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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible Bad Breaker, upstairs master bedroom, master bedroom bath
upstairs master bedroom, master bedroom bath, oven dishwasher: NO! The breaker is doing its job correctly. Someone has really made a mess of the wiring here. There should be no 120 volt devices controlled by a double breaker. This circuit is totally overloaded and needs some serious attention before a fire ensues. Thanks,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible defective NEW electrical wall switches., electrical wall switches, wiring outlets
electrical wall switches, wiring outlets, amp breaker: Wayne, If you hear these sounds they are either mechanical or possible that you are hearing an arc. In either case this is no good, if it is electrical arcing, from your description of moving the switch slowly, that needs to be looked at ASAP. I am...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible grounding problem, furnace blower, neutral wire
furnace blower, neutral wire, microwave oven: Hi. If you have a loose or disconnected neutral wire, either for the whole house or for a shared neutral circuit (2 circuits using one neutral), the circuits are in series with each other at 220 volts. Although, it would seem that turning on things would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible grounding problem, furnace blower, voltage rise
furnace blower, voltage rise, microwave oven: This is very unusual as it is usually the other way and they dim. If you have a meter, check the voltage at a switch of the affected lights and see if there is a voltage rise when one of these is operating and the lights get bright. It sounds like there are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible grounding problem, furnace blower, assertain
furnace blower, assertain, unbalanced load: Sometimes this is because of an unbalanced load center. Not a rarity at all. If the bulk of your usage is on one some of the panel, then it tends to draw down one against the other. It can actually spike the other side a Little bit, and for a short period...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible grounding problem, furnace blower, neutral wire
furnace blower, neutral wire, microwave oven: Hi Bill, This usually means that the neutral wire in the panel is loose. Depending on the load balance, one hot wire may end up being more than 110V, and the other less than 110V, with respect to ground. This is a very hazardous situation.Contact your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible to install electrical outlet after light fixture?, garage door openers, don beck
garage door openers, don beck, garage door opener: Hi Bob, Under a certain condition, you can run a wire from the light fixture to the new outlet for the openers. That condition is, there is a hot and neutral in the light fixture. To find out if this condition exists, you need to check the wires in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible undeground wiring problem--continued, thermal overload protection, pool pump
thermal overload protection, pool pump, voltage tester: Without knowing the actual voltage it is hard to be 100% positive with my answer. Did you read the name plate on the motor and see what it says? The amperage you are giving me doesn t really sound out of line and the rated amperage isn t exact there will be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible underground wiring problem-UPDATE, gage wire, pool pump
gage wire, pool pump, underground wires: No problem with the posts, glad to try and help. If he is now saying the voltage is fine and the underground wires are OK, what is his reason for wanting to replace the wire? Replacing the wires will not help. How old is your pump? the average life of a pool...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible underground wiring problem?, gfi outlet, gfci outlet
gfi outlet, gfci outlet, underground wiring: I don t believe you have a problem with your underground wiring, if you did I think your GFCI would be tripping constantly. The plug was probably damaged when the other GFCI receptacle burned up. You said one electrician stated the pump was pulling 13.5 amps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible voltage on neutral wire and cable tv related problem, digital cable tv, neutral wire
digital cable tv, neutral wire, electrical experience: If the ground wire is not connected to the metal housing, touch one lead to the housing and the other to the ground and see if there is a voltage reading. I would also check the ground rod at the main panel to be sure the ground wire connecting the rod to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible Worn out Breakers, household equipment, electrical panel
household equipment, electrical panel, time don: Hi Ron, Where the panel is mounted is OK as it had to pas inspection when it was installed, so it s OK for you location. As for the buzzing, it may be that a breaker is not seated properly and is arcing. Whichever breaker is causing this it should feel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible to wire 5 fixtures into one box?, fan light, wall switch
fan light, wall switch, cathleen: Hi Cathleen, Wires of these type of fixtures are usually a lighter gauge then regular house wires and are also stranded, not solid. This makes them easier to put into a box. If you keep them as short as possible, they should fit. The dimmer should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible wiring mistake, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, sure what type: Hi Ronn, Just getting in.....been a REAL long day here in the Northeast... In a scenario like this, the first place to start at would be the reflector bulb socket....to see if it is still showing 120 volts AFTER the bulb has gone out. I m not sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Post Light, gfci, lit up
gfci, lit up, electrician: Hi Debbie, Disconnect the wires from the post so they aren t touching anything and turn on the switch. If the GFI trips without the light being attached, either the wire is damaged going to the post light, or the wires are not connected correctly at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pot Lights, double light switch, dimmer switches
double light switch, dimmer switches, metal boxes: Hi. When the power enters the switch box, you never switch the white. When the power enters the fixture first, both wires going to the switch are hot wires, so you have to use the white wire as a hot. Yes, you can use one power line coming in at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pot lights/recessed lights, proper clearance, home depot
proper clearance, home depot, high heat: How many cans on each circuit? what sixe wiring to the cans? How far is the wiring run? Something is wrong, you say bulbs, how many? What are the cans rated for in wattage? Do the cans have the proper clearance for cooling around them? bulbs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pot lights/recessed lights, energy saving bulbs, excessive vibration
energy saving bulbs, excessive vibration, volt meter: Hello Dina, Your issue isn t the wiring. I wonder if the voltage in your home is above normal. Get a volt meter and see what it is. It should be anywhere between 105V and 125V. If its slightly high, 130V, 135V. It would cause a bulb to burn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Powder room light & seperate fan, receptical, access power
receptical, access power, gfi receptacle: Bob, You can only get power from the switch if you have 2 cables in that box. In other words 2 wires in the cable going to the light and 2 wire s in the cable coming in with the power. If you don t have this then the power cable is in the fixture box so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power, hot legs, initial surge
hot legs, initial surge, termination point: Hi Dave, Stopped by my office to pick up some paperwrok...saw your question come in... Typically...when large 240 volt loads - (such as an A/C, Stove or dryer) kick in....a minor dimming of the lights is seen during the initial surge (in-rush) of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power, circuit breakers, upstairs window
circuit breakers, upstairs window, beeps: These are hard to trouble shoot, when you dont know where the circuit starts. You will probably take all the appliances out of their boxes and try to find the route of the circuit and trace each one to the last/next to find the one from the breaker controling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power, circuit breakers, wire nuts
circuit breakers, wire nuts, upstairs window: Hi. Most air conditioners require their own circuits. Most likely a wire burned through. 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power for a 110 V mig welder, electrical pvc, amp breaker
electrical pvc, amp breaker, romex wire: Hi Jim, You are probably correct that the 15 amp breaker protects 14 gauge wire. To beef this up a bit, you can use 12 gauge wire on a 20 amp breaker, or 10 gauge wire on a 30 amp breaker. Whichever you decide, enclose it in electrical PVC pipe as it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power, outdoor outlets, outdoor lamppost
outdoor outlets, outdoor lamppost, gfi outlet: Hi Frank, Let s start simple first. Most outdoor outlets are tied to a GFI outlet. Sometimes these GFI s are located in the garage. It looks like a regular outlet but has 2 tabs marked test and reset . Check the garage for one of these. Be sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power in 1bedRoom after Attempted Ceiling Fixture replacement, brown wires, fixture wire
brown wires, fixture wire, circuit breakers: Hi. You should always wire a new fixture, the same way the old fixture is wired. One of the black/white wires is probably the switch loop, and if you wire all the whites together and all the blacks together, you will get a short when you turn on the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Where's the Power?, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, slot one: This could cause a problem. The threaded part of a socket that a bulb screws into would be the neutral or silver screw. This can be verified by using an ohm meter for continuity between the threaded portion and the silver screw. The bottom tab is always the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power from 4-way, way switch
way switch: No. Only one wire in a set, will have power on it at any given time. It won t be unswitched, and if you try to tap both the hot and the wire that isn t hot, you ve circumvented your switching. PLUS, you d have to have a neutral in the box to begin with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power over 500ft, coopper, overhead lines
coopper, overhead lines, voltage drop: Let me make an assumption and fill in the blanks. You need 100 amps to the RV. It is 500 away. You will need 1 1/2 conduit for the distance. You will need to use a feeder wire equal to 150 amps to compensate for the voltage drop. ( about 20 volts.)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power, resistance ohms, ac volts
resistance ohms, ac volts, zinsco breaker: Bet you lost the neutral. the white wire. Take a multimeter and see what readings you get when set to AC volts. Then with it set to continuity or ohms, and with the breaker off, check for continuity between the white and ground wire. It should either beep...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power, circuit breakers, gfi outlet
circuit breakers, gfi outlet, face place: Josh, Nice job of troubleshooting! Yes, a defective outlet can cause power not to go downstream. A loose wire on the outlet can cause the same problem This often occurs when the wires are stabbed into the back of an outlet, rather than wrapped around...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Adapter for Scanner - Specs OK?, dc power adapters, bob osgood
dc power adapters, bob osgood, inline fuse: Good Morning Usuff, Based on those adapter output descriptions....and the power draw specs for your scanner....I d recommend the 1.5 amp model over the 1 amp. It s possible that the 1 amp adapter may be able to power your scanner....but it would run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power in Bedroom after Ceiling Fixture Replacement Attempt, brown wires, circuit breakers
brown wires, circuit breakers, ceiling fixture: The white wire that was connected to the old fixture black wires should have been color coded black as it is part of the switch leg. This is the wire causing the tripping. It needs to be connected to the two black wires of the new fixture, the other white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power in a Bessa Brick Wall, excess mortar, wall plaster
excess mortar, wall plaster, brick wall: Adrian, Didn t appreciate the 4 my friend , the duct or whatever you call it down there is your best and fastest way out. G day Adrian, Here s the best and easiest thing to do. Up here in the US we have something called Wiremold that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Consumption, electric blankets, alarm clocks
electric blankets, alarm clocks, electric blanket: Devices such as charging bases, alarm clocks, computers etc., will use a little electricity when they are not on, but it s very little. I doubt seriously if it d cost you more than $10 a year. The cord to your razor plugged in, with the razor unattached,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power, correct wiring... no light, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, electrical resistance: - * 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: Power Dimming or going out, condenser unit, voltage sags
condenser unit, voltage sags, circuit breakers: The lights are dimming because the A/C is a large load. When it comes on it consumes a lot of current this lowers the system voltage. Lights brightness is proportional to voltage there fore when the voltage sags the lights dim. The most common solution for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to deck, 100ft span, three way switches
100ft span, three way switches, don beck: Hi Paul, #12/2 from the panel to the outlet on a 20 amp breaker is correct. From the outlet to the 1st 3 way switch, 12/2 also. From 3 way switch 1, to 3 way switch 2, use 12/3. From 3 way switch 2, to the light use 12/2. That is the basic wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to detached garage., garage door openers, pvc pipe
garage door openers, pvc pipe, light switches: Troy what you will to run is a #6-3 wire with a ground this will give you 60 amps at 240 volts. At the panel install a 60 amp 2 pole breaker. Install a small 8-10 circuit 100 map sub panel,this is the best waay to do this as a 100 amp panel is cheaper than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power drain on circuit, bathroom light fixture, florescent lamps
bathroom light fixture, florescent lamps, power drain: If it is a recessed fixture or uses florescent lamps most likely the ballast is going bad. If that isn t it, try taking the light down and inspecting it and the wiring to it. Also, check the switch, is it loose and woobly? If so replace it. Breakers are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Failur, wire terminations, loose wire
wire terminations, loose wire, pat pat: Pat, sounds like you have a poor, loose or failing connection some where in that circuit. It could be at any of the places you mention. To correct, will be a process of elimination. If you or someone you know is mechanically inclined you might try the following:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Flicker on 3 (out of 6) Circuits, qualified electrician, fuse box
qualified electrician, fuse box, tube wiring: Hi John, This is a sign of a loose main wire. This happens often, especially if your main wires coming into the house are aluminum as they tend to loosen up, over time. The locations that need to be checked are: 1) The connections where the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power feeding back?, time one, breakers
time one, breakers, sockets: Even though I have MS Word it wouldn t access the web site. So here goes. Is it possible that the 2d breaker going upstairs, after running through everything, it is returning on the neutral, making the neutral hot? In other words are these 2 circuits somewhere,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power flickering, instant hot water, circuts
instant hot water, circuts, flickers: Robert, Bad connections outside on the utiltys end are quite common and most likely what you are experiencing. There s only one place you can check on your own safely and thats your breaker panel. Using a flashlight look closely where the main wire s terminate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Grid, kilowatt hour meter, power watts
kilowatt hour meter, power watts, watts power: The power we need to drive a light bulb, or a huge refinery, is defined as watts, or power. Watts (power) are how we get billed for the what we consume (you have a Kilowatt Hour meter on your house for example) and watts is a function of voltage and amps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to garage, 220 volt appliances, amp circuits
220 volt appliances, amp circuits, amp breaker: Hi. In order to know what amp panel you need, you need to know the amp rating on the main things you plan on using. The saw, and the AC for example. You can probably use two 20 amp circuits for everything else. Without knowing, I would add the amperage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Interuption, interuption, amperage
interuption, amperage, circuit breaker: It could be the circuit breaker actually went bad with that overcurrent. One way you might chek it, put the wire from that breaker into another breaker of same amperage and see if the problem persists in that circuit. It will tell you if the breaker was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Inverter, multiple days, extension cord
multiple days, extension cord, power inverter: Hi. I have used smaller inverters. However, I do not know how good it would be to use the big ones. Your car battery would not last very long unless you left the engine running. You should probably need a 14 gauge extension cord because of the length....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Inverter, extention cord, multiple days
extention cord, multiple days, power inverter: Jean: 2500 watt load @ 120 is around 21 amps. On the battery side with a 100% efficent inverter the same load is 2500/12volt = 208 amps aprox. Now with a 600 amphour battery your talking about 2 to 2.5 hours of run time continuesly. The bigger the extention...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Inverter, volt car battery, multiple days
volt car battery, multiple days, extension cord: I don t know a lot about inverters but it seems like it would be a big drain on a 12 volt car battery to power up a 120 volt appliance. The biggest probelem I see from your question is the 85 feet. That s pretty far for a 12 guage, or even a 10 guage extension...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Inverter, multiple days, power inverter
multiple days, power inverter, extension cord: The main problem I see is the voltage drop as the battery discharges. It will damage a compressor. Also on start up, even a 2500 watt may not be large enough to start a compressor. You normally double the normal amps of the compressor to determine a generator...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power on/off intermittent on one line, furnace oil, power surges
furnace oil, power surges, power outlets: Hi. Over the years, they have made safety advances, and the new products are better. But it doesn t make sense to tear everything out, each time a new item comes out. So, I would stay with your old wire unless you are going to be replacing the walls anyway....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Losses in Cables, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, power losses: Hi Simon, Based on your terminology...it sounds as if this question may be coming from the UK ...or a country outside of the United States. Although electricity is electricity reagrdless of the country...the terms, voltages and safety equipment used...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to light fixture but won't light?, light socket, steel wool
light socket, steel wool, light fixture: Hi Rocky, I am assuming that you checked for power at the light where the wires are connected at the base, and the power is there. So, the next place to check is in the bulb socket itself. This must be done carefully as the tester leads cannot touch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power lose when adding additional small appliance, toaster oven, portable heaters
toaster oven, portable heaters, fan heater: The bigger part of your issue is the fact that the heaters are a constant energy draw, of a high wattage, and appliances are smaller infrequent uses. You may need to replace your breakers with a different brand that can take additional heat. Keep in mind,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power loss., line terminals, voltage circuit
line terminals, voltage circuit, garage doors: Just an obvious question...did you rewire the GFCI exactly as you took it out? Power coming IN on the line side terminals and power going OUT on the load side terminals? I think your GFCI was the problem since outlets in garages are required to be protected,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power loss., line terminals, voltage circuit
line terminals, voltage circuit, garage doors: Hello Steven. It still sounds like a problem with the GFI. You can turn the power off on this circuit, remove the GFI and connect the black to black, white to white, and ground to ground where the GFI was and turn the circuit back on and see if the rest of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power loss in outlets of old home, robert wilber, electricity works
robert wilber, electricity works, circuit tracer: 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 be doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power loss., line terminals, voltage circuit
line terminals, voltage circuit, garage doors: Hi Steven. Usually the opener outlets are not fed from a GFCI. make sure all the breakers are on, and not tripped. Verify by turning the breaker all the way off, then back on. You may need to call in a licensed electrician to check out the wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power lost, loose wire, room 1
loose wire, room 1, screws: Hi. Yes, that is quite possible. Especially if they were back wired with the tabs (as opposed to the screws on the side.) The problem could also be in an outlet that works, since it could be the power leaving the good outlet going to the bad one that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power for MIG Welder, nema type, mig welder
nema type, mig welder, safety considerations: Hi Larry, Your solution is sound. #6 SJ cord is what you need. This is a cord that is approved for outdoor use. The breaker powering this setup would have to be a 50 Amp double pole GFCI breaker. The outdoor outlet box must be water tight and I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power for new ceiling lights, ceiling lights, table lamp
ceiling lights, table lamp, recess: When you tap into another switched situation, it disturbs what was a normal configuration. It becomes a research project to find what pair of wires can be used. As for the light, it can also be a problem of the wrong fixture in the wrong place. Look for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Outage, visible movement, source test
visible movement, source test, ground source: Daniel You said that you get a open neutral when you plug in a tester. To verify that you have voltage you will also need to check the voltage to a good known ground source. Test each hot leg to a ground if you get 120 volts then you know the voltage is there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Outage, circuit breakers, metal chair
circuit breakers, metal chair, neutral position: Hi Brian, There are probably 2 places we have to check. 1) Recheck the circuit breakers. When a breaker trips it doesn t go to an off position, but to a neutral position. The only way to reset them is to turn them off by hand, wait about 5 seconds,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Outage, electrcian, upstairs hall
electrcian, upstairs hall, circuit breakers: Hi Al, With that many areas losing power, I do not think it would be a single breaker problem. It sounds as if 1/2 of the power coming into your home has dropped off. If you have some type of tester, check where the main wires come into the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power in My Outdoor Electric Outlets, irrigation system, electric outlets
irrigation system, electric outlets, reset buttons: Hi Tina, There is a reset button, but it may not be on the outside outlets. Sometimes outside outlets are connected to an outlet in the garage that has a reset button. The elect. code requires this so make sure you check all 4 walls in the garage as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power in My Outdoor Electric Outlets, irrigation system, electric outlets
irrigation system, electric outlets, reset buttons: Hi. There is probably a GFCI somewhere that has tripped. It could be in a bathroom, garage, basement or outside. Check all the outlets in these rooms for a reset button. It is almost always that, even when people thought they checked everything. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to Outdoor Lighting and Recepticles, home improvement center, gfci breaker
home improvement center, gfci breaker, adding a deck: Hi Rus, I would use a 20 amp GFCI breaker to feed the deck area. 20 amps will be more than enough and with breaker everything will be protected and GFI outlets can be temperamental, while a breaker is a little more stable. I would use 12/2 with ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power At Outlet, problem id, light switch
problem id, light switch, simple solution: Hi than 1, Before getting into checking the joints, let s look for a simple solution. With more than 1 outlet being dead, the 1st place to check is the breaker panel. When a breaker trips you can t always tell by just looking. So, take each breaker, 1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power going out only in Master Bedroom, complicated question, language barrier
complicated question, language barrier, 4am: Sharon this gets complicated. I ask about where what is because the breaker reacts to amperage by way of temperature, so if a breaker is hot and the plugged in items are not, the breaker could think it is over current. they use what is called ambient compensated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power going out only in Master Bedroom, interior wiring, language barrier
interior wiring, language barrier, surge protectors: Hi Sharon, This should be an easy fix, but a difficult to find. We have to pin it down whether it is a device that is plugged into an outlet, or the interior wiring itself. The only to check it is, unplug everything at night and see if the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power to outlets, etc., master br, loose wire
master br, loose wire, extension cords: Hi Bob, Check the connections in the boxes starting at the box closest to the panel that contain wires for that circuit. If one or more receptacles or lights on the circuit work, start checking at the last one that does work and the first one that doesn t....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power question after replacing switches, porch lights, wire nut
porch lights, wire nut, ground wires: Hi. It is very difficult to try to figure out where the wires go, because there is no way of telling where the wires come from. It is obvious that you have the lights and outlets in series with each other in some way. You should have 4 switch terminals....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Out; Replacing Fuse Does Not Help, amp fuse, metal screw
amp fuse, metal screw, fuse box: Hi Robin, A insulated screw driver is best, but most any plastic handled one will work. If you have tennis shoes wear them and don t touch anything else while tightening the screws. Be careful the screw driver doesn t touch the sides while tightening the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Goes out randomly in house, circuit connections, electrical appliances
circuit connections, electrical appliances, electrical fire: Yes you do have reason to be concerned. This panel needs a thorough inspection by a licensed electrician. I do not just mean pushing on the breakers as the land lord is doing, but opening the panel and testing each breaker and connection in this panel. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power from recepticle, conductor wire, recepticles
conductor wire, recepticles, light fixture: Hi. Ok, if you are using only one switch for all the lights, you can use 14-3 and do it any order you want. However, the downside is that you have to connect all 3 wires at each fixture, and 14-3 costs more. In the 3 conductor wire, the white will connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power out in one room, voltage detector, loose wires
voltage detector, loose wires, nothing works: Somewhere, somehow you lost the neutral. It could be do to mice chewing through it. Seen it too often in all types of houses to not consider it as a real possibility. Check for continuity between the white and ground, there should be. If that shows continuity,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power out in two rooms, circuit breakers, recepticles
circuit breakers, recepticles, recepticle: As of 2003, there are some homes with an added protection call AFCI. GFCI recepticles have been around for a while...nothing but trouble, This AFCI is going to be the next problem to conquer. It is restricted to residential bedroom circuits. So my first...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power from Service Pole (meter) to barn., local power company, aluminum wires
local power company, aluminum wires, copper wires: Troy Yes you can use the same meter if the local power company will let you hook up a main breaker to that. Then you can run a sub-panel in the barn from the meter/disconnect. at this time you would need to run 3 # 3 wires for a 60 amp 240 volt service with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Strips, aquarium pump, fish aquarium
aquarium pump, fish aquarium, aquarium filter: IF you can handle the math....there is either an amp rating on the appliances or a wattage rating on them Add up what they say for either. volts x amps equals watts. 120 volts x ?amps = watts. Whichever the appliance gives you. watts divided by volts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Supply for HVAC/Storage Room, ac condenser, amp breaker
ac condenser, amp breaker, amp circuit: What you re suggesting is a no-no and I ll tell you why...your 240 volt 40 amp circuit feeding your A/C will not properly protect the new outlet and light you want to install. You could have a problem with either, and they d burn up before tripping a 40 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Surge and Resulting Low Voltage, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, kids beds: The arc fault breakers look a little different as they have a test button in the center of them. This button creates a small arc and it is supposed to trip the breaker. Then to reset, you turn it off, and then back to on. The dim operation indicates...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Surge, unit apartment, power surge
unit apartment, power surge, good luck: Hi Chris. I m afraid I would need a little more info before answering this question. What do you mean by affect only one unit ? There are just too many variables to try to answer without more info. If you need to , email me at rick5280@gmail.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Surges, whole house surge suppressors, voltage spikes
whole house surge suppressors, voltage spikes, neutral wire: Hi. Make sure you buy the most sensitive surge suppressors. There are different grades for different purposes. They also make whole house surge suppressors that connect to your main panel. You may want to get one of those. Also, be sure that your cable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Surges in Condo Building, hot spell, treees
hot spell, treees, unit condo: Hi Traci, If more than 1 unit of the Condo is affected, then it has to be the power lines feeding the whole building. These wires are usually aluminum and expand and contract with heat so they probably worked a little loose. This sounds like a power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Surges, amp service, apparent damage
amp service, apparent damage, power demands: Hi Terri, Just getting back in from a service call.....yet another long day here. Based on your description....you may have indeed experienced a surge...or have an internal wiring problem...or both. You can quickly isolate the problem to a surge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to Swich Box, practice thanks, incoming services
practice thanks, incoming services, neutrals: This is a legal and common practice. The code will not allow separate incoming services in the same conduit, but separate circuits in the same conduit or box is a common practice. Thanks for asking, if I can assist further, let me know. J The most common...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power just shut off, fuse box, wire nuts
fuse box, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. If you get power on the circuit at the panel, but not at the outlets and lights, it has to be a loose wire somewhere. There probably is not a sub panel. Just a circuit that goes to your main panel. Check all the wires, especially the wire nuts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to spa blower, bob osgood, spa blower
bob osgood, spa blower, master electrician: Hi Joan, Based on your description....an underlying electrical problem may still exist with this spa blower circuit...but without detailed test data...I have no way of telling what the problem is. If the pump was replaced....and the problem still is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to spa blower, spa blower, pool companies
spa blower, pool companies, blower system: Joan, Assuming its not the blower motor since two have been tried, I would look at the switch that controls it and the breaker also. And any connections along the way. And proper voltage hook up. If the repair service is not familiar with trouble shooting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power stability at home, flourescent ballast, new appliances
flourescent ballast, new appliances, power stability: I doubt one flourescent ballast could be causing your entire house to flash, but since you said the electrician checked, but didn t replace anything, I assume he checked your connections at the meter and at the main breaker. Did he check the condition of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power stays on, switch boxes, light fixture
switch boxes, light fixture, switch box: Sparky, Are the 3 wires in the ceiling box and the 3 wires in the switch box connected to anything right now? Also, are there any other wires in either of these boxes? Do not count the green or bare ones. Pas on to me a smuch detail as you can about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power surge / loss - one room only, wire nut, rewired
wire nut, rewired, power surge: You should have a junction box that has a bad connection. It sounds very much like a wire nut bad connection. It will arch to create the circuit, which causes major fluctuation of the voltage. They can all look good. It may take a voltage testor to locate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power surge throughout home., amp service, garbage disposal
amp service, garbage disposal, load balance: Chances are you have too many loads on a circuit(s). You should always do a load balance when adding new circuits and loads. The first thing you want to do is go through each circuit breaker and find out what that breaker controls. After you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power surges, bad rain, natures way
bad rain, natures way, pool pump: Susan What you can do is replace your service underground kind of costly. That will protect you wires not the Power co s wire. It is natures way of doing damage to our energy source.You can buy a back up generator so you wont loose power. As far as protection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power surging in home, portable radio, wanda
portable radio, wanda, batteries: Wanda You may have a loose neutral in the panel or you may have some loose main hot wires. what may be happening when you put a load on the panel the wires will expand and contract and if the wires are loose it may cause surging or blinking of the lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power from switch to plug, don beck, circuit breakers
don beck, circuit breakers, gfci outlets: Hi DAve, Rats!!!! I was hoping it was something simple. Please check all the areas I had mentioned before for a GFCI that is tripped before we get into a big thing here to correct the situation. A tripped GFCI would be the logical solution. After doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Goes Out Even Though NO Circuit Breaker Is Tripped, aluminum wiring, circuit breakers
aluminum wiring, circuit breakers, bathroom light: Hi. This could be a serioud problem, especially of your house was built in the 1970 s when they used aluminum wiring. Someone needs to check all the wiring for a loose connection and fix it, because a loose connection can arc, and overheat. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power, new appliances, wire nut
new appliances, wire nut, internal mechanism: A breaker can be off without having tripped. The internal mechanism can open the contacts within the breaker without tripping the handle, but I doubt this is your problem. You can verify that all your breakers are good, if you can read voltage on the screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: PROBLEMS HELP PLEASE!!!!!, hallway upstairs, three way switches
hallway upstairs, three way switches, bearer of bad news: Hi. You can tap off a 3 way configuration only from the old light, or where the old light connects to the system. If there is a switch downstairs and a switch upstairs, most likely the old light connects to the upstairs switch. So, about all you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pre-wired In-ceiling Speakers, plastic caps, ceiling speakers
plastic caps, ceiling speakers, wattage output: Alot depends on the wires used in the prewire. Some times it is only a # 12 speaker wire. That is a good thing. Some times it is a random phone wire run, for low wattage output speakers...not good, but useable. You will need to test each pair from location...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pre-wired In-ceiling Speakers, plastic caps, ceiling speakers
plastic caps, ceiling speakers, back channels: Hi, Generally most homes now days will have a room or two with the speaker wires ran in the walls for the back channels of a surround sound system. It sounds like [no pun] this is and install for whole house audio I am not in the high tech audio...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Premature Burn-out, john metcalf, flood light
john metcalf, flood light, voltage readings: Hi Jim, Been down state visiting family for the day....just getting back in. Based on your description...and in the absense of any known wiring problems...you may be suffering from a similiar problem as John Metcalf was (I went back thru my previous...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Premature light burnout, digital volt meter, volt bulbs
digital volt meter, volt bulbs, voltage spikes: Hi John, Good to hear from you again....hope you got your garage problems completely straightened out from our previous session. Even though you ve had wiring problems that you ve already found in the past...you may or may not have something similiar...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with 1 light in 3 light fixture, light sockets, center pin
light sockets, center pin, bathroom light: Well, without a meter, you can t tell if you have voltage on the socket, but if a known good lamp doesn t work, and the center pin is raised up so that it makes contact with the lamp s base, the only other thing I could suggest is to look at the back of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with 3 way switchs, wire cables, wire nut
wire cables, wire nut, whits end: Hi Douglas, Sorry just responding....been working some LONG shifts downstate...and haven t been home much this week - very busy electrical season here in the Northeast. Based on your description...and how switch 1 and 2 operate - your symptoms are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with 3way bulb, sudden surges, watt bulb
sudden surges, watt bulb, filaments: Janis You should be able to I do at my house I have a lamp in my living room and it is a 3-way i set it to the medium setting and it is also on a 24 hour times and comes on in the evening around 8 PM. I would check the lamps you are using make sure they are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with Breaker Box or 125A Main, zero volts, vacuum cleaner
zero volts, vacuum cleaner, volt meter: A breaker can fail on one half, or totally. You either have a bad main breaker, or the breaker is not making a good contact with it s buss. Since it s the main breaker, and you have no way of killing power short of removing the meter, I d suggest you call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with Casablanca ceiling fan, push button switches, casablanca ceiling fan
push button switches, casablanca ceiling fan, fan blade: It quit clunking and started working in both directions like a Swiss watch? How weird. You might have a bad switch after all and the contacts were sticking. Lube alone would not fix clunking. Maybe the term clunking should be described in detail. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with garage shop lights, amp circuits, electronic ballasts
amp circuits, electronic ballasts, amp circuit: Hello Brian I think its the ballast, you can replace the ballast for about $15. to $20. each, with one that should last for a few years. I just did a load calculation and your circuits are just over 10. amps each figured as continuous load (operating 3 hours...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with my Home Generator, 60 hertz, generator specs
60 hertz, generator specs, duke energy: Chris, I know this is a terrific pain in the butt, but you will need to resolve it. Same advice, motor driven devices will fail, at this low voltage, low frequency or both problem. I don t understand a couple things. Is this a situation where the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem from nowhere, fault point, bob thompson
fault point, bob thompson, incoming line: Most of the time, but not always, light circuits are dedicated. If you can isolate all the light circuits, you should be able to find the source and fault point of your situation. The lights should be on 15amp breakers. Turn the 15 s off and pull all switches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem from nowhere, surge protection device, zero volts
surge protection device, zero volts, underground run: Well I don t understand statement #1, unless you have mutiple problems here, but you might be having problems with your main breaker not letting both sides of the power through to the panel, or you ve got a problem in your neutral which could be in your panel,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with outdoor plugs, fuse box, outdoor outlets
fuse box, outdoor outlets, christmas lights: Hi. The outdoor outlets should be on a GFCI circuit. GFCI s have a test and reset button. One GFCI can cover many outlets. Check your bathrooms, garage, basement, and outside. They are used to protect against shock in areas that are damp or wet. Press...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem on part of a cicuit & some voltage on neutral, robert wilber, loose screw
robert wilber, loose screw, lighting circuit: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Electrical troubleshooting. Lost power to part of a circuit. On the same circuit - some lights quit, some lights work. * You have 36 volts to ground from hot and 7...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with recepticle?, ceiling fan light, recepticles
ceiling fan light, recepticles, breaking the chain: The codes allow up to 8 recepticles per circuit. As for your problem...you have a good search started. If you have a volt meter, you should check each box and its connections. You may need to inspect each connection point to find a short or other misconnection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with replacing a light, three way switches, wall sockets
three way switches, wall sockets, wire nuts: Paul, Do not count the ground. 1) The switch for this light has 3 wires connected to it? 2) How many screws are on this switch 1 or 2? 3) Is this the only switch that controls the light, or is there another one? 4) What color wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem replacing old entry way light, size hole, lock nut
size hole, lock nut, cross bar: Jenny, It sounds like you have an old flat pancake box that has almost no room in it for the wire s and a threaded stud in the middle of it. They make all kinds of fixture bars but you want the one that has the right size hole in the middle of it so you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with on/off switch on outlet, incoming power, gold side
incoming power, gold side, garbage disposal: Ok, on the gold side of the receptacle the hot side break out the tab between the 2 terminals. My quess is that the red is constant hot, and black is switched. Wirenut the black incoming power to the white going to the switch. Then take the black from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with three-way switch controls two outlets, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, duplex outlets: - * 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: Problem while wiring ceiling fan, ceiling light fixture, flexible conduit
ceiling light fixture, flexible conduit, electrical fault: As this is an apparantly old wire you are going to have to replace it from the panel out. Anytime wire falls apart it is because it has become too heated to safely carry current anymore. If you choose not to replace it, you run a very real risk of a house...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem wiring ceiling light withe two switches., fixture wire, kitcen
fixture wire, kitcen, hall kitchen: Hi. When you remove a fixture, you should always wire the new fixture in the same way. If it was wired the normal way, the white fixture wire would go to the white wires, and the black fixture wire would go to the red wire. If you put the red wire with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with wiring to cooktop, copper red, multi tester
copper red, multi tester, breake: Gary, You multi-tester should be able to tell you how many volts are present. There should be a dial on the tester that says AC. Set it to that setting and a setting of at least 220 volts, higher is OK if there isn t an exact setting for 220 volts. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problems with 220 volt circuit, programable thermostat, programmable thermostat
programable thermostat, programmable thermostat, convection heater: If the connections on the thermostat are labeled L-1 and T-1, the thermostat is only using one leg of the 240 volts for power. Are these the only connections on the thermostat, if so, I am not sure how it is a programmable unless it is mechanical since there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problems with ONE circuit in my house, hallway light, dismanteling
hallway light, dismanteling, gfci outlet: The neutrals are shareing loads up and down the circuit. A dimmer switch can cause a reduction. A fan can cause a fluctuation in circuits. Remember, you are testing a neutral, that is a current carrying return conductor. Not a true test of voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problems with GFI Outlet, automatic coffee maker, test button
automatic coffee maker, test button, circuit breaker: Hi Brandi, Unplug everything that is plugged into all the non working outlets. Push the test button and wait about 5 seconds, then try the reset. If this doesn t help, then the next thing to check is the circuit breaker in the main panel. Shut that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problems installing new lighting fixture, new lighting, lighting fixture
new lighting, lighting fixture, ground wires: Hi Erik, Check the wall switch, if it has a black and a white wire attached to it, go to the following. If it doesn t let me know and we ll change our plan of attack.. The first black and white pair you tried and the lite stayed on: Put the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problems with outdoor fixture, foam gasket, halogen lights
foam gasket, halogen lights, halogen bulb: There is a foam gasket that should stop water from entering the fixture. There should also be a rubber seal on the glass of the halogen bulb. Both should prevent the moisture. As long as power reaches the motion sensor, that is the switch for the light,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problems with Security / Sentry lighting, watt bulbs, incandescent bulbs
watt bulbs, incandescent bulbs, wire nuts: I was tired when I first read your question. Halogen vs incandescent bulbs. Sorry,. I would now suggest that you take all the fixtures down and inspect the circuit. Make sure all boxes are receiving proper voltage. Test each fixture separate to be sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two Prong Outlets, amp fuse, amp breaker
amp fuse, amp breaker, fuse panel: Hi Eric, Just getting back from Holiday vacation....a day later then we had planned. Based on your description...you ve run into the typical scenario many wners of older homes have....and the only true solution is to upgrade all the wiring to 12/2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Prong type use, 3way switch, light configuration
3way switch, light configuration, prongs: Your description is a bit puzzling. You may be talking about a 3way switch, which is wrong to use except in a 3way light configuration. If you are talking about a single pole with a 3 hole for a ground wire...the ground is a safety use only. It does not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proper installation of generators, ground currents, electrode system
ground currents, electrode system, generator installations: Hi Tom. It is a little confusing, without seeing firsthand what the setup is, and where all the equipment is located. I don t know for sure that he will have improper ground currents from the generator, but I am pretty sure that he would not have to ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proper rated receptacles, gfci receptacles, volt circuits
gfci receptacles, volt circuits, household appliances: Hi Doug, What you have in your home is very common mainly because of the price of the actual materials. As long as the actual wire in this circuit is #12, then its safe. Typically a breaker is 20A because the entire circuits current...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proper voltage for electric clothes dryer, electric clothes dryer, bus bar
electric clothes dryer, bus bar, proper voltage: Unless you have a unique service, there is 240 already at the panel box. There are typically two 120 volt lines to the panel and each connects to a separate bus bar. When a double breaker is installed, it connects to both bars and this gives you a 240 volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proper Wiring for Clothes Dryer, clothes dryer, circuit breaker
clothes dryer, circuit breaker, big house: Hi. AC current means alternating current. It is the kind of electricity that comes from a power plant, rather than the kind that comes from a battery. When was the house built? I would say that all homes built since the 1960 s have 240 volts. And...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proper wire gauge size, electrical hookup, gauge size
electrical hookup, gauge size, wire gauge: Only using the A/C and not the refrigerator? Any lights? To answer your question, I m afraid your 3/4 inch conduit might be too small in either case. Just to have 15 amps available at 200 feet (120 volts) you d have to run a #6 wire. If you wanted 30 amps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proper wiring for a duplex box, amp circuit breaker, wire nut
amp circuit breaker, wire nut, six inches: Using 15 amp outlets on a 20 amp circuit breaker is okay. And as far as the wiring, black wires go on the gold colored screws, white wires on the silver colored, and bare (or green) wires on the green screw. If you have just one wire of each color in the box,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proper wiring, arc welder, copper conductors
arc welder, copper conductors, max amps: Carl: I would use conduit instead, a 3/4 inch size, with 2 #6 gage copper,1 #8 gage copper and 1 #10 gage copper conductors. A 50 amp breaker will protect it. The # 6 are the 2 hots , the #8 is the neutral , and the # 10 will be the ground. The welder wouldn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Protecting My New TV, top quality equipment, ups systems
top quality equipment, ups systems, rechargeable batteries: Hi Raed, Sorry I couldn t get back to you sooner...been a long day at work...followed by an even longer night of Christmas shopping..(wow - what a huge crowd at the Malls !!) ...I m pretty worn out. First chance I ve had to get online today... Based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Providing Electrical for a New Storage Shed, wire feeder, vacant slots
wire feeder, vacant slots, work bench: Jerry, depending on what your possible future needs may be, you can use this rule of thumb as a guide: For every breaker space in the new panel you will need 5 amps of feeder size e.g. a 6 circuit panel will require a minimum feeder ampacity of 30amps. Which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Providing electricity to a Master bedroom With a 20 AMP GFCI Circuit, master bedroom bath, basic electricity
master bedroom bath, basic electricity, pig tail: First, if I am reading this correctly, the red and black are connected to the same breaker? If so, it is illegal to have two wires under one breaker. The two wires can be connected together and a pig tail attaching them to the same breaker, but two wires can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proximity of underground electrical wire to Telephone wire, pvc pipe, phone wires
pvc pipe, phone wires, electrical wire: Hi. I did not know the answer, so I looked it up. It seems that no one can agree. One opinion said 12 inch vertical space, as long as the electricity is below the phone wires. Another opinion recommended separate trenches, so that there is no interference....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: PULL CHAIN CIELING LIGHT, ceiling light fixture, bathroom ceiling light fixture
ceiling light fixture, bathroom ceiling light fixture, hot wire: I am not understanding a white wire on the new switch. A switch is always installed in the hot wire or black wire side. The circuit black wire should connect to a switch and then continue out to the black of the fixture. The white circuit wire should connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: PUMP HOUSE, heat lamp, ballow
heat lamp, ballow, pump house: Hi Curtis, There probably isn t enough power available to run the heat lamp and another device available at the pump house. This is usually caused by too small of a wire, too long of a run of the wire. If you aren t tripping any breakers, and the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pull Chain fixture, connect one, black and whites
connect one, black and whites, light fixture: Hi. It makes a difference if you want the switch to control just that fixture, or the other lights. That is assuming that the wire out goes only to other lights. If it goes to the rest of the house, it will be on the switch too, which you don t want....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pull Chain Installation, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, chain switch: Hi Jim, I don t have a clear picture of the new unit, but they are all basically wired the same so I ll assume this applies to you. If not, let me know what I m missing. The new switch should have 2 wires on i. The 2 black ceiling wires go onto 1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pull Chain Removal w/o room for wires, home improvement centers, remote control car
home improvement centers, remote control car, car works: Evan, You have two options; You can install raceway type conduit that is exposed or you can install a remote switch. The remote switch that you are talking about is already available at most home improvement centers. If you cannot find it there, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pull chain, light on ceiling fan, wire nuts, finial
wire nuts, finial, ceiling fan: Margaret, the short wire leads coming from the switch should be attached to other wires with small wire nuts. Just unscrew the wire nuts, unscrew the finial type cap that holds the switch in place, remove the switch and take it to the store. If your lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulling 1+ Wires Through Studs, code states, electrical code
code states, electrical code, sheetrock: Hi. I see no problem with running more than one wire, as long as you don t damage the wires befcause the hole is too small. The important thing is to protect the wires so they will not get nails in them when you apply the sheetrock. Of course, MA could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulling 120v off 240 volt for receptical, duplex receptacle, volt circuit
duplex receptacle, volt circuit, amp breaker: Hi again Dennis, Good to hear from ya...Sorry I couldn t get back to you sooner...been a long day at work...followed by an even longer night of Christmas shopping..(wow - what a huge crowd at the Malls !!) ...I m pretty worn out. First chance I ve had...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulling 20A 110 from 30A 220 Dryer outlet, electrical code, 30a
electrical code, 30a, home insurance: Hi Tom, It would work but it is a code violation. This sub panel would now require 4 wires, 2 hot-1 neutral and 1 ground. Most dryer feeds do not have 4 wires, only 3, unless it is a fairly new installation. Your theory is sound, but electrical code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulling 3/0 copper wire, pvc cement, pvc conduit
pvc cement, pvc conduit, conduit box: Hi Domingo, Based on your description....you are pulling feeder wire for a fairly good size sub-panel...3/0 copper is good for over 200 amps...(actually...2/0 copper is 200 amp rated). You didn t state what size PVC conduit you had....but I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulling wires through conduit, home depot store, bob osgood
home depot store, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Ed, Yes...there are several different manufacturers of pulling soap ( as we call it in the field) ....we ve had considerable success here at RKO with the Clear Guide wire pulling gel from Ideal (Model 31-388) - it comes in a one quart jug and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulling wires, dishwashing soap, fish tapes
dishwashing soap, fish tapes, fish tape: You could downgrade your ground wire to a #6...you don t need the larger #4. If you haven t already assembled your pipe, I d insert a pretty strong pull wire in each joint as it s put together. By wire, I d say something like a 1/4 rope...no string or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulsating lights on dimmer, electrician, lamps
electrician, lamps, good luck: Hi Clark. I would suspect the dimmer, but it could be a frequency problem, also. Have maintanence replace the dimmer with a high quality dimmer, and if that doesn t correct the problem, get an electrician in to check your system. Good luck. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulsing interior lights, bose ceiling speakers, landscape lighting
bose ceiling speakers, landscape lighting, neutral wire: Hi Gene. I would have an electrician come in to look at the service equipment, which may have a loose neutral wire. Make sure to seperate any speaker wires from electral cables. I doubt that what you are seeing is a ground loop. I suspect loose wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulsing lights/power damaging expensive audio equipment, silk screen printing, office portion
silk screen printing, office portion, giant screen: Hi Justin. To be honest with you even if you did get an electrician to move your incoming line further up the chain you would have the same problem as you have now as if the lines are not big enough to cope with demand then i would presume that the problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pumptrol Pressure Switch, pressure tank, preset level
pressure tank, preset level, volt line: L1 is line 1 120 volt coming in. L2 is the second 120 volt line coming in. That is where you get 240. If you test across L1 and L2 you should have 240. If you test L1 to ground you should get 120, same with L2. Having some experience with wells myself,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pumptrol Pressure Switch, well pumps, pressure switch
well pumps, pressure switch, digital camera: no it sounds more like a short in the wiring causing the breaker to trip. I have some experience with well pumps, so the first thing is this a 120 or 240 volt pump? Where in the panel are the wires to the pressure switch landed? Is the pressure switch rated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pumptrol switch followup, pressure tank, preset level
pressure tank, preset level, volt line: Mike: Find the conductors that feeds power to the pressure switch. All call this L1, L2 check for power, between L1, L2 should be 240. If you do not get this, kill the power and remove the wires there should be 3. 2 hots, 1 ground. Turn on power, read detween...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Purchasing Home - what to look for, amps volts watts, aluminum wiring
amps volts watts, aluminum wiring, peterborough ontario: Hi. First of all, I would reject any house wired with aluminum wiring. That was done in the 1970 s. They are fire hazards. Secondly, the age of the house will determine how much work would be needed. Houses originally had 60 amp mains, then 100. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Push button switch, robert wilber, button switch
robert wilber, button switch, electrician: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Normally open - this means that the normal state of the contacts is open [not touching] and that the contact is closed by the action of pushing the button,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pushmatic Twin Breakers, peak load, customer service department
peak load, customer service department, breakers: Hi. Twin breakers of any brand will fit only if there are not too many allowable breakers. The boxes are made that way to pass UL listing. For 100 amps, it is 20 breakers. If there are less than 20 spaces, there may be spaces in another part of the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Puzzling Electrical Question, teset, electrical question
teset, electrical question, ground wires: Hi Brian, Electric stuff can be maddening!! 1) Showing power between black and ground is normal as the ground wire goes to the same location in the panel as the white wire. 2) This may take a little time to locate as it could be a number of things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Puzzling Light Switch, correct switch, alternative fashion
correct switch, alternative fashion, neon light: Hi Jon, Sorry just responding...have been away down-state the past few days...haven t had much computer time lately. Based on your description...you are using a neon light style AC tester(or similiar)...and this style tester isn t very accurate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: PVC Conduit Fill, pvc conduit, wire insulation
pvc conduit, wire insulation, google: Hi Lewis, There are several charts available on the Internet that gives this information. It depends on the type of wire insulation you will be using so it s easier to look up the chart you that applies to your installation than for me to list several...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: PVC electrical conduit in the home, pvc electrical conduit, pvc conduit
pvc electrical conduit, pvc conduit, garage wall: Hi Bryan. Unless there are local rules that forbid the use of PVC, you can use it anywhere you would use metallic conduit. Either way, you will need to run the conduit all the way from the panel to an enclosure at the solar system. You can t run wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: PVC, master electricians, cross sectional area
master electricians, cross sectional area, pvc type: Hi Bill, Being a fellow Master Electrician based in Maine (with reciprocals in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont) I can not vouch for what is and isn t required in Florida...and based on my yearly visits to Florida...it seems to depend on what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel, local power company, ampage
local power company, ampage, electrical inspector: Hi Rick. To tell what you have now, look at the pole panel. It should have either fuses or a breaker. Whatever these are rated is your electrical service size. If it is 100amp, then you won t be able to pull your new load off of it, without first change...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel, little luck, electrical contractor
little luck, electrical contractor, old stuff: Hi Angie, If the main breaker is holding OK, then the number of circuits is OK too. As for the door, it may hard to find. You may be able to find one that an electrical contractor as removed from some other house when he installed a larger panel but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel box, plywood panel, wood screws
plywood panel, wood screws, brick wall: Hi. I am unaware of any code that requires a plywood back, but it certainly would make it a lot easier. Of course, there are local codes and interpretation of the national code, so you may want to check with the inspector to make sure. But nailing a plywood...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel box, amp breaker, sorry for any inconvenience
amp breaker, sorry for any inconvenience, questioner: Questioner: Fred Category: Electrical Wiring in the Home Private: No Subject: Breaker Panel Question: Hello, I need to run power to my garage, I need at least one 220 line, and two or three 120 lines for outlet, light and equipment. What...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel box, ground bars, underground wire
ground bars, underground wire, great shape: Hi Broderick, Excellent work!! A separated neutral and ground bar will be needed in the sub. The old 100 amp panel should do nicely. If the underground wire is copper your are in great shape. If it s aluminum you are right at the edge of being...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel box wiring, multiple wires, ground wires
multiple wires, ground wires, lugs: 1) Not if the lug is rated for multiple wires. You can tell if there is something stamped on the lug, like 2-#6 or you have the box the lugs came in with that information. If it s not stamped on the lug, or you do not have the original box, then no. One...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel box, fpe breakers, aluminum wiring
fpe breakers, aluminum wiring, circuit breakers: All of the other boxes are good. GE, Square D, Murray, Siemens, Cutler Hammer, Bryant. The breakers attach to the box in the same way. FPE tried to be different, and it didn t work out. I ve never heard of anything sweating. I would feel it, and make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel/breaker box, costly solution, toillet
costly solution, toillet, electrical code: You are for certain in a difficult situation. It is against electrical code to have a panel in a restroom. The only alternative I can see is there must be 3 feet of clearance in front of the panel. If there is a way to construct a wall in front of the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel capacity, amp breaker, clock radio
amp breaker, clock radio, knockouts: Tony, Not a pain, that s what I m here for. Your theory is correct only if each breaker is running to full capacity, and that never happens. For example, you may have a 15 amp breaker powering a bedroom. With a tv, lights, clock radio,etc running,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel change from main 2 sub, hots, prefered
hots, prefered, screw: Roman The difference is this the main breaker panel will have a main and a neutral bar bonded to the panel.which requires 3 wires to it. The sub panel has a neutral bar and a ground bar that are separate from each other meaning that all the white wires go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel connection, metal pipe, type cable
metal pipe, type cable, unincorporated area: I dont know of any area that is NOT under municipal control for Public Safety. The Power company cannot connect to a housing unit that is not inspected by the local jurisdiction. Any cable that is not exposed, does not need to be in conduit. It needs to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: from panel to light, switch legs, wall boxes
switch legs, wall boxes, prefered method: Hi Enrico, Just getting back into the office...saw your question. Based on your description..(if I m following it correctly)....it appears that they have brought power to the light box first - and therefore would have only switch legs running to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel neutral-ground setup, ground rods, service entrance
ground rods, service entrance, neutral ground: I get asked this alot, and it is my interpretation that ground and neutral are to be bonded at one place only, that being at the point where you receive your power. In your case...the disconnect. You should have a rod at both locations, but at the house, only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel to panel wiring, circuit breaker, greenhouse
circuit breaker, greenhouse, amp: James: 6 outlets is not a lot unless the equipment your going to plug in needs a lot. 50 amp is really a lot, but it allows for any unforeseen future usages. What ever size circuit / breaker you use always run a 4 wire circuit (2hots ,1neutral, 1 grnd....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel upgrade, electrical permit, utility provider
electrical permit, utility provider, service entrance: It may be easier to install an outdoor panel at the meter to feed the indoor panel. If the indoor panel now is over 6 feet from the meter, it requires an outdoor disconnect. Also the utility usually requires an electrical permit and an inspection before reconnecting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel upgrade, electric water heater, electric furnace
electric water heater, electric furnace, fuse panel: Chris, You have a pretty high electrical load and I m afraid your 100 main service isn t going to handle the new electric furnace addition very well. Adding more panels, in this situation, isn t going to help. It will give you more room to add circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel upgrade, amp service, gas appliances
amp service, gas appliances, electric appliances: You first have to determine what size is the existing service. Most residential average size homes use a 200 amp service. I recommend going to a 200 amp, even if you use many gas appliances and do not need this large of a service. While the service is being...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel wiring, amp circuit, amps
amp circuit, amps, panel wiring: Hi Ken, No, the wire could actually heat up to the point of a fire before the breaker would trip. The best thing, if possible, is get another circuit to that area and spilt up the load. There is a chance that the breaker may be getting weak. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel, ground bars, wire nuts
ground bars, wire nuts, great grandmother: Reminds me of the story about the mother and daughter who were getting a ham ready to cook. the mother cut the 2 ends off of the ham, before putting it into the pan. The daughter, seeing this, asked why. Her mother said That s the way my mother taught...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panels, smud, qeustions
smud, qeustions, pipe size: Hi Vitaly. Both of these issues will be covered in SMUD s policies, so you will need to ask them. Issues with the 1st question are whether or not the existing wire is large enough to handle the 2-125amp loads. If not, that will have to be replaced...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: parallel light fixture wiring, chandelier light, parallel wire
chandelier light, parallel wire, parallel wires: Smooth and round is considered to be the Black wire, and the other wire is the WHITE. In the ceiling box, the RED wire gets connected to the BLACK of the fixture. The WHITE wire gets connected to the WHITE of the fixture. The black ceiling wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: part of the electricity in house out, ceiling fan light, amp breaker
ceiling fan light, amp breaker, timer switch: Hi Barbara, Sounds like having an electrician completely test over the circuit and do what needs to be done to repair it is the only way left to go...let me know what was found. (P.S...even though these are posted as follow-ups online...the way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: part of the electricity in house out, ceiling fan light, gfci receptacle
ceiling fan light, gfci receptacle, porch light: Hi Barbara, Just getting back into my office....saw your e-mail in my box.. By now...your friend may have found the problem...but if not - there are several possibilites (and only further testing will reveal the final cause) - starting at your electric...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial home electricity outage, aluminum wiring, home electricity
aluminum wiring, home electricity, wire nuts: Hi. You probably have a bad connection somewhere. If your house was built in the 1970 s, you may have aluminum wiring which can cause a lot of problems. Be sure to check everything on the circuit, even if it is working, because it could be a wire leaving...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial loss of power, fuse box, possible solutions
fuse box, possible solutions, crayon: Hi Tisha, You will need a voltage tester to find the problem. It looks like a big crayon and lights up and buzzes when voltage is present and runs about 8.00 at home centers. With this tester, touch it to each wire attached to a fuse or breaker and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial power loss, feeder line, digital thermostat
feeder line, digital thermostat, loose connection: To be loosing power on more than one circuit, you need to have an electrician look over your service carefully. It may be a loose or damaged incoming feeder line from the utility, a loose connection in the panel, or a device shorting out in the home, all of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial power loss in home, loose wire, proble
loose wire, proble, useless information: Hi Jane, A phase is a term used in how power is supplied to structure, pretty useless information in your situation. There is anything electrical I can think of that would cause the house to shake. You have dome everything you can by shutting down...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial power loss in two rooms, gfci receptacle, convection oven
gfci receptacle, convection oven, verizon workers: Hi Cassandra, Sorry for not being clear. Yes, remove the receptacle and see if any of the wires are burnt or if the connection is loose. Start with the last receptacle on the circuit that works and the first one that doesn t. Did you check to see if one is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial power loss, ground connections, wire connections
ground connections, wire connections, breakers: Start at the beginning. From the panel, inspect all breakers. If they are all working, check all ground connections. After that you are on a hunt to find all non working recept/switches to pull them out of their respective boxes till you find the loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial power after outage, massive power outage, kitchen appliances
massive power outage, kitchen appliances, buffalo ny: Hi Don, That is possible, but before changing the breaker, ask the power company to check their lines. It s more likely the problem lies in their lines. They will usually check this for you at no charge. If it turns out it isn t their problem, let me...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial power outage, wire burns, wire nuts
wire burns, wire nuts, loose wires: Hi. Usually if you can not reset a GFCI, it is because it is not getting power. I think you are the third vacuum cleaner problem this month I have answered. Vacuums draw a lot of power (they brag how many amps they use) and if there are other things on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial power outage, wirenuts, loose wire
wirenuts, loose wire, trip check: Hi. Is it one circuit or half the house? If it is half the house, call the power company. It is probably their equipment that is bad. If it is in one circuit, then you have a loose wire somewhere. Check all the outlets and switches, especially if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial power outages, speed wire, light fan
speed wire, light fan, loose wire: I would bet on a loose wire in the receptacle behind your bed ... You may find a bad speed-wire connection. If you aren t familiar with electrical wiring and repairing electrical work, call an electrician. Doesn t sound like a big deal, but should be fixe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partially open neutral, continuity tests, ground continuity
continuity tests, ground continuity, prong plug: Good Morning Don, Based on your description...it sounds like you have a 120 volt dryer (possible a gas dryer that uses 120 volts for motor and controls)...and are using a 3 prong plug-in style tester with 3 LED indicators side by side. We don t put a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: parts of extention cord for 220 volts, volt applications, extension cord
volt applications, extension cord, amperage: Hi. The parts of any extension cord are the wire, the male plug and the female plug. Which ones would depend on the amperage. Not all 220 volt applications can use an extension cord. In most cases, the outlet would need to be moved closer to the appliance....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: by passing a push button switch fluoresent, push button switch, ballast type
push button switch, ballast type, magnetic ballast: Good Morning Todd, Based on your description...it may be possible..unless this fixture uses a starter and the pushbutton is the only way to bump the starter to fire the flourescent. This was a common feature required in older magnetic ballast fluorsecent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: patching dry wall, patching plaster, fuse box
patching plaster, fuse box, electrical appliances: This can be quite simple if I can explain it well. If you still have some of the material he cut from the wall it will help. Take something like a yard stick or paint paddle. Get some screws that are small and long enough to go thru the wall and into the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pc lost power, carpet shampooer, computer failure
carpet shampooer, computer failure, printer work: Check to make sure the power strip is still working. Next check the connections to the pc, is the power cord still plugged into the back of the computer. Does the computer light up at all? Does the monitor, printer work. If they strip is still working,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: penant lights, blown fuse, fuse box
blown fuse, fuse box, professional answer: Mo: Breaker are like little light switches. They have two positions on and off. When you open the cover to the breaker box you will see most of the handles will be in the same position. Just move them one at a time to the other position and then back. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: penant lights, wire nuts, penants
wire nuts, penants, electrician: Hi. I don t see how one pendant could ruin the other pendants. It probably either burnt a wire or some other device. You can try to see where you have power and where you don t. Check the wire nuts, switches, etc. Make sure the breaker is working, even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pendant light install, ceiling boxes, electrical boxes
ceiling boxes, electrical boxes, ceiling joist: Hi Ward, To make sure I understand the question correctly, there is a ceiling joist in the way where you want to install ceiling electrical boxes...is that correct? You can notch the joist a bit to allow the box to go flush with the ceiling. There...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pendant lighting in place of recessed can, three boxes, snugs
three boxes, snugs, pendant lighting: With the power off, remove the existing can light. This will give you access to the junction box it is connected to. You will need three additional boxes that are designed to install in an existing ceiling, they have the swing out tabs to connect to the ceiling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pendant lights, conversion kits, track lighting
conversion kits, track lighting, sales reps: There are some nice conversion kits at local hardware stores such as home depot and lowes. One of the sales reps should be to advise you on what you can install in place of what you have. Most of the conversion kits are track lighting. They should have one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: periodic power loss, scanner light, printer scanner
scanner light, printer scanner, light fan: Jim, I would suspect a loose wire on one of the receptacles. This happens occasionally especially when the receptacles are of the back wired variety (where the wires are just pushed into the back of the receptacle). Trouble shooting this will amount to a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: phase difference, strange beast, phase wiring
strange beast, phase wiring, incoming service: Sorry about that Sam, I suppose depending on the subject, one of us is over the others head. Transformers are a unique animal, there are a multitude of different configurations. The most common is the residential transformer that commonly converts the 7200...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one phase to three phase, milling machine, information symbol
milling machine, information symbol, phase converter: Ansie, You need a single to three phase converter. There are static models and rotary models and much debate over which is better. I bet that in the machine there is some three phase for a motor, maybe two motors or more, and some contactors, then the rest...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: phases, e mail notification, bob osgood
e mail notification, bob osgood, exact opposites: Hi Burke, Just noticed your question while logging in to answer some new questions I had....I never received an e-mail notification of your question back when you sent it. Phases are best described as legs of a power circuit...with each phase of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: philadelphia licence, robert wilber, southampton pa
robert wilber, southampton pa, experience requirement: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You don t need a license or certification to work in PA. You need someone to hire you. You work under their license. * Want to work for yourself? Contact the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: phone, message machine, desk top
message machine, desk top, phone jacks: If you have a phone box on the outside of your house..some have phone jacks built in to test lines. If you have that..it gets easier. You need to unplug all current phones. Start with any one location. Test it for dialing out and receiving. Test each....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: phone lines, conductors, lori
conductors, lori, cables: Lori: Before I try to cover the many possibables. You have to gather more info. 1. Find the phone box located on the side of your house. 2. Open it write down the color code of the wires in the cable coming from your house. 3. Count how many cables come...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: phone wire short circuit, phone wires, tiny spark
phone wires, tiny spark, phone jacks: Hi. Dealing with phone wires can be hard to do, and frustrating. My guess is that the short may have damaged a connection somewhere in the system. Sometimes it is easier to run new wires than dealing with the old wires. Of course, it depends on how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: photo cell switch for outside lights, photocell switch, time solution
photocell switch, time solution, seeing the light: It sounds as though the cell is seeing the light from the fixture. Try rotating the cell another direction. I do not think it is a defective cell, it just needs a directional adjustment. If this does not work however, replacing it will be the only option...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: photo cell wiring, electric eye, photo cell
electric eye, photo cell: Hi. If you don t have the instructions, the normal way to wire it is: all whites together. all grounds together. black from the power to the black on the electric eye. black from the fixture to the red on the electric eye. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: photo cell, photoeye, loose wire
photoeye, loose wire, switch controls: Josh: The photoeye needs to be after the switch (down stream) but before the lights (up stream). This way you can leave the switch ON power hits the eye and then runs to the lights in question. Most eyes need a hot feed, neutral, switch load. 3 wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: piggy back from a swtich to a outlet, old porch, porch light
old porch, porch light, constant power: About the only way to do it is to run a new wire apparantly from the porch light fixture to the new location. That technically violates the NEC as the outside receptacle is to be on a seperate GFCI feed. The reason you can t use the switch is that it has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: piggy tail new switch, wire nut, ceiling fixture
wire nut, ceiling fixture, single box: Mike What you need to do now is take the wires that go to the outlet and make them a hot circuit. Go to the outlet that has these wires and hook up the white to the white side and the black to the black side. then in the switch tie the white wires together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: piggyback breakers, don beck, amp breaker
don beck, amp breaker, air cond: Hi Tom, Most name brand breaker panels can handle piggybcak breakers. The way to tell is, see if the brand name panel makes piggyback breakers. If they do, then the panel can take them. When buying breakers, make sure the breaker is the same brand as the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pigtail solution for doubetaps ???, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, metal conduit: You can make joints INSIDE of a panel box as long as you don t exceed generally 40% fill. In other words, all of the wires can t occupy more than 40% of the available space. What I d be concerned about here though is, do you have two 20 amp circuits fed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: are pigtails required, electrical classes, screw terminals
electrical classes, screw terminals, amp circuit: Hi Randy. It sounds like you are going about this correctly. Question #1 really covers a couple of different items. You only need pigtails, and then only on the neutrals, when your circuits are a multiwire circuit, that means a circuit with 2 hots...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Am I planning my addition wiring correctly?, gfci outlets, amp breaker
gfci outlets, amp breaker, outlet boxes: You didn t indicate how much wattage is in your fixtures, but overall, I don t see anything wrong with what you propose. You might be able to combine a few circuits though. If you re so inclined. Except for #5. Twelve outlets on one circuit is too much. Redirect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: please help me, 3way switch, switch box
3way switch, switch box, screws: Nicholas: I will try to make this easy..... 1. Run a 14/2 hot circuit to switch 1 2. Run a 14/3 between switch 1 and 2 3. Run a 14/2 from switch 2 to the 1st light and then to the 2nd light. 4. At switch 1 strip and connect as follows: bare to bare,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pls,,,,,,answer this,,,,,,,, kinematics, ceiling fan
kinematics, ceiling fan, hard time: Jeasile, I am so sorry that I can not provide an answer for you on this. To be perfectly honest, I wouldn t even know where to direct you on this matter. Correct me if Im wrong but isnt kinematics(I even had a hard time spelling it) the science of movement....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug!, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, 2 birds: Hi Nikki, I m not positive what your asking here. Are you askin which slots are which on a recep (outlet)? An outlet is not fused, internally anyway. Do you mean a Male plug that plugs into an outlet? Some of these are fused. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug in, wirenuts, neutral wire
wirenuts, neutral wire, light meter: Hi. Do you have an outlet, where only the top or bottom works? Or are you getting only half current in each one? If only half works, just replace the outlet. If you are getting only half electricity, most likely a neutral wire is not making contact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug, transfer switch, screws
transfer switch, screws, hook: I first need to know if this plug is directly connected to the panel, or is it part of a transfer switch and then to the panel. Just to let you know, it is illegal to attach a generator directly to a panel without using a transfer switch. A transfer switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug, hook ups, genertor
hook ups, genertor, twist lock: Hi Mike, You can change the receptacle and hook both hots up to your plug, but cap one of them off in the panel, but that will limit you to half it s load. The best option would be to rewire the panel or replace it so you have the ability to run 240V. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug-in's beside my docks for charging batteries, charging batteries, recepticles
charging batteries, recepticles, docks: All the boxes for the devices must be waterproof, and GFI protected probably at the panel would be best. GFI breaker. Black wire comes from panel to switch, goes out switch to line side of 1st GFI. Feed all others off the load side. White wires just run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug in chandelier, bare wire, chandelier
bare wire, chandelier, pottery barn: Hi. yes, you can do that. If you need a canopy, you can buy it at any home center. You should get some decorative bare wire, and string it through the chain. Connect it to the ground in the box, and the metal part of the chandelier. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug for electrical range, copper strip, copper wire
copper strip, copper wire, electrician: Hi Tom, He should have removed the ground strap especially since that is why you hired him. It shouldn t cause a problem though, I wouldn t be afraid to use the range. If he at least hooked the ground to the frame of the range you can cut the ground strap,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug gets hot to the touch., long periods of time, unsafe situation
long periods of time, unsafe situation, space heater: Mike, Hot is a relative term. Most plugs for heaters get warm because of the amount of amps for long periods of time. The important questions are what is the size of the wire to the outlet(house wire), what else is being ran on that circuit, and how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug-in malfunction, loose wires, plug ins
loose wires, plug ins, loose connection: Hello Michael, there is a loose connection somewhere, or the breaker is defective. You will need to start at the breaker and be sure voltage is leaving the breaker, and then check each device starting with the one closest to the breaker and work down the line....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug for new dryer, prong plug, maytag
prong plug, maytag, harmony: Hi. The code changed in the last 10 years or so. You will keep having that problem until you change the plug, and possibly the wiring. If the wire going to the outlet has a ground plus 3 wires, you just need to change the plug. If the wire has no ground,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug in swag light to hanging hard wired light, ceiling chandelier, ceiling canopy
ceiling chandelier, ceiling canopy, dining room: Hi. All you need to do is use the canopy kit. Be sure the power is off at the main box otherwise the dimmer may be damaged (and you could get shocked). I have never heard of a plug in a junction box. Be sure to leave enough extra wire to make splices....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug switch combo, nearby outlet, neutral wire
nearby outlet, neutral wire, home depot: Hi Bob, The outlet will not work at this location as all you have in the switch box is 2 hot wires, 1 coming in to feed the switch, and 1 leaving after the switch is turned on going to the light. there is no neutral wire. To fire up the outlet, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug switch combo, reverse polarity, face plate
reverse polarity, face plate, home depot: One side should have two screws and one side should have one screw. The side with two screws gets the black wire and the single screw side gets the white. Don t forget the ground. Normally the dark screw is the hot, but I always look at the outlet and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug wires hot side burning out, mechanical connections, heat unit
mechanical connections, heat unit, unrelated incidents: Mechanical connections fail. Heat gets created across loose connection. The higher the load, the greater the heat. These are unrelated incidents. You may find it necessary to replace the receptacle for the heat unit in the fan housing as well. [probable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug, prongs, vacuum
prongs, vacuum, electricity: Hi. A vacuum draws a lot of electricity, so it may get a little warm. If the prongs are not making good contact with the wall outlet, then that could cause overheating. You could replace the plug with a new one and see if it helps. One good thing about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Getting plugged in on the Range, wire conductor, amp breaker
wire conductor, amp breaker, kitchen renovation: Hi Sam, Sorry for the delay...never got an e-mail notification of this question....found it today while logging in to answer a different question I did get notification for...happens from time to time with this site..a few bugs in the program.. Based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plugging the generator in, prong, twist lock
prong, twist lock, prongs: Hi Lee, Based on your description....you may have quoted the NEMA descriptions incorrectly. A L5-30R is NOT a 4 wire receptacle outlet....it is a twist-lock 3 wire designed for 120 volt use only and only has 3 prongs...not 4. In order for it to be a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is a polarized outlet adapter O.K. for a washer/dryer?, amp breaker, washer dryers
amp breaker, washer dryers, amp power: I would remove the outlet that is there, and replace it with a regular 20 amp outlet. Using an adaptor is not a good idea. It s really a simple job if when you remove the old outlet, make note of which color wire is on what color screw, and install the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pole barn wiring, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, design ability: If you want a solid 50 amps at your barn, run #4, but for all intensive purposes, a #6 would be adequate since on a 50 amp breaker, you re really limited to 40 amps of load. One thing to consider is your main breaker is only 100 amps. Running half of it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pole to shop wire, awg wire, voltage drop
awg wire, voltage drop, waste of money: Evening Kevin, 100A service only requires #4. Since you were told to pull #2 i assume your shop is a long ways away from the pole. Meaning the wire has been sized up to eliminate voltage drop. If your shop is within 50, 60 feet of the pole....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pole to shop wires, properties of copper, amp service
properties of copper, amp service, garage door opener: #3 is not always easy to find, so I would go with #2. Plus your long run constitutes a significant voltage drop. Get THHN/THWN, it is dual purpose and then you don t have to worry. Don t forget your neutral. (The utility company usually does not supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pond power, fish feeder, feeder cable
fish feeder, feeder cable, flood light: Well I would run underground buried at least 18 deep. I would use a NEMA 3R panel outside at the pond as it is rated for outdoor use. I would go with a 60 amp panel as the cost for a 100 amp would probably not be wise and a 60 amp should do all you ask....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pond pump blows a fuse, bob osgood, plug fuse
bob osgood, plug fuse, master electrician: Hi Robert, Without any kind of test data....I have absolutely no way of knowing what went wrong...any answer would just be a guess. But the 2 most common causes of a breaker(or fuse) blowing are overload (in amperage) or by short. You ve ruled out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pond pump trips the breaker, amp circuit, pond pump
amp circuit, pond pump, ground fault: Hi. If it is 12 amps, that leaves only 3 amps for everything else on a 15 amp circuit. And it is best not to go to capacity anyway. I would connect it and turn everything else off. If it still trips, it is probably defective. You may also have a ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: put in pony panel or ?, pool equipment, electrical panel
pool equipment, electrical panel, heat water: Good, you should have enough power available. Rather spend a ton of money on a bigger panel or a sub panel, you might consider using tandem breakers. These breakers are 1/2 the size of your regular breakers, so 2 breakers fit into the space of 1. So,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool bonding, clock positions, corner pieces
clock positions, corner pieces, lugs: Chris I think the best advice here, since you are going to have to pool inspected. Would be to contact the building dept. and ask to speak to the inspector directly and explane what you have. Because in your area there may be special requirments above and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool bonding, robert wilber, ecmweb
robert wilber, ecmweb, corner pieces: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Swimming pool bonding * Bond EVERYTHING metal. The purpose of pool bonding is to create an equipotential surface, so that there is no step potential anywhere. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool electrical sub panel, amp breaker, hp motor
amp breaker, hp motor, hi chris: Hi Chris. A 60 amp panel & circuit will handle everything you have listed. If you are hooking up the 1.5hp motor to 115v, then you will need to use a 25 or 30 amp breaker. If you will be hooking it up to 230v, the a 15 amp 2-pole breaker will work. A...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool filter, pool filter, pool area
pool filter, pool area, extension cord: Hi. They make female outlets for the plug. In order to do it correctly and safely, a permanent plug should be installed near the pool filter. You will need a grounding rod, and will need to bury the wire around 18 or so. Check with your local inspector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool grounding, inground pool, pool equipment
inground pool, pool equipment, electrical inspector: Hi Rich. I believe the grid need to connect your control panel feeding the pool equipment. If that is your main service, then it will connect to the grounding bar there, which may be connected to the neutral. You might want to visit www.selfhelpandmore.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool grounding, voltage gradients, pool lights
voltage gradients, pool lights, pool areas: Hi Randal, Based on your description...it appears you may be reading the stray voltage that can be induced on all metal parts in pool areas (per Art 680) which includes all ladders, strairs, walls, lights and pumps. (the Code refers to it as voltage gradients...I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool heater wiring, pool heater, braker
pool heater, braker, electrical supply: You may need to check with an electrical supply as this is not a common breaker available at a Lowes or Home Depot, but it is available. You will need to see the amperage of the existing breaker and replace it with the same GFI or the breaker will not protect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool light shorts out, pool light, loose connection
pool light, loose connection, water line: I don t think it s a short. I think it s a loose connection. Can you access the wiring on the fixture and check? The wet niche fixtures I ve seen have a tail on them that goes up above the water line, where they make contact with the permanent wiring. Usually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool motor wiring, pool motor, volt motor
pool motor, volt motor, wattage: I enjoyed this reading. 220 needs 2 wires. The ground is a safety issue only. The motor has a diagram for 115/240 correct. 240 is more efficient and does use less power. Most motors use less amps at 240, thus it is a reduced wattage. ie...a 120volt motor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump, aquarium pumps, twist locks
aquarium pumps, twist locks, pool pump: I appreciate the kind rating and kind words, it is strictly volunteer and it is nice to know I was of some help. You seem to be fairly savvy with electrical and no doubt every foot of wire is a consideration now days. I repair hundreds of motors and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump 120 twist connector testing, e mail address, pool pump
e mail address, pool pump, pool supply: Jay, I copied and pasted that e-mail address and got a bounce back. So here is my answer. First the plug sounds like a 220 plug, which could be used for 110 but is unusual. So verify that for sure it is 110. Next, if the motor was humming and then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump keeps tripping the GFI outlet, gfi outlet, pool pump
gfi outlet, pool pump, flood light: Jon Sounds like the pump may be the culprit. I would see about disconnecting the pump first then put something else on that circuit. If it trips then you know that this line has a problem. If it does not trip then have the pump checked it may some bad windings....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump ,light, and plug wiring, amp breaker, pool pump
amp breaker, pool pump, going out of business: Hi. You can not use a 40 amp breaker for 14/2 wire. It would have to be a 15 amp breaker. The wire still has to come out from your main panel. Yes, FPE breakers were not safe, so they ended up going out of business. At some point, the panel should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump motor and fuse box grounding, pool motor, fuse box
pool motor, fuse box, pool pump: Hi Rachel. A ground rod is not used for the pool motor grounding. The bonding is done through the bonding grid, and the grounding through the equipment grounding conductor. Most ground rods are 8 feet in length, and for it to be effective as a grounding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump & sprinkler pump, amp breaker, sprinkler pump
amp breaker, sprinkler pump, pool pump: Hi. It sounds like the sprinkler pump should be on its own circuit. If two motors start up at the same time, they would overload the circuit. Even running at the same time may overload it. As far as getting them to do it, it may be a legal issue. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump wiring, 30 amp fuse, amp circuits
30 amp fuse, amp circuits, amp breaker: Hi. If there is already wiring in the shed, I don t think you are going to be able to get enough power for 2 20 amp circuits. Even if there is nothing else, there may not be power enough. Obviously, there is only 30 amps available, so if there is more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump wiring, 30 amp fuse, amp breaker
30 amp fuse, amp breaker, fuse box: Hi Mark. Adding a subpanel is fairly easy. Making sure the wiring for a pool installation is safe is not. It sounds like you may have limited experience with electrical installations, so I recommend you refer your friend to a licensed electrical shop,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump wiring, 30 amp fuse, amp breaker
30 amp fuse, amp breaker, fuse box: Hi Mark, Is the pool pump 220 Volt operated or 110 Volt operated? Does the 30 amp fuse box(or breaker box) have 220 Volts present, or just 110 Volts?( a 30 amp 2 pole breaker or 1 pole breaker)? How long of a run is it from the 30 amp box to the pool...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump wiring, pool pump, line1
pool pump, line1, hots: Steve, there are hundreds of wiring configurations, and unfortunatly the manufacturers are not consistent in this. You will have to check the wiring diagram on the motor to be sure it is not a multivoltage motor and where to connect the lines. If you can not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, new pool: - * 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: pool switch, load wires, ground terminal
load wires, ground terminal, switch box: Roger The wires that come from your house are 240 Volt they go to the 2 pole switch (red & black ones)the ground goes on the switch box ground terminal. the 2 wires from the pump go to the switch also. You need to look at the switch diagram to see how it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool table light, pool table light, silver screw
pool table light, silver screw, brass screw: Hi Michael, You will need to open up the light and se how each wire is connected inside the light, then mark it accordingly. The wire attached to the white inside the fixture is the neutral. The wire attached to the black inside the fixture is the hot....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool timer, intermatic pool timer, gfi outlet
intermatic pool timer, gfi outlet, circuit breaker: Hi Pat, The timer should control nothing but the pool, and the outside outlet should be independent of the timer. If they are both wired on the same circuit breaker, the timer going bad could cause that breaker to trip or a GFI outlet to trip, which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool wiring, conductor wire, pool light
conductor wire, pool light, 220 volt: Hi. No, there is no way to get both 110 volts and 220 volts with only 2 wires. You don t need a neutral for a true 220 volt appliance. (certain things like dryers and stoves run on both voltages and require a neutral) So, you will need to run a 3 conductor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool wiring, ground fault circuit interrupter, fault circuit interrupter
ground fault circuit interrupter, fault circuit interrupter, circuit breakers: greg A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is one of the most effective means available for preventing electrical shock. These devices are specially constructed circuit breakers or receptacles, and they open the circuit when they detect a very small...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool wiring in conduit, amp motor, time and patience
amp motor, time and patience, pool pump: Hi Woody. Yes, you do need the wire with the W in it s rating. The actual letters are THWN/THHN. Usually the wire is dual rated, so even if it says THHN, it may include the other letters. Look carefully at the wire to get the correct wire. The twist-lock...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool wiring, intermatic timer, salt system
intermatic timer, salt system, amp breaker: Dave, If I understand the situation correctly, the light will be on a different breaker than the pump, heater and salt system, or, all 4 items will be on the same breaker, but the light will not be on the timer. I need to know the amp draw of those...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pools, duplex receptacle, costly price
duplex receptacle, costly price, electrical shock: Catalog number on the GFCI you bought so I can look it up? If the packaging said Equipment Protective Device I assume it was designed and meant to protect pool equipment, such as your pump and heater possibly, and not meant to protect a duplex receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: poor electrical wiring, sudden jolts, afci breakers
sudden jolts, afci breakers, microhood: Any and all switches have the potential to arch within. That arch has a frequency. Like a florecent light hum can transfer to an intercolm. Not an easy fix, but if you can isolate your circuits and put your computer on one side of the panel with no motors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: poor labeling in breaker box, amp circuits, test light
amp circuits, test light, basement garage: Hi. They make circuit breaker finders, which are kind of pricey for only one use. However, it may not work if the outlet is not working. If the neutral is causing the problem, you can put a test light between the hot and ground. If it lights, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: popping/crackling light fixture/ceiling fan, smell smoke, sheetrock
smell smoke, sheetrock, light fixture: HI Rebekah. You can try shutting off the breaker that feeds these noisy fixtures. If the sounds stop, then it is electrical. If the noises continue, then there is something else wrong, perhaps the structure or sheetrock. I have never heard of this,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: popping sound in electrical outlet, loose connections, strange sound
loose connections, strange sound, electric heater: Any receptacle and any panel making a sound should be checked for loose connections. Find the breaker to the receptacle and turn it off, remove it from the box and tighten the wire screws. In the panel, and if you have never worked in a live panel, have an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: popping sound after turning on light switch, electrical arc, lightning bolt
electrical arc, lightning bolt, lighting circuit: Hi Kristy, Just getting my first chance to log in for today...been pretty straight out here with electrical work this month... Based on your description...and without more detail and testing...(and assuming the sound is coming from the switch area)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: porch outlets dead, gfi outlet, gfi outlets
gfi outlet, gfi outlets, dead wires: Hi Derek, The next step in this hunt, is to check the outlets and switches, nearest the dead outlets. It is more than likely that these dead outlets are being fed from a nearby switchbox or outlet box and the feed wire may have come loose.(either black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: portable generator to furnace, genrator, portable generator
genrator, portable generator, power failure: Hi. About the only thing you can do, and it may not meet code, is to put a male plug on the furnace, and install a female plug near it. That way, you can plug it either into the house or the generator. But the only correct and legal way to do it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: portable generator to home curcit box, circut breaker, portable generator
circut breaker, portable generator, transfer switch: It is illegal to install it the way it is described. A transfer switch has to be installed so there is no way the generator can feed power to the utility lines. I know with the main off it will not feed, but someone may come behind you and turn it on, so this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: portable generator Male-to-Male Plug, briggs stratton, conductor cable
briggs stratton, conductor cable, copper wires: HI Jim, I m wondering how many wires are going to your dryer recep? Could you turn the breaker off, pull the recep and tell me how many wires are in this box? I know the recep is a 3 slot, but i m wondering if its a 4 wire cable that has the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: portable generator, bob osgood, hubbell wiring
bob osgood, hubbell wiring, adobe pdf format: Hi Mike, Sorry just responding....have been straight out with electrical work the past few days (very busy electrical season here..)- trying hard to get caught up with the pile of questions in the order I ve received them....I appreciate your patience....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: posessed room, circuit tracers, ceiling boxes
circuit tracers, ceiling boxes, wall sockets: Hi Cindy, I think my mouse may be posessed...it accidentally clicked the wrong button when I first logged on...so if you get a blank answer from me ...just ignore it. You description is a little puzzling...obviously...one of the breakers in your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: possible to convert one 220v outlet into a 220v and a 110v, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, volt outlet: Answer: Hi, this is not a good idea as the microwave would then be protected by the 40 amp breaker, which is way too large. The microwave could actually burn up without the breaker tripping. The microwave should have it s own wire and breaker, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: possible loss of neutral at receptacle, neutral wire, faint glow
neutral wire, faint glow, receptacle: Hi Joe, It seems to be a loose neutral wire.(white). It could be in either outlet or in the breaker panel itself. In the outlets: If the wires are stabbed in the back, the springs that hold the wire in place ten to lose, over time. It is much...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: possible short in circuit, gfic, line terminals
gfic, line terminals, volt meter: Debbie, if there is no power present, the GFCI won t trip or re-set when you press the buttons. You are almost going to need a volt meter in order to accurately assess what s happening. At the GFI there will be one or more pairs of wires a black and a white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: possible wiring short, fan light, canopy
fan light, canopy, black spots: Hi. Most likely the short burned though a wire somewhere before the breaker had a chance to trip. Wherever the pop came from, is probably where that happened. So check the fan canopy first, then the rest of the fan, then your wiring to see if you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pot lighting, halogen lights, two different ways
halogen lights, two different ways, loop circuit: Hi Kerry. The switch will need to be installed ahead of your loads, in order to kill the power to the lights. If there is anyway to refeed the switch from the 1st light, bypassing all the other lights, this would be the best. Check our www.danswiringpage.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pot lights, wattage, cut outs
wattage, cut outs, direct contact: Hi Sheila, Are they in direct contact with the insulation, many even though rated for insulated ceilings are not supposed to come into contact with the insulation. Also check the wattage of the bulbs and the rated wattage of the fixtures, if the bulbs are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: potable generator for 240v service, soft serve icecream machine, concession trailer
soft serve icecream machine, concession trailer, volt regulator: Robert It is highly unlikely you will find 15 KW portable that you can lug around. When the load starts up it will surge according to its rated surge. if there is another load running it will run that device up to the full load of the generator. Check out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, ross bob, fools
ross bob, fools: Ross, Lets check the easy stuff first. If you know which breaker feeds this circuit I want you to turn it off FIRMLY and then turn it back on FIRMLY. This is key because your breaker may be tripped and it doesn t look like it. This is quite common and fools...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, wire nuts, living room
wire nuts, living room, switches: Hi. 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 is not working. Check all outlets, switches, and lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, voltage tester, spam folder
voltage tester, spam folder, receptacle: Hi Matt, Sorry, your question went into my spam folder some how. Try resetting the individual breakers, push them firmly towards off and then back on. If that doesn t fix it you can get a voltage tester and test the breakers. If you have power leaving the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to 2 outlets, wirenuts, electrician
wirenuts, electrician, screws: Hi. This is a pretty common question I get. There is a wire not making contact somewhere. And that somewhere could be at an outlet that is working, because it could be the power going out of a working outlet heading to a non-working outlet that is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power, don beck, gfi outlet
don beck, gfi outlet, special test: Hi Mike, If all the outlets aren t working in only 1 room, the first thig to check for is a tripped breaker in the breaker panel. The breaker can fool you, it may look like it is turned on, but it is really off. When a breaker trips, it goes to a neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: The most power for 3/4" conduit?, amp breaker, circuit breakers
amp breaker, circuit breakers, pvc pipe: Tom You can run 4 wires in this conduit to a small sub -panel in the Garage. You should run 2 # 8 wires for the hots 1 #10 for the neutral and 1 # 12 for the ground. You can buy a subpanel from HD or Lowes and install a 30 amp breaker and a 20 amp breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can you take power off of a 3-way switch, 3 way switches, way switch
3 way switches, way switch, problem thanks: oh... OH... yeah, that clears it up. :-). It sounds like your new light was hooked up to a switched hot. Light works when that terminal (screw on switch) is hot and it doesn t work when its not. The box where your new switch borrowed power from (3-way)....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No more power, proper test equipment, home improvement center
proper test equipment, home improvement center, shotgun shells: Hi Beth, Even though you replaced all the fuses, you may have missed a pair. In the fuse box there are 2 main fuses. They are usually located at the top of the panel where the main wires from the outside meter attach. Look for a ring that is connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, voltage tester, bathroom light
voltage tester, bathroom light, braker: Mobile homes have the craziest wiring of all. I can only suggest that you identify which breaker is involved with that circuit. Isolate that circuit from the rest, then take all the switches and recepticles out, and test for voltages. If you can find where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in 5 ceiling fixtures in basement, ceiling light fixtures, plastic spoon
ceiling light fixtures, plastic spoon, fluorescent light fixtures: Sure can. Have him, with the power OFF look at the center tab in the sockets. With a plastic spoon or fork, for safety, gently pry them up a little. That should allow the insert to make contact and fix the problem. If that doesn t do it, then calling in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, robert wilber, gfi outlet
robert wilber, gfi outlet, circuit breaker: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * There is an open connection somewhere It could be either the hot or the neutral bad termination at device screw loose wirenut burned splice cut wire good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, automatic transfer switch, backup generator
automatic transfer switch, backup generator, private road: Hello Angie, Here is one site: [I have no affiliation with anyone on these kind of things! http://www.remotepowerswitch.com/rps2.htm Another: http://www.dpstele.com/solutions/how_to_select_remote_power_monitoring.php More: http://www.bieneelectronics.com/products/remotecontrol.htm...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, correct tools, gfci
correct tools, gfci, electrician: It sounds like you may have tripped a GFCI somewhere. Look for this type of outlet outside, in kitchens, in bathrooms, and in the garage. If you still can t find it, you might try tracing back the wiring until you come to a location that has a faulty connection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, gfci receptacle, gfci receptacles
gfci receptacle, gfci receptacles, garbage disposal: Hi Harvey, Did you try resetting the GFCI, they come in a tripped position. If that doesn t fix it check for any other GFCI receptacles in the kitchen that may be tripped. If you still don t have power check the connections in the last receptacle on the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, dozen outlets, wire nut
dozen outlets, wire nut, circuit breaker: Hi Susan, usually this is an easy fix, but a tough to find situation. You are looking for a wire that has come loose. A common situation due to house vibrations. Make a chart of the the outlets that aren t working and the anything that is working...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power access, range hoods, junction boxes
range hoods, junction boxes, range hood: Hi. You can usually go up and down the walls without problems, as long as you have an attic, basement or crawl space. However, when you go from side to side, you have to cut the wall where the stud is. So, you can either get to the attic or basement,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: getting power to my barn, eletrical store, local power company
eletrical store, local power company, setting poles: Hi Larry, well, we have a lot of things to address here. What is the electrical going to be used for in the barn? Is it just a few lights, or will there be any machines, heat, air, or other heavy electrical draw devices? Is 220 Volts going to be required...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in bathroom outlets, gfci breaker, loose wire
gfci breaker, loose wire, gfi: Hi Albie, You description is an exact match for a tripped GFI or breaker. If there aren t any GFI s in the garage or baths, then the GFI protection must be in the breaker panel. So, check the breaker panel for a GFCI breaker that has tripped. To be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in bathroom, reset switches, circuit breaker
reset switches, circuit breaker, lightbulb: If only the fixture doesn t work I would suspect the fixture got fried. If not that my 2d guess would be check the breaker. Probably just replace it anyway so I could eliminate that as a potential cause, and go from there checking each junction box and termination...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in bedroom and bathroom only, wire nuts, gfci outlets
wire nuts, gfci outlets, button press: Hi. You may want to check for GFCI outlets. They are used in bathrooms, but not bedrooms. They have a test and reset button. Press the reset. Otherwise, you probably have a disconnected or burnt wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power when there should bo no power, receptacle, fuse
receptacle, fuse, black white: Hi Wayne, It has to be that you have the wrong breaker turned off or the wrong fuse unscrewed. Put a radio in that outlet and back each fuse out until the radio quits. Reference the wires, is there 1 each of black white and ground? The fuse you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power on and off breaker doesn't trip, confusing situation, hot wire
confusing situation, hot wire, loose connection: Well not exactly the off on kind of thing you are talking about, but fix it. get your neutral where it should be and the hot wire where it should be. This needs to be fixed regardless. the intermittent stuff seems like something else. BUT FIX IT RIGHT...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to breaker, septic system, volts
septic system, volts, breakers: It sounds to me that this box only had 120 volts in it at one time for the septic, and now you re trying to get 240 out of it for an AC? Or are you saying this box ONLY had the 120 so you ran the AC wire to another box? If you got the AC running and it s not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power to an out building, amp breaker, filter motor
amp breaker, filter motor, outbuilding: Ah, good question. Many people get confused over this double pole breaker thingy. What you see marked on the breaker is what you get, period. What makes it different is that it is connected to 220 volts instead of 120 volts. And the main difference...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power cancelling out, 3way switch, romen
3way switch, romen, electrical wiring: I think you are refering to a 3way switch. Where ever you are, you can turn the light on or off at the first available switch. It take a source of power to either the first switch or at the light to be controled. It takes 14/3 romen wire (red,black,white,bare)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power for cannister lights in a soffit, building a soffit, don beck
building a soffit, don beck, rope lights: Hi Brant, Of course, running a new circuit from the panel is always the best, but sometimes it s just too impractical. Your idea of picking up the power from an outlet is the easiest way to accomplish your mission. You need to run a wire from the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, cb did not trip, electric fryer, outlet boxes
electric fryer, outlet boxes, wire nut: Hi Jill, This is an easy fix, but may be difficult to locate. You need to shut off the breaker that controls all of these devices and write down what isn t working. Every outlet, switch, and light. Then each of the devices need to be checked for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to ceiling fixture and receptacle, ceiling fixture, testor
ceiling fixture, testor, receptacle: The tester may not be indicating full power. The only way to verify is to use a meter and make sure there is full voltage. Start at the device closest to the breaker and see in which device the power is lost and you can then check the previous device and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in circuit, gfci receptacle, gfi outlet
gfci receptacle, gfi outlet, breakers: Hi Steve, It appears that you have a tester, so check the breaker that feeds this ciruit and make sure there is power leaving the breaker going to the GFI outlet. Usually the wire going to the GFI from the breaker is a non stop wire, that is, there are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power- most of circuit, tripped breakers, 3 way switches
tripped breakers, 3 way switches, light switches: Hi Ed, Does the power come back on when you turn the switch back to the on position? Assuming you ve tried that, check the connections in the switch boxes. Also check the connections in the last receptacle that works and the first receptacle that doesn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in circuit, outlet boxes, circuit breakers
outlet boxes, circuit breakers, metal strip: Frank What may be the cause is that you lost a hot leg or neutral to the circuit take the covers off the outlets that are not working and test the wires starting with hot to ground then hot to neutral. You may find a loose or unconnected wire in one of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to one circuit, nothing works, circuit breaker
nothing works, circuit breaker, rodent: Look for a loose junction in the circuit someplace. Other possibilities include rodent damaged wiring. See if you have any power between the hot and ground. With the breaker OFF see if you have continuity between the white (neutral) and ground. There should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power cord cut by lawn mower, silver screw, power cord
silver screw, power cord, lawn mower: Hi Irma, I ve done at least twice! The green is the ground, the black is the hot and the white is the neutral. If you are putting the female plug where the cord was cut, The black goes onto the dark colored screw, the white goes onto the silver...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power cords, light sockets, neutral wire
light sockets, neutral wire, smooth side: Hi Larry, Good question. This gives me a chance to elaborate a little on light sockets for incandescent lights. The smooth side is hot, and goes on the darker screw. The ridged/ribbed side is neutral, and goes on the lighter screw. There is a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power out on a couple circuits but no tripping of the breaker, poor connections, electrical fire
poor connections, electrical fire, amperage: Hello Jon, First off, you found a melted hot that is still Live! Kill that breaker immediately! That breaker is defective or it is over sized. Replace it with a smaller amperage breaker. If this wire is melting in your panel it very well could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in detached garage, tripped breakers, using a voltmeter
tripped breakers, using a voltmeter, subpanel: Hi Paul. Using a voltmeter, check to see if you do have voltage leaving your main panel breaker. If you do, then check at the subpanel. If you don t have full voltage there, then you may have lost one of you wires between the two panels. If you don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power out in different parts of the house, gfci outlet, home wiring
gfci outlet, home wiring, square face: Hi Tammy. Mobile home wiring is fairly hard to troubleshoot. I am assumeing that you have tried to reset your breakers, or have replaced any fuse that might be out. I would start by looking for a GFCI outlet, located in certain areas, such as the bathroom,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power drain, power drain, humidifier
power drain, humidifier, electrical problem: Hi Michael, If the humidifier works OK in another room, then it has to be the bedroom circuit. If it were a serious electrical problem a breaker would trip. So, about the only thing simple left is there is something else on that circuit that, when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power drop within circuit, wire nut, light socket
wire nut, light socket, light meter: Jeff, there is either a loose connection somewhere on a device, or it is possible a GFI has tripped. Check all of the bathroom receptacles and be sure a receptacle in a bathroom has not tripped. If none are tripped, you may have to open all devices on this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to electrical light switch, wood paneling, intermittent light
wood paneling, intermittent light, wire nut: Hi Kevin, Anytime there is a spark, it means wires have separated. Check these boxes for a loose or broken wire. Since you have replaced the switch, check any other connections in that box that wire put together with a wire nut. One of the wire in that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to and electrical outlet, screw cap, shock hazard
screw cap, shock hazard, electrical outlet: Hi. Normally black and white wires don t go together. Although there is an exception for switch loops. However, it would be almost impossible to know if it should go somewhere else without knowing where all the wires go to. Sometimes people get funny...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How much power is enough?, knob and tube wiring, amp service
knob and tube wiring, amp service, cleveland suburbs: Hi Ken. 100 amps is enough to run your home, as is. If you have any plans to expand, or to add electrical loads, such as a hot tub, electric dryer, garage or shop, I would strongly recommend you have at least a 150amp service installed. I would question...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power/faint power?, gfi receptacles, kitchen area
gfi receptacles, kitchen area, different times: Hello Adam. The kitchen receptacles should be GFI protected. Trip and reset all of the GFI receptacles and see if this corrects the problem. One may be partially tripped and only feeding partial power. Watch the kitchen lights to determine which one is on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to a few outlets, electrical fire, power strip
electrical fire, power strip, electronic components: Unplug every device that is on this circuit and see if the breaker will stay on. If so, one of the plugged in devices has shorted out. If it stays on, you can turn the breaker off, plug one in at a time and see which one is causing the problem. Whichever one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to fixture or plugs, upstairs bathroom, electrical boxes
upstairs bathroom, electrical boxes, gfi outlet: Denny, Since both lights quit at the same time, I still suspect a loose or burned off wire, probably in the switch box that controls the lights. It could be both ballast, but that is unlikely. Before you go to all the expense and work of swapping out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power fluxuations, fuse box, incoming line
fuse box, incoming line, best guess: My best guess would be either that the incoming line from the meter to the fuse box is going bad, or the fuse box itself is beginning to fail. First I would have the electrical utility check the incoming lines to your home, and if those check ok, I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to four outlets, recepticle, mudroom
recepticle, mudroom, gfci: It wouldnt be the first time a GFCI recepticle was put in a weird place to control kitchen recepticles. I hate to put you thru the mundane, but a whole house search for every recepticle may be in order. All bathrooms, garage, exterior and kitchen recepticles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power at furnace, circuit breakers, reset position
circuit breakers, reset position, mechanical nature: Turn the Main breaker and all other breakers off, remove the panel cover, stand to the side and turn the Main breaker back on. Then turn on each breaker 1 at a time. With the black lead from the multimeter on the neutral bar, touch the red lead to each wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power on garage wall outlets, lighting strike, garage walls
lighting strike, garage walls, front porch: Keep on the hunt for that elusive GFCI, garage, attic, crawlspace, bathroom, outside somewhere. If after all that looking you still can t find it, call your homeowners insurance company, tell them you had an lighting strike near your house and now some of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in garage, loose connection, voltmeter
loose connection, voltmeter, david j: You will need a voltmeter. I would begin at the breaker and be certain voltage is present on the load side of the breaker. Then you will have to test each device beginning with the device closest to the panel, or the first device on the circuit to determine...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to gas stove tripped breaker?, loose wire, gas stove
loose wire, gas stove, dinner party: Hi Angelo, Sounds like a loose wire. If this is a regular wall outlet, we will need a voltage tester to tack down where the problem is. If you don t have one, they un about 6.00 at home centers. Is this outlet on it s own breaker or part of a kitchen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power - Hot Contact Not Connected, gfi outlet, receptacles
gfi outlet, receptacles, kitchens: Hi Tina, There are 2 places two places to check. 1) The breaker panel. Turn each breaker off, 1 at a time, wait 10 seconds, then turn it back on. 2) There is probably a GFI outlet that feeds the outside outlets. A GFI looks like a regular outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power - Hot Contact Not Connected, outdoor outlets, receptacles
outdoor outlets, receptacles, breakers: Tina, If you bought the house through a Real Estate Company, they should be able to help you. They should know the original owner and somewhere there is an electrical print of the home. Another tool, probably not at Lowes, but at an electrical supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power out in half the house, fuse box, recepticle
fuse box, recepticle, recepticles: Take all fuses out and start from the beginning. Find out where each fuse goes. Plug lamps into recepticles and power equipment so you can see/hear when a recepticle starts to work. When you isolate a particular situation, then you have a place to start...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power in half the house shuts off, breaker stays on ,, continuity test, compresser
continuity test, compresser, vcrs: The easist way to test the MAIN is to test all 220volt appliances. If they work, the main is working. I would then start by turning off all 2pole breakers to test the house. With the main on, and 2pole breakers off, what are your results. This allows...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to half the house, amp fuses, circuit breakers
amp fuses, circuit breakers, electric stove: If your stove is on with the circuit breaker off, you need this investigated and corrected. As far as half your house being without power, that could be a faulty main breaker, a bad connection between breaker and buss, a faulty connection in the meter,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in kitchen outlets, garage door opener, circuit breakers
garage door opener, circuit breakers, gfci: Hi Linda, Sorry for the delay...a bad winter storm here in the Northeast has backed up all projects - been straight out the past few days.. Based on your description...I would certainly imagine that such a fairly new home was wired to all applicable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: getting power from a light switch to bathroom fan, tap point, term switch
tap point, term switch, bathroom fan: From what you described the constant hot power was run to the existing light fixture. The term switch loop is how the old switch was connected. You need to run a 14/2 from the old light fixture to the switch location, then run a 14/2 to the new fan. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to lights and fan, voltimeter, light switches
voltimeter, light switches, power cables: Well this is a tough one. Where do you think the flash came from? At the switches you would not have power exactly as generally a switch is just a break in the hot or black wire to any device. It sounds like a white neutral wire arced off, somewhere....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power loss, volt appliances, incoming power
volt appliances, incoming power, best guess: my best guess would be that there is a open connection somewhere. Not sure what you mean by a modular home. Would that be 2 halves on a trailer, or one assembled on site? It would only be an incoming power problem if no 240 volt appliances worked, ie, stove,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power loss, incoming power, previous question
incoming power, previous question, lost one: Sounds like you lost one of the incoming phases. Check to see that you have 120 on both of the incoming legs, and also check the output from each breaker. If you get 120 on 1 but not on the one below it, you have lost an incoming phase. Could be a bad Main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power loss, qualified electrician, main entrance
qualified electrician, main entrance, ties: Hi Jeremy, This sounds like a loose main entrance wire, there are 3 of these....2 hot and 1 neutral. These are located at: 1) Where the power company ties into your house. 2) At the top of the meter 3) At the bottom of the meter 4) Where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power loss in bedroom, loose wire, breakers
loose wire, breakers, little time: Hi Calvin, The outlets in the kitchen should not be on the same breaker as the outlets in the bedroom. They are to be separate. Double check your breakers. Sometimes they trip, but you can t tell by looking, You have to run it off by hand, wait about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power loss to one fixture, remote control switch, overhead fan
remote control switch, overhead fan, loose wires: Hi. Flipping the breaker should affect everything on the circuit. Unless it is a remote control switch on the fan, and resetting it lets it works. If it is not remote control, about all you can do is check for loose wires in the switch and fan. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power loss in mobile home, qualified electrician, wire nuts
qualified electrician, wire nuts, circuit breakers: Hi Wanda, This sounds like you have some serious wiring troubles inside of the mobile home. It is very likely that the surge burnt wires and/or wire connectors. Your son most likely smelt the wire nuts melting and perhaps the insulation on the wires....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power loss, wirenuts, test light
wirenuts, test light, gfci: Hi. First of all, turn the breakers off and back on to be sure that they really aren t tripped. Sometimes they may look on, but they are tripped. The next step is to check the wiring. One common problem is that the wires are pushed into the back of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to new outlets, electric outlets, fuse
electric outlets, fuse, screws: Hi Cheryl, I suspect 1 of the outlets you changed, the wire has come loose. If you used the stab in feature in the back, this is very likely as they don t hold the wires very tight. I would wrap the wires around the screws provided. Make sure you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power going out in only certain parts of home, meter socket, kids room
meter socket, kids room, ranch style: Hi. Check to see what breakers they are. If it is every other breaker (which I am sure it will be), then you are losing one phase of two phases in your house. I would call the power company and tell them. Most likely, it is their problem. If it isn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outage in house, proper test equipment, bedroom closet
proper test equipment, bedroom closet, lightbulb: Hi Jason, If 1/2 the house is without power, the problem lies in the main panel, not in the closet light, although, the closet lite may have caused the outage, but since you ve taken care of that we need to look in the main panel at the main breaker. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outage in house, wire nuts, loose wires
wire nuts, loose wires, bedroom closet: Hi. About all you can do is check the wiring on that circuit. If you lost half of your house (so that half of your breakers are not working), then the problem would have to be in the breaker box or before that. Check for any black marks or loose wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outage, overloaded breaker (or whatever)?, window air conditioner, amp breaker
window air conditioner, amp breaker, vanderheiden: Hi Ann, Although it s frustrating, when a breaker trips it s actually a good thing, it means it s working correctly and there is no hazard. We need to find out what is causing it. I am assuming it is a 15 amp breaker and you have the normal things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outage, short prong, wire nuts
short prong, wire nuts, visible movement: Hi. If you have an open neutral, the problem is the white wire which does not connect to the breaker. So the breaker is good. You can put a tester between the black (or short prong)and the ground. if it lights, the white wire is disconnected somewhere....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power at outlet, neutral wire, voltmeter
neutral wire, voltmeter, circuit breaker: Hi Jonathan, You have a loose neutral wire (white) in this circuit. It s an easy fix, but could be a difficult find. Each device on the circuit will have to be checked starting with the one closest to the breaker panel. It could a working device on this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What do if a power outlet 'arched', electrical engineer, home wiring
electrical engineer, home wiring, face plate: Your circuit was under a load when you tried to disconnect it, and it s normal for an arc to occur. You can try this in reverse by plugging in your lamp (when you know it s in the ON position)and you ll see a small flash before you seat the plug attachment....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outlet and a light switch, electrical skills, main switch
electrical skills, main switch, easy job: Yes you can eliminate the switch and wire it so you have power all the time. First verify that there is only one switch that controls the plugs. If it is, it is a single pole switch and it will say on/off. if it is a three way switch, write me back for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to outlet, happy holidays, circuit breaker
happy holidays, circuit breaker, receptacle: You are going to have to track this circuit down through walls, ceilings, etc. and find where the break is. It is also possible that the short fried the receptacle. Please in the future turn off the breaker BEFORE working on a circuit. Not only will it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to outlets., gfci outlet, hi mike
gfci outlet, hi mike, test button: Hi Mike. If your basement was wired to code, before the remodel, you probably have a GFCI protected circuit feeding the outlets. Look for a GFCI outlet somewhere, possibly in a part of the basement that was not remodeled. A GFCI outlet will have 2 buttons...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to outlets, wirenuts, outdoor lantern
wirenuts, outdoor lantern, neutral wire: Hi. It sounds like you have a neutral wire somewhere in the system that is not making contact. The power is coming through something else plugged in the circuit, but is only enough for a few watts. Be sure to check everything, including working devices,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in outlets, bad publicity, repairman
bad publicity, repairman, google: Hi. There are some web sites that have listings of contractors and references. You may want to Google it and see if you come up with something. Otherwise, you might want to ask some neighbors. Can the heating contractor recommend someone? If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to outlets /ceiling fixtures, light switches, loose wires
light switches, loose wires, ceiling fixture: Hi. One of the most common problems is the push in tabs in the back of the outlets and switches. These are used instead of the screws on the sides, and they sometimes fail. So you should check both the wire coming into the outlet and the wire leaving...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to outlets, etc., broken wires, neutral wire
broken wires, neutral wire, gfci: Hi Bob, It is unusual for a wire to break in the middle unless it has been damaged with a nail or screw. Check the clamps where the wire leaves and enters the panel and first box. If you have done any construction check any nails or screws you have put in....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to outlets and light switch, gfci outlets, vacuum cleaner
gfci outlets, vacuum cleaner, test light: I m not sure how the plug she was using is related to your GFCI s, but first I d investigate the outlet she was plugged into. It s possible that this is where your problem is...maybe a loose joint, broken wire? The act of inserting or removing a plug can sometimes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to outlets, loose joints, oulets
loose joints, oulets, gfci outlet: The three outlets are definately on the same circuit, and it s the fourth outlet feeding these non-working outlets where your problem is. Check first for a tripped GFCI outlet. Next, locate the other oulets in this circuit, and open up the one closest to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to outside lighting, outdoor light fixtures, pvc pipe
outdoor light fixtures, pvc pipe, gfci outlet: The only thing that could be done is to replace the wiring with new wiring in pvc conduit buried 18 below grade. As far as I can read in the Code light fixtures do not have to be GFCI protected outside, only receptacles. I would check with your local building...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outtage on a circuit, lighting fixture, correct position
lighting fixture, correct position, electrical work: Hi John. You mentioned that power was restored, but lasted a few days. Was the power restored right after you reset the breakers? If so, it sounds like you may have a load problem on that circuit, or that breaker may be weak. Try resetting breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outtage, volt appliances, pilot lights
volt appliances, pilot lights, circuit breakers: Phil, What has happened is, there are 2 different 110V legs coming into your house and 1 of them went out. The 1st thing to try is shut off the main breaker, wait about 15 seconds and then turn it back on and see if it corrects the problem If it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power panel, cutler hammer, hex head
cutler hammer, hex head, electrical engineer: Hi Steve. My 1st thought was about GFCI, so I m glad you found it on your own. I have seen manufactured home with silicon chalking behind the cover of the breaker panel, I think to keep air out. You may have to just pry it until it unsticks from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power out in part of home, wire nuts, loose connections
wire nuts, loose connections, kids tv: I d check the outlet you are plugging into and see if it has loose connections in the wire nuts or on the device. If the device has been back stabbed with the wiring, remove the wires and wrap them around the screws. I d suspect that this outlet is part...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to part of house, fuse panel, recepticles
fuse panel, recepticles, wall outlets: Gerry What may have happened is a wire came loose in one of the wall outlets. Start by checking the outlets that are out. What you need to do is count how many are out and go to the middle one. You should then check that by opening it up and then go towards...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to part of house, switch works, plug ins
switch works, plug ins, gfci: I d have to guess that we re talking more than one breaker here, so the problem would be at the panel. One half of the main is defective, not making good contact with the panel buss, or you might have lost a leg in your power at the pole. Have any 240 volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power problem, window ac, loose connections
window ac, loose connections, ac unit: There are many problems that could be causing this. The most common is a loose connection. In your case it could be many loose connections. If you want to take this on yourself I can help. However I usually recommend calling an electrician for these circumstances....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power problem to light switch, light switches, voltage tester
light switches, voltage tester, proper connections: It will be a matter of getting the right combination of wires connected. What you have in the ceiling box is: 1 pair of black and white coming in hot 1 pair of black and white going to 1 of the switches 1 pair of black and white going from lite 1 to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power problem, don beck, special test
don beck, special test, electrician: Hi Erika, The problem is probably with the power company s lines. A way to test this, is check with your neighbors and see if they are having the same problem Usually, 1 transformer feeds several homes and all would be acting the same way. If the neighbors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power problems at home, circuit breakers, problems at home
circuit breakers, problems at home, flicker: Check your circuit breakers...flip them off and back on. Check all your switches for arching....and making good contact, check your bulbs....try your appliances in different plugs around the house. See if you isolate any particular area or circuit to investigate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power problems, amp breaker, unbalanced load
amp breaker, unbalanced load, who is my neighbor: Valerie, If the single breakers are not tripping, we should check and make sure they aren t the wrong size. Each wire attached to a breaker should have a marking on it. We need to make sure that 15 amp breakers have #14 wire attached; and 20 amp breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to receptacles, amp breaker, window areas
amp breaker, window areas, copper wire: hummmmm, well thats wierd, sounds like either something was knocked loose, in the was a possible either cut the cord or fried the wire at that spot, im not sure what to tell, but get a professional to come out and give you an estimate for possibly re wireing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to a receptical, wire nuts, receptical
wire nuts, receptical, gfi receptacle: Hello. First you may want to double check the breakers by turning them off and back on. Sometimes they look on, but they are tripped. I know you said that you think they work, but they can fool the best of us. The GFCI should not control any lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power restriction, continuity check, volt meter
continuity check, volt meter, fuses: Hi Jed, Only have problems with your 220 circuits? Not on the 120 huh. Sounds like you might have a leg out. Go to your panel and confirm a 120V on both legs in reference to ground. Most likely you have a cartridge fuse blown (these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power ro certain outlets, outlet boxes, loose wire
outlet boxes, loose wire, gfi: Hi Roland, Check for a loose wire in these 2 outlet boxes or in the outlet box that feed these 2. Vibration is probably causing the wire to disconnect and then reconnect. If your outlets are wired where the wires are stabbed into the back of the outlet,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power off in one room, finished rooms, circuit breaker
finished rooms, circuit breaker, electrician: Hi. Yes, I would keep the power off. Probably nothing would happen, but it is better to be safe than sorry. There is probably a wire loose or disconnected. If it is close enough to almost make contact, the wires could arc and overheat. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in One room, circuit breakers, gfci
circuit breakers, gfci, water areas: DEE You said that the breaker you replaced was a GFCI are you sure that was the breaker tat took care of that room? A GFCI will usually take care of Outside,bathroom,kitch or other areas subject to wet or water areas.Why would they put a GFCI on your extension,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power in rooms are going out, loose power, loose connection
loose power, loose connection, gfci: Hi Bryan, No, the GFCI s wouldn t cause that. Sounds like you might have a loose connection. Is everything that goes out on the same circuit? If not check your outside disconnect if you have one. If you have a voltage tester check and see if you have power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to rooms, hallway light, karey
hallway light, karey, light fixture: Hi Karey, Sorry, not good news. The ball had nothing to do with your problem, it was just a coincidence. The bussing in your panel is burnt and any breaker you install in that slot will just do the same thing again. If you have enough space you can just move...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in two rooms on half the outlets!, circuts, recepticle
circuts, recepticle, recepticles: There is a strong likelihood that a connection has failed. A wire may have pulled out of a recepticle or from a switch. More common than you think. It usually requires opening all the boxes that are affected and varify the connections Per Box. Make sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in two rooms, proper test equipment, gfi receptacles
proper test equipment, gfi receptacles, loose wire: If you have a voltage tester, make sure the power is leaving the breaker. Breakers do go bad and don t show it. If there is power leaving, the problem is probably a loose wire in one of the boxes. The problem is, it could be in any light,outlet or switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to a roon, wire nuts, daughters room
wire nuts, daughters room, flickering lights: Hi. 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 is not working. Check all outlets, switches, and lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power run to outside shed, pvc conduit, amp circuit
pvc conduit, amp circuit, ground wires: Hi Philip, If you are not going to have a sub panel in the shed, then you do not need a ground rod. Just think of the shed as another room inside the house and it can be wired accordingly, isolating the ground wires from the neutrals. You can use the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power is out in one section of my home, light switches, neighbor
light switches, neighbor, junction box: Hi. If it has always tripped, either the breaker may be bad, or the wire burned somewhere at a connection. Finding a bad connection is very hard, because it is hard to see if a wire is loose under a wirenut. Also check your outlets and switches. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in several zones--but no tripped breaker, dead wires, upstairs bathroom
dead wires, upstairs bathroom, loose ground: Hi Jon, Thre are several things you can check yourself before the need for an electrician. Do check all the ground wires(white) in the breaker panel and tighten each one down. Turn each breaker off and then back on. When a breaker trips it goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power to my shed, weatherproof switches, plug sockets
weatherproof switches, plug sockets, guage wire: Hi. Yes, you can install power. Even if it wasn t waterproof, you could install weatherproof switches, outlets, and light fixtures. Be sure to use a GFCI, which will protect against shocks. If you run the wire underground, be sure to use UF cable....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to one side of home, soap opera, internal mechanism
soap opera, internal mechanism, wall outlets: I m a bit confused on your wording...you mention two outlets and say the first isn t working. Is the second? When you reset a breaker, you have to turn it completely OFF before you turn it ON. You can t merely turn it back on, or the internal mechanism...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power on one side of the wall, upstairs bathroom, bathroom lights
upstairs bathroom, bathroom lights, fan switch: Prasanna: Since the room is next to a bathroom check them to see if they have GFI outlets in them. The room may be wired off of one and it is tripped out. GFI outlets have 2 buttons on the front were you plug into them. One is a test and one is a reset...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power since I removed a receptacle, wall receptacles, loose wires
wall receptacles, loose wires, remodel kitchen: Hi. The easy way is to turn each one off and back on again. Although it is a pain to reset clocks, VCRs, etc. The most throrough way is to take the cover off of the panel. and put a test light between the breaker and a ground. Be careful not to touch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to smoke detectors, hot wire, smoke detector
hot wire, smoke detector, circuit breaker: Hi Bill. I would look at all the locations where you replaced a detector. Somewhere in those boxes you may have lost a hot wire. There should not be any special breaker or fuse other than those protection the circuit. If you can t find any problems,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one power source to 3 seperate 3 way switches, 3 way switches, brass screws
3 way switches, brass screws, question thanks: The hot black power feed coming into the gang gets pigtailed to 3 black wire. Each of these wires goes to the dark colored screw of each switch. I ll just describe the hook up for switch 1 as switch 2 and 3 are exactly the same. The 3 wire that runs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power source for ceiling fan, running to the light, overhead light
running to the light, overhead light, question thanks: April, Run a 14/2 with ground out of the switch box to the fan ceiling box. Connect the new black wire to the one of the screws of the switch, and the white to the other whites in the box. If the fan only runs when the switch is on, move the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one power source, three lights, connect one, light fixture
connect one, light fixture, light fixtures: From either of the two terminals on each switch, connect a short piece of black wire and connect all three of these to the black wire from the panel. This will provide a hot circuit to each switch. Now connect one light to each switch, only the black to each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power spikes to 220 on 110v plugs, power spikes, junction boxes
power spikes, junction boxes, neutral line: Mike What sometimes happens is that when a home or mobile home is wired especially in the kitchen area electricians will use a 12-3 romex with ground to help eliminate running extra wires to a J-box. The NEC Requires that there be 2 circuits in the kitchen....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power off why still having positive, ceiling light fixture, neutral wire
ceiling light fixture, neutral wire, dear don: It s OK. The neutral wire in that box is also supplying a neutral for other things on the circuit that still have current flowing in them, so you are getting a feed back from that. As long as the power is completely dead when the breaker is in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power is still on even when switch is off, don beck, neutral wire
don beck, neutral wire, hot wire: Hi Mark, There are a lot of technical reasons for this reading, but keeping it simple, the wiring in the bath probably is fed from an ungrounded line, or the neutral wire was switched instead of the hot black wire like it s done now. This is not uncommon...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power stoped but braker did not blow, porch light, porch lights
porch light, porch lights, cable clamp: Hi. As long as you have an empty space, it is not hard. But you have to be very careful when working in the box. If you touch the wrong thing, you can get zapped. The black wire goes to the breaker, which then snaps in place. The white and ground wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power strips vs surge protectors, wall sockets, home fires
wall sockets, home fires, informational piece: Actually a power stip is one of the worst things a person can use. Why? It allows people to plug in more things than should be and can cause the wiring to overheat. Perhaps he said not to use it. The only exception would be for computers and tvs, stereos,vcrs,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power surge, hot water heater, amp breaker
hot water heater, amp breaker, panel meter: Wil: I have run into this problem many times,some were the neutral connection is going bad. Since the house is 150 years old. Has the entire electrical system been replaced or just the main panel, meter? If any of the house still has the older 2 wire setup....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power surge, hot water heater, feeder lines
hot water heater, feeder lines, amp breaker: It may be the motor itself is causing a power surge. The actual voltage needs to be checked on a receptacle when the fan energizes to see what changes take place. I would also have all panel connection checked to be sure all connections are tight including...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power surges, max amps, amp meter
max amps, amp meter, ground bus: My second question is why was the main changed? Then my comments are these: You need to establish if the surges are coming from the power company or from your circuits. Surges from the power company can be caused by many things, but instead of listing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power surges, power surges, qualified electrician
power surges, qualified electrician, dish washer: Ray, Do your lights get unusually bright then dull when certain items are used like your dish washer, furnace, AC , etc ? If so you have an open neutral somewhere either on your end or the utilitys but in the majority of cases its the utilitys problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power surges, underground cable, satisfactory answer
underground cable, satisfactory answer, voltage drop: Difficult question for a satisfactory answer, but when lights flicker there is a voltage drop in the circuit which could be from a loose joint somewhere (if it s a continuous flicker), or when a motor load has started up (a temporary flicker). Lights getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power surging and decreasing in home, incoming power, incoming line
incoming power, incoming line, ontario hydro: I think what the power company needs to do is put a recording power meter on the incoming line and leave it there until this happens again. Also your electrician should put the same type meter on all the lines in your panel box for the same period. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to swimming pool pump, hi bob, circuit breaker
hi bob, circuit breaker, missing something: Hi Bob, With no output from the circuit breaker, that s where the problem lies. Turn the breaker all the way off by hand, wait 10 secs, then turn it back on. Sometimes when resetting a breaker, the mechanical parts inside stick and don t make contact....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power from switch, best bet, way switch
best bet, way switch, ran one: Hi. Sorry, but you can not use the end run of a switch for power. It sounds like you either have the two items in series with each other, or you have a 3 way switch. It is not safe to use a ground for power. You best bet is to find a power source in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: getting power from a switch, basement hall, wire nut
basement hall, wire nut, proper connections: Mikki, I m still not real sure what wires are in the wall box. Ignore the 3 way switch for our purposes. Single pole can be wired 2 different ways.. 1) The power comes into the switch box on a black wire and gets connected to 1 of the screws of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power to switch(recessed lights) to double switch(separate lights), pig tail, switch box
pig tail, switch box, switches: In the single switch box, you will have the incoming hot circuit, the circuit feeding the two lights and the circuit feeding the two switches. Connect all white wires together and to the whites of the lights. Connect a short pig tail to one side of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power from switch, ran one, switch box
ran one, switch box, receptacles: How this is working is beyound me. The white is not a true neutral. It is either the hot feed to the switch or the feed to the light when the switch is in the ON postition. You are going to have to get a true neutral to these lights to make them work....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to switches/outlets, wire nuts, neutral wire
wire nuts, neutral wire, loose connections: Hi. Kitchen outlets and lights are not supposed to be on the same circuit, so make sure you have one problem and not two. Check all the wiring for loose connections under the wire nuts. They may look connected, but be loose. Also check the wires if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power transformer getting hot, dusk and dawn, garden lighting
dusk and dawn, garden lighting, loose wires: Check to make sure all the connections are tight. No loose wires and no crossed wires, ie it is not going positive on one light and then that wire is negative on the next wire. You might also see if the manufacturer has a web site and see if they can be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power upstairs, down stairs, light bulbs
down stairs, light bulbs, breakers: You only have one circuit for the upstairs? If swapping breakers didn t do it, there must be a loose or broken wire in the first device and it is effecting all the others. That could also explain why your lights are burning out prematurely. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power usage, kw hours, light fixture
kw hours, light fixture, short circuit: Hi Linda, Sounds like you have a short circuit. That can be extremely hard to track down since it isn t tripping the breaker. You may need to call an electrician. You can try turning everything off and see how fast your meter is moving, then turn each breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power usage, port angeles wa, light bulbs
port angeles wa, light bulbs, pretty much sums: Mike, Your theories are most likely whats going on. Even name brand bulbs today burn out quickly or NG right out of the box. I see this alot today. And if he has electric heat that pretty much sums it up right there. I doubt very much that electricity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power wall socket, outdoor outlets, gfi outlet
outdoor outlets, gfi outlet, bug light: Hi Lee, Outdoor outlets are usually powered off of a GFI outlet. These GFI s look like a regular outlet except they have 2 tabs in the center. Try and locate 1 and push the test button then the Reset button. These outlets are located in outdoor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: more power, hot wire, frig
hot wire, frig, refrig: Short of getting more power there is not a lot you can do. If the water pump and refrig are 120 why are you bumping them to 240. There should be 2 hot wires and a neutral coming in. Each hot wire is 120. So you come off 1 hot wire with a feed to the water...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pre existing house, low voltage wiring, intercom system
low voltage wiring, intercom system, crawl space: Doug You can use a tool called a flex bit it is around 7 ft long and very flexible it comes in a wood bit or a masonry bit.What you do is cut a whole in the wall where you want the outlet around 16 inches off the floor to the bottom of the Low voltage box....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pressure switch, balad iraq, pressure switch
balad iraq, pressure switch, switches: I don t know what it is exactly you have, but a pressure switch works just like any other kind of switch...it breaks the power to the load. Somewhere on the switch you should have a LINE and a LOAD terminal, or something similiar, and of course, kit would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: price cost, bldng, commercial establishment
bldng, commercial establishment, estimates from contractors: Hi Jim. This is a question for your electrical contractor, and your electric supplier. Cost differ across the country. Get a couple of estimates from contractors, and check with the power supplier to verify that they will install a 3-phase supply to you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: printer sending too much power to pc, compatibility issue, computer issue
compatibility issue, computer issue, residential wiring: Mary, This is more of a computer issue than a residential wiring question. And it sounds like a compatibility issue. It sounds like your printer is not compatible with your other USB devices. I have a Printer and a Scanner that I recently bought. Both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem, porch lights, porch light
porch lights, porch light, flood lights: Hi Jimmy, We may not have to run any new wires depending on how the original wires were installed. If there are 2 cables in the wall box that are still connected with a black and white in each cable, then we have to run a new wire from the switch box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with baseboard heater, lower bottom, copper wire
lower bottom, copper wire, baseboard heaters: Hi. You should work to narrow down the problem. First get a tester and make sure you have power from the two hot leads coming in. If so, check on the other side of the thermostat and switch to make sure they are working. If they are, the only thing left...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with two breakers on same day, gfi outlet, power surge
gfi outlet, power surge, breakers: Hi Regina, It could be just a power surge from the power companies lines or; it could be the wires attached to the breakers have become a little loose. You might try shutting off the main breaker and tighten down all the screws that hold each wire in place...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with ceiling fan wiring, ceiling fan wiring, grounding wire
ceiling fan wiring, grounding wire, light fan: I will assume that the white wire in the fan and the white wire in the switch box are connected. (not to switches). The black is typicall for the black in the fan and the red is typicall for the blue in the light. Check them independantly. Test the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with circuit breaker, power sockets, circuit breakers
power sockets, circuit breakers, loose connection: Hi Terry, Circuit breakers trip out due to heat caused by an overload. If this is a new problem and everything worked before, I would look this circuit over for a loose connection in 1 of the boxes. I suspect there is something on this circuit that runs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with one circuit, professional electrician, amp breaker
professional electrician, amp breaker, wirenuts: Hi. A lot of times when you get strange readings, it is because the neutral is not making contact. The false readings come from feedback on the circuit. (Current going through an appliance or light and trying to return on the neutral, but can t) You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with garden lighting kit, dusk dawn, dusk and dawn
dusk dawn, dusk and dawn, garden lighting: Debbie, to verify that the transformer is bad, you need to do a couple of checks. One , it sounds like, you have made already. Plugging something else into the outlet will tell you if the outlet is bad or not. Since it seems to be good, do this next. Bypass...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with garden lighting kit, dusk and dawn, watt bulbs
dusk and dawn, watt bulbs, garden lighting: Hi. It is hard to answer without seeing it, and you might try calling the manufacturer, because they are more familiar with the product. If the transformer is overheating, make sure that the total watts of the bulbs do not exceed the capacity of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with light switch, fixture wire, switch power
fixture wire, switch power, light switch: Hi. If I understand the question correctly, you have 3 wires from the switch to the light, and then an outlet beyond that. At the light, the black fixture wire would connect to the red wire. The white wires go both to the outlet and to the fixture. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with outlet & sgl pole switch, brass screws, oulet
brass screws, oulet, wht: Hi Derek, The tab that connects the 2 screws on the side of the outlet where the brass screws are located, needs to be broken off. This will make 1/2 of the outlet hot all the time and the other 1/2 controlled by the switch. Break the tab off only on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with power to recessed light, switch box, recep
switch box, recep, alex: Hi Tom, Ok if you have no power between black and white but power to ground. You have an open neutral. Trace this cable from the junction box back to the panel and check the whites connections. First place to check would be the switch box....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem with switch that controls new vanity bath bar light, switch control, receptacle
switch control, receptacle, vanity bath: Billy, What is different from the old light and the new one? The switch somehow is not making and braking the hot leg to the vanity. But this is an new fixture, did the switch control the old light? What color wire is on the switch? I am missing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem w/ lights diming, unbalanced load, wiring connections
unbalanced load, wiring connections, change speed: This is, unfortunately, a very common situation. You have an unbalanced load center. You have more motor pull on one side of the panel than the other. When enough motors are turned on.....the panel is undervolted and tries to accomodate. It could case...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problems with electric in workshop, don beck, circuit breaker
don beck, circuit breaker, light bulb: Ronnie, we still need to find out which outlets are working and which ones aren t, both the top and bottom need to be checked for power. I would use a lamp in case something is really fouled up. You don t to burn up any power tools but lossing a light bulb...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problems with new circuit installed, circuit breaker trips, watt bulbs
circuit breaker trips, watt bulbs, gfi outlet: Hi Scott, Are there on and off markings on the switch toggle? The circuit breaker trips in the panel, not the GFI outlet? Is the GFI outlet and the switch in the same boxes, or are they in different locations? Does the power come from the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: programmable thermostat for baseboard heating, programmable thermostat, baseboard heaters
programmable thermostat, baseboard heaters, thermostats: Hi Maureen, 3600 watts is the max I have ever installed, so I m not sure a 4500 watt is available. Lennox and Honeywell are 2 big companies that may have what you need. A website check or even a phone call would probably answer your question of existence...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: programmable thermostats, radiant heating system, programmable thermostats
radiant heating system, programmable thermostats, hvac supply: Hello Herb. I am not sure of the fuction of the existing transformer other than control voltage, and if that is the case, a 120 to 24 volt is very common and should cost less than ten dollars at an HVAC supply. I would verify with a meter what voltage the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two prong outlet for three prong appliance, fuse box, abs brakes
fuse box, abs brakes, seat belts: Hi. As technology advances, people find ways to do things safer. Just like a 1955 car doesn t have seat belts, ABS brakes, etc., a 1955 house doesn t have grounding. I wouldn t call it unsafe, but the newer houses are safer. I wouldn t worry about it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two prong to three prong conversion, don beck, gfci outlets
don beck, gfci outlets, gfci outlet: Hi Jeff, If there is no ground wire present anywhere in the Apt, any outlet changes are for cosmetic reasons, or to allow for a 3 prong cord to be plugged in. GFCI outlets insatlled in the kitchen and bathroom will give added protection from an electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: proper grounding, jucuzzi, metal enclosure
jucuzzi, metal enclosure, two bars: Hi Rich, Main Panel: Both the neutral(White) and ground (bare or green) go the the same neutral bar...where all the other bares and whites are connected. This bar should already be bonded to the main metal enclosure. At the disconnect: you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: proper in-line splice technique using romex, wire nuts, connection choices
wire nuts, connection choices, wirenuts: Hi Dan, Based on your description....and given the possible connection choices - the preferred method is to cut the romex inside the 2nd flourescent fixture so that there will be a total of 3 black and 3 whites to connect...using wirenuts (either a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: proper wiring for laser machine 240 volt, amp circuit breaker, laser machine
amp circuit breaker, laser machine, electrical panel: You have a twist lock plug without a neutral it would appear. You can run 10/2 w/g to a twist lock receptacle mounted on the wall. The black would go to the prong marked x the white to the prong marked y and the ground (bare) would go the prong marked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: proper wiring, arc welder, copper conductors
arc welder, copper conductors, max amps: It will require a 40 amp circuit. A three wire cable will suffice with # 8 copper conductors. A suggestion, since you have to make this circuit regardless, it may be beneficial to install a sub panel now instead of this single circuit and feed the welder...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: properly grounding electrical system, electrical ground, electrical system
electrical ground, electrical system, remodeling: Hi. That does not sound right to me. I am not aware of any major ground code change. In addition, once a house is built to code, it does not need to be changed, unless there is a major remodeling job. Who told you that there was a problem? Of course,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to protect a wall oven from surges, lightning storms, electric coop
lightning storms, electric coop, wall oven: I suppose you could wire the ERC through a surge protector, but without having seen your situation, it s just my guess. Have you thought about putting a surge protector on your main service panel? It s a little more expensive than those $20 strips you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "protected" and "unprotected" wiring in my home., arc fault, ground fault
arc fault, ground fault: Hi. I don t really know, unless you can give me more information. There are several things that protect people. One is a ground wire that started in the early 60 s. There are ground fault protectors that started in the 80 s. There are Arc fault protectors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: proximity to a window, meter base, gfi
meter base, gfi, specifics: Hi Lori, The NEC does have codes for these mesurements but local codes will always override the national code. You should ask your local inspector as they might be different. However, I don t think there are any specifics as long as they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: puck lighting (under kitchen cabinets), christmas light tester, daisy chain
christmas light tester, daisy chain, continuous path: Hi. There is nothing specific I can think of. Of course, you want to make sure there is a continuous path of metal so that the lights get electricity. You may want to try to tester that detects power in the wire. You can use either a Christmas light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull chain ceiling fixture, brass screws, ceiling fixture
brass screws, ceiling fixture, screw: Hi. Most likely the house is not grounded, so do not connect the green screw to anything. Connect the new fixture the same way the old fixture was connected. If you don t know exactly where the wires go to, you can t make any changes. If you disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull chain light conversion, light conversion, seabra
light conversion, seabra, swith: Ok, here is what you need to do. first, make sure the pull chain light is in the on position and then remove the chain....then take the black wire off of the pull chain terminal. Leave the white wire there. Now take the black wire from the run you made...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull chain lights, furnace room, exact description
furnace room, exact description, switch one: Hi. If a light operates on a pull chain, instead of a switch, it is easy to add a switch. However, you can t put more than one light on a switch without extra wiring, unless all the lights are on the end of line, with nothing else attached. If the builder...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull chain wiring, silver screw, brass screws
silver screw, brass screws, home depot: Mike Did the old fixture have a electrical outlet attached to it? If it did then the red and beige wire use to make that hot. you can take the red and black tie them together and well as the 2 beiges you may need to make a tail out of the wire so it will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pullchain for light in ceiling fan broken off, ceiling fan light, pull chain light switch
ceiling fan light, pull chain light switch, radio shack: Brad you propably wont be able to reattach a chain to the off on pull chain light switch, which is what you are describing. It should be wired up into the light with two wires, and then threaded in to the fixture to hold it. It is probably a common pull...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pulling 110 off 220 circuit, volt circuit, amp breaker
volt circuit, amp breaker, 220 volt: Hello Tony. You could not legally do it the way you are suggesting as the 120 volt circuit would not be properly protected since it initially is fed from a double pole breaker. A way you could do it, would be to purchase a 4 circuit outdoor panel, feed it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pulling 110 from a 220 service, microwave unit, nearby outlet
microwave unit, nearby outlet, small appliance: You can t tap off the oven supply. And if the nearby outlet is a counter top you can t use it either. The code requires 2 - 20 amp small appliance outlets in the kitchen, ie for kitchen counter appliances. You will have to run a new wire for this sized...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pulling wires knob and tube replacement, fuse panel, amp service
fuse panel, amp service, construction wiring: Hi Robert, Based on your description...if you have that much K-n-T wiring left...you may have gotten yourself into a REAL headache....due mostly to the way K-n-T was ran and supported in these older homes. What upsets me is most realtors will advertise...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pulling wires, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, pvc conduit: NOPE what I said was that the first pull should probably be from the first LB [the one over the disconnect] to the other LB [with PVC you will probably have problems pulling it the other way because of the 90 at the end of the pull. Unfortunately, this means...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pump stumped, polarity reversal, gas furnace
polarity reversal, gas furnace, extension cord: Hi Dale. HMMMMmmmmmmm is right. I m afraid I don t have a clue as to why it will not work in all outlets. Have you verified that the polarity of the outlts are correct? You should be able to purchase a plug-in type of tester for around $5, which will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pump stumped, gas furnace, faulty wiring
gas furnace, faulty wiring, extension cord: My guess would be that all the 3 wire outlets everywhere in the 60 year old house don t have a ground, and the two where your pump works DO have a ground on the third wire. Take the pump apart, it sounds like you have a faulty wiring situation where the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: i have purchased an air compressor..., gauge wire, hot legs
gauge wire, hot legs, air compressor: Let me help with some minor corrections. The round prong is GROUND not neutral. 220/240 has no neutral. #12 wire is sufficient for the 20 amp run. (#12 is rated for up to 26amps) 2 wire plus ground is this case...black and white are both hot legs for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: push-in electrical connections, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, tube sockets: Hi Dave, Just getting in....another long day here in the field.. Based on your description...it sounds as if you are referring to back-wired receptacle outlets....where the wire is stripped and then inserted in a hole in the back of the receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: push in terminals vs screw, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, renovation project: My personal opinion is that the push in terminals should be outlawed. We had a contractor install a number of these during a renovation project, and granted it could have been poor installation, but we have had nothing but trouble with these until we replaced...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pvc conduit in long island new york, pvc conduit, expansion and contraction
pvc conduit, expansion and contraction, nassau county: Mike, Sched 40 is fine though PVC especially 1/2 and 3/4 will probably not stay very straight on the wall with the expansion and contraction characteristics it has. In other words installing it now won;t be a problem but come summer when it gets warm...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pvc pipe, pvc pipe, comprehensive guide
pvc pipe, comprehensive guide, leo: Hi Leo, Great question, most people never even consider this. A lot depends on the length of the run and, mostly, on the temperature of the area where the pipe will be located. I have attached a pretty comprehensive guide to this so you can apply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pwr to a 2 pole switch w/ hot outlet & 2 lights, jumper wire, switch box
jumper wire, switch box, light fixture: Hi I am not sure exactly what you are doing. Is the outlet in the same outlet box as the switches? In the switch box, how many cables are entering the box? One to each light, one from the power source, and one to the outlet? I probably can t tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: QO Square D 100 amp Breaker, cutler hammer, amp breaker
cutler hammer, amp breaker, seimans: Hi. Sorry if I missed the point of the question. Most likely, the breaker is a main breaker, and not made to be used as a branch breaker. There is no trick. Just about all breakers hook in on the side where the wire is, and then pushes over the center...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Quad electrical outlet, top screws, pig tail
top screws, pig tail, wire nut: Hi Philip, Either way will work just fine, since they are all on the same breaker. keeping the hots (black) on the dark screws and the neutrals (white) on the silver screws. I prefer your method as the wires are more secure than when connected to a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Quad receptacle wiring, building inspectors, building inspector
building inspectors, building inspector, receptacle wiring: Philip, While there is nothing wrong with doing it the Building inspectors way, there is nothing wrong with your way either and it is less cluttered as you mentioned and thats exactly how I would approach it. Two different methods with the same result....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question about 220V wiring, bob osgood, local power company
bob osgood, local power company, master electrician: Hi Charlie, Here are my responses in order: 1). A 240 volt single phase supply CAN have a white neutral IF the circuit also requires 120 volt for control or other needs...making this a 120/240 volt circuit....and clearly - if you do not supply the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question about 240 volt outlet, fuse boxes, amp breaker
fuse boxes, amp breaker, shock hazards: Good Morning Jerrad, Based on your description and readings...you have clearly lost one leg out of the two 120 volt legs to the dryer circuit. As you noted, the motor and controls will still run (they only need 120 volts)- but the heating elements must...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question on 5-head goose neck floor lamp, target store, head goose
target store, head goose, lamp head: I can t imagine a company having a customer wire a lamp to the extent you are speaking of. Unless you way missed something, you should return this lamp. and if you just have to have one like it, open the box right in the store before you leave. I can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question about adding an outlet, copper wire, light switch
copper wire, light switch, switch box: Hi Matt, Since the power source you want to use for the washer is a light switch box, the wire inside is probably 14 gauge which is too small for a washer. It would trip the breaker. A washer should have it s own outlet and own breaker. The breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question about drilling holes thru joists, drilling holes, max dia
drilling holes, max dia, joists: Charlie: Depending on were you live the drilling of joist may be permitted. Were we are you are not allowed to drill them because they are a structural component. If you need to drill I would stay in the middle to keep equall wood on both side of the hole....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question about installing a double switch, double switch, spst switch
double switch, spst switch, ground terminal: First turn off the breaker feeding this then take the 2 black wires going to each light add a short piece of wire to this group and wirenut them together. Then attach the short piece of wire to the original switch. Take the incoming black power wire add...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question re lamp wiring, watt lamps, gauge wire
watt lamps, gauge wire, antique table: It s not a flexibility issue, but the size of wires are dependant upon the amperage of the fixture. #18 is allowed to carry 6 amps; #16...8 amps. Six amps at 120 volts would translate into twelve 60 watt lamps, and I doubt if you ll find a fixture with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question reffered to you by will., qualified electrician, seal failure
qualified electrician, seal failure, shocking experience: Hi Joseph, Sight unseen, I would say water got into the main breaker and it s connections causing them to runs and now the contacts are corroded making for a poor connection which will cause the breaker to overheat. The main breaker should be removed....