wire off the breaker and connect it to the strip where the other white wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet box covers, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, screen porch: Hi Gabriela, Sorry for any delay....we just got back from our two week Orlando vacation a few days ago...and I ve been sick since we got back (found out I have pneumonia and it is now advanced to bronchitis)....currently heavily medicated....not well....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet box showing voltage, store electricity, screw terminals
store electricity, screw terminals, initial voltage: Bob it sounds like you are getting voltage back from the neutral, is there any other way something is connected? I want you to do this to try to isolate the problem. Find the wires in the panel that go to this circuit and disconect all of them, be very careful...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet box showing voltage, romex cable, neutral wire
romex cable, neutral wire, wall plates: Bob If that wire is at the end of the circuit the you may a loose connection from the outlet before this one. Check the outlet before this one and make sure all the wires are connected. Also if there are any red wires in those boxes they used a 12-3 to wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet box, robert wilber, lighting circuit
robert wilber, lighting circuit, amp circuit: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * (LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Should you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet - break out fins, gold side, garbage disposal
gold side, garbage disposal, wire nut: Hi Jerry, You are correct in that outlets can be split into 2 different units, but to do this, you also need to separate feeds..1 hot and 1 switched. Since both the top and bottom re switched, I m sure you don t have 2 feeds so this can t be dome in your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet or breaker box problems, gfci receptacle, little holes
gfci receptacle, little holes, neutral wire: I m not clear on how your friend could check the outlets, and report that they are fine, if they aren t working, but there are two senarios. One, these outlets are part of a GFCI circuit, and the GFCI receptacle has tripped (look for these outlets in bathrooms,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet/breaker wiring, proper polarity, silver screw
proper polarity, silver screw, vacuum cleaner: Mark, If you ve been changing the wiring around you could have easily reversed something and or misspliced something. The white wire on a receptacle should go to the silver screw and the black or red wire should go to the brass colored screw. This will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet burning smell, plastic insulation, amp breaker
plastic insulation, amp breaker, circuit breaker: Lori More than likely the outlet may be bad change the outlet and see what else is on that circuit,Breaker will trip when there is a dead short and a very overloaded circuit where the breaker may exceed the wires capability. Such as running a 14-2 wire good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet and ceiling fan doesn't work, wire nuts, cable box
wire nuts, cable box, stereo systems: Hi. With the breaker off, check the outlet to make sure all the wires are tight. If the wires are pushed into the back of the outlet, it may not be making contact. Screwing them to the sides will make a better connection. Also check any wire nuts in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet and circuit, neutral wire, t power
neutral wire, t power, hot wire: Hi Susan, If all worked well for a time, then some quit, and you are getting a hot wire reading with your tester, you have a neutral wire(white) that came loose. Since you installed the wires, it s an advantage as you know where they run. Check at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet conversion., volt dc, stereo power
volt dc, stereo power, wondering what type: Hi Patrick, The main problem is the car stereo runs on 12 volt DC, and your house voltage is 120 AC. There are transformers available that will step down your house voltage to the proper size. A 110 Volt operated battery charger would work. It would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet converted to switch, wire nuts, projector screen
wire nuts, projector screen, wire nut: Hi. Are you replacing the outlet entirely? You need to have outlets in the room at least every 12 feet between doorways. However, if you are replacing it, you can connect all the white wires in a wire nut, all the black wires in a wire nut, then also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet falure, wire nuts, wall switches
wire nuts, wall switches, wire nut: Hi. You can get a very small screwdriver, and push it in the hole next to the wire. That will release the wire. You can also put a tester on both top and bottom of each outlet (with one prod on the light colored screw and one on the dark.) If you find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet generators for camping, camping supply store, large electronics
camping supply store, large electronics, enormous price: Something will have to power the generator, and gas is the common thing. They probably have solar powered ones, but I would think they would have an enormous price tag. Other visitors to that area must have run across the same problem. They may have a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet height, demand water heaters, nec code
demand water heaters, nec code, central heating and cooling units: Hi. There is no code for outlet height that I am aware of. Most electricians just use their hammer as a guide so that they are all the same. It would take an electrical engineer knowing all the specifics of the home to give you an exact answer. But...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet installation, home improvement center, don beck
home improvement center, don beck, slide plate: Hi Julie, You need to test the wires with a current tester. These tester can be purchased at any home improvement center for less than 5.00. Touch 1 lead of the tester on the black wire, and 1 lead to the white wire, the neon tester should lite up.That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet insulation, foam insulation, expandable foam
foam insulation, expandable foam, light switches: Hi jeff. Pluging this hole probably won t help. You need to go to the top of the wall and plug the hole where the cable goes into the wall space. If it is fed from below, you will need to do this from below. Caulk will work, as will the expandable foam...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet issue, circuit location, electrical outlets
circuit location, electrical outlets, prong: It is very possible that you have cross wired a circuit wire. You may have a branch circuit location that you wired as normal...it is not a normal location. If you have a branch circuit box...you have to separate the circuits in that point and continue the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet issues, appliance manufacturers, hook up
appliance manufacturers, hook up, spec sheet: Hi Joe, This is a common occurrence as, until a few years ago, 3 wire systems were acceptable but the new codes require 4. Most appliance manufacturers foresaw this and and made allowances for it. In your spec sheet of the new stove it should say...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet off of a light switch, bearer of bad news, amp circuit
bearer of bad news, amp circuit, amp service: Hi. Unfortunately, there are several reasons you can t so that. First of all, if the power goes to the light first, and then the switch, you don t have a neutral in there to work an outlet. Secondly. Any appliance in a kitchen or diningroom should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet and lighting, wire nuts, light switch
wire nuts, light switch, electricity: Hi. You may be getting a reading because of feedback. That happens when the white wire becomes disconnected. Since the tester uses very little electricity, the power passing through what is connected to the circuit may be enough to light it. These things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet and lighting circuits, amp circuits, lighting circuits
amp circuits, lighting circuits, amp circuit: A 15 amp outlet will deliver 1800 watts (volts x amps = watts) but for safety reasons, you only use 80%, or 1440 watts. A 60 watt lamp is 60 watts, and outlets (receptacles) for OTHER than dedicated appliances are figured at 180 watts each. You can use any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet no longer works, cell phone charger, recepticle
cell phone charger, recepticle, kitchen work: Normally replacing that outlet will fix your woes. It is likely that the recepticle has tripped and turned off the rest of the kitchen. As for power, your breakers should be marked for Kitchen plugs....if not, you will need to turn off all 20amp breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Last outlet with loop?, drywall, hud
drywall, hud, circuits: Hi. It doesn t make sense, but you never know what people may have done. I assume there are no red wires involved, which would indicate two circuits in one wire. You could disconnect the wire, and see if there is anything that is not working. That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hi Bob, I have not found any..., gfci outlets, wire nuts
gfci outlets, wire nuts, gfci outlet: Hi. Yes, if they are defective, that is the most common result. Usually they can t reset. But they can t reset if they don t have power either. Did you check with a tester to see if you have any power going into the GFCI? Put a neon tester between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet noise, robert wilber, nonlinear loads
robert wilber, nonlinear loads, electric toothbrush: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Have you tried putting your ear to the box to tell where the sound is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet placement and GFCI, garage door opener, gfci outlet
garage door opener, gfci outlet, foot rule: Hi B.N. Garages only require 1 outlet, and it should be a GFCI. Now would be the time to put more in for future use. People always seem to add stuff later like freezers, power tools etc.Possibly 1 in the ceiling for a garage door opener. The height...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet placement with regard to hot water baseboard heating, robert wilber, hot water baseboard heating
robert wilber, hot water baseboard heating, hot water baseboard heat: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * There is no limitation regarding electrical outlet placement in relation to hot water baseboard heat. Outlets are not to be installed above electric baseboard...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet plug on/off switch, ge microwave oven, odd manner
ge microwave oven, odd manner, wire connections: Hi Elizabeth, I ve attached a site that I think will solve your problem. This device should be available at your local home center and if you go this route, it has to be wired in a odd manner, so let me know if you get one and I ll guide you thru the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet problem, gfci outlets, gfci outlet
gfci outlets, gfci outlet, face press: Jeff, code changes every 3 years, and each code change increases the areas that are required to have gfci protection. I would think, according to the age of your home, that all outside outlets have this protection. It could be in the form of a gfci breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet problem, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, gold side: It sounds like the recepticle was wired to be 110/110. What should be...the white wire on the silver screw and the black on one brass screw and the red on the other brass screw...however.....there is a brass tab connected the red and black wires. That tab...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet problem, don beck, hi doug
don beck, hi doug, neutral position: Hi Doug, If more than 1 outlet went down in the same room, the most logical thing to look for is a tripped breaker. Breakers can fool you. When they trip, they go to a neutral position, not to an off position. They may appear to be on, but they really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet problem, voltage detector, loose power
voltage detector, loose power, copper wire: finding the cause of a dead circuit can be frustrating. If you are sure that a breaker or GFCI did not trip, then the next thing you have to do is to start looking at each plug. Unscrew the plugs that are not working from the wall. Sometimes you will see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet problem, recepticle, test plug
recepticle, test plug, process of elimination: I would approach this from the opposite direction. Take the appliances out of the wall. Separate the wires and start testing for continuity. See where the wires go from point A to point B. Eventually you should find a hot location where it wasnt before....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet re-set buttons insice, electrical panel, burning heat
electrical panel, burning heat, small appliances: Usually the kitchen is on at least 3 different circuits, 2 are required by code for small appliances on the countertop and the other would be lighting. However it is common for microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, and freezers to also have their own circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet replacement / GFCI, whole house surge protection, critical location
whole house surge protection, critical location, gfci outlet: The biggest difference is, a surge protector is designed to protect equipment in case of a high voltage surge, like in a lightening strike. The cheaper type of these units, shunt the extra surge to ground. Since you don t have a grounded system, a surge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet replacement, screw driver, lisa lisa
screw driver, lisa lisa, extension cord: Lisa, not likely that anything was damaged. Changing out to a new porcelain is a simple matter. Just need a screw driver. There will be two wires connected to the socket. A black and a white. When you replace the wires on the new one, connect the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet runs hot/cold, electric garage, vise grips
electric garage, vise grips, garage door: It may sound like more trouble than it is worth, but I would open the entire circuit and check all connections and clean the circuit by taking each connection apart, inspect, test, and reassemble to know that each Point is good and sound. At some point you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet and switch, brick bungalow, chicago brick
brick bungalow, chicago brick, gfci outlet: Hi. Either the GFCI is defective, or it is not getting power. Find the circuit breaker and turn it off and back on. Sometimes breakers trip, but you can t tell by looking at them. You can carefully put a test light on the power coming in to see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet-switch combination, switch combination, wire nut
switch combination, wire nut, light fixture: Shelly, The black coming from the breaker needs to be connected to 1 of the dark screws of the outlet, and 1 of the screws of the switch, and to the other black wire that feeds downstream The best way to do this is cut 2 small pieces of black wire(about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet and switch problem, buss bar, voltage tester
buss bar, voltage tester, switch problem: Omar Now what you need to do is and I don t know if you already did this.Shut the breaker off on this circuit and see what else goes off then start with the first outlet on the circuit,that is not working check the voltage to ground as well as the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet and switch wired in same circuit?, seperate boxes, amp circuits
seperate boxes, amp circuits, amp circuit: Phsu: It is ok to put general lighting with general purpose outlets. I count each outlet, light, fan as 1 point, Do not put more then 11 points on a single 15 amp circuit. With 60watt lamps the 24 fixtures will draw 1440watts if they all run together at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet and switch not working, wire nuts, loose wires
wire nuts, loose wires, light switch: Hi. It is possible that it is the outlet, if the power goes there first. It could also be another outlet, even if it is working, because it might be the power leaving that outlet that is not working. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet/switch, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, light fixture: Hi Alex, Based on your description...it may be possible....but only if the switch has it s own run of power run to it...and then a switch leg up to the light. With the breaker off...you can check for this possibility by looking to see if the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet switchs between open neutral and open hot, circuit tester, wire connections
circuit tester, wire connections, electrical inspector: I ll have to remember this, never would have guessed that it could be there, but of course that is one of the drawbacks of not being there in person. As to whether this meets code or not is up to the local building inspector. Panels have enough room to splice...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet under kitchen sink (fully switched), hot water tank, hot water dispenser
hot water tank, hot water dispenser, food disposer: If you are referring the disposal box under the sink, I don t think so. The opposite wall outlets will probably be on a different circuit. You can still use that opposite wall outlet as a source for the new outlet that the dispenser will plug into, if the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet wiring, best guess, educated guess
best guess, educated guess, electrician: Hi. If you are replacing the outlet, always wire it the same way the old one was wired. What colors are they? Is the outlet on a switch? It is impossible to know what the electrician did when he wired your house, since the wires are behind the walls....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet wiring, robert wilber, amperage
robert wilber, amperage, extension cords: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * I will assume you are speaking of residential receptacle outlets. There is no set limit. The spacing along the walls is to promote safety by eliminating the need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet wiring., circuit breaker replacement, breakers
circuit breaker replacement, breakers, screws: It is possible that a wire has come loose in one of the non working outlets, or even in a working outlet where the wire feeds the non working one. This happens a lot, especially if the connections to the outlet are by the stab in method where wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet wiring for garbage disposal, diagonal cutters, garbage disposal
diagonal cutters, garbage disposal, metal tab: Hi Liz, Sorry for any delay - we made a last minute trip downstate for the weekend - didn t have time to mark myself as away on vacation (although I since have because we have to leave again tonight - have a big job down on the coast that needs to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet wiring for lincoln welder ac/dc 225, lincoln welder, volt circuits
lincoln welder, volt circuits, hot water heater: Hi Charles, Reviewing the specs for the Lincoln AC/DC 225....the NEMA 6-50R does appear to be the correct receptacle for the unit...to match the NEMA 6-50P plug on the cord (if indeed it comes with a NEMA 6-50P plug end...the Lincoln site didn t state...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet wiring problem, copper wire, light switch
copper wire, light switch, screws: Hi. Check your old outlets to see if the bridge between the 2 screws on the dark side were broken off. If they were, you will need to do the same thing with the new ones. Do not break off the ones on the light colored side. There should be grounds hooked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet wiring, ceiling fan light, neutral wire
ceiling fan light, neutral wire, culprits: Four outlets and a light aren t enough for one circuit, but I have to ask the obvious...any breakers tripped? When you say blew do you mean you saw or heard sparks? I d check the outlet you were plugging in your vacuum to, and make sure all of the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet won't work HELP!!!!, black burn, burn marks
black burn, burn marks, orange light: Hi. As long as the breaker is off, you are OK. Somebody needs to open up the outlet and see where the short is. It then needs to be fixed. Sometimes this is hard because the wires are burned, and there is not enough slack to reconnect them. The short...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet not working properly, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire
aluminum wiring, aluminum wire, wire nuts: Hi. First of all, be aware that aluminum wire is dangerous unless constantly maintained. Be sure all connections are tight, and replace devices and wirenuts only with special ones made for aluminum wiring. Be alert for flickering. There are three possible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet working off a switch, wire acts, copper wire
wire acts, copper wire, wire nut: Hi Craig, You are correct, just join the red and black together with a wire nut. If your removing the switch just tuck the bare ground wire into the box where it can t come in contact with a live wire, if not just leave it attached to the switch. DO NOT connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet working off a switch, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, wire acts: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Leave it alone. It is required by National Electrical Code that there be an outlet controlled by a switch in rooms in a dwelling - 210.70 (A)(1). It can be either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet working even if switch is off, switch works, light switch
switch works, light switch, thanks in advance: Hi. Is the outlet usually half switched, and half always on? If so, you need to break the tab between the two dark screws only. If there is more than one outlet like that, they all need to be broken off before any of them will work. Remember it is only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet working off a switch, wire acts, copper wire
wire acts, copper wire, wire nut: Craig First of all you will need to get a new outlet and insert the white wire in the gold colored screw then take the white wire in the silver colored screw. Make sure you cap off the red wire. Take the ground wire and hook that up to the green screw on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, switch box, receptacle
switch box, receptacle, black wire: You can if there is a hot, neutral, and ground in the switch box. If there is only 1 set of wires, black, white, and ground coming into the switch box then you only have a switch leg there. ie power in to the switch and back out to a device. If there is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, bob osgood, electrical receptacle
bob osgood, electrical receptacle, dow chemicals: Hi Rebekah, You caught me just stopping back by the office... Per direct quote from Dow Chemicals (the manufacturer of Great Stuff foam): GREAT STUFF can be used around and behind electrical boxes and insulated wires, but it should never be used...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, window air conditioner, power vcr
window air conditioner, power vcr, don beck: Hi Joe, It is not uncommon to put 2 bedrooms on 1 circuit.(8 outlets)/ The only exception would be if you were going to have a device plugged in to an outlet that would draw more current than the average light.Such as, a window air conditioner or a space...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, afci, room bedroom
afci, room bedroom, smoke detector: Hi Joe. Yes, and if you are installing a smoke detector in the bedroom, it also would have to have AFCI protection. The lights also have to be protected, either with a seperate afci breaker, or included in the one for the outlets. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, temperture, loose connection
temperture, loose connection, amps: Barry, If you mean when you touch the outlet the temperture is hot to the touch it could be two things. The amps be used is to great for the outlet and the outlet should be replaced to a higher amp rated outlet, or a loose connection behind the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, veterans hospital: Kevin Sorry for getting back to you so late I had to be hospitalized while working on a job 3 hours from my house and went to the Good ol VA for the veterans Hospital I was in there a week and a 1/2. What you should do is make a splice with the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, silver screw, furnace room
silver screw, furnace room, switch box: On the new device there should be dark colored screw marked line or common . Your black hot feed into the box goes on this screw. The black that goes to the lite goes on the other side of the device, next to the switch. Both white wires go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, wire nuts, daisy chain
wire nuts, daisy chain, cooler box: Hi. First of all, when you are dealing with a bathroom outlet, there is a good chance there is a GFCI somewhere. It could be in that bathroom, another bathroom, outside, in the garage or in the basement. It is an outlet with a test and reset button. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, constant power, wall switch
constant power, wall switch, switch box: Evening Greg, I found this question in the pool, meaning it was passed on.. I don t know why cause its a simple one. Anyway, i ll help you if you like. Ok, i don t know if you have your ground slot up or down. Meaning left and right...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets out, gfci receptacle, porch light
gfci receptacle, porch light, receptacles: Hi Korey, You didn t say if you checked for GFCI receptacles on the circuit that are not working, check for them. If they are OK or you don t have any on that circuit check the connections at the first one on the circuit that isn t working and the last one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, thre, lawrence ks
thre, lawrence ks, burk: Jon, If your certain that 3 different circuits are involved the problem is other than the circuits themselves but you must be sure. If this is the case then the problem is a main connection issue either in the panel with a main breaker or it could be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, gfci outlet, continuous power
gfci outlet, continuous power, light switch: Yes you can run the power off of the outside lights, just connect the colors seperately. The only way to have continuous power is to either remove the switch or run a new wire from the panel or other outside receptacle buried at least 18 in the ground no...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, screw driver, metal boxes
screw driver, metal boxes, wire connections: Allow me to make an assumption with regards to the steps needed. The boxes in the wall are metal. A green ground wire (or bare copper of the same size) needs to be attached to the metal box and then connected to the new receptacles ground screw. There are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, white bottom, bare wire
white bottom, bare wire, neutral position: Hi Fred, The new outlets you have should work, when we get them connected correctly. The location of the wires (top and bottom) is not critical. The important thing is the color of the wire on the proper color of the screw on the outlet. I am at a loss,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, terminal screws, hot legs
terminal screws, hot legs, white bottom: Hello Fred. You may be correct in the way the new ones connect. Some do wire this way, but on all receptaces, the Hot legs will connect to the brass terminal screws and the neutral to the silver. This receptacle may also be two circuits using a common...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, plug ins, receptacles
plug ins, receptacles, receptacle: Hello Mike. It had to have been one of the receptacles that was pulled out since it has a different reading now, unless the tester is malfuctioning. Check other circuits to be sure it is not the tester. If there is a problem with this circuit, you will have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, light switches: There is no definitive number that can be on one circuit. The code only states the attached loads can not exceed the circuit rating. This is stating that the plugged in devices can not exceed the circuit rating. If you had two hair dryers rated 1200 watts,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, don beck, amp plug
don beck, amp plug, hot check: Hi Jose, I assume you pushed in both re-set buttons in the restrooms. To be sure, push the test button on each of these outlets and then push the reset. In you circuit breaker panel, shut each breaker off, 1 at a time, and then turn it back to on....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets in basement, amp circuit, finished basement
amp circuit, finished basement, gfci: Hi. You shouldn t need a GFCI in a finished basement. But if there is a chance it will become damp, then it might be a good idea to do it for safety. Some local codes require 20 amps, but I don t believe the national code does. But again, it may be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets and breakers, definite possibility, loose connection
definite possibility, loose connection, breakers: That is a definite possibility. Every device on this circuit needs to be checked beginning at the breaker. Make sure there is voltage leaving the breaker, then start at the device closest to the breaker and work your way through the circuit until the loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: All outlets on same circuit are dead., test buttons, loose wires
test buttons, loose wires, loose wire: Part of the problem is that it can be a branch circuit, split from another room. I could mean taking all recepticles on 15amp breakers out and testing each for current continuance. A two gang switch box could be where someone branched to the bedrooms. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some outlets on circuit grounded, some not, light flickers, outlet boxes
light flickers, outlet boxes, grounding wire: Hi. It s really hard to say what may be happening. Of course, a ground consists of a ground wire from the outlet to the panel. If some are grounded, either the groud wire is no longer connected, or not all wiring in the circuit has ground wires. So you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How many outlets in a circuit ?, gang boxes, brass screws
gang boxes, brass screws, amp breaker: Hi Mark. The code says that in other than dwelling units, you figure the load at 180va per single or for each multiple receptacle on one yoke. A duplex would be equal to 180va. A 15 amp breaker will handle 80% of it s rating continuously, so 15 X 120...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets have current but still wont work?, porch light, front porch
porch light, front porch, loose connection: One ingredient you left out....was the power the full 120volts or was it less than 50. Most appliances and bulbs will not work when the voltage drops below 80. It can be a bad connection, an arching wire creating a loose connection. I can be alot of variables,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets are dead, gfci receptacle, hi chris
gfci receptacle, hi chris, loose connection: Hi Chris, The problem in the bathroom is likely a loose connection in the box you opened that started it working again. You should replace it with a GFCI receptacle. In the kitchen check the other receptacles , see if a GFCI in there tripped, if not check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to make outlets flat with the backsplash?, countertop shop, kitchen countertop
countertop shop, kitchen countertop, backsplash: Hi Gene, There are extensions available for the existing boxes. Just check with your local home center and they will direct you to them. Have the counter guys cut regular holes just like they normally would. You might want to go buy the extensions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets in garage not working, don beck, flouresent lights
don beck, flouresent lights, gfi outlet: Hi Trent, The 1st thing to check is the breakers, again. When a breaker trips, it goes to a neutral position, not to off. It may appear to be on, but it is in fact, in neutral. To reset a breaker, you must turn it off by hand, then back to the on position....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets giving me trouble, loose wire, agin
loose wire, agin, electrician: Hi. You are most likely getting feedback. It s enough power to power a tester, but not enough to do anything else. It sounds like you have a broken connection somewhere. First of all, the problem could be at an outlet that works, since it could be the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some outlets are not grounded, family rm, electrical contractor
family rm, electrical contractor, simple matter: Hi, If you look inside one of these outlets and see a bare or green wire, then it s just a matter of installing a grounded outlet. If there is no bar or green wire, you are talking about a big expense as the wires would have to be replaced with the grounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, and grounds, circuit connections, hots
circuit connections, hots, zap: Glen The outlet you are using is not grounded In the main panel you have to make sure the neutral and ground are bonded together. When you ad a sub-panel from the main panel you should have 4 wires going to the sub-panel 2 hots 1 neural and 1 ground. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets and light stopped working, vent hood, t draw
vent hood, t draw, loose connection: Good Morning Emilie, Based on your description....this circuit has more then likely developed a loose connection on either the black hot or white neutral wiring somewhere on that circuit (and it can literally be anywhere on that circuit). It can be either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets/main, circuit breakers
circuit breakers: Hi. Perhaps the breaker is defective, so it is tripping the main instead. There really isn t a reason that should be happening. But it sounds like something serious that should be looked at if you can t trace it down. Sorry I could not be more helpful....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: more outlets needed, I think!, fire inspection, extension cord
fire inspection, extension cord, extension cords: First thing I would do is get rid of the extension cords. They are for TEMPORARY use anyway, and if anyone sees what looks like a permanent application, that s a no-no . Is the A/C far enough away from the one existing out to require an extension cord?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets/overhead, voltage tester, incoming power
voltage tester, incoming power, neutral wire: Lisa, Your logic does make sense and for the most part is correct. But the loose neutral can be located in an outlet that is dead but it would be the outlet that is right next to the last outlet working ussually. You are right about the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets quit working, ceiling light fixture, wire nut
ceiling light fixture, wire nut, neutral wire: Hi. Most likely a white neutral wire is the problem, if you are getting a little current from the outlets. Did you check the outlets and devices that are working? It could be the wire leaving the working device that has become disconnected. You said...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets in one room will not work, gfi receptacle, reset button
gfi receptacle, reset button: The circuit is very likely still on, it is just not feeding through the GFI receptacle with the buttons. Turn off the breaker that is feeding this receptacle and replace it and it should be fine. Most likely the only damage is the receptacle, but check the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets in room not working, loose wire, vacum
loose wire, vacum: Hi Michael, 1 of the working outlets has a wire that feeds one of the non working outlets. A wire has worked loose in either the working outlet or the closest non working outlet. You will need to take a look at the connections in all these outlets looking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets on two side of room stopped working, fuse box, oulets
fuse box, oulets, electrical outlet: First of course check the breaker or fuse box. If that isn t it, most likely a mouse has chewed through the wiring; trust me it happens all the time no matter the house value. If after resetting the breaker or fuse nothing works, let me know and we can go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets and sparks, loose wire, sparks
loose wire, sparks, many thanks: Hi Cynthia, Sparks are never a good thing when it come to electricity. It sounds like there a loose wire in the outlet. Shut off the breaker that feeds this outlet, open the outlet and tighten down all the wires attached to it. If the wires are stuck...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two outlets, one switch, top screws, porch light
top screws, porch light, 3 way switches: It is becoming clearer. So let me see if I understand now. You have two switches next to each other. One of them is a 3-way that controls the outlet. The other one is a single that controls the porch light. Outside of your bedroom you have a 3-way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two outlets, one switched--no power, three way switches, duplex outlets
three way switches, duplex outlets, neon light: The black wires on the outlets are the always hot wires, and the reds are the ones that are usually controlled by the switches. The blacks go onto 1 dark screw, and the reds on the other dark screw, and the whites on the silver screws. Is this the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets and switches in basement, concrete basement walls, cement wall
concrete basement walls, cement wall, romex: Welcome back Cos, Ok, i think i got your picture. And i ve seen / installed these tubs with the plug on them. Normally this should be a dedicated run, meaning straight from the panel. And 2 20A circuits should be plenty, i m...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Some outlets Not Working, gfci receptacle, mandatory code
gfci receptacle, mandatory code, kitchen cabinets: Hi Terry, First chance I ve had to log-in and answer your question...been a VERY busy electrical season here... Based on your description...it does sound as if your outage is GFCI related....the bath and garage are mandatory Code required GFCI protection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets and wall switch won't work, lowe s, swith
lowe s, swith, wall switch: Without tearing out the walls, the only other thing you could do is either from the basement/crawl space or through the attic drop new lines down or up as the case may be. They do make special drill bits that allow you to drill through the floor or ceiling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some outlets work, others do not, violent thunderstorm, light switches
violent thunderstorm, light switches, galey: Good idea to turn the breaker off. With lightning you just never know. Before you attempt to do anything else I would suggest you contact your homeowner s insurance company and see how they want you to proceed. This should be a covered claim. If they don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No outlets work, daughters name, recepticles
daughters name, recepticles, recepticle: My daughters name is Cecile..so I really wish I could do more to help. If I were you...I would get a screwdriver and take the plates of the recepticles, then take the recepticles out of the box...a little. In some cases movement of the wires will help reconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, bob osgood, gfci receptacle
bob osgood, gfci receptacle, master electrician: Hi Trent, Based on your description....ALL the areas you state that are without power are Code required to be GFCI protected (the GFCI does not have to physically be in the garage...or outside...but those areas require GFCI protection ( been required...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, lead screws, gfi outlet
lead screws, gfi outlet, arc fault: Hi Jason, Based on your description...and your guess that the home is over 55 years old...it s clearly had some electrical upgrading over the decades.....and not all of it appears to have been up to snuff....or may have been some DIY work. Any GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, gfi outlet, arc fault
gfi outlet, arc fault, gfci: This is a DUPLICATE question...either the send button was accidentally pushed twice or the website had a problem when you first sent me your question. In case there is a technical problem with the website...I have copied my answer to your earlier question...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, gfci receptacle, code areas
gfci receptacle, code areas, christmas lights: Good Morning Stephanie, Based on your description....this started out sounding like a tripped GFCI symptom...and may still be - all these areas require GFCI protected receptacle outlets per Code (with the exception of possibly the Christmas lights...not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some outlets not working, gfi outlet, basement garage
gfi outlet, basement garage, tabs: Hi Stephen, Basement outlets are usually protected by a GFI outlet. This outlet looks like a regular outlet except for 2 tabs in the middle. Try and locate one somewhere in the basement. If located, push the tab marked TEST then the tab marked RESET...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, gfci outlet, bottom button
gfci outlet, bottom button, plug ins: Ian, All outlets were working and suddenly when using hair dryers, either out of the ordinary amount or common use, the outlets quit. All the outlets are not working as I understand it, on one ciruit you have identified. You have checked the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, circuit breakers, voltage tester
circuit breakers, voltage tester, loose wires: Jeff, This is something we can work Thru if you have the patience and the time, but you will need a voltage tester of some sort. We need to find out which breaker the dead outlets are connected to, hopefully, the breakers are marked in the panel. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, home improvement centers, gfi outlet
home improvement centers, gfi outlet, outdoor outlets: Hi Mike, When you reset the outlet, does it stay reset; or, does it trip out right away? If it stays reset, but still isn t hot, then the problem is ahead of that outlet. This would indicate the problem is in the breaker panel. If the GFI reset tab...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, receptacle, drywall
receptacle, drywall, top and bottom: At most hardware and home stores they sell extension inserts that are perfectly acceptable for this. Disconnect the power, remove the cover plate, remove the top and bottom screws, carefully grasp the top and bottom of the receptacle, use a tester to make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: putting outletts in a unfinished attic, outletts, metal boxes
outletts, metal boxes, junction boxes: Hi. You may want to get a general wiring book at a home center or library. I can give you specific information, but there is a lot of general information as to what you can and can t do. The main thing is to find a place to tap off of. If you plan...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two outltes, one switched, tv connector, bad information
tv connector, bad information, time mark: The TV cable box should be separate to avoid interference. Whichever 1/2 of the outlet # 1 is hot all the time, mark the wire on that 1/2 that is on a dark screw as hot . Whichever 1/2 of the outlet that is switched mark the wire on that half that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside Christmas lights, digital timers, manual override
digital timers, manual override, exact sizes: Hi. I thought you would be adding the timers to the existing circuits. If you are starting from scratch, then you need to calculate the load. C-9s use 7 watts, C-7s use 5 watts (assuming they are less than 20 years old) and miniature lights use about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside door light trouble, receptacle
receptacle: Hi Teresa, If you have a voltage tester check and see if you have power to the switch, if you do check the connections in the fixture. If you don t have power to the switch check the connections in the closest light or receptacle to it on the same circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside electrical outlet, set screw, wire nut
set screw, wire nut, neutral wire: Dan, It sounds to me like you could possibly have a loose neutral wire somewhere in the circuit. If you have a good digital read out tester it will usually show you approximately 60 volts when you test the black and white wires. This simply means that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside electrical outlets, moisture buildup, losts
moisture buildup, losts, christmas lights: Some times a moisture buildup will create sufficient contact to ground and trip a GFCI recepticle. It can be a loose connection, a bulb flickering will cause a trip..losts of possibilities. Best plan is to check each strand independant and remove possibilities...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside light, sand paper, screws
sand paper, screws: Hi Anthony. Inside the socket where the bulb screws in, there is a tab at the bottom that makes contact with the tip of the bulb. Sometimes this gets bent or rusted. Try bending this tab up just a little and possibly clean it with a piece of sand paper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlet, volt outlet, home depot
volt outlet, home depot, 110 volts: Hi. There are other possible explanations too, such as a shared neutral circuit, or a switched circuit. See where the wires connect to the breaker. If there are two breakers connected together, it is either a 220 volt outlet or a shared neutral circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlets, circuit breakers, good radio
circuit breakers, good radio, triped: Are all of these outlets GFCI, or is only one GFCI and the remainder protected by this device? If you have only one GFCI and everything else is dead, the device either is faulty, or has tripped. If triped, there s a little red button on it s face that you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlets, gfci, ground fault
gfci, ground fault, extension cord: Hi. Outside outlets should be connected to a GFCI which will shut the circuit down if there is a ground fault. It is probably wired to the outlets in your bathrooms, basement, and garage. Check the outlets in these areas for one that has two buttons....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlets, 110v outlet, j box
110v outlet, j box, blank face: Morning Cindy, You will need a 110V outlet outside to run your lights. As far as this blank cover over a box. Your builder left it there basically because its a mistake. This box could be a j-box, a box with a missing wire, ect. I don t know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Are outside outlets required to be on their own circuit?, gfci receptacle, lawn tools
gfci receptacle, lawn tools, existing home: Hi Wayne, To be honest, i m not sure if its required for an existing home. I know a dedicated circuit is required for a new home though. If you have the option Wayne. I would just run this circuit back to the panel on its own breaker. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlets have reversed, shock hazard, wirenuts
shock hazard, wirenuts, broken wires: Hi. If the front and back outlets are on the same circuit, there is likely to be a ground fault circuit interupter somewhere on the circuit--either at the breaker box or at the first outlet. These have a test button on them. If that is the case, it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlets not working, gfi outlet, outdoor outlets
gfi outlet, outdoor outlets, circuit breakers: Hi Rafael, This sounds like a tripped GFI outlet. I suspect that there is a GFI outlet that has tripped. This outlet can be found in any of the outside outlets that aren t working or in the garage. It will probably the nearest non working outlet to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlets, american disabilities act, recepticle
american disabilities act, recepticle, california code: Not sure there is a specific california code for receptacle height. The only code I am aware of is the ADA [American Disabilities Act] for handicapped individuals. Most common height is 18 to center. Hope this helps. You could always contact a local electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside plug, outdoor outlets, incoming power
outdoor outlets, incoming power, power supply: Hi Graham. According to the code, the laundry outlet cannot be used for other room outlets, nor for outdoor outlets. I m afraid I don t understand your comment about tthe plug having a higher voltage than the normal 120v. If you mean it measures around...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside plug for lights, storage shed, back door
storage shed, back door, out of sight: Hi Bill, I have a good picture of what is there, but I m not clear exactly what you want to add. What I think you re saying is, you want to extend the run from the pipe at the end of the patio, and bring it to the shed. The pipe at the end of the patio...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside plug not working, wire nuts, loose wires
wire nuts, loose wires, gfci: Hi. If your house was built in the mid 1980 s or after, you should have a GFCI somewhere. Many times, electricians put the GFCI in the bathroom, garage or basement and then connect the outside outlet to it. So be sure to look in all these rooms. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside plug, wall outlets, amperage
wall outlets, amperage, good question: Graham, what do you mean you have a higher than normal voltage plug? Tell me about that, how do you know it is higher, how much higher, how did you come to find out? Also, are all the other outlets [plugs] lower than the washer plug? All the circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside wall mounted lighting, faux stone, porch
faux stone, porch, lamps: Depending on the situation, is the box recessed to far, or sticking out too far. You can buy box extensions and add to the box to exceed the stone. If you already exceed the stone, you will need a ceiling box cover that is normally used to cover a ceiling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outtage, butt splice, wirenuts
butt splice, wirenuts, laundry room: Hi. There are two causes of burnt wires. Either someone used a bulb that was bigger than they should have, or there was a short. Fixing it can be tricky, because there is only so much wire in the box. If it is damaged, the wire should be replaced, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven & cooktop wiring, copper wire, kilowatts
copper wire, kilowatts, nameplate: Hi Jose. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I did not have my codebook with me over the weekend, and I needed it to make sure my answer was correct. According to the NEC, you can tap off of a 50amp circuit, but not a 40amp circuit. I ssugest...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven installation, oven light, wall oven
oven light, wall oven, volt meter: Hi Peter, Double check to make sure you got the right breaker. It should be a double breaker of around 40 amps. With your meter check black to to white or ground and red to ground and see if you get any readings. If so, take a look at the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven installation, convection ovens, convection oven
convection ovens, convection oven, don beck: Hi Bill, the 208 voltage is indicated in case you are hooking up to 3 phase wiring. You can ignore that as 3 phase isn t used on residential wiring, only large commercial buildings. From the stamping, it looks as if you can wire the oven either, with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven wiring, conduit box, double oven
conduit box, double oven, broiler: Chris, The total need to run both units at full speed is 70 amps and I doubt that the breaker for the old range is that big, It is porbably a 60 or maybe even a 40 amp. If it is too costly to run a new wire, you could use the old wire and breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven wiring, copper wires, neutral wire
copper wires, neutral wire, new appliance: Hi Glenn, Check the paperwork that came with the new oven or check with the place you bought it and see if it needs a neutral wire. This info. should be available either in the wiring instructions or, someone at the place of purchase should know. What...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven wiring, standard protocol, wire nut
standard protocol, wire nut, metal conduit: Brent, Awesome, I am glad it all works for you now. Those old stoves are nice. I cannot think of any reason why or how it would harm to put an inline fuse in the 100v circuit. You would just need to know how many amps are being drawn normally. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven wiring, wire hanger, best bet
wire hanger, best bet, zillion: Rod, Been there done that and it was no fun. Your best bet is to turn off the breaker and pull the oven out far enough to remove the back panel. There you will find that wire sitting in so much insulation that you will realize why you could not fish it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven wiring change, amp breaker, 12 gauge
amp breaker, 12 gauge, j box: Good Morning Tim, Based on your description...clearly the new equipment and the old supply wiring are NOT compatible...you will need to run at least one new circuit and wiring to the equipments location to make this a safe and Code approved installation....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven wiring, range oven, i am sam
range oven, i am sam, dangerous situation: Hello Sam, you may have a very dangerous situation here. Either of the original circuits was probably too small to handle the load of the entire stove. The two original circuits should be removed and a single larger circuit installed based on the amp rating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven not working, new element, neutrals
new element, neutrals, hot black: Hi James, The green is your ground and needs to be connected for you and your familys safety. If there is no fourth wire on your stove then simply attach it to the stoves chasis. Like the stoves metal exterior cabinet for example. Your wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overhead ceiling fan light, ceiling fan light, casablanca ceiling fan
ceiling fan light, casablanca ceiling fan, robert wilber: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * If the only control for the fan is truly the switch at the wall, then you have a bad switch. ... or you need to call the guys on that show who look for ghosts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overheated wiring, surge arrestors, two trees
surge arrestors, two trees, phone recorder: Lightening is so high of a voltage, it can actually travel the outside insulation and enter the electrical system at any point. It will find a weak spot, either the ground, the piping the ground is attached to, or enter at a transformer and follow the wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overheating cans - this may stump you, it has me, amp breaker, utility boxes
amp breaker, utility boxes, wire nut: Good Morning Davis, Thanks for the kind words...even with over 3 decades in the electrical field...every once in a great while I get stumped...but I don t stop until I find the answers...just my nature. The electrical field is constantly evolving as new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overload, circuit volts, amp breaker
circuit volts, amp breaker, amp circuit: When a circuit is overloaded it should trip the breaker. An amprobe will show the amperage being draw at the circuit breaker. (on the wire itself) I set up a 120volt spa pump on a 20 amp breaker. The pump plate rating was 19.4 amps at 120. The amprobe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overload, engine block heaters, bob osgood
engine block heaters, bob osgood, weather extremes: Hi Mark, Good morning. Yes...given the wattage loads of the 2 heaters (if correct)....a 16 gauge extension cord SHOULD be able to hnadle the combined loads...although I always recommend a heavy duty #14 or #12 gauge extension cord for these applications...they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overloaded circuit?, btu calculations, r value of insulation
btu calculations, r value of insulation, window ac: Hi Mark, Thanks for the follow-up. Yes...it can get a little toasty in Columbia....we stop by there every year in route to Florida. I see why you took the easy way out...everybody like to take the shortest path between point A and B (especially...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overloading a circuit, watt bulbs, air cond
watt bulbs, air cond, ft sections: Hi Ken, Check the breaker for this area, if it is a 20 amp you will be fine. Even if it s a 15 amp, you still should be OK. A lot depends on what else this breaker is controlling.(outlets etc.) Assuming the existing lighting all have 60 watt bulbs,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Am I overloading the circuit breaker?, track lighting systems, ceiling fan light
track lighting systems, ceiling fan light, water pot: Hi Wes, You could run into problems with what your adding depending on when you use them, I wouldn t run the washer and dryer at the same time and I would turn off the large A/C when using either one. Hook the dryer up to the 2 empty 30A spaces. I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overloading, hot water tank, tankless water heater
hot water tank, tankless water heater, tankless hot water tank: http://www.houseneeds.com/shop/HeatingProducts/WaterHeating/stiebeleltron/stiebeleltronspecs.htm has the spec s for this heater. It requires 3 x 50 amp breakers and 3 x #8 wire to feed it. Max amp load is 120 amps. On page 7 of the manual it says it requires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panalboard and recepticals in the Garage, national electrical code, recepticals
national electrical code, recepticals, code reference: Hi Rian The National Electrical Code does not specify minimum heights for either of these enclosures. There are maximum heights, but not minimum. I believe the building code does address this, including in a garage. Check the building department to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panasonic vent fan wiring, vent fan, basement stairs
vent fan, basement stairs, gfci breaker: Hi Ernie, Having run a wiring check for the Panasonic model FV-11VHL1...they actually suggest an 8 WIRE run to the unit...but you can accomplish it with a run of 12/3 and a run of 12/2....and sharing the neutral. Looking at the wiring diagram (if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel, feeder lines, amp breaker
feeder lines, amp breaker, amp service: Hello Doug. The main thing to test first is the incoming service to be sure it can handle an additional load. With everything you can turn on, check the amp draw of both of the main feeder lines one at a time that goes to the main breaker. If you are reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel, amp breaker, breakers
amp breaker, breakers, hot tub: If your panel is full, remove 1 of the 240 volt breakers that has enough wire to make it to the new panel. Place a 100 amp breaker there, and attach the wires from it to the new panel input. Being this close the 2d panel won t need a Main Breaker. Use a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel, sized spaces, hi doug
sized spaces, hi doug, breakers: Hi Doug. You can try to purchase thin (or 1/2 sized) breakers for your panel. This allows you to relocate 2 circuits to one space, thereby freeing up one space. You will need at least 4 thin breakers to free up 2 normal sized spaces. Make sure to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel, don beck, hi doug
don beck, hi doug, breakers: Hi Doug, I can help you add another sub panel, if you wish; but it is easier and cheaper to make more room in your main panel. There are breakers called tandem breakers (sometimes called piggyback, and probably other names also). They are 1/2 the width...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel, amp line, hi doug
amp line, hi doug, central ac: Hi Doug, First let me know what size service you have now, 60 , 100, 150 or 200 amps ? and how many circuits. Also let me know if you have any of the following: central AC,( 20,30,40,50,60 amps ?) elec dryer, elec stove, any elec heat (total watts) and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel, long cold day, amp load
long cold day, amp load, amp service: Hi Doug, Just getting back in for the day (long cold day here in the northeast....brrr). You didn t state whether your existing main panel is 100 amp or 200 amp....and that s important because you may be approaching or possibly even overloading the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel, breakers, hot tub
breakers, hot tub, pointers: Hi. I am not a fan of adding extra panels. The code allows only so many breakers. 40 for 200 amp, 30 for 150 amps and so on. It may be time to upgrade. They make breakers where you can add two in one space, but they will fit only if you have not reached...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel, hot tub, pointers
hot tub, pointers: Doug, you will need two breaker spaces in the existing panel to feed the new one. That means that you will have to have a minimum of four spaces in the new sub-panel. You will also need to get the wires that are connected to the breaker/s to the new panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel Box ?, gauge copper wire, amp breaker
gauge copper wire, amp breaker, wire tag: They not only care, it is illegal in most jurisdictions to remove this tag without their approval, fines are generally $250 - $500. It is common to use the same box and cover for a multitude of panels, and most do not have long buss bars, there are no extensions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel Boxes, cold water pipe, boxes
cold water pipe, boxes: Hi. The only thing I can think of is that it is ground wire. This should evenutally go to a cold water pipe. Unless someone is trying to tap off of the other box and meter. You would have to take the covers off and see where the wires go to. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel/Conduit Question, amp breaker, subpanel
amp breaker, subpanel, sheetrock: Mis information can drive you nuts. You can put in a 400amp panel and use # 12 wire if all you supply the panel with is a 20amp breaker. The amperage on the panel is the MAX you can have. AS for you house...typical...the house uses about 40% of what the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel over a duplex outlet, thomas betts, judges panels
thomas betts, judges panels, google: Hi Allen. The product is called a spark shield, and is made by a bunch of different companies. Arlington makes a plastic product, and I believe Thomas&Betts makes a metal one. You should do a google for spark shield and you will get numerous sites. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel is full, power breakers, better solution
power breakers, better solution, fuses: I do not recommend using the mini breakers. The better solution would be to install a sub panel near the main panel to have additional space. You can use a double spot in the main panel to feed the new panel and if there are no existing spots for a double,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel junction with 6/2 wire, electrical installation, hookup
electrical installation, hookup, fuse: Hi John, You are correct. However, your new stove will probably have a wire hookup. This can be adapted to a 3 wire system, so make sure you read the electrical installation instructions real well so gets connected up correctly. It will have to do with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel moving charges, southern california edison, electricity provider
southern california edison, electricity provider, service meter: Marcie: If you been their 7 years already. And you haven t added the pool so the line runs over it. This is a power company problem not yours. All properties have easements so utility suppliers can set poles to run lines in order to feed the individual homes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel placement, pvc conduit, hi adam
pvc conduit, hi adam, underground service: Hi Adam. the way the code reads is that the disconnect needs to be adjacent to the location where the conductors enter the building, so you could possibly do it the way you state. However,many areas limit the length of conductor that enters a building,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel Question, conventional framing, romex wiring
conventional framing, romex wiring, romex wire: Hello again Rob. The only wires that should not run parallel for any length of space would electronic device wiring, such as alarm wiring, control wiring, etc. There is no substantial affect to running line voltage wiring together. I had a similar set up in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel Replacement, cross sectional area, fuse box
cross sectional area, fuse box, ahj: It d certainly be legal to terminate all your exisitng wiring in a junction box, properly sized, then extend you circuits to the new panel. You could also make your joints in the new panel enclosure (Article 312.8) IF there was adequate space to do so, i.e.,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel as raceway?, conduit diameter, automatic transfer switch
conduit diameter, automatic transfer switch, thhn: Hi Joe, I m not exactly sure what your planning here. Sounds like your wanting to run a circuit from M to A using the original conduit, passing through box E. Thats fine. Assuming you have enough room in your existing conduit. If your question...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel redo, wire nuts, circuit breakers
wire nuts, circuit breakers, j box: Splices in the panel with wirenuts are acceptable provided there is enough wire to make a reasonable connection and leave some flexibility - 6 or eight inches would be fine, though some people will work with less [trouble if there is a problem later] If wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel upgrade, meter base, grounding wires
meter base, grounding wires, service entrance: Hi Bob, I have never used either of those two methods as I ve always been able to switch a complete service over in 6 to 10 hours. I have been able to find cooperative neighbor who allows me to run an extension cord to power my tools and temporarily power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel upgrade, meter base, grounding wires
meter base, grounding wires, service entrance: What you are considering is not safe, nor approved. YOu will need a permit from your municipality and a hard schedule from your utility company. It all happens the same day. The utility comes out at earliest schedule...7am. The building department comes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel upgrade, meter base, amp service
meter base, amp service, service entrance: Hi. I would contact the power company first, and see what you need to do, and how much you need to replace vs what they will do. Hopefully someone will he helpful enough. If you put the new panel in a new location, will the wires reach? Usually the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel upgrade, many different things, time knowledge
many different things, time knowledge, free estimate: Hi Cindy, I would thin your local electricians would give you a free estimate. It would be hard for me to pin down as there as so many different things involved. I would guess $2,000. This could be way off in either direction depending on your circumstance....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel upgrade, type fuses, disc type
type fuses, disc type, nameplate: Jeff There should not be 2 mains what you may have is a breaker for a sub panel.What you can do is install a new main breaker panel and then install a breaker for the sub panel.You can not rate the main by adding up the breakers,if you had a 40 circuit panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel upgrade/retro fit, ge breakers, pushmatic
ge breakers, pushmatic, e bay: GE, Square D, ITE/Gould are all good brands. Square D (maybe the others as well) make a residential grade device (Square D markets thiers as Homeline) that is cheaper in quality than commercial grade, but it s still reasonable. Stay away from the old Federal...