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Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral on electric tester, ground wires, electrician
ground wires, electrician, lutz: I think you must be misreading the electric tester. If every outlet in your in-laws house had an open neutral nothing would be working. What I think you electric tester is telling you is that you in-law house does not have ground wires at the outlets. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor 220V outlet, gfci receptacle, nec code
gfci receptacle, nec code, gfci breaker: If it is outside it needs to be on a GFCI outlet to be up to NEC code. You should be able to run this on a GFCI breaker to the best of my knowledge. I would contact the manufacturers before I would say all of this information 100% correct. A manufacture s...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor motion sensor wirering specs., outdoor motion, lgt
outdoor motion, lgt, motion sensor: All you need is 14-2 15 amp wire. Match black to black and white to white. You can tack it back to the panel or tap it off any 15 amp outlet that is already wired in 14-2. I hope this helped Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring, feeder cable, birdbath
feeder cable, birdbath, gfci: hello Steve, I m Alex and i ll help you if u like. Ok this is a fairly simple project. Basically you d pull a UF cable from one of your receps in your garage and take it to the bird bath. Probably go with 12-2 w/g UF cable Attaching a recep near...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Only if it is attached to some structure or you build a structure for it. Will it run along a wall? That is what I would be looking at here in Philadelphia. This type of question can only really be answered by the AHJ (authority having jurisdiction). I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, gfci outlets, reset buttons
gfci outlets, reset buttons, basement garage: Hi. You will get an email message telling you to check the website, I believe. One GFCI can control many outlets. The kitchen outlets have to be on their own circuit, don t worry about them. That leaves the basement, garage, outside, and bathrooms....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overhead light will not turn off, porch light, wire nuts
porch light, wire nuts, overhead light: It sounds like someone hooked up the wrong black wire to the wire nuts. One of the blacks should be to the ceiling...and From the switch. If you can take the blacks apart....finding the one to the ceiling, should not be real hard. Put it on the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Popping the Garage Circuit Breaker, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, recepticle: do not change the breaker. the breaker size is rated to prevent the wire from being overloaded. if you simply change the breaker to a higher rating, you will overload the wire and cause a fire. you must run the two units on different circuits. maybe you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in 2nd bedroom, wire nuts, guest bedrooms
wire nuts, guest bedrooms, voltage detector: Hi. It sounds like you have a loose wire somewhere. 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in any of the 5 outlets in the parlor, outlet boxes, circuit breakers
outlet boxes, circuit breakers, garden style: It sound like you have a connection that has gone bad. A vacuum pulls a large amount of power. When you turned the vacuum off it may have caused the wires to move a slight bit and broke a connection. It is most likely in one of the outlet boxes. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power to garage, electrical pvc conduit, amp breaker
electrical pvc conduit, amp breaker, sewing machines: due to height regulations, you cannot hang a wire very low anymore. so most people bury wire using electrical pvc conduit. an easy option is to run 4 #6 wires: 2 hots, 1 neutral, and one ground. you can set a small subpanel and feed it from a 50 amp breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to light fixture, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, light fixture: Hi. Did you check power to the switch? If you have power there, it s somewhere between the switch and the light. Otherwise, you may have a loose wire somewhere in the system. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outage, bedroom closet, kitchen stove
bedroom closet, kitchen stove, random things: The power to your house come in on two wires. Each wire has 110 Volt together they give you 220 Volts for your bigger appliances. You probably lost power to one of the wires. You need to call either your power company or an electrician. I hope this helped....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power to shed, amp breaker, automatic door opener
amp breaker, automatic door opener, copper wire: dean First of all the wire that you used is not for a 120/240 V circuit together. You can have either 120 volts or 240 volts not both.The reason is that the wire should have been a 4 wire a black a red a white and a ground. You can not use the ground as a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two power sources in one box, gfci receptacle, volt circuits
gfci receptacle, volt circuits, gfci breaker: Hi Steve, Per your description...yes, you can bring the 2 circuits into the one 3 gang box. Especially where they will both be 120 volt circuits coming from the same panel (dividers are only needed when you mix low voltage and regular voltage in the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problems with installations, progs, black wire
progs, black wire: Randolph If the 4 wires coming out of the wall are red ,black,white and green. You should hook up the dryers wire like this 1 red to a black wire on the dryer the other black to the black on the dryer and then the ground. Take the white wire and push it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question on running wires in a chase, time closets, drag rope
time closets, drag rope, pvc conduit: Tom, If you use PVC run 2 . If its possible to leave a drag (rope , string) in lieu of the pipe where you know you can successfully pull the wires in later with out getting hung up, this is another option. Your best option however since you don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: question on upgrading a breaker for a spa, amp circuits, cutler hammer
amp circuits, cutler hammer, amp breaker: That should work but I would not do it. From what I m reading it sounds like your panel is over loaded. When you run out of space and have to juggle twin size breakers around it is time to start looking into a service upgrade. Twin size breakers don t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Re-Wiring Delta Table Saw Motor, 220 110 motor reconnection rotation ground help motor electric connections connection
220 110 motor reconnection rotation ground help motor electric connections connection: Mike it is confusing, these damn manufacturer s don t seem to know themselves. Let me give you the generic of all this and that might get you started, then we will go step by step if needed. If you have a four wire dual voltage motor, for the 115 volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Receptacle replacement error, rookie error, gfi receptacle
rookie error, gfi receptacle, receptacles: Look for a tripped GFI receptacle. It may be a bathroom, kitchen, or outside receptacle. If none are located, it may have damaged the breaker. Try turning every breaker off and back on. If this does not do it, an electrician may have to test the breaker and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Receptacles quit working, wire nuts, bathroom light
wire nuts, bathroom light, light switch: Hi. It sounds like you have a neutral that is disconnected somewhere. When you turn the bathroom light on, the power bleeds from the hot side to the neutral side, but it can t make it back to the panel. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recessed lights, socket screws, brakers
socket screws, brakers, small pin: I know this is silly but did you check the light bulb. I can t tell you how many times that has been the problem. Did you check the socket. There is the threaded part the socket screws into. That part should be the neutral. There is also the small pin part...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Relocating thermonstat, electric baseboard heater, connect one
electric baseboard heater, connect one, thermostat: Hi. If the thermostat has 4 wires, you will need 4 wires to the new location. So you will need 2 12/2 cables. Make sure that the system is 20 amps or less. If the thermostat has 2 wires, then just run the wire from the old box where the thermostat was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Repair invisible fence, invisible fence, dogwatch
invisible fence, dogwatch, full disclosure: In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee of petsafe. There is no meter to tell you where the break is. If you put an Ohm meter to the wire, it could tell you if it is a partial break or not (should read infinity if it a full break, low Ohms...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacement cord, lamp cord, window fan
lamp cord, window fan, lowes: James, If this is a 60 s vintage fan I m suspecting its probably made of metal and not plastic, if it is metal you need 16-3 sj cord and a 3 wire grounding type male plug. If its made of plastic then you can use that 16-2 wire lamp cord and a 2 wire male...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing outdoor lamp post with GFCI Outlet, galvanized steel pipe, coach lamps
galvanized steel pipe, coach lamps, coach lights: Hi. The wire going to the lamp post should be UF or conduit. So, the proper thing to do would be to replace it. (Some local areas allow only conduit) NM is not supposed to be run in conduit except for short lengths. If the wire is not grounded,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing porch light on older two-wire home, voltage sensors, porch light
voltage sensors, porch light, wire nuts: Rudy, Its not unusual for those voltage sensors to do that but to be certain the fixture is grounded take a regular voltage tester the type with the prods you actually have to put on the wires. Take a bulb out of the fixture and turn it on. Put one prod...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential Service, feeder lines, solar hot water
feeder lines, solar hot water, electric boats: Jim If you want to place the main panel in garage you can. Now you still would have to a sub-panel in the house,reason being that if anything trips because of a short you would have to out to the barn to reset.Another reason if you had a outlet that caught...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring for a new ceiling fan, lighting installation, hot run
lighting installation, hot run, two blacks: the two switches will have one wire that goes to one side of both switches. that is the hot. the other two wires that go to the two switches go to the outlet. take them off the switch and join all them together and also a pigtail that goes back to one half...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex from interior panel box, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, 100 amps
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, 100 amps, panel: Stak-its are nice but I think you may be out thinking your self. The conduit would work. You might want to tie-wrap a bunch together. The main idea is that they are neat, secure and not pinched too tight that the insolation gets crushed. Every town ship reads...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Run 240v welder off 7K gasoline generator?, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, dimmer: If this is a Mobile generator it should no require separate grounding. Not know how this unit actually work I might just ground it anyhow. Extra grounding will not hurt you. For more detailed instructions on how that generator is designed to work you may want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range rated 110 v to be used in europe 220 v, philadelphia electrician, range hood
philadelphia electrician, range hood: I would say that it would work fine on an American 220 volt line as long as it does not have any electronics in it. If it is just a incandescent light bulb and a fan I would give it an go. You might want to check with make to check if the manufacture has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range wiring, amp breaker, strata
amp breaker, strata, amps: Hi. Either the whole house is overloaded. Try turning else everything off with the stove on, and see if it still trips. Or perhaps there is a short in the range, and the 40 amp breaker is defective. The range uses different amounts of power, depending...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, amp circuit, light fixture
amp circuit, light fixture, receptacles: Mike, Take stock of whats on that circuit. Shut the circuit off and go around and see what is not working. You may have a combination of lights and receptacles on that circuit but add up the wattage of all the lights and see what you have. Its most likely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire as common, installing a ceiling fan, fan light
installing a ceiling fan, fan light, hot wire: Lets hope this is simple. In your switch box, you have blk,white power coming in.(power) You have red,blk,white going to the ceiling. Power black to both switches. Red for light to one switch, black to fan for other switch. If you are implying that red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing recessed lighting, Philadelphia, Electrician
Philadelphia, Electrician, Electrical: What you really need is to have a light medicine cabinet light installed. Any light that is installed on the ceiling will cast shadows on your face when you look in the mirror. If you can t do that I would install a semi-flush light. A track light is too directional...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacement gfi bathroom wiring, load wires, permanent marker
load wires, permanent marker, gfi outlet: The best tool a homeowner that is doing any electrical work needs is a volt tester. It is about the size of a permanent marker and the tip will light up or it will make a sound or both in the presence of voltage. You can get one at any home supply. With all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing 3 gang switch., wire mold, sizable hole
wire mold, sizable hole, lowes: Chris, I don t know how big the opening is that you have there but you mentioned 3 switches which would be a 3 gang set up and a sizable hole to cover. In this case you would need a 3 gang wire mold adapter box and it should cover that opening but I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a 50 yr old subpanel, new panel
new panel: i honestly do not think simply copying over a new panel will be worth the effort. i have no idea what value it would be to an insurance company rep that has no knowledge of an electrical system. if you really want the approval of someone who has expertise,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing breaker box and extending wires, heat shrink tube, electrocutions
heat shrink tube, electrocutions, well pump: well the trick is to do everything to code. that is what keeps us safe from fires and electrocutions. if you have a wire that is too short, then you need to set a junction box. you can even set the box right nest to the panel and make the proper wire joints...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a chandelier, chandelier, switches
chandelier, switches, electricity: Hi. He connected some of the wires wrong. Without knowing where every single wires goes to, I really can t tell you the right way. I would also need to know the relationship between the power entering the system, and also where the switches enter the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a receptacle and a one unit 2 single pole switches, double switch, swingle
double switch, swingle, receptacle: Hello Rod, Basically just switch the wires from the old devices to the new. Put them back exactly like you took them off. When the old devices are in your hands notice the brass tabs on them, most likely your single gang double switch has its brass...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reset button not working; breakers not tripped, circuit breakers, meter box
circuit breakers, meter box, loose wire: Hi. If the reset button is not working, most likely it is not getting power. You may want to turn the breaker off and back on to be sure it is not tripped. Otherwise, you would have to look for a loose wire (or call an electrician). GFCIs do wear out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring from 30 amp to 40 amp, microwave unit, amp service
microwave unit, amp service, wall oven: I would consider it major. There is a possibility that it can be done easily, if you have an accessible attic from oven to panel box. You would open the wall up from oven to ceiling...fish the wire out...to panel, and the new wire back in...patch the wall...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring for an OTR microwave, otr microwave, portable dishwasher
otr microwave, portable dishwasher, garbage disposal: SUSAN What you can do for the microwave is before the cabinets are installed,run a new wire if you can to the micro and have the wire go into a cut-in box. Have the cabinet people cut this out for you. This box has wings on it so you can secure it against...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a switch, switch box, switch plate
switch box, switch plate, light switch: That sound like it will work. As long as you have 120 volt you run your switch leg from any where. Just make sure you junctions are in boxes and that they are accessible. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shared / Common Neutral question, buss bar, 3 way switches
buss bar, 3 way switches, conductor cable: That does happen in some of those older older houses. The only way I know to trace that out would be to that the neutral off the buss bar in the panel. Be careful. Circuits that share neutrals can do weird thing when the neutral is removed. I would unplug...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short in electrical line, continuity test, electrical line
continuity test, electrical line, boat lift: Chris Before you rule out the wire do a continuity test on the wire. Make sure that they are all intact. How we do it would be get 1 of the wires say the black one and twist this wire together with on of the other wires, if it shows open then you have a break...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing Romex Copper to Aluminum in wall, wire nuts, new lighting
wire nuts, new lighting, splices: Jim, You can not bury a splice inside the wall with no access and I agree it won t look very attractive if you have no other option but do you have at least an inch and a half of the original cable that would make it into the box and by any chance do you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "Strange" Electical problems in my mobile home, electrical problem, strangest thing
electrical problem, strangest thing, circuit breaker: John, it sounds like your problems are all related in some way. This really sounds like you should get an electrician out there asap. My guess is that your circuit breaker is weak from age and/or overloading that feeds your washer. You probably also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel, cold water pipe, common bar
cold water pipe, common bar, detached garage: for a detached building, from the main panel to the sub panel, you are installing 2 #2 hots, 1 #3 neutral, you also need 1 #8 ground wire that attaches to a separated ground bar. you also need to run a #8 to a ground rod and also a #8 to a cold water pipe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switches & Receptacles, amp circuit breaker, max load
amp circuit breaker, max load, wattage: Good question. Technically the outlets and lights should be on separate circuits. The number of outlets is really not the issue in a residential setting. It is the amount of expected watts used by the receptacles that is the real concern. Will 15 amps be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: seal on 1.5 HP pool pump, pool pump, pool supply
pool pump, pool supply, minimal charge: i don t have any experience in changing the seal of the pump. what i have done in the past is take the pump to a pool supply like Leslie s pool supply and they did it for a minimal charge. you motor may be bad due to the water so you may have to change...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service disconnect, residential, residential application, service entrance
residential application, service entrance, joists: The first means of disconnect from the meter has to be within 6 feet of the meter. You can penetrate a wall and have a panel located inside within 6 feet of the meter and if it has a main breaker, nothing else is required. If the first disconnect will be further...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: short in electrical wiring for outlet, wall outlets, neutral ground
wall outlets, neutral ground, eave: have you REMOVED all the devices from the circuit when taking your readings? ...you can at least figure out which devices the problem is between... I have seen squirrels cause this kind of problem, by eating ALL the insulation off plastic-insulated conductors,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: single pole switches, three way, & four way switches, conductor wire, switches
conductor wire, switches: Hi. All 3 way and 4 way switches need two wires between them, plus a third wire. A single pole switch can only turn lights on and off. They can not change what another switch does. You always need 3 conductor wire between the switches. So, you would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: smoke detector, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, smoke detector
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, smoke detector: The wires should be part of a plug that you can unsnap from the detector. Once that is done I would unscrew the square door and look for a battery. If this unit has no battery I would just replace the unit. Good luck Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two socket fixture, One set of wires, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, dimmer: Sure you can do hook the two wire from the fixture to the one feed wire. After you put the wire under the wire nut give them a lite tug to make sure they don t slip out. I hope this helped Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: solar option?, solar option, solar devices
solar option, solar devices, pool pump: Cyndi I really have no experience with solar devices. I do know motors however and it would require a very large solar panel to operate a motor that pulls 11 amps. On start up a motor require almost double its rating to start and it would require a panel for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: spa wiring, Philadelphia electrician
Philadelphia electrician: The order of the black wire and red wire should not matter. They both are carrying 110 volts and between them they should be 220 volts. If you add [red +black=120v or black +red=120v] either way you will get the same answer. I hope this helped, Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: speaker/motion sensor wiring, philadelphia electrician. alarm, speakers
philadelphia electrician. alarm, speakers: I don t believe the alarm wire is thick enough to carry amplified sound. It may be able to transmit a digital signal to a remote amplifier. You might want to contact the people at www.smarthome.com for better advice. They should be able to direct you to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stove and miro wave hook up, amp breaker, copper wires
amp breaker, copper wires, hook up: If these are separate appliances you cannot hook them both up to the same breaker. If you have removed a stove and you are installing a microwave in its place then you need to replace the breaker with a 20 amp breaker and place the white wire on the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel install, grounding
grounding: my method has been to always derive the grounding from the original main panel. therefore in your case i would install a 4th grounding conductor that attaches to the main neutral/ground bar. however since your main panel is on a pole it brings the issue...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel install for garage shop, installing a sub panel, pvc conduit
installing a sub panel, pvc conduit, phoenix area: Every state and township has different rules for how they want work done and when it is necessary to have it inspected. I would stat by going to your local electrical supply store and asking them. As for the wire I would buy something that was pre-maid like...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: swamp cooler wiring., light switches, rotory
light switches, rotory, switch one: By the wiring indicated, unless the green wire is being misused as a hot wire, there are only two hot wires coming from 3 switches. The white should be the neutral for the pump and the fan, the red and black should be hot wires from the switch, one feeding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch, romex, light fixture
romex, light fixture, volts: you can refer to this site for the general methods on installing switches and lights. http://www.electrical-online.com/lightsandswitches.htm you start from the plug where you have a constant 120 volts. from there you go to a switch with 12-2 romex and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch to outlet conversion, live wires, romex
live wires, romex, wall switch: Mark, Maybe. The circle probably is the old box covered over and the wires are probably still live. It may be easier to just run power from another point in the basement to where you want the new recept. Trying to reuse the old switch could also involve...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Table Saw Circuit, single phase motor, buss bar
single phase motor, buss bar, prong plug: You will need a double breaker for a 240 volt circuit to the saw. Every panel is different, you can get a 4 to a 42 circuit panel. You will have to open the panel and count the spots on the actual buss bar to see how many circuits you can install. You can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tankless Water Heater Wiring, electric tankless water heater, amp breaker
electric tankless water heater, amp breaker, cable size: At 200 feet (100 feet each) you are at the limit for 8/2 so you cannot go to 10/2. If anything you may have to go up in size. The reason it takes so much power is that it has to heat the water as it is passing through the unit, so 8/2 is not overkill at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: TRINOM HOTMAN E12-220(DH1200), phiadelphia electrician, water heater
phiadelphia electrician, water heater, contracto: I would think that the best way to find parts for this water heater would be to contact your plumbing supply houses. They would most like be distributors. The company may promote itself on-line but it probably doesn t deal with the end users. Electricians...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tripped afci, afci breakers, changing a light fixture
afci breakers, changing a light fixture, arc fault: Evening Steve, I m Alex, i can try to help you come to a conclusion on this one if u want. Looks like some info might be missing however. Yes, code requires all bedrooms to have AFCI breakers, otherwise known as arc faults. Before we get any farther...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tripped breaker, changing a light fixture, measuring power
changing a light fixture, measuring power, cieling: in simplified terms, the breaker is measuring power out the hot and comparing it with the power back in the neutral. it must be exactly the same. when you touch the neutral to ground, you provide a path for the hot to go to both the neutral or ground. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: table saw and dust collector, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, dust collector: the proper circuit for those units will be a 20 amp circuit. however by code, if the unit uses more than 50% of the circuit capacity, it must be on a dedicated circuit. therefore to run them both simultaneously, you will need two 20 amp circuits. you may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: temp generator bypass, time scott, electrical panel
time scott, electrical panel, wall socket: Scott This is a dangerous thing to do as you must be 100% that the main is off as you can back feed the power company s line and cause a explosion and or somebody getting really hurt. Now taking this in consideration install a 30 amp dryer cord 3 or 4 as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: timer connections for controlling outdoor lights with the help of circuit diagram, daylight savings time, single pole single throw
daylight savings time, single pole single throw, line connections: There are several issues to consider using a timer. Right now with daylight savings time, it is light at 6am and is not dark until after 8pm and this varies throughout the year. We have light control in many parks and a photo cell is by far better than a timer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: timer connections for controlling outdoor lights, philadelphia electrician, timer
philadelphia electrician, timer: You want to install a timer. I would go into detail but it has been done already on this web site http://www.intermatic.com/ They also have a great help line [815-675-7000]. The most common one that we used is a T101. We keep one on all our trucks. I not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: trifield reading, electric water heater, copper piping
electric water heater, copper piping, pace maker: Some of these meters are so sensitive they can pick up readings from a cell phone, copper piping, microwaves as well as magnetic fields from electrical wiring. The readings must be almost off the scale to be of any concern. I would not be alarmed. I had an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: trying to figure out how, washer and dryer, kenmore
washer and dryer, kenmore, model number: in the back of the unit there will be terminals where the cord attaches. you should be able to attach the wires to the appropriately labeled terminals. it should be clearly labeled but if it is not, don t experiment because you can damage the unit or even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Under cabinet lighting problem, lighting problem, cabinet lighting
lighting problem, cabinet lighting, heat safety: Either they are defective, or the sensors are too delicate. Change the switch, change any source wires from the switch or other circumstance before calling them defective. Can the lights be swapped in order....from the switch. Verify that the lights are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Undercabinet lighting, xenon puck lights, hardwire
xenon puck lights, hardwire, accessible location: under cabinet lights are tricky. remember that you can only make wirejoints in an accessible junction box. you also may want to have a switch somewhere. what electricians often have to do is fish the wire to a space like in the cabinet above and make a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Use of Japanese Appliances in America, electric griddle, 60 hertz
electric griddle, 60 hertz, water pot: not a stupid question at all. the appliances will not work directly with American power. in the us, we have 120 volts and 60 hertz. there are adaptors that will convert the power to the Japanese requirements. http://www.samstores.com/Store.asp?CtgID=359...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Using a European espresso maker from Italy in the USA, espresso coffee maker, amp fuses
espresso coffee maker, amp fuses, aluminum conduit: Oh sure you can make it safe and pass code. Of course what you have now is really not advisable. My understanding is that their 220 volts comes in one wire and then there is a neutral, as opposed to the U.S. that uses two wires to bring in the 220 volts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: under cabinet lighting, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, seagull ambiance: I like to use seagull ambiance style lighting for most situations. http://www.seagulllighting.com/Linear-Lighting.htm They don t throw off too much heat and are very bright. The lamps are only 5-10 watts each but they do use a transformer and require a professional...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: upgrading from fuses to circuits, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, recessed light: I sure it is possible. If it was done professionally it will pass inspection. You can add more lighting. I would start calling for some estimates. Good luck Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage drop, strange readings, neutral wire
strange readings, neutral wire, voltage drop: Hi. Strange readings are usually caused by a disconnected neutral wire. The reading you are getting is the hot power from the tub with no way to return to the panel with a broken neutral. About the only other cause might be a defective GFCI, but I still...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage measured in the shower - still there with the main OFF, voltage, water pipe
voltage, water pipe, shock: the only way to eliminate the voltage differential is to bond them together. i dont know if you can get to the pipes, but you need to use a cold water clamp and run a wire from that energized pipe to a grounded location like where your panel ground attaches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall/ junction boxes, philadelphia electrician, electrical boxes
philadelphia electrician, electrical boxes: There are so many shapes and sizes of electrical boxes. I m not sure why you are trying to find this info out. I do know that one of the largest maker of these boxes is a company called RACO. IF you contact them they will be able to give this information....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall Switch on celing Fan, dimmer switches, dimmer switch
dimmer switches, dimmer switch, wall switch: A dimmer switch generates heat because it acts like a resistor in series with the fan. How much heat depends on a couple of factors; the quality of the dimmer switch and the free space around the switch inside of the box and the amount of insulation around...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Washer and Fridge on parralel 15 AMP circuit, fridge and washer, amp circuit
fridge and washer, amp circuit, appliances: Hi. I am not sure what you mean by series and parallel, but all house wiring is always done in parallel. In series, the appliances would not get the full voltage. Usually a washer gets its own circuit, but you can try both on the same circuit and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WIREING 220 TO 110?, bearer of bad news, copper wires
bearer of bad news, copper wires, microwave: Hi. You can not run anything else other than the stove on that circuit. If you need a circuit for the microwave, you will either need to run a wire from your panel or connect it to a kitchen outlet circuit. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire conversion, amp breaker, basement bedroom
amp breaker, basement bedroom, electrical wire: It looks like everything will work. A wire that can handle 600 volts will have no problem with the 240 volts. Standard electrical wire sold in the U.S. is all rated for 600 volts. 2000watts/240volts= 8.4 amp the 10/2 wire you have is rated up to 30...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wirenut inside subpanel, electrician, lutz
electrician, lutz, conductor: Some inspectors allow you to do it and some don t. I don t see the harm in it. I would do it in my own house. I hope this helped, Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, pool motor, copper wiring
pool motor, copper wiring, j box: You may have 2 or more circuits. If you have 230volts for the pool pump, that is separate from the rest. The lighting and recepticle are probably on the same circuit. You may have a branch circuit from an interior circuit, or a separate circuit. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring 3 plugs to one switch, Philadelphia electrician, switch
Philadelphia electrician, switch: Trial and error is what you have to do now. I would plug a lamp in the outlet and find the wire that make it go off and on. Then when i put the switch those wire need to be on opposite side. I hope this helped. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring 3 plugs to one switch, tops and bottoms, switch control
tops and bottoms, switch control, switches: Hi. Are the tops and bottoms separate? In other words is the switch supposed to control only one of the two outlets in each box? If so, then you need to break the tab only on the dark side. If not, don t break the tabs. If the whole outlet is controlled...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Diagram, basement area, pig tail
basement area, pig tail, two blacks: Jim, Tapping into the existing outlet may prove challenging especially if there are already two cables in it so what I m suggesting is possibly tapping into something a little easier in the basement area like your main panel or a junction box you know has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring GFCIs, gfci outlet, copper wire
gfci outlet, copper wire, recepticles: Easy to do. You have two chooses. [Remember that the Blacks wire always goes to the gold screws, white wires always goes to the silver screws and the ground wire (bare copper wire) always goes to the green screw.] Look at the back of the GFCI you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring issue, continuity problems, continuity tester
continuity problems, continuity tester, light bulbs: Yes a connection problem can exist from one light to another. A broken wire, a bad wire nut. If you test all connections from point A, to B, to C. and verify each as conducting current, you can find a point where the adjustment needs to be...to gain full...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a light from an outlet, metal boxes, ceiling fan
metal boxes, ceiling fan, screws: Hi. At the outlet, connect the black wires to the dark terminals, and the white terminals to the light side. (right now, it should be wired differently.) At the switch, run the black wire from the outlet and the black wire to fan to the switch terminals....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring for a new garbage disposal, garbage disposal, dish washer
garbage disposal, dish washer, electrical sources: Ben, I don t know what else is on the circuit you want to tap so I can t predict wether or not you ll have a problem but if you have a dish washer thats on its own circuit (they are supposed to be and usually are) then you could successfully tap that circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new receptacle from single-pole switch, ceiling fixture, volt meter
ceiling fixture, volt meter, switch one: David Ok in that box you have 2 black wires on the switch. One of those wires is the hot the other is the switched wire that goes to the light.The reasons the neutrals are tied together is to complete the circuit.Now to hook up a outlet you would need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new receptacle from single-pole switch, wire nut, ground wires
wire nut, ground wires, ceiling fixture: You will need to find out which black wire is the hot wire and which one feeds the light. Turn off the breaker and pull the light switch out and disconnect the wires. Take the wire nut off the two white wires and separate them. With the blacks separated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new receptacle from single-pole switch, ceiling fixture, two blacks
ceiling fixture, two blacks, switch one: from the switch box, you will need to run a 12-2 with ground to the new outlet. at the switch, you attach the bare to bare, white to white and black to one of the blacks. of the two blacks that attaches to the switch, one is hot all the time and one is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new receptacle from single-pole switch, ceiling fixture, receptacle
ceiling fixture, receptacle, switch box: One of the blacks on the switch is the hot, the other is controlled by the switch. So just find out which is hot and use that as the feed for your receptacle, as well as the switch. Whites are neutrals in this case, so just add your white to the pair tied...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new receptacle from single-pole switch, ceiling fixture, receptacle
ceiling fixture, receptacle, switch box: Hi. All the whites together plus one to the silver terminal of the outlet, and all the grounds together plus the green screws. Black wire from the light to one terminal of the switch. The black wire coming in goes to both the outlet (brass side) and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring new Wall Oven, oven ground old
oven ground old: the old style of wiring is to bond the ground to the neutral. your oven will have a separate neutral and ground. you can tie them both to the house neutral. note that this is an exception and you can do this only in this case and in a similar case with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Should I Be Worried/Do I Need a Pro to Look?, prong plug, moving boxes
prong plug, moving boxes, laundry room: Hi. If you buy a house, you may want to consider getting an expert to check everything. If the house is fairly new, there probably wouldn t be any problems, because usually the code was tougher for the new houses. Anyway, the apartment is probably because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall outlet, plaster wall, baseboard
plaster wall, baseboard, receptacle: Kathy, Cutting a receptacle into the baseboard is more difficult than cutting it into the sheet rock or plaster wall but you may have a particular reason for wanting to do it this way so having said that it depends upon how the wiring was done. If the cable(s)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall oven install, 240V, ground bars, wall oven
ground bars, wall oven, kitchenaid: Gabriel On the oven you connect the wires to the respective colors and then the green gets screwed to the frame of the oven just make sure it is tight. In the panel you install the wires to the breaker the neutral or ground bars.So now white and green...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: water pump to definite purpose (relay?), water storage tank, bladder tank
water storage tank, bladder tank, gal bladder: It sounds like they are switching one leg of the 220 volt. Which is okay. It may be that you have it wired like this. http://home.comcast.net/~wildmind/HCC/PumpPS.jpg I cannot be certain though. If this is how it is wired then all you have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: white, red and orange wires in ceiling wiring, orange wire, red and orange
orange wire, red and orange, j box: Michael, If your fan has a light connect the black wire from the fan to the two red wires then connect the blue wire from the fan to the orange wire then lastly connect the white wire from the fan to the 1 white wire. If there is no light, tape the blue...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wind generator info, wind generator, transfer switch
wind generator, transfer switch, generators: It would connect the same as any generator. The safest method is to use a transfer switch so the utility is isolated while the generator is powering the circuits. I would research standard generators and the connecting methods will be the same. Thanks ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire rate, american wire gauge, mcm
american wire gauge, mcm, electrician: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge Here is a link to a chart for wire gauge and ampicety for some wires. 500 MCM has an amp rating of 430 Amps Hope this helped, Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two wire system, gfci outlets, electronics expert
gfci outlets, electronics expert, grounding system: Hi. The grounding system is just another safety feature. People used 2 wire for decades. It shouldn t affect the appliances, although you may want to check with an electronics expert to get an opinion. For safety, you can replace some of the outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire tracing, fence wires, underground wiring
fence wires, underground wiring, full disclosure: Hi Dan, Finding a wire break can be a tough job. In the past, I have cut mine many, many times. In the interest of full disclosure, I do work for Petsafe. To answer your question, it is a transmitter that you hook to your fence, then trace it with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire under carpet, electric recliner, tv rooms
electric recliner, tv rooms, ac cord: Hey Adam, You could try this product. http://www.wiremold.com/www/consumer/products/corduct.asp You will have to read up on it, I have not used it yet. Most the electric work we do is in Philadelphia. Here most TV rooms have basements. We just have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, pot luck, celing
pot luck, celing, waste of money: To be honest there are no real averages. I think it depends on the type of company you hire mostly. A large company, the type with some advertising and a couple of crews will charge more but should be more reliable. You can find what I call a man with a truck...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, amp breaker, switch legs
amp breaker, switch legs, construction project: yes. #12 wire is rated for 20 amps. #14 is rated for 15 amps. you must have a breaker that is rated for the smallest wire. in this case, 14 is the smallest so your breaker must be 15. if all wire on the circuit is #12, then the breaker can be 20 amps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, electrical wiring, tendancy
electrical wiring, tendancy, home inspector: my recommendation is hiring a home inspector. he can inspect all aspects of the home not just the electrical. to answer your question, copper is much safer in a home. for that reason, only copper is used now in homes. aluminum has the tendancy to develop...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, state contractors license, contractors license board
state contractors license, contractors license board, state contractors license board: I hope a permit was taken out by the contractors. This protects you fully. You can call for an inspection by the building authority questioning the electrical parts. If no permit was taken out...contact the building department and let them know...they will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring 220 for a miller thunderbolt ac/dc welder, wiring 220, brick wall
wiring 220, brick wall, ampacity: Hi. The wire would have to depend on the amp rating of the welder. I can estimate a size, but you always need to check the retailer because each type of wire has its own ampacity. You would need a double pole breaker to add to the panel for the correct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a converted 110v / 220v, electric motor voltage change repair rewire vol
electric motor voltage change repair rewire vol: Johnny, Do NOT SIMPLY CHANGE THE PLUG the motor needs to be reconnected externally so it accepts the 110 volt again, if the compressor was changed sometime in the past to 220, then it should be fairly simple to change back, however, I need to know what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring electronic balast, bob osgood, lamp ballast
bob osgood, lamp ballast, master electrician: Hi Fred, Most ballasts have a connection diagram right on the front label...and if you replaced the 2 former ballasts with the correct style single 4 lamp ballast...then it should be a straight forward retro-fit. However - different manufacturers use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a Honeywell RTH6300B Thermostat, honeywell thermostat, honeywell rth6300b
honeywell thermostat, honeywell rth6300b, ac works: The easiest approach...look at the terminal where the current thermostat wires are connected at the blower.. Copy that. If you only hve one wire different...and you should be the same...it spells it kinda easy. Red on RC. White on W. Yellow on Y Green...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring home for a 220 dryer, amp breaker, romex
amp breaker, romex, receptacle: First, this circuit is very light for a dryer. Most dryers are on a 30 amp receptacle requiring a minimum #10 wire. Check the dryer to see what size circuit it recommends, I doubt seriously you will be able to use the existing circuit in any manner. It needs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring house panel to air conditioner condensor, electrical meter, copper wire
electrical meter, copper wire, illnois: Neither of these are safe. The a/c unit by code has to have a disconnect within site and no more than 25 feet even in sight to turn it off for servicing, and it has to be connected to and from the disconnect with approved cable or conduit, neither of which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring new ceiling fan, small pig, pig tail
small pig, pig tail, hot wire: Gerry The constant hot wire should be the wire coming from the outlet to be sure you will have to separate all the wires turn the circuit back on and check it with a volt meter,then mark it so you know that t5his is the hot wire. To split it to reach both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring new ceiling fans, celing fans, wall switch
celing fans, wall switch, sorce: Hi. You need to look at each switch. If there is one cable with two wires (not counting the ground), then you can not tap from the switch. If there are or more cables with 4 or more wires, then you can. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring new sunroom, wall channels, metal boxes
wall channels, metal boxes, metal structure: The two sunroom companies that I have worked with, you cannot attach to the ceiling, you must use the beams. They are hollow, but it is not easy to fish a wire thru. In the columns, you must use metal boxes in a metal structure. Most hoz/vert connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a photo cell, gfci outlet, moon rays
gfci outlet, moon rays, botom: Hi. You need a GFCI only for outlets. If the outside lights are permanent, you don t need it. However, if it is a GFCI outlet, the wire going to the lights would come from the load side of the GFCI. As far as wiring the photo cell, you should follow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a switch, Philadelphia, Electrician
Philadelphia, Electrician, Electrical: It will not work. You old switch did not have a neutral. The new timer needs a neutral. Old switch. White = switch leg (to the light) Black = Hot wire Green = Ground New switch White = neutral(needed to run electronics of switch) Black = Hot wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a switch box back, 3way switches, light switches
3way switches, light switches, ground wires: I hope I can keep this simple enough for us. The white #3 is the neutral for all in this box...with maybe the exception of the 3way. I have a feeling that this is the end of the 3way circuit...so the 3way connects to all three wires... common is white and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 100 amp line outages, 200 amp service, downstairs apartment
200 amp service, downstairs apartment, amp line: Hi. You definitely need to upgrade the electrical. Air conditioners need to be on their own circuits. There should be two circuits in the kitchen just for the plugs. You need either 150 or 200 amp service. Another possible problem is the addition. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 100 amp line outages, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: We use more power today then we use in the 70 s. It sounds like you need to add more circuits to accommodate more powerfully appliances. If I were you I would stat by adding dedicated air conditioning outlets. If you still have problems you may need to add...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120 vs 240, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You know if you have a 240 line by the breaker it is on. 120v uses a single breaker. 240v will use a double breaker. To get 240v you need two hot wires. 110v use a hot wire and a neutral wire. If you hook up a circuit board to the wrong voltage it will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 receptacles in a room are not working, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, loose wire: Hi. I have a standard answer that I give for that problem. But novice or not, it sounds like you checked most of it. Here is the answer: These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 way switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Urs, It can take some of my apprentices several months before they are any good at running three-way switches. You may want to hire a pro for this but here is a wiring diagram. http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com/search/label/basic%20electric...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What does 208/240 volts mean?, power generation plant, volt appliances
power generation plant, volt appliances, voltage problems: almost all residential customers get single phase 120/240 volts using one transformer. commercial customers sometimes get 3 phase 120/208 volts using three transformers in a wye configuration. very rarely, residential customers will get 208 single phase...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20amp rec tail, amp circuit, receptacle
amp circuit, receptacle, pigtail: on a 20 amp circuit, you are only allowed 10 plugs for that circuit. you have too many plugs on that circuit. when you make splices at each box, you can use #14 pigtail wire to go to the receptacle, if the receptacle is a 15 amp receptacle. you cannot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 to 110v wiring, volt circuits, incoming service
volt circuits, incoming service, pole barn: I am not sure how you have 220 on a single wire as it usually requires both legs of a service of 120 volts on each leg to get 240 volts, but if you have 220 on a single wire, it will require a transformer to step the voltage down to 120 for usable circuits....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 breakers, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It can be done but it is not correct. You should replace the 220 double pole breaker with two 110 single pole breakers. The double pole 220 volt breaker may not trip when you need it too. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 electric dryer, heater element, electric dryer
heater element, electric dryer, circuit breaker: I agree Pat. Most dryer components including the motor work from 120 volts, but it requires the full 240 volts for the heater element. Unplug the dryer and use a meter with a lead in each hot leg slot to see if you have 240 volts, and/or read each hot leg...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 volt 2 wire welder, ground clamp, decastar
ground clamp, decastar, wire welder: check the output of the breaker. it should be about 240 volts. you may not have the breakers plugged in correctly. you may also have a half dead breaker. if that is ok, go on down the line checking for 240 volts until you find the bad connection. also,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 volt 30 amps wire to house, 60 hertz, amp circuit
60 hertz, amp circuit, air compressors: it depends on what else is running in your house to determine if your panel is overloaded. generally speaking, 100 amps is about the minimum power any house would have. many houses have 200 amps. you do not have a lot of capacity for additional circuits....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3/4in watertight, amp breaker, neut
amp breaker, neut, alum: you should use both 4 wires and a ground rod, also go to the cold water if there. the longer the run of 3/4 the harder to run large cables. I think that you can get #8 wires (with a #10 ground) into it. you may be able to go with #6, with #10 ground but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-phase inverter tripping GFI, GFCI, lathe
GFCI, lathe, tripping: I don t know what Jet uses for an inverter and even with their specs it don t tell me anything. I have not ran an inverter that I know of through a GFCI on the primary side, I can t see a reason why a GFCI would object to a single to three phase converter,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way - 4 way wiring, 3 way switches, three way switches
3 way switches, three way switches, way switch: Hi. I am having trouble with my scanner, but hopefully will work. The information I gave you is correct still. All multi switch circuits have 2 three way switches, and the rest are 4 way. The 3 way have to be on the ends. The 4 ways are in the middle....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way wiring a row of recessed lights, 3 way switches, way switch
3 way switches, way switch, online resource: you can look at this online resource. basically a three way switch is an expanded regular switch. in a regular switch, the power goes in the switch and then goes out to the light, or row of lights. in a three way switch, the power goes in the first switch,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 wire cable to 2 wire, wire terminal, wire cable
wire terminal, wire cable, hot wire: Hi. I need to know exactly where each wire goes, to give you specific information. I ll give you some general information and hope it helps. It sounds like you have a switch loop. The white wire in the switch loop is a hot wire. One wire from the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp to 50 amp for Generator Backup, stick welder, conductor cable
stick welder, conductor cable, unbalanced load: first, yes it is important that you have both the neutral and the ground. as you may know, the neutral carries the unbalanced load of the two hots, and the ground is for safety. your actual problem is that your welder outlet does not have a neutral. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3120 watts, amp circuits, incandescent bulbs
amp circuits, incandescent bulbs, lighting board: that is going to be a lot of light! the most power a standard 20 amp circuit can handle is 1920 watts. that is 80% capacity. you use the formula Watts = amps X volts the voltage is 120 volts. for a lighting circuit, you can only use 20 or 15 amp circuits....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 5 Recessed lights- 3way wiring, 3 way switches, conductor wire
3 way switches, conductor wire, fixture wire: Hi. You need two traveler wires between the switches. So these two wires would bypass everything in the lights. The neutral (white) wire comes in from the power, and goes to every white fixture wire. The power for the fixtures should come in from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 50 amp breaker keeps triping, conductor insulation, insulation failure
conductor insulation, insulation failure, amp breaker: Objectionable ground current is most copmmon unsatisfactory result Ground rods are lightning route, in any case I would say an 8/3 with ground --isolated neutral High currents may requires a 6 or 4 depending on load due to distance and resistance - voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Add ceiling fan to existing wall switch, recepticle, wall switch
recepticle, wall switch, rewiring: You first need to know if you can get a wire from the switch to the attic. You can feed the switch from the recepticle by rewiring that receptcle, or if you have power from the switch to the recepticle, you disable the switch and make the recepticle constant...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Add outdoor electrical outlets, electric outlets, access panel
electric outlets, access panel, electrical outlets: If it is the main panel...do you have an access panel below...for phone or cable? That would give you a reach into the area below to pull a wire. Connect a box to the exterior below the panel..pull the wire into that box. You can then run conduit from that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding light to 3-way circuit, hi bob, way switch
hi bob, way switch, light fixture: Hi. When they built my house, they got the neutral from another location and somehow it passed. However, the inspectors have a lot of latitude as far as what they pass and what they don t. I nearly got shocked from disconnecting the neutral from a box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Recessed Lighting, duplex outlets, lighting circuit
duplex outlets, lighting circuit, range hood: Hi. According to the code, you can t connect any lights on the outlet circuits of a kitchen or dining room. So, you should find a lighting circuit to tap off of. Also, you are required to have the outlets at a certain distance apart, so you can t remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a subpanel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This is a bit scary. For a job like this you would be best advised to have a pro run at least the sub panel. You sound handy after you get a good foundation the will probably be able to do some of your own wiring but I would have a pro check you your work....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a switch, conductor wire, duplex outlets
conductor wire, duplex outlets, new model: Hi, If you connect the switch at the last outlet, you will need 3 conductor wire between the outlets. The easiest way would be to run the wire for the switch from the outlet closest to the panel. Let me know if you need more wiring instructions, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional info for wiring a light to an existing ceiling fan, fan company, ceiling fan
fan company, ceiling fan, black and white: Hi. In most cases, the blue wire shouldn t be connected to anything, it just goes through the fan. When you install a light kit, the one end connects to the light kit, the other end connects to the power in the junction box. If the fan and light is on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Anamolous Voltage in 120 VAC Circuit, exterior security, photo sensor
exterior security, photo sensor, security light: The neutral is being shared by another circuit, which will allow current flow from that other source to ground. If you have a crossed connection somewhere...it can read open ground. GFCI s can go bad and not transfer full voltage. Isnt electricity fun??...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arching/ Wires burnt, wire nuts, detached garage
wire nuts, detached garage, caulk: As long as you can safely remove all the damage and get good wire with good insulation for putting it back together, you should then look for the location where water got in. If you get it all clean and working again...seal the box with caulk or such and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ac power, wall outlets, air conditioner
wall outlets, air conditioner, ac power: Hi. Your wall outlets are 110 volts, the air conditioner requires 220 volts. Air conditioners also require their own circuit. You need to add a double pole breaker to your panel box, place a new outlet near your air conditioner, and run new wire between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add a 2nd light to switched light, fixture wire, hot wire
fixture wire, hot wire, light fixture: Hi. Yes, that will work. At the first light, connect the second light s wire exactly where the light one fixture is connected. When you open it up, it may be a little different, depending how it was wired. You ll need to put the switch in a junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add wall switch for pull chain ceiling fixture, brick row, control switches
brick row, control switches, circuit breakers: Hi. Without knowing where the wires are behind the wall, the best way would be to run a wire from the light to the switch. You would have to cut and patch the wall, which is probably plaster rather than drywall. The new wire would go between the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 2 - 240 volt 30 amps to garage., 60 hertz, air compressors
60 hertz, air compressors, amp circuit: There is a lot going on and a lot of thinking this thru to do. You are right to seek options. As for the surge...if the rating on the compressors tells you you need a 30amp rated breaker...then the compresssor may run at 22 amps but surge to 26.(example)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a 3-way switch to an existing loop, way switch, wireless switch
way switch, wireless switch, ceiling lights: Hi. You can t just add a 3 way switch without running an addition 3 wire cable from the existing switch. If you are able to do that, ask a follow up question, and I ll tell you how to wire it. If you can t, you might be able to use a wireless switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outdoor GFCI outlet from existing 60amp AC breaker box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: No you can t do that. That line is meant to be dedicated to you AC unit. I would run a line directly from your main panel if you can get access to it. If not I would tap a line in to any available house circuit. If you a=have an outlet on the inside of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an outlet, hot wire, light fixture
hot wire, light fixture, circuit breaker: Hi. It sounds like the plug or wire you are installing has a hot wire touching the ground somewhere. Check the terminals to be sure that a hot wire is not touching any metal part of the outlet or outlet box. The wire or outlet could be defective too....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: A switch is always added on the hot side of a circuit. You could add a pull chain switch to your light. You would just separate the black wire from the light. The pull chain switch (or any other type of switch) You put the feed on one of the wire on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air conditioner 220, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sound like you have it is wired correctly. The only way to really know if you have the correct voltage is with a tester. If you put a tester probe between the two slots in the plug you should read a voltage close to the 220 the AC needs to run. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Receptacle, loose wire, loose wires
loose wire, loose wires, friend test: CORRECTION!! Hi. First of all, everything should connect to the line side. You do not need to protect anything other than the bathroom outlet. The only place you should get a real reading is the black power coming in. The white should have no current,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Black out in 2 rooms with breaker working, testing continuity, recepticle
testing continuity, recepticle, undervoltage: If you find a box with no power...you will need to address the last box that has power and try to find where the wires from that box go. YOu may run into a situation where you have a junction box...unknown location yet...that has a broken wire...or other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Issue, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: More often it is an issue with the compressor motor. You could try to replace the breaker first. They are not too hard to replace.If that doesn t work I would call an AC contractor. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker repeatedly trips on central A/C, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would not waste my time tracking it down. I would just replace the line and be done with the job. With everything new it should just work. That is what you want after all. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Broken plug in...no power to any other plug in, wire nuts, ballpark estimate
wire nuts, ballpark estimate, electrician: Hi. There is no way I could even give you a ballpark estimate. Besides the difference in different places, and different electricians, it also depends on how long it takes to find the problem. The short probably caused a wire to burn through or come...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Brownouts, aluminum wiring, faulty connections
aluminum wiring, faulty connections, poor connections: it is hard to say what the problem is but you should have it looked at. the possible causes include you may have aluminum wiring. older houses built in the 60 s were built with aluminum wiring and now they are giving people problems with faulty connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulldog Pushmatic Panels, romex wiring, knob and tube wiring
romex wiring, knob and tube wiring, fuse panels: it is hard to say but i would guess that the bulldog panel was installed no later than the 50 s. in the 60 s they went to a plastic insulation. the type with the cloth is usually 20s - 50 s. although all that is quite a bit before i was born! there are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Two conductor wire is standard for electric baseboard heaters. The third wire would be for a neutral. 99% of baseboard heater do not need a neutral. The only reason you would need a neutral in a baseboard heater is if it had some electronics in it. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom exhaust fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That can be done but is not easy. It would involve relays, timers and expensive automation stuff. I would skip all that and buy a fan with a built in motion detector. It will be on every time someone is in the bathroom and would stay on for a few minutes after...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom exhaust fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would use a fan with a motion control on it. here is a link. http://www.kitchensource.com/bathroom-fans/br-ms90130.htm To do the switching the way you described it is not so easy. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan wiring, new timer, electronic timer
new timer, electronic timer, old timer: Hi. It sounds like the timer was not made for that application. You should contact the manufacturer for problems wiring specific products. They should have someone who can tell you if you can use that timer for that application and how to use it. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light fixture change, bathroom light fixture, wire nuts
bathroom light fixture, wire nuts, rental apartment: you wire the new fixture up exactly like the old one was. don t touch the black and white that are tied together - that is how the power goes to the switch and back to the light. so you still have a black and white. that goes to the black and white of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you working with an older ungrounded outlet. In that case your new outlet will be ungrounded as well. In only a few cases would I use and ungrounded outlet as a feed fro a new outlet. I don t know if I would advise adding an ungrounded outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blowng fuses, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would call an HVAC company to do a yearly service on your equipment. It is probably not an electrical problem. The charge that you receive from the should save you money in the long run. They will make sure that your equipment is clean and running efficiently....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker problem, fire hazard, breakers
fire hazard, breakers, living room: Hi. It sounds like the main breaker may need replacing. Check to be sure it is not overheating. If it is not overheating, and you have no more problems, it is probably OK. If it is warm or it happens again, it may need replacing. If something near the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, electric water heaters, hot water heaters
electric water heaters, hot water heaters, hot water heater: yes breakers do get weak. they trip on a thermo-magnetic basis. if there is additional resistance within the breaker, the extra heat will cause the breaker to trip at a lower amperage than rated, especially if run for a long period of time at capacity. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bulb wattage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I can t tell you to use anything above what the manufacture rated the fan for. That rating is meant for safety. In most cases we only find slight fixture damage when we come to jobs that the home owner has replaced the light with bulbs. I m not sure if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burned electrical outlet, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, hi bob: Hi. The problem could be somewhere else too. Replace the outlet first. If it doesn t work, then you should look for a burnt or loose wire in the circuit. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzz in circuit breaker box, room thanks, maintenance man
room thanks, maintenance man, circuit breaker: Hi. First, see if you can see which breaker it is. Is there much on the circuit? If you have one or more motor type things, such as air conditioners, it may buzz when it first comes on. Or the breaker may be bad. There could be a short or overload anywhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C blew outlet, ceiling fan light, wire nuts
ceiling fan light, wire nuts, c unit: Hi. Air conditioners need to be on their own circuits. It probably burned a wire somewhere in the circuit. 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Car battery as a power supply for a electric fence opener, electric fence, gate openers
electric fence, gate openers, power inverter: sorry toby i was so busy i have not gotten to your question. yes you can buy a power inverter like this: http://www.ebatteriestogo.com/Power_Inverter.htm you will still need some way to charge the battery. maybe you can find a 12 volt solar charger....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CEILING FANS, recepticles, problem thanks
recepticles, problem thanks, ceiling fans: You may want to actually trip and reset all 15 and 20amp breakers to be sure. Some will trip and stay in the visible ON position. Next to look for GFCI recepticles...it would be rare, but possible that they are protected by one. Next...take all the switches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like the wire you have up there are carrying a feed to another outlet or something. You should just rune a new 14-3 wire. Send the hot wire down to the switch on the white wire. Then use the red and black to bring the hot wire back to the fan and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan with dual sliding switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: First If you are feed your fan in 12 gauge wire the you switching wire should be the same gauge. You need to use 12/3 not 14/3. 1.The white from the 12/2 goes to the white from the fan. Tie is the neutral for the fan and the light. 2. the black from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan sound, thrust bearing, light fixture
thrust bearing, light fixture, ceiling fan: New fan? New light kit? Was is working properly prior to this rubbing problem? It sounds like the light kit is either the wrong kit or installed incorrectly, that is why I need some history on this, if it was working fine before, a thrust bearing may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan not turning, electrical portion, fan switch
electrical portion, fan switch, fan speed: If the fans are all the same...take the cover off the still good fan and inspect all the wires. Dont take anything apart, but compare. Play with the pull chain and the reverse switch. Learn about the good one...then copy what you see to the second fan....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan wiring/ split circuit recepticle, ceiling fan wiring, loose wire
ceiling fan wiring, loose wire, switch box: You will need to rewire the recepticle and the switch situation to eliminate the switched recepticle to power the switch for the fan. It is not a good idea to tap into a wire overhead....if you dont have 14 of loose wire to pull into the box...big trouble...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling radiant heat, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You might be able to use some steel all thread and some angle iron to build a structure just below the ceiling. Then mount the fan on a pancake box. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CHANGING LIGHT SWITCHES, double light switch, vent fan
double light switch, vent fan, nutral: Hi kenneth. You will need to find out which wire is your incoming hot (identify it black), then identify the wire to the fan as another color, and the wire to the light as another color. If you do have a neutral wire, then it will be idenified white. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a 220 to 110, central heating and air, heating and air
central heating and air, heating and air, light bulb: Hi. Yes, that is all you have to do. Make sure that the breaker is the same size. Or just use the same breaker and disconnect the red wire from the breaker. Then install a regular outlet. You might want to test it with a regular light bulb before you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing two cord outlet to three prong grounded, gfi outlet, c unit
gfi outlet, c unit, gfci: Hi. Yes, a GFCI can take the place of a grounded outlet. It would shut off the unit if there is a problem, rather than grounding it. Although nothing is foolproof. However, most A/C s require their own circuit. If you have a lot of things on the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing plug from 3-prong to 4-prong, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would look for a way to run a new wire as my first option. Running a wire to a cold water pipe is a common cheat. Also using the neutral as your ground is another common cheat. They both use to be legal way to do this and it the reason for the change is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker for TAnkless Water Heater, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Electrically you should be fine. I would do some more research on the functionality of these systems. I have not hear too many great reviews but have heard a few complaints. I m not a plumber so I don t know too much about them. I do know that you will be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker and Wire size, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: 2000 watts /120 volts =16.6 amps 12 wire is good up to 20 amps but I don t ever load it above 80% of it s total rating with a constant load. They both will work but I would go with the 10 gauge for for this water heater especially if I m advising you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting to 220, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need a pro for this one. You will most likely need new wires back to the panel box. You can buy a washer dryer that runs on 110 volt if you look around. They are only good for small loads. But if you are by yourself it may not be a bad option. Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting Ceiling Fan to Light Fixture, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you did everything right. You might want to try to put the black wire from the light to the red wire in the box. Also, test your fixture. Check the bulbs. If you have a tester test the wires coming out of the ceiling. It sounds like this problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Coverting 220 to 125, wall receptacle, rv style
wall receptacle, rv style, amp plug: Hi. If you want to convert a 220 volt 30 amp plug into a 110 volt one, remove the red wire from the breaker, and the red wire from the outlet. Replace the outlet with a 110 volt 30 amp one. You can replace the double pole breaker with a single one, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Creating a socket, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It is possible to add an new outlet. The reason the bathroom vanity lights no longer have outlet is because they are not safe. You need to add a GFCI outlet. I would call a pro for this if you have never done this before. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, two blacks, dimmer switch
two blacks, dimmer switch, blacks and whites: The two blacks and whites on the fan are for the fan and a light kit in case one is installed. The black of each are the hot wires and the whites are the neutrals, so do not connect these whites and blacks together to any wire. I need to know more information,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan light addition, ceiling fan light, light fixture
ceiling fan light, light fixture, canopy: Hi. You should have two wires in the ceiling fan that say light kit on it. One is probably blue (or black and white striped), the other white. They would show when you take the plate off to install the light. If it does not work, you may need to connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan light/fan control, ceiling fan light, light fan
ceiling fan light, light fan, fan control: Hi. This does not make sense to me either. I would contact the manufacturer or the retailer and ask. Normally the black would go to power, the other two wires to the fan and light, and the neutral bypassing the control. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit breaker compatibility, amp circuit breaker, powermark
amp circuit breaker, powermark, child proof: Breakers are so similar, and yet very different. Alot depends on the post that the breakers fits on. Many panels will not receive SQ D and many breakers dont fit properly on Sq D except D s. Siemens is one of the few that generally fits all panels. For...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit breaker for a home, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: HARC Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. The THQL is a standard breaker. I m sorry but I don t know what the acronym stands for. The difference is the HARC take in to account the compressor and motor load that you find in Heating, Air Conditioning...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: common wire, rule of thumb, wire cable
rule of thumb, wire cable, power source: Hi. If you are talking about the wire that connects to the terminal marked common, it is either the wire that goes to the light, or the wire that goes to the power source. As a rule of thumb, the two wires that are not common will be in the same cable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting 3 wire to 2 wire - what do I do with the red, incandescent lights, power converter
incandescent lights, power converter, travel trailer: If you do not have any 240volt use within the travel trailor, then the red is discontinued. ONLY if you have two separate 120volt circuits for the trailer would the red be used as a separate 120 vol circuit. Be sure you do not get it connected to a separate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting a ceiling fan., toggle light switch, light cable
toggle light switch, light cable, single wall: It puzzles me that you only have red and white in the ceiling, but with that, connect the two reds in the ceiling...connect one white to the red and black and the other white to the white. One of the whites in the ceiling box will be a hot wire coming from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting electric wires, stiff wire, ground wires
stiff wire, ground wires, electric wires: Hi. When you mix stranded and solid wire, you need to remove more insulation from the stranded wires. Grasp the wires together, with the insulation line even at the bottom. The stranded wires will extend further on the top than the solid wire. Then screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting a four prong wire to a three prong, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You don t need the white wire on your dryer. You should have three posts. Post 1. Red HOT WIRE Post 2. Green (tape the white wire or you can put it on this post)GROUND AND/OR NEUTRAL WIRE Post 3. Black HOT WIRE NOTE:[It will not mater if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: conversion of German lamp, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Most lamp around the world have only two wire. Some of the new lamps have a spot to connect a ground wire. If this in the case in your lamp I would look for a green screw to connect the third wire. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cord safety, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It should not be too big of a problem as long as you use a good quality extension cord. I would inspect the cord every year as part of my spring cleaning and replace it every 5 to 7 years. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead wall socket, wall sockets, garage door openers
wall sockets, garage door openers, button press: Hi. The outlets in the garage should be controlled by a GFCI. If you look in the bathrooms, outside, basement, or elsewhere in the garage, you should find an outlet with a test and reset button. Press the reset button, and all the outlets on that chain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Very Dim Light in Outdoor Lamp Post, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would use a tester at the socket to see what the voltage it the socket. It should be about 110 volts. If that is true then I would just replace the post head. Some times the connections can rust. That could be your problem. You could also have a bad wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer for recessed lights, watt bulbs, dimmer switches
watt bulbs, dimmer switches, dimmers: If they work when wired direct, will they work with a standard switch as well? If a standard on/off switch works....I would conclude bad dimmers. Find a different light switch location and swap the switch with the dimmer and make sure the dimmer works in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I DONT WANT TO DIE, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The service to your barn will be a sub-panel so I would fuse it smaller then the main service. How about 150 amp to the barn? You might just need to bump up your main service to 300 amp. I would suggest that you hire a pro for this one. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double Meter Socket Wiring, meter socket, amp meter
meter socket, amp meter, amp service: Some utilities do offer a meter base with two load side lugs. You will have to check with the utility to see, if not, you can install the 200 amps panel fed directly from the meter and feed the 100 amp from the 200 amp. Using aluminum, you have to use the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Blows Fuses, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: What crazy electrician told you not to up grade your service. I would start by up grading your service. No one should still be using screw-in-fuse any more. As for the dryer. When this happens it most likely means that your dryer is starting to go bad....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer runs the lights and fridge!, back porch, hi bob
back porch, hi bob, dim light: Hi. If it fixes it, it should stay fixed. The shorted wire was probably a neutral. The breaker shouldn t cause the problem, but if they found another problem, it is good that they fixed it. Although electricity can do funny things, so I suppose that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dual Meter Socket, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You can always use a bigger wire for the Neural. This service is one system so you only need one grounding system. When doubt it will never hurt you to over ground or over bond your work. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: damaged wiring, bearer of bad news, household wiring
bearer of bad news, household wiring, ground wires: Hi. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the wire has to be replaced, or spliced in a junction box. The junction box can not be hidden behind the wall, so you would need a place a wallplate at that point. Also, it is hard to get enough slack to have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would start by checking the wires in the outlet to the right and left of that outlet. If that dose not work I would check the wires in the light. good luck, Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: different voltage and amperage, gauge wire, different voltage
gauge wire, different voltage, question thanks: Hi. Normally 20 amp female air conditioner plugs are made to accept 15 amp male plugs. So, if it does not fit, I would wonder why. In theory, you can plug a 15 amp item into a 20 amp outlet. so, based on the information you gave me, it should work. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you broke the dimmer part of the switch switch. That will happen sometime when you replace a light fixture and the power is on. I have done it more than once. Just replace the dimmer and you will be fine. (turn the power off at the breaker box)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming and quick brighting of lights, volt battery, yellow glow
volt battery, yellow glow, electric co: It sounds like a low volt situation, and the only trouble shoot I would recommend...all light circuits be taken apart...tested for voltage at each point and then put to the test. It is not a huge task....4 circuits maybe. Turn off all breakers that affect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: from drop -in range to free standing range, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire
aluminum wiring, aluminum wire, ground wires: Hi. Be sure that the new stove is rated at the same amperage or less than your breaker. Number 6 aluminum wiring will not carry more than 50 amps. Less if it is a long wire. You should put an outlet on the end of the cable. be sure it is rated for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: from drop-in range to freestanding, Philadelphia, Electrician
Philadelphia, Electrician, repair: This would be hard to explain without looking at it. I don t want to steer you wrong. You might want to hire an electrician for that. It should not cost you that much to have the peace of mind of a job done right. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer outlet, kenmore dryer, circuit breaker
kenmore dryer, circuit breaker, fairfax county: Hi. Some places like Fairfax County VA requires a range outlet for a dryer, and you have to replace the cord on the dryer to a 50 amp cord. So, you can either change the dryer cord, or replace the outlet and breaker. The wire should be thicker, so you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Elecricity in the neutral wire, ground 0, neutral wire
ground 0, neutral wire, radio shack: i think you are using one of those neon testers. they can sometimes be misleading. in order to use a tester, you need to place your test leads across two wires. i think you may be better off with a multimeter. you can get one from home depot or radio shack...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Dryer, wire nuts, fuse box
wire nuts, fuse box, electric dryer: Hi. Yes, you can splice 10-3 wire in a junction box as long as you don t cover it up with wall. You should be able to find wire nuts big enough, but you can also use split bolt connectors to splice the wires. You can mount the dryer plug anywhere as long...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Failure, electric failure, electrician
electric failure, electrician, thanks for your time: Hi. It could be the power company. It is always best to call them first, because they may not charge you if the problem is not theirs. But an electrician would charge you even if it is not his responsibility. The problem is between the street and your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric switch, swithes, swiches
swithes, swiches, electric switch: Hi. No, you can t for two reasons. First of all, any outlet in the kitchen must not be on the same circuit as a light and must be 20 amps. Secondly, unless the power enters the switch at that location, you will not have all the wires you need to run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The wire in the wall is larger because you don t want it to break or burn up where you can t see it. The 14 gauge or 16 gauger wire can physically run 20 amps or more but is down graded for extra safety. I m not sure what you are doing but I would stick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical 110 volt circuts, ceramic tile floor, bearer of bad news
ceramic tile floor, bearer of bad news, whirlpool tub: Hi. On all of these units, you have to look at the amperage, and see. Most heating things use a lot of electricity. But somewhere there should be an amperage rating. If it is under 15 amps, you can use 14 gauge. If it is under 20 amps, you can use 12....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, 28 years, few minutes
28 years, few minutes, thanks for your help: Hi. It is possible that the breaker is bad. But it could be a problem with the wiring too. Try disconnecting the wiring. If it still trips, the breaker is bad. If trips only with the wire, then there is a problem with the wiring. See if you can reconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: NO, I m not 100% sure, but I would never do that any. It makes so much more scene to just buy the right part for the job. When you start to take short cuts sooner or later something will go wrong. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Amps for 6 story building, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It depends on the square footage of the building and it s use. In general we refer this type of question to an electrical engineer. In Philadelphia that type of building would require an engineers stamp. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical grounding issue, boat cradle, boat wiring
boat cradle, boat wiring, electrical grounding: Hi. You are getting all the right readings. You probably have a problem with the boat. I am not familiar with boat wiring. But just check everything to make sure nothing is touching that shouldn t be. You may also want to check the lift motor to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes and No You should have no problem adding a 30 to your service. You need to use # 10 wore [#6 is too big to fit on an outlet] You can t use a regular outlet for a 30 amp device. I think the outlet # you will need is NEMA 5-30R Here is an outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical outlets, rewire, electrical outlets
rewire, electrical outlets, surge protector: The problem and expense aren t changing the outlets. Devices cost relatively nothing. The problem is grounding. You either have a ground at the location or you don t. If there is a ground in the box, and it is properly connected all the way back to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Plug for a Well, recepticle, electrical plug
recepticle, electrical plug, power outages: It is easy and should be done. At the main panel...you have a breaker for the pump. You can put a recepticle under that panel for the generator or a recepticle at the pump. Be sure you mark either location as ALT pump. When you connect the generator...be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Questions, cable clamp, electrical questions
cable clamp, electrical questions, junction boxes: Hi. Here are the rules for junction boxes that I cut and pasted from a website: It depends on the cubic inch capacity of the box. Each black, white, or red wire counts as 2 units if #14, 2.25 units if #12. Count 1 unit as above for all the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Surge felt in the Shower (Shower Mixer), mixer tap, electrical surges
mixer tap, electrical surges, shower mixer: is this s anew issue, suddenly started happening, does the electician feel the surge? Put a volt meter between the shower control and earth ground and find out how much voltage we are talking about, could it be tribo electric, [static}? where the water...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical switches in an older mobile home, silver screw, no screws
silver screw, no screws, electrical switches: on the old switches, you will see that one wire goes to half of both of the switches. that is the hot. if you are not sure, use a tester. the wire that stays energized when the switch is both on and off is the hot. on the double switch, you will see that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical switches in an older mobile home, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This sounds like it could be confusing even if I was there looking at it. You might just want to call someone in if it is your first time trying this. A combo switch box is easily messed up and would not want you to make a bigger problem for yourself or the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Wiring, neutral wire, bathroom light
neutral wire, bathroom light, electrical wiring: Hi. Strange things like this almost always involve a neutral that has become disconnected, although your situation is probably the strangest I have heard. When a neutral wire becomes disconnected, the neutral wires then have power in them that bleed from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Wiring Issues, dimmer switches, landlord tenant
dimmer switches, landlord tenant, electrical issues: Hi. The dimmer humming and the A/C causing the lights the flicker is most likely not a problem. However, you definitely have a problem with the outlets in the kitchen and dining room. They may have a shared neutral circuit with the neutral disconnected....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical wiring, pendent light fixtures, lighting circuit
pendent light fixtures, lighting circuit, gauge wire: Hi. You have to keep the lighting and outlets separate in the kitchen, dining room, and laundry area. You can connect the light fixtures to a 15 or 20 amp general lighting circuit. The load on the 18 gauge wire should only be the light. Yes, 18 gauge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical wiring, electrical wiring, electricity
electrical wiring, electricity, branch breaker: Hi. I am not sure exactly what you mean. However, the electricity should always be turned off when working on it. If you are replacing the panel box, or the main breaker, the power company should turn your power off so it can be done. If you are replacing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The first bit advice is to put it back the same way you found it. You don t need to know where the wires go if it is already working. But now that you have it all goofed up i think I man know what is going on. If that outlet was controlled by the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: European 3 Phase (380V-I think) to 1 Phase 220V, electric hot plate, phase wye
electric hot plate, phase wye, earth ground: YOu got a question I will tell you upfront, I have no idea what all the wiring is in a particular stove. You think 5 wires is three phase, so if it is between three leads there will be balanced voltage or [close], then from somewhere there could be a plain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: European to American, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Lucky you. That sound like a great plan. With that many appliances it may make scene to just buy appliances designed that work with your power supply. Other wise you might be fighting an up hill battle. Good luck, Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: European to American, volt circuits, 220 volt
volt circuits, 220 volt, electrical utility: Most likely it will require a fairly large transformer to convert the power. I would check with a local electrical utility supply as I am sure this is common. The difference is with US 240, it is a combination of two 120 volt legs. In European, it is similar...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: elect problem, coat closet, good measure
coat closet, good measure, breakers: It is very possible, that you still have another GFCI protector that has tripped...you just havent found it. I had a similar call....I found it in the bottom of the coat closet. Never saw that one coming...but I reset it....all was good. If you check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric mystery, fuse box, gfci outlet
fuse box, gfci outlet, reset buttons: Hi. In many houses, the bathrooms, garage, basement, and outdoor plugs are on one circuit, and the first outlet in the chain is a GFCI outlet that has a test and reset button. So check those outlets, including ones that may be hidden behind things for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric problem in remodeled kitchen, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The problem doesn t sound like a panel problem. It sounds more like there is a loose connection. I don t want to say anything bad about your electrician. I can t see anything from here but you may want to get some estimates on your panel from other contractor....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric wiring for pool, pool pump, new pool
pool pump, new pool, energy test: I ll take another approach. If your pool pump is capable of being wired in either 120volt circuit or 240volt circuit...it would use 8-10amps in the 240volt mode, but 20amps in the 120volt mode. That is still normal...but depending on the duration it runs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: In 20 years I have not come across any real problems but I m not a testing agency. I know there are still a lot of old timer electricians that do that sort thing regularly. What breaker is on sale this week It has only been recently that home inspectors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical panel load, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: 200 amp is enough to power 95% of the family home in the U.S., even with the addition of a 50 amp hot tub. I would just add it.I doubt you will have any problem. Most panels have breakers that add up higher then the main. That is because not every circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical surges, electrical surges, voltage measurements
electrical surges, voltage measurements, utility voltage: Kenny, you got a something not a surge, and it needs to b e dealt with ASAP as this low voltage condition can tear up some expensive stuff, First is sounds like you are experencing, either low utility voltage which in turn, when distributed gets lower,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical switch, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, Repair: Your switch either needs to be replace or this could be a problem that occur in a florescent lights that needs a new ballast. I hope this helped Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electricity gone in 3 rooms, storm lightning, circuit breakers
storm lightning, circuit breakers, electrical storm: Sorry for this delay...I was having internet/computer problems. If you had an electrical storm...lightning may have affected a circuit. If you have circuit breakers....check all of them physically. Make sure you have power out from each breaker. Dont...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electricity mystery..., earth ground, voltage detector
earth ground, voltage detector, loose connections: there is a loose connection somewhere. breakers or GFCI plugs that trip will not reset themselves. so if you have intermittent power failures it is because there is a faulty connection somewhere. where is the crucial question. basically you will have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: extension cord, lamp cord, extension cord
lamp cord, extension cord, electrical tape: Hi. They key to using cords safely is that they do not get damaged. Putting them under rugs will caused them to get damaged. Putting them where furniture will pinch them will also cause damage. A pet chewing on them also will cause damage (to the pet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Farm electrical questions, three phase transformers, national electrical code
three phase transformers, national electrical code, nec handbook: replacing lights and plugs, maybe pulling a new circuit or two or even troubleshooting a wiring fault is what a do it yourselfer can do. i would think things like three phase transformers might be best left to the experts. honestly it is not that complicated....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What does 208/240 volts mean?, florida power and light, phase power
Electrical Wiring in the Home: What does 208/240 volts mean?, florida power and light, phase power, wye

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker repeatedly trips on central A/C
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker repeatedly trips on central A/C

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Brownouts, company connections, lugs
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Brownouts, company connections, lugs, breaker panel

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulldog Pushmatic Panels, knob and tube wiring, snake skin
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulldog Pushmatic Panels, knob and tube wiring, snake skin, romex

Electrical Wiring in the Home: common wire, way switch, different color
Electrical Wiring in the Home: common wire, way switch, different color, screws

Electrical Wiring in the Home: different voltage and amperage, power source, air conditioner
Electrical Wiring in the Home: different voltage and amperage, power source, air conditioner, breakers

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical grounding issue, steel hand, stainless steel
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical grounding issue, steel hand, stainless steel, grounding rod

Electrical Wiring in the Home: European to American, converters
Electrical Wiring in the Home: European to American, converters

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing electric heaters, electric baseboard heaters, amps
Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing electric heaters, electric baseboard heaters, amps

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage vs hard wired smoke detector system, fire marshall, smoke system
Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage vs hard wired smoke detector system, fire marshall, smoke system, smoke detectors

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wire size, wire cables, neutrals
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wire size, wire cables, neutrals, breakers

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, neutral wire, continuity
Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, neutral wire, continuity, ground wire

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two pin outlets, amp circuits, ground wires
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two pin outlets, amp circuits, ground wires, electricians

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing old wiring in plaster walls
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing old wiring in plaster walls

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Square D sub panel expansion, slim line, breakers
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Square D sub panel expansion, slim line, breakers, circuits

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Timer Switch, conventions, copper
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Timer Switch, conventions, copper, colors

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Welder hook-up, neutral conductor, special circumstance
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Welder hook-up, neutral conductor, special circumstance, volt circuit

Electrical Wiring in the Home: welder+miss., amp circuits
Electrical Wiring in the Home: welder+miss., amp circuits

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fan/light and 3 way switches, 3 way switches, wanted feature
3 way switches, wanted feature, fan lights: It would require removing the remote control device in the new fans which I am sure would void the warranty and I am sure this is why he did not want to do it. You will either have to use the remotes or exchange the fans or remove the remote control device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fiff between lead &load wire, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: No that is not the load. The load is the wire that is leaving you shout off and going to the AC unit. [Black, white and ground] The Line is the wire coming from the panel going to the disconnect. [black, white and ground] Line comes in Load ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fixture wiring, fixture wire, receptacle
fixture wire, receptacle, power source: Hi. You should connect everything the way it was. Someone would have to look at the wires, use testing equipment to figure out where things go. If you don t remember, I can give you my best guess. The white wire with black tape is probably a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow up, 220 volt appliances, major appliances
220 volt appliances, major appliances, pump house: Hi. Many 220 volt appliances do not use neutrals. I believe that welders are included. They do require a ground however. Check the instructions to make sure. So, if you do not need a neutral, you should be OK. However, you can t use one neutral for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fried outlet - breakers not tripped, meter registers, outlet location
meter registers, outlet location, accessible location: it is hard to say about the reuse of the wires. if you have slack in the wire you can cut off the burned portion and use the wire. it concerns me that an electrician put in a plug that burned up, regardless of the fact that it is outside. hopefully...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gas and Electrical inside a cabinet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I see nothing wrong with that as long as you connections are tight. Some home inspector and township inspector don t like to see it. If you need inspections you may want to double check with them. I would do that at my house. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,Inc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, pushmatic breakers, gfci outlet
pushmatic breakers, gfci outlet, pool pump: Hi. Normally I would say that the pump is defective. But if it works on the GFCI with an extension cord, it does sound unusual. Is there anything on the plug of the filter that is touching the female plug that shouldn t be? Perhaps it is just something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI/Bath Circuit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would run 12/2 from the panel to the GFCI first (then 12/2 to everything else). I would only GFCI protect any light or fan if it was in the shower area. If it was to opinion of the home owner or the inspector that the whole bathroom needed to be protected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI/Bath Circuit, gauge wire, amp circuit
gauge wire, amp circuit, fan light: Hi. A 20 amp circuit must have 12 gauge wire for the entire circuit. You do not need to connect the fan and light to the GFCI. You can put other things on the circuit. The code now requires 20 amps for bathroom outlets, but does not say you can t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Circuits, gfci outlets, neutral wire
gfci outlets, neutral wire, voltage readings: Hi. Just about anytime people get funny readings, it s because a neutral wire has come loose somewhere. The power reading you are getting is the feedback from something else on the circuit. In other words, the power is going through something and trying...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and coffee maker, bunn coffee maker, gfci
bunn coffee maker, gfci, recepticle: GFCI do go bad...Most are made in China. I have seen a GFCI trip twice..and discontinue working. At $12 each...it should last longer?? As long as the appliance works fine in a standard recepticle...it is either a bad GFCI...or somehow the Bunn has a fault...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI combo to replace a single switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Here this should not be too hard. First - all the White wire go together and under the silver screw marked Line. Second - The blue gets hooked up to the gold screw marked line. Finally - The red wire should get hooked up to the switch. [ you may need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI - Pool, pushmatic breakers, gfci outlet
pushmatic breakers, gfci outlet, pool pump: If it is tripping for a ground fault, you would need to find the fault. If it is tripping because of a common neutral, then you need to isolate a neutral for it. If it is a branch circuit...it is sharing a neutral. Sometimes it works...but depending on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI v.s others, neutral wire, gfci
neutral wire, gfci, gfi: 1. A GFCI is required by electrical code in a bath, kitchen, outside, or near a water source such as a sink inside. 2. The only way a receptacle is truly grounded is if the circuit has a ground wire and it is attached to the receptacle, or the receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI w/switch, garbage disposal, gfci
garbage disposal, gfci, black wire: From the load side, there should be one black and one white just like the line side. Apparently someone used two black wires. You will have to determine which one is actually a white wire, this is the neutral and will run directly to the neutral or white wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI PLUGS, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Sure you can. They will not fight each other as ling as all the wires on the inside GFCI are connecter to the side of the GFCI marked LINE Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI plug wiring?, reset buttons, recepticles
reset buttons, recepticles, thanks in advance: Research all your GFCI recepticles to know what is happening. If you are replacing GFCI the power is connected to LINE IN...power continues from LOAD OUT or if not protecting the next in line..you can connect to the other terminals of LINE IN and continue...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI tripped after strom and won't reset, electrician, possible solutions
electrician, possible solutions, storms: I would call an electrician. Either the circuit has been damaged or some other device on the circuit is damaged. You could try unplugging everything on this circuit to see if it will then reset as it may be a plugged in device that is tripping the circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground, ground rods, bare wire
ground rods, bare wire, water pipe: Hi. requiring ground rods is fairly recent. In many cases, houses were grounded only to the water pipe. So, unless your house is new, most likely there is no ground rod. If the water pipe is installed correctly, it should be good enough. However, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: garage lights, flourescent lights, garage door opener
flourescent lights, garage door opener, amp breaker: Sorrry for this delay...computer and internet problems. I would suggest that you take the entire circuit apart....look at all your connections. Test and review what you are doing. It sounds like you have a cross over of white and black wires... somewhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: garbage disposal /gfi, garbage disposal, gfi outlet
garbage disposal, gfi outlet, gfci: Hi. I don t believe that a disposal needs to be protected with a GFCI. It sounds like that the GFCI may be defective. I would replace it and see if it works. If not, the disposal may need to be replaced. If the outlet is under the sink and nothing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: garbage disposal wiring from a switch, master electrician, garbage disposal
master electrician, garbage disposal, neutral wire: Hi. If you have only a white and a black, you have no neutral wire. The white is a hot wire, and it won t work. However, disposals need to be on their own circuit. So, the only correct way would be to run a wire from the panel to the disposal. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: generac guardian generator, generac guardian generator, bearer of bad news
generac guardian generator, bearer of bad news, shock hazard: Hi. Plugging an generator into a plug is very dangerous. First of all, if the load exceeds the rating on the wire, which is very likely, it could catch on fire. When the power comes back in, it will cause a major short, which can start a fire, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: We typically don t GFCI protect laundry outlets. The motor in them can cause the problem that you are experiencing. Some inspectors and/or townships require them. If that is the case you might want to check you warranty on the washer. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi switch won't reset, gfci, red button
gfci, red button, bathrooms: Hi. First of all, make sure the power was connected to the line side of the GFCI, not the load side. That is most likely the problem. If there is anything connected to the load side, disconnect it, and see if it works. If not, then it may be defective....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi switch won't reset, loose wires, recepticles
loose wires, recepticles, reset button: You may need to pull all the affected appliances out...including switches, to see if all have secured wires, or loose wires. check breakers...test if needed to be sure 120volts. You will need to check all possibilities to remove each probability. GFCI recepticles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground fault interrupter in kitchen, ground fault interrupter, recepticle
ground fault interrupter, recepticle, source of water: GFCI s have been required since at least 91. It must have been removed due to the inconvenience they cause. Any recepticle within 6 of a source of water is required to be GFCI protected. The exception is a dedicated circuit....frig, washer, micro etc...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground fault interrupters, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you colleague paid for a home inspection and you don t understand why one GFCI is bad I would call the inspector. After all that is what your paying for with a home inspection. I can only give you a wild guesses. Here are three wild guesses. 1. The breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground wire problem, automatic gate opener, mild shock
automatic gate opener, mild shock, groundwire: you seem to have a faulty ground wire. at the panel, the ground bar is attached to a ground rod driven in the earth. this equalizes the grounding system of the electric system with the earth, an infinite source of grounding. the ground wire at the unit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground wiring, cold water pipe, soil area
cold water pipe, soil area, rocky soil: Hi. No to both questions. Ground rods are now required in addition to water pipes. The ground rod has to go straight down. If your area is very rocky, you may want to see if someone has any ideas. I live in a sandy soil area. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: HALOGEN LIGHT FIXTURE HEATING UP, halogen light fixture, attatched
halogen light fixture, attatched, motion sensor: the most likely mistake is that you touched the bulb with your hands. the oil on your hands will blow out the bulb. use a tissue to carefully install the bulb and it should be fine. generally a wiring problem will not cause the bulb to blow prematurely....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: High electric bill, possible bad wiring?, warm tile, hot water on demand
warm tile, hot water on demand, new appliances: So, shut EVERYTHING.. lights refrigerator water heater ice maker fans A/C Washer Dryer TVs ...off and see if the meter stops... [Got warm-tile in the bathroom?] hot water on demand? What size service do you have? WHAT ARE YOUR NEIGHBORS USING/PAYING?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Wiring, light switches, home wiring
light switches, home wiring, black wire: Hi. As long as the power enters at the switches, all you have to do is take the power from there. There should be a black wire that connects to each of the existing switches. Use that to power the new one. There should also be a bunch of white wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home wiring, copper wire, ampacity
copper wire, ampacity, ac unit: Hi. The chart I have lists the ampacity of 8 gauge copper wire as 50 amps. So, you should be OK. You may want to make sure it is not getting warm, just as a reality check. It seems strange that the more efficient system uses more electricity. Hopefully...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home wiring, circuit breakers, home wiring
circuit breakers, home wiring, safety hazard: Hi. The code is always open to interpretation, and if an inspector does not like it, he can turn it down. It depends on what is double connected. For example, the code requires 2 circuits for the kitchen and dining plugs with nothing else on them. So,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home wiring in PA, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Sure you can do that. I would just add a second breaker.If your out of space you may want to think about a bigger panel. I belive that every panel should always have a few spare spaces. [The extra spaces keep non-electrician from doing bad work, like installing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: House Wiring, light fixture, power source
light fixture, power source, switches: Hi. The exact wiring would depend on the relationship between the power source, the two switches, and the light. However, in general, the neutral from the source goes to the white wire of the fixture. There are two wires between the switches called...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: House Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would install a 400 amp main disconnect as the main service feeder. Off of that 400 amp disconnect I would feed the basement 200 amp panel and a 200 amp disconnect for the second floor. From the 200 amp disconnect I would run 200 amp SER to the sub-panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Husky Training, invisible fence, electric fence
invisible fence, electric fence: If by electric fence you mean invisible fence, then yes. Any dog can be trained. Some take a little more training than others and this breed falls into this category. The key is training. I d recommend a stubborn dog system and at least 4 weeks of daily training...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hardwire low voltage led undercab lights, undercabinet lights, wall cabinet
undercabinet lights, wall cabinet, plug wires: from your description i am not exactly sure of how the light is set up. if it has a transformer, the input is 120 volts. you do not have to necessarily plug it in. the wires that feed the transformer can go directly into a junction box that has a circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, pull chain light switch, time doug
pull chain light switch, time doug, florescent light: Hi. It sounds like you wired it right. The hot power entering goes to one terminal, and the hot power going to the light goes to the other. The whites do not connect to the switch. Perhaps you connected it to the wrong black wire, or maybe the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot water heater element wiring, hot water heater, heater element
hot water heater, heater element, volt light: Aaron, Your element if taken from a 240 volt tank, is simply a resistive load, designed to produce the data tag wattage at 240 volts AC single phase US I am guessing. Simply means that by applying 240 volts to the two connectors on the ends, the element...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot wire, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you had a loose connection. With out looking at the wire I can t tell you whether or not it needs to be replaced. If the wire is damaged then Yes you will need to replace it. It would make scene to replace the other devices on that circuit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing 240v service for woodworking machinery, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to contact an electrician. I believe that your Federal Pacific Stab Lok panel may present a fire hazard and needs to be replaced. I think you at the very least need a professional to look at this first hand. Good luck Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing Ceiling Fan, installing ceiling fan, bare wire
installing ceiling fan, bare wire, joints: the cream wire is the white wire. sometimes color varies slightly. from what you describe, you wired the fan correctly. my best suggestion is to check your wire joints. it is possible that one of the wires slipped out of the wire joint and shorted out....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing A Dimmer Switch, Philadelphia electrician, three way
Philadelphia electrician, three way, dimmer: It sounds like you have a three way switch. A three way switch can be control in more then one location. That is why you have the extra wire. You only need to use one of the red wires. It doesn t mater witch one. Put a wire cap on the other red wire and give...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a microwave hood, electrical outlet, microwave
electrical outlet, microwave, ground wire: Hi. What kind of wires are coming from the attic? It has to be in a covering of some sort. Either Romex, conduit, etc. It is best to run the ground from the circuit. I don t think an inspector would like to see the power come from one place, and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a motion sensor light, motion sensor light, question thanks
motion sensor light, question thanks, old houses: Hi. With the power on, and the wires separated, carefully put a tester between the black wire coming from the power source and the metal box. If it lights, it is grounded. Again, make sure you do not touch any bare wires, just touch the insulated wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing An Outlet, wall switch, preference
wall switch, preference: Hi. Does the existing switch have only two wires, not counting the ground? Does a white wire connect to the switch? If so, it is a switch loop, and you can t tap off of it because there is no neutral. If there are more wires, please give me as much...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing photo eye on lamp post, photoeye, lamp post
photoeye, lamp post, power switch: If I understood correctly...you have power coming in..a black/red wire and white wire. You have a photoeye with white black and red wire...and the lamp is black a white. Power goes into the photo eye..blk to blk. red goes to the black of the light...all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing recessed lighting in an existing ceiling, installing recessed lighting, rectangular pattern
installing recessed lighting, rectangular pattern, electrical department: Hi. There really isn t any way to go around the joists. You can try using the special drills made for electrical jobs. They are around 4 feet long, and flexible. You would use it where you make the holes for the fixtures. They are in the electrical department...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a swag light kit on a plaster ceiling, plaster ceiling, stud finder
plaster ceiling, stud finder, dining room table: Hi. There is more wood with a plaster and lathe cieling, and the plaster is thicker and more solid than drywall, so unless the fixture is very heavy, you can probably either screw it into the lathe or use a spring wing toggle bolt. You won t need to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Interior light with sensor and timer., motion sensor light, motion sensor light switches
motion sensor light, motion sensor light switches, steel ruler: There are motion sensor light switches. When you enter the room...its on. As long as it detects movement...it stays on. When all movement ceases for several minutes...its off. Lutron, and Leviton both make them. There are several other brands also. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Irrigation pump wiring, neutral red, ac unit
neutral red, ac unit, wire cable: Hi Joe. If your load does not exceed 30 amps, then you can use the 10/2 uf. If it was me, I would go ahead and use the 4 wire cable, which would allow you to use 120v at the pump, for a light or something like that. f you are sure you will never need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a ceiling fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: There are trick but they are too hard to do with out showing. I most cases they are not up to code. A common one is use wood screws and mount the fan right into the structure of the house. The correct way would be to change the box to a fan box. Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing electric heaters, amp circuit, volts amps
amp circuit, volts amps, baseboard heaters: The formula to determine a circuit size is: Watts divided by Volts = Amps So with the first house, 3 heaters @ 500 Watts = 1500 Watts 1500 Watts divided by 240 volts = 6.25 Amps The second house, 2 heaters @ 1500 Watts = 3000...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a fan remote, wall switches, fan light
wall switches, fan light, wing nut: Hi. Yes. When you use the wall switches, the power for the light and fan is split at the switches. However, when you use the remote, the power is split at the remote receiver in the fan. So, you can use only one wire from the switch to the fan. That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing wall and or celieing lighting, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I have no idea why houses in the 80 didn t have ceiling lights. You will need to make some holes. They should not be too bad. If you were planing on doing some painting you will be able to make then disappear fairly easily. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: my interruptible meter speeds up and slows down about every 10 seconds, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Is you generator big enough? This could happen if the generator is too small for your load. I would contact the manufacture of the generator and ask if it is designed to do what you are asking it to do. If they give you the Ok you probably just need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction boxes, junction boxes, wood members
junction boxes, wood members, j box: first there is no limit on how many j boxes in an attic. if the box is too full it is perfectly ok to install an extension ring to get more room. it may be cleaner to install a larger box, but it is your call. you do not want to bury a box in the insulation....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob and tube wiring removal from a third floor, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It is OK to tape knob and tube and leave it in the ceiling of the second floor. That is the way that knob and tube was ran and that is why it need to be replaced. If you are renovating the third floor (I m assuming it only has three stories) you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: L1 L2 and Black and White Wires, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: L1 and L2 are reversible so either way you can t install it wrong. The Black and White wire need to be on a double pole 220 volt breaker. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lawnmower disaster, reset switches, bathroom lights
reset switches, bathroom lights, switch position: not THAT freaky really. it is allowed to have the lights on the bath receptacle circuit if the circuit only feeds the one bath and the circuit doesn t extend anywhere else... the breaker that sort of floats in the middle.... if you push it all the way to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Problem, wire, emrrepair.com
wire, emrrepair.com, Will Babbitt: Amber, These questions are so hard to answer using this format, too much history needs to be gathered, but let s try this without getting too long: 1 You say the light fixture wires were cut, what kind of fixture, what kind of wire, what cut the wires,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim briefly, recepticles, circuit breaker
recepticles, circuit breaker, appart: Check first the switches, recepticles and bulbs on that circuit. Isolate the problem as much as possible. If you dont find it in the early stages...you may need to take the circuit appart at each appliance and test from the breaker to varify voltage as the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power after rewiring over the range microwave, range hood, rewiring
range hood, rewiring, electrician: just look very carefully at what wires are there. you probably have a wire coming in from the source and a wire leaving feeding the other outlets. maybe you forgot to hook up the wire leaving. double check your work and look for a faulty connection or a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage at receptacles, voltage readings, recepticle
voltage readings, recepticle, bus bar: This resembles a bad and or arching connection. You may have a situation....involving a bad/broken wire...or related. You may need to investigate more thoroughly. It could be very simple and easy to fix...a recepticle or switch with bad contacts. It could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage pendant light issue, voltage tester, wire nut
voltage tester, wire nut, loose wire: Hi. The most common cause is a loose wire. So check all your connections. It is possible that the transformer stopped working, but not likely. Check all the wires in the fixture and junction box. A lot of times the wire looks connected under a wire nut,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture install, wall stud, grounding wire
wall stud, grounding wire, wire connections: It is a code issue that a Box be provided for making wire connections. This is not the first time it has been WrOng. But you should be able to correct it easy enough. A round old work box with cut in as needed where neede. If close enough to a stud....put...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can light to pendant light, chandelier light, chandeliers
chandelier light, chandeliers, attachments: It is not impossible, but difficult. The can light fixture is an entire apparatus in itself. A pendant or chandelier light require a very heavy mounting box rated by weight and depending on the ceiling construction, it may be difficult to properly install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch melted, aluminum wiring, switchplate
aluminum wiring, switchplate, light switch: Hi. Was your house built in the 1970 s? If so, you may have aluminum wiring. If so, it needs to be maintained. (wires tightened and only special devices used) If not, the wire may have been loose which would cause arcing and heating. Also, be sure that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch/plug in combo, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You are running your neutral through the light bulb s filament. You need to take it out and put the wires back in a different order. I cant see witch combo switch you have so I can t tell what the correct order is. The switch should have a place for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightening hit and one circuit off, circuit breakers, night lightning
circuit breakers, night lightning, deck lights: If a breakr wont easiy reset, it is either a bad breaker or the circuit it is protecting has a short. One simple way to trouble shoot, (with power off) take the wire from that bad breaker and put it on another. If it trips this breaker...it is the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, watt bulbs, soffets
watt bulbs, soffets, amp circuit: Hi. The next person may put in 50 watt bulbs, so you pretty much have to figure on using that figure. Since you should use only 80% of the capacity of an 1800 watt circuit, that would be 28, as long as there is nothing else on that circuit. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights won't turn on, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. It sounds like you have a loose wire. 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. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: location of primary gfci outlet, gfci breaker, gfci outlet
gfci breaker, gfci outlet, gfci protected outlet: Hi. You can put the GFCI in another room, as long as the outlet in the other room is protected downstream. I am not sure what you mean by powder room and washroom. But each bathroom should have an outlet near the sink for a hairdryer or razor. If you don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage, minimal connection, voltage readings
minimal connection, voltage readings, wire nut: I hate these....it can be a bad switch in line, a bad connection in line, a bad wire nut connection a bad GFCI feeding the circuit, a breaking wire that is arching for its minimal connection. The only way to find it is to isolate the entire circuit...trace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage canopy, heat dissipation, voltage fixtures
heat dissipation, voltage fixtures, electrical inspector: The problem may be with either of these is any wire junction has to be readily accessible according to code. This means by removing a cover or fixture, the wiring is accessible. As long as either of these installations can be done this way, either can be done....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage vs hard wired smoke detector system, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Your are right it make no sense. This is a case of two competing code or trades. It has nothing to do with logic if you ask me. The only justification I can think of is that 112 volt smokes will work even if the alarm system gets canceled. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MECHANICAL BUG, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You should be able to go to a supply house and read the boxes that they are sold in for this information. Every brand is a bit different. I would think you are best off see what is available in your market. Here is a list of split bolt connects that will work....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mercury Vapor Photo Cell Screw in fixture and Bulb, mercury vapor fixtures, mercury vapor bulb
mercury vapor fixtures, mercury vapor bulb, photocell: Hi. You need to get a fixture with a built in photo cell. They don t make screw in ones. If you look, you will find most mercury vapor fixtures already come with one. If you do find a photocell that is not incandescent only, it would have to wire between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mobile home electrical, circut breaker, incoming power
circut breaker, incoming power, home thanks: Different manufacturers run the electrical in different areas, you would have to check with the manufacturer for those specifics, but as far as the power, it sounds more like a utility problem in the incoming power to have lost half. It does not cost anything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mysterious Ground, dangerous wiring, structure member
dangerous wiring, structure member, ground wires: sometimes the ground wire is simply cut off by someone that is completely ignorant to electrical wiring. i if you are able to splice on to the wire and connect it to the ground bar that is fine. as to the source of the grounding, there are several possible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: main panel location, basement window, service entrance
basement window, service entrance, clear path: sorry i took so long i was so busy. there is a section in the NEC that addresses clearances. the only real issue is that you need three feet clearance in front of the panel. a window above does not effect it but i would recommend that you not put it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: There is not much help I can offer over the Internet. You may need to hire an electrician for this one. Before you do that unplug everything in the trailer and turn off every light switch before you turned the breakers off and on? Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving a wire across ceiling joists, ceiling joists, structural engineer
ceiling joists, structural engineer, electrical department: Hi. You may have to chip out the drywall. You ll probably have notch the studs a little bit. Since I am not a structural engineer, I can t tell you how much is a safe amount unfortunately. They also make drills that are 3 or 4 feet long and flexible....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wire size, fuse sizes, electrical inspector
fuse sizes, electrical inspector, neutral wire: I have not encountered this situation where the neutrals did not go back to the panel separately and am not certain by the code if it is legal as it does not reference doing this. Before doing it illegally, the local electrical inspector has final authority...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Sub Panel, zinsco breakers, qualified electrician
zinsco breakers, qualified electrician, philadelphia market: There is not much I can do to help you. Zinsco have been take out of the Philadelphia market for years now. I don t think it is any different in San Jose but I could be wrong. You need to contact a local electrician for a second opinion. Here are some Zinsco...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Sub Panel From Main Meter, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to contact an electrician. I believe that your Zinsco Panel maybe a fire hazaed and needs to be replaced. You need someone who can look at this in person. Good luck, Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-functioning lamp post, underground wire, photocell
underground wire, photocell, lamp post: Hi. The first thing I would check is to see if there is power going to the photocell. These are very temperamental, and it may need to be replaced. If that is not the situation, it is just a matter of getting a neon tester and see where you have power....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Number of Outlets on a Breaker, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, max number: Hi. You need 12 gauge wire for 20 amps and 12 or 14 for 15 amps. This is assuming a normal length of wire and type NM wire. It depends on what you are using the outlets for. In this case, common sense is more of a determination than a code. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new celling light., copper wire, switch one
copper wire, switch one, ceiling lights: looks like you wired it in series. you must have wired it wrong. from you description, i cannot tell what you did wrong. use a tester and with both light fixtures disconnected, test for 120 volts between black and white. when you verify that, the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new range and dryer, 60 hertz, volt outlets
60 hertz, volt outlets, volt outlet: Hi. Yes, you do not need the dedicated 220 volt outlets. However, you have to see the amperage rating on both appliances, and make sure whatever plug you plug it into has enough capacity. For example, if you have a 20 amp circuit in the laundry area,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wiring for ceiling fan, installing a ceiling fan, wall receptacle
installing a ceiling fan, wall receptacle, overhead light: Hi. It sounds like the power enters the box, so you can install a new switch for the fan. The switch would get its power from the same wire that brings power to the other switches, and the neutral from the fan would connect to where most of the other whites...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old house wiring, cloth wires, copper wires
cloth wires, copper wires, celing: Hi. Was there a light fixture or fan there before? If so, then use the two wires that connected to the old fixture for the fan. The white connects to the white, and the blue and black to the black. If you disconnected everything in the box, or if there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would just kill that circuit and re-due the old electric. You should set up a time with you electrician and start fresh. Until that time it would not hurt to kill the power and cut that old stuff out. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Open wire, area walls, cooking at home
area walls, cooking at home, power bills: Hi. No, electricity does not just flow out. The only way something like that could add to the bill, is if it was overheating. Then the heat from the overheating would consume power. Part of the problem with electricity, is that the price is jumping...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oulets in home(Kitchen), Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: 1) Electricity works in a loop. So much goes out the positive side so that it can reach the negative side of your power supply. Since build our systems as closed systems we know if something goes out on the hot it must return on the negative. If it doesn t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor 20A Circuit & Low Voltage Circuits, low voltage lighting, pvc conduit
low voltage lighting, pvc conduit, foot roll: Running 100 feet you need to step up to #10. Since it will be in conduit, it would probably be cheaper to purchase one 500 foot roll of wire and color code the ends for each use, power leg black, neutral white, and ground green. The two can be ran in the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Outlet Woes, outdoor outlets, old pond
outdoor outlets, old pond, reset buttons: Hi. All outdoor outlets should be GFCI protected. It should shut the power off when there is a problem. The GFCI could be on another outlet in the bathroom, outside, garage, or basement. Check around the house for an outlet with test and reset buttons....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor socket not working., gfci outlet, electric socket
gfci outlet, electric socket, electrical cord: Hi. You probably tripped the GFCI. The GFCI could be in a bathroom, another outside outlet, a garage, or basement. The outlet has a test and reset button on it. Press the reset. Don t forget to look behind things, because there may be something in front...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor wiring, pvc pipe, pool filter
pvc pipe, pool filter, electrical line: Hi. Are you sure there isn t another GFCI in the circuit somewhere? Check the wiring at both ends of the conduit, and see if you are getting power at either end. The wire should be OK if it is wet. If you have power going in, but not coming out, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet, gfci outlet, switch line
gfci outlet, switch line, swtich: Hi. You can tap off the switch only if the power enters the switch first. If the power enters the light first, you can t do it. Take a look at the wiring in the switch. If you have only one white and one black, you can t do it. If you have more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet damages appliances, blow dryers, flat irons
blow dryers, flat irons, blow dryer: It is very likely there was a problem with the old receptacle. What you need to try is plugging something into one side of the GFI and have a voltmeter in the other side. Turn on whatever is plugged in and watch the voltage to see how much it varies. It should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, branch circuits, junction boxes
branch circuits, junction boxes, recepticle: Check every recepticle you can find...look for GFCI recepticles. If for some reason...that room was connect to a GFCI...if one tripped...its dead. Other than that..you may need to look in the attic for junction boxes...other recepticle boxes for junctions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets, gfci outlets, holes
gfci outlets, holes, job: Hi. There is no way anyone can give you an estimate, not even a ballpark one without being there. If the system is grounded, but has 2 prong outlets, it is easy to fix. But this is rare. You can also use GFCI outlets that have 3 holes on a 2 wire system....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old home wiring, household wiring, thick wire
household wiring, thick wire, neutral wire: Hi. It sounds like you need a new wire between the panel and the stove. You do not have a neutral wire. Also, a range requires thick wire, at least number 8 copper. Is the existing wire thick enough? The range is not safe and will not work without a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That means that your outlets are not grounded. The outlets should only have two prongs. You might want to have an electrician look at it. Sometime a ground can be added with out too much trouble. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, continuity check, neutral wire
continuity check, neutral wire, receptacle: Hi. Open ground just means that there is a break between the panel and the outlet of the ground wire. The neutral has nothing to do with the ground, it is a separate wire. About all you can do is check the wiring, and see if there are any places where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor light, screen porch, light cloud
screen porch, light cloud, antonline: Hi. Sounds like someone from garden was covering the electrical department. It is with the lamp parts under the light cloud, usually in the center on an end. it comes in a plastic bag, and contains a chain, wire, and a switch. http://www.antonline.com/p_70470-GP_390249.htm...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet that emits burning smell and now smoke, Philadelphia, electric
Philadelphia, electric, repair: It sounds like you have a real fire hazard. What cause this problem in most case is a loose connection or a broken outlet. When you use the hair dryer or any large load the connection heats up and could start a fire. You need to go down your basement...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some outlets NOT working-others fading, floor clocks, astoria oregon
floor clocks, astoria oregon, neutral wire: Hi. If this affects most of your house, then you have a loose neutral wire somewhere between the panel and street. You can call the power company to see if it is their problem. Otherwise, this is something an electrician should do, since you could get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside wire, power bills, rewired
power bills, rewired, renovation: if there is no load, no power will be used. therefore if you have an unused plug on the deck, it will not add to your power bill. the rates for electricity has as you may well know has gone up. therefore for the same amount of electricity it will cost more....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plasma TV, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Have you asked the TV manufacture what they think the source of the problem is? Do you have this problem if you use different sources like a VCR or a DVD player? You might want to run a direct circuit to the TV from your panel box with an isolated ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: POOL WIRING, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Here is a link with a product that I would in your situation. http://www.spadepot.com/shop/Spa-Disconnect-GFCI-Load-Center-P696C53.aspx If you equipment is not using any sort of electronics it will not need a neutral. In your situation you can just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable generator ground, cold water pipe, switch setup
cold water pipe, switch setup, portable generator: the reason that i normally don t recommend using the dryer outlet is because most dryer outlets are three wire (ungrounded). but it will work if you somehow ground the generator to the house grounding. which leads me to wonder about your bonding the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to outlet to 3w switchs & ceiling light connections, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I will assume you know what to do with the outlet. [Black to black and white to white] I the three way is wired in an odd way because the colors will seem wrong. Box A 1. All grounds together. 2. White(14-2) to White(14-3) 3. Black (14-2) Black screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with circuit breaker, afci breaker, bearer of bad news
afci breaker, bearer of bad news, circuit breaker: Hi. Does the breaker have a test button? If so, it could be an AFCI breaker. This shuts off when there is an arc. Arcing can cause fires, which is why they are required in bedrooms now. You may have a wire arcing and not being aware of it. If not,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Purchase from US, electronic, amp
electronic, amp, tuner: Steve you will first need to contact the manufacturer of the equipment with model and serial, and tell them you intend to run this stuff on 50 cycle, I am guessing you have 50 cycle where you are at. If it is made for the us it is 60 cycle and one solution...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel problem, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The part of the panel that the breaker mounts onto is called the bus. You will need to replace you panel box if you bus has too much heat damage. This happens when the part of the breaker that attaches to the bus becomes loose. Heat builds up in loose connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: By pass an attic fan thermostat.., override switch, power vent
override switch, power vent, attic fan: Hi. If anything is on, it will run. Most likely the thermostat and humidistat are already wired that way, that if one is turned on, the fan runs. You are OK as long as you are not bringing in power from the switch. You should just use the one cable for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two pin outlets, montgomery county maryland, pin sockets
montgomery county maryland, pin sockets, surge suppressor: Hi. Yes, you are allowed to replace two prong outlets with 3 prong GFCI outlets. This does not ground the outlet, but shuts the power off if there is a problem. (nothing is fool proof) You are supposed to put a sticker on the outlets saying no equipment...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: portable generator hook up, heatpump, portable generator
heatpump, portable generator, recepticles: You have only two contacts in the unit....only need two wires from the generator. You may have 4 wires in the generator for neutral and ground with the 2 hots. It would be a good idea to continue the ground from the generator to the unit...but not electrically...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power gone in 3 rooms, wire nuts, general idea
wire nuts, general idea, electrician: Hi. I don t like to answer questions outside of North America because the wiring system is very different. But I will send you my standard reply for incomplete circuits. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power generator surge on home while under construction, viking induction cooktop, appliance failures
viking induction cooktop, appliance failures, circuit breakers: it is hard to say what exactly happened with the generator but i am doubtful that it has anything to do with your appliance failures. your technician should be able to test the circuit for proper voltage. if you have the proper voltage, then it is very unlikely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to outlet, power outlets, test button
power outlets, test button, reset button: These receptacles should be controlled by a GFI device somewhere. It is a receptacle with a reset and test button and it seems to need resetting. It could be in the bathroom, kitchen, garage, or outside. Locate each one and push the test then the reset button....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to outlets, circuit breakers, wire nuts
circuit breakers, wire nuts, question thanks: Hi. How was it wired on the old outlet? Does the entire outlet work on the switch, or just half of it? If half of it is on the switch, just the brass side is broken off. The silver should not be broken off. If the whole outlet is on the switch, no tabs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in room, gfi receptacle, recepticle
gfi receptacle, recepticle, coat closet: I have found GFCI protection in the craziest places. I found one in the bottom of a coat closet. It protected the laundry and two upstairs bathrooms. The worst situation I had...I pulled a recepticle as you did...it arched. Power was out. It took 6 hours...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power surges and fuse box, power surges, fuse box
power surges, fuse box, clothes dryer: Hi. Although you are probably due for a panel upgrade, it sounds like the house wiring is having problems. While you may not need to replace everything, you should run new lines to where you have a lot of electronic equipment. Is the wire coming from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: problem circuit breaker, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you might have a bad connection some where. I would have an electrician replace all the outlets and switches on that circuit and replace circuit breaker. It could be hard to find the exact cause of this problem. If replace all the device and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: proper terminating techniques for solid wire, wirenuts, wire nut
wirenuts, wire nut, 37 years: I don t think you will find ANY manufacturer who says ABSOLUTELY DON T twist first! They will say, in my experience that you don t have to. But I personally have been installing wirenuts for 37 years and am still not skillful enough to guarantee a good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Re: vanity lighting, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Any box will due as long as there is away to mount it to the building. If a rectangular box fits then it is OK to use. Don t worry about the 90 degrees it is a US standard. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Receptacle not working, wire nuts, test light
wire nuts, test light, gfci: Hi. Do you have a GFCI in your bathroom? If not, you should for safety. But that s not the cause of the problem, unless the GFCI is in another room. So, you may want to check. Somewhere there is a break in the path of electricity. These things can be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Relocating 220 volt for Stove - splice ok?, split bolts, split bolt
split bolts, split bolt, gauge wiring: A junction box has to be accessible by code. You can cut around it even if it inside of the cabinet so it can be accessed and be legal, but it can not be covered over. You can extend the circuit and I recommend using split bolts vs wire nuts as they can overheat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing a AC/DC converter on a charger, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I have never heard of such a rule. I suppose it depends on what you are trying to power. I would contact the company that makes what ever needs the charger for and get a replacement through them. Or I think this web site has what you are looking for ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing old wiring in plaster walls, btu air conditioner, plaster walls
btu air conditioner, plaster walls, sheathing: Hi. No, you can t run the wire inside of the old wire, unless you can somehow get the whole Romex in it, which sounds almost impossible. You might try to make a new hole, and just run the new wire from there. You don t really need to remove the old wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential light switch problems, using a multimeter, replacing a ceiling fan
using a multimeter, replacing a ceiling fan, ohm meter: wiring in an old house can be very difficult. if the wires have lost the color coding, you can only go on a voltage tester to identify wires. additionally, different methods were used in wiring than what is customary today. for instance, sometimes in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring a Lamp, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Your Ok. A light socket can often handle more wattage then necessary. 18 gauge lamp cord wire is perfect. Just make sure your connections are tight. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring My Well, pvc elbow, ditch witch
pvc elbow, ditch witch, well casing: There is a descrepency. NM cable cannot run in conduit. UF...can. It is the insulation and protection value of UF that will allow it in conduit. The biggest reason for not using NM in conduit..the friction to pull it. It does not slide well in piping...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Room conversion, room conversion, vertical distances
room conversion, vertical distances, season porch: Hi. If there is any chance that nailing the floor will nail into a wire, I would not do it. Otherwise, it should be OK. But if it is going to be inspected, it is always best to ask the inspector before you do anything, since they can turn down almost anything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rough Electrical, gauge wire, spade bit
gauge wire, spade bit, upstairs room: Hi. Using a regular metal drill bit (even though it is wood) is probably the best. It won t make a very big hole, but should make one big enough for 14 or 12 gauge wire. Also, how old is your spade bit? If it isn t new, you can try replacing it. They...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running cable to septic pump, pvc conduit, amp breaker
pvc conduit, amp breaker, improper wiring: Hi. You really aren t supposed to run UF wire through conduit. You should use THHW wire, which is just the wire with no outer jacket. However, you either have to run it all the way, or have an above ground junction box to splice the cable in. You may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running conduit under deck, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: - As along as you have access I can t see any reason why you can t come up under the deck. You won t need an LB unless you have a 100 foot of conduit or 360 degrees of of bends. - As long as the deck is a permanent structure you can use it to support the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a Kiln off an extension cord, volt extension cord, volt outlet
volt extension cord, volt outlet, kiln: Hi. Unfortunately, the kiln would need its own circuit. It has to have a separate line running from the panel to the kiln. If there is already a 110 volt outlet there, it can t be used anyway. I would have no idea how much it would cost. It depends...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle only works sporadically, ac volts, brass screws
ac volts, brass screws, steel screws: there are two types of testers that can be helpful. first is a multimeter that measures AC volts. the second is a voltage touch tester like this: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100081850&N=10000003+90401+50272...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed light problem, aluminum wiring, circuit termination
aluminum wiring, circuit termination, fire hazard: Hi. Dimmers frequently buzz. But if it is an on/off switch and it is buzzing, it should be fixed. Try replacing the switch, and checking the wiring to it. Recessed lights will blink on and off if they are overheating. On when it is cool, off when it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire mistake, brass screws, porch light
brass screws, porch light, power source: Hi. If the power enters the light first, and you have only two wires where the switch/outlet combo is, you can t use the outlet. If the power comes to the switch first, the white power wire goes to the silver terminal and the white porch light wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing switch from middle of run circuit, amp circuit, bathroom light
amp circuit, bathroom light, switchbox: Hi. You can cap the blacks together, the whites together, and the grounds. The red wire probably goes between the switch and the light. If you don t need the light, then you can cap the red off at both ends by itself. If you were going to keep the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: repair underground fence, underground fence, wire nuts
underground fence, wire nuts, ogle: Jeff, Good for you that you know where the break is, for that is the hard part! Repair is simple but critical. Repair with a patch piece of wire and 2 wire nuts. Here is the important part: once the patch is made, seal with silicone or goop. Let it harden...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to replace the transformer for Rainbird Controller, ac voltmeter, step down transformer
ac voltmeter, step down transformer, absolute newbie: OK first things first, I have no idea how the controller is wired in, is it plugged in, hard wired? You need a voltmeter to find out if power is coming to the unit at the very start, be it a plug in, or wired in, you need an AC voltmeter to tell that. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacement GFCI combo outlet/switch, nyc apartment, hall thanks
nyc apartment, hall thanks, google: There are 2 blacks and 2 whites at the switch box There are one black and white at the light One Black at the switch is the hot? One white at the switch is the neutral? [it best be in the same cable as the hot...]? Find me using Google and email me more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing chandelier, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, repair: No. If the dimmer is rated for an incandescent light you can t install a fluorescent or low voltage fixture with out changing the dimmer. You probably have a weight limit to what you install as well. If you match the light bulb type and keep the weight close...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing electric shower with a higher electric one, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t know what an electric shower is. It sounds like a bad idea to me. But it must work if you have one. Is this a shower heater? 7000 watts /120 volts =58.3 Amps -or 7000 watts/ 240 volts =29.16 Amps 10000 watts/ 120 volts = 83.3 Amps -or 10000...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing switch with timer, timer switch, bearer of bad news
timer switch, bearer of bad news, pool filter: Hi. You do not have a neutral wire, so you can t use a timer there. It sounds like the wire goes to the pool filter first, then to the switch. However, the neutral does not go the switch. You will either need to run another wire between the filter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical bidding, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you don t have any work your cost is too high. If you are too busy you cost is too low. You can t rip any one off if your honest, give your prices up front and do what you told your client you were going to do. Don t be embarrassed about trying to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential meters, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes this can be done. You will have to add a new disconnect where the services come in to your property. Then you can split it to the barn and the house. For a job like this you should call in a pro. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a gutted room, cable jacket, kick plates
cable jacket, kick plates, ground wires: Hi. You would want the box to extend out almost a half an inch for half inch sheetrock. You don t want it to stick out further than that, but almost come out to the end. As far as what colors connect to what, all colors do is keep the wires separated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SE wire, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You should be able to just ask a supply house for 100 amp Se cable and they will know what you are looking for. The specs on the cable are as follows: 2-2-4 Type Se Style Aluminum Service Entrance Cable, 600v, 100a, 90°ree. Centigrade, Sunlight Resistant...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SEU in pvc, cold water pipe, pvc pipe
cold water pipe, pvc pipe, construction garage: seu is not designed to be in pvc so i do not recommend it. the proper wire is thhn. you will need to install a ground wire from the main panel to the sub panel and also install a ground rod for the sub panel. you will also need to ground to the cold water...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Single Pole Switch With Grounding Outlet, bearer of bad news, gfci outlets
bearer of bad news, gfci outlets, neutral wire: Hi. It sounds like you have a double switch loop, which means you have no neutral wire. So you can t put an outlet there without running more wires into the box. Also, if you did run new outlets, they would have to be GFCI outlets since it is the bathroom....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke alarms/ blown outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If your smoke detectors are interconnected you my need to change them all at the sometime. Interconnected smoke dectors talk to each other. If they are not the same make and model they may chirp. As for your blown outlet. If it is not the outlet and not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SP wall switch lost control after replacing duplet outlet., Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This is simple. Black = Hot all the time. Red = Switched wire controlled by the switch. White = Neutral All you have to do is break the tab on the gold side. I wold put the Red on the top screw. The top of the outlet will now be switched. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Square D sub panel expansion, amp breaker, circuit breakers
amp breaker, circuit breakers, space thanks: No panel can be modified by code. It is common for manufacturers to use the same inside panel shield for all of their panels and only the required tabs are broken out. A 4 circuit panel may appear to have 20 breaker spots, but not so. You can purchase a main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sound to me like you need to upgrade your electrical service. Your at the point where your service is starting to get over loaded. I think it is foolish in most cases to try and squeeze in one more breaker. I think it would be in you best interest to call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel burning up, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Only if your breaker in the sub-panel were not working in the first place. The sub-panel breaker are designed to protect the wire from running hot. I think that you only damaged your pump. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: second panel box, tankless water heater, amp breaker
tankless water heater, amp breaker, electrical utility: In no jurisdiction I am aware can you do this yourself or any licensed electrician. The pole feed is owned by the electrical utility and only they can make this connection. You may be looking at a hefty fine if you attempt it, so to be safe I would contact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service panel, ground wires, water pipe
ground wires, water pipe, energize: Hi. I would assume that the ground wire from the rod and water pipe go into the panel, not the main breaker, and that the neutral and ground do not connect together in the main breaker box. The reason why it has to be separate, is because you don t want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: shop lights, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you will need either 12-2 MN (plastic cover) or 12-2 MC (Metal cover)wire. Use the MC if you think the wire could get damaged by accident. I would put them on a 20 amp breaker and run one wire from light to light. You should add a light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: splices to repair rodent damage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you are not sure it is a good idea to call a pro. Spending a little money to be safe is well worth it. Now, you have the correct idea with splicing the 12/2 but you are not allowed to splice the ground wire. You might also consider using MC type cable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: splicing nmwu multistrand cable, wire nuts, set screw
wire nuts, set screw, weather exposure: Good Morning Jason, Based on your description...this is cable suitable for underground and weather exposure - but where the repair splice will be made indoors...a standard junction box and cover would normally apply. However...you didn t state the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: split line, florescent lights, amp circuit
florescent lights, amp circuit, volts amps: The formula to determine the load on a circuit is: Watts divided by volts = amps So 350 watts of light divided by 120 volts = 2.92 amps You will be good to go with only this amount of wattage even on a 15 amp circuit. Thanks ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: strange problem with plug, loose wires, loose wire
loose wires, loose wire, strange problem: Hi. It sounds like there is a loose wire somewhere. You can try to look for loose wires. You may also trying replacing the plug. Air conditioners usually need a dedicated circuit. That is a circuit with nothing else on it. But while that may have caused...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Did I do something stupid?, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That is not that stupid. In fact it is common. You may want to replaced your circuit breaker. It might not be working correctly. You should also buy a smaller coffee make for that circuit. The tolerance on the breakers and the wattage on your coffee...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: swamp cooler terminology, industrial swamp, neutral wire
industrial swamp, neutral wire, hots: sorry i have been so long, i was very busy. it definitely does not mean ground. with the information you gave me. i cannot say for sure. i don t want to mislead you, but it may indicate that you need two hots, a neutral and a ground. the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switching from one range to stove top + wall oven, 220 volt appliances, flexible conduit
220 volt appliances, flexible conduit, wall oven: Hi. This is one of the few exceptions where you can run 2 220 volt appliances on one circuit. Make sure that the wiring will handle the combined total. Usually these appliances are direct wired, so you would need a junction box (or 2 if both wires don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: TANNING BED WIRING, watts volts amps, volt circuits
watts volts amps, volt circuits, volt circuit: the 5-30 receptacle is for 120 volts and the 6-20 receptacle is for 240 volts. a 5-20 receptacle will accept a standard plug like for a table lamp or microwave. the 6-20 is for 240 volt machines only. also for both, the maximum breaker rating is 20 amps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Table saw instalation, electrical tester, magnetic switch
electrical tester, magnetic switch, panel manufacturing: first of all you need an electrical tester. a multimeter is not very expensive and is always a good tool everyone should have. you should have four main wires coming into your sub panel: two hots (called A and B), a neutral and a ground. the two hots...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tankless Hot Water Heater Subpanel Feed, tankless water heater, hot water heater
tankless water heater, hot water heater, tankless hot water heater: Hi. In my opinion, electrical systems aren t really made to support the tankless heaters. They just use too much electricity at one time. You would need at least an 80 amp sub panel, since the tankless water heater will use everything at one time. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three to One, 3way switch, kitchen light
3way switch, kitchen light, fan light: I am going to guess, Is there red/black/white in the switch box? If...you have power into the ceiling box via the bl/wh pair, you would have power going down to the switch via the white wire, and white being the feed for the switch. YOu would have red and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three-way switch w/outlet in 2 gang, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: What box is the wire that goes to the light in? What you are doing in a three way switch is switching the hot wire from one traveler wire to another. The traveler wires or common wires are the black and red conductors that are in the same wire jacket. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three way switch wiring, bathroom exhaust fans, hot source
bathroom exhaust fans, hot source, hello bill: hello bill, sorry i took so long, i have been very busy. you will have to rewire the two switches and fans. it actually kind of depends on how it was originally wired. there are several ways to do it but i don t think it is likely that you can use the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Timer Switch, timer switch, vent fan
timer switch, vent fan, model switch: Without the exact model switch I can not be 100% certain, but the circuit should connect color for color with the white circuit, the white timer and white from the fan connected together. The grounds should also all connect together. The black circuit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tracing Old House Wiring, household wiring, source panel
household wiring, source panel, confidence levels: it is difficult to deal with a lack of grounding in a house that has 1920 s era wiring. the source panel in this case is not properly grounded so that is the first step in establishing a proper electrical system. until you can accomplish this, you might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Trailer Main electric breaker box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Bad Idea. I would not use bolts from hardware stores. The metal parts for you electric box are designed to conduct electricity and heat in a certain ways. The wrong metal will do cause you problems in the long run and may even be dangerous. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Trouble with wiring 3-way switched kitchen light, vaulted ceilings, fluorescent light fixtures
vaulted ceilings, fluorescent light fixtures, kitchen light: Hi. Perhaps there were other lights in the kitchen. The power wire may end at light number one. The wires then go to light number 2, then light number 3. If you were to check light number two, you would have 2 cables, with no power in any of them. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: my TV, TiVo, and laptop all died last week -- could be power problem?, ups power supply, vertical slits
ups power supply, vertical slits, power fluctuations: get a digital volt tester. use the prongs to test the power from the vertical slits of the outlet(s) in question. it should be 120 volts +-10 volts. if it is different, then you have a problem with the power. there can be several causes. there may be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: table saw with 3 phase motor/how to run on residential 220, three phase motors, single phase motor
three phase motors, single phase motor, century electric: You will have to purchase a single to three phase converter, which is known as a converter/VFD, the vfd controls frequency to the motor and can provide some great options like variable speed, braking, coast, ramp, reverse, etc, the 230/460 is normal dual...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: trying to add a chandelier light off of recessed lights, chandelier light, wall sockets
chandelier light, wall sockets, small screws: you are on the right track. you will see some small screws on the upper portion of the can and you can remove that part to get to the junction box with the house wires. you do not want to tie on to the small lamp wires. from there you can fish the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Underground Electrical and Mechanical Services, restriction requirement, mechanical services
restriction requirement, mechanical services, seperation: Kevin, in the NEC there is no such restriction, but in real life you do want to have some seperation, in case you need to dig one or the other up in the future. Keeping them apart will lessen the chance of damaging the other if you need to dig to repair or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: useing an electrical plug as a source for a new light, electrical plug, electrical outlet
electrical plug, electrical outlet, drywall: Hi. You can use the circuit for the new lights. However, you are not allowed to cover up a junction box. (It has to have a cover that you can get to.) So, if you can move the old outlet junction box to an attic, or a wall with a blank plate on it, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Various 220v Outlets, hi bob, electric stove
hi bob, electric stove, amperage: Hi. The plugs don t match because the amperage does not match. As long as the wire is thick enough, you can change the outlet and the breaker to the correct size. But if the wire is thinner than required, it has to be changed too. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage drop, Philadelphia electrician, voltage drop
Philadelphia electrician, voltage drop, wire: Your are supposed to make up for voltage drop after every 100 feet. In this case it may not hurt to use a bigger wire but I would not change the breaker. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage and amperage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you already have a 240 volt circuit I would replace the AC unit with another 240 volt Ac unit. To find what the amperage is all you need to do is read the number the is written on that breaker. It is most likely a 20 amp line. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage drop in wiring for ceiling fan, wire nuts, strange readings
wire nuts, strange readings, neutral wire: Hi. Strange readings are usually caused by a disconnected neutral wire somewhere. 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water bonding of a well, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to have two sources of grounding. If you well is plumbed in plastic you will need to add a second ground rod at least ten feet away from the first ground rod. The earth in Philadelphia, where I work, is not a very good ground. For that reason I might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water Heater hookup/supplies, hot water heat, oil furnace
hot water heat, oil furnace, inch pvc: Hi. Local codes vary, but normally you should either run the conduit on your house, or bury it at least 18 inches. You should use THHW wire in the conduit. (You need to use conduit all the way, or splice the different types of wire.) You can probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Weird noise coming from breaker panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds to me that you just have a bad computer. I have not had any problems with running computer on arc faults. If I did I would be getting a call back every time someone made a spare bed room into a home office. I m sorry to say but I think your computer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Welder hook-up, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: A Nema 6-50P is rated at 250Volts A Nema 10-50P is rated at 125/250Volts. You need to just buy the outlet that matches your plug. If you want to know why you welder is designed to work with a certain plug I suggest you direct your questions to the manufacture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WHITE WIRE, drain pipe, hot wire
drain pipe, hot wire, switch box: Hi. If the white wires are not connected (either on purpose or accidently) they will become hot because the power comes through the light from the hot wire and goes into the white. (Sort of like water pouring out of a drain pipe that is disconnected.)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring without an attic, vaulted ceilings, wood strips
vaulted ceilings, wood strips, joists: Hi. About the only other way is to cut and patch the ceiling. That will be around 4 patches in 5 feet, since the joists are probably 16 inches apart. Wiremould surface conduit is made to be run where it is exposed. It looks better than regular conduit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring ceiling light, correct assumption, conductor cable
correct assumption, conductor cable, two blacks: in the box, there is a three conductor cable (black, red and white, plus maybe a bare or green ground) and a two conductor (black and white, and maybe a ground). hopefully thats a correct assumption. turn off the power. all grounds go together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Detached Garage, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, detached garage: The only thing different from what you have so far is the ground needs to be connected to the ground bar in the main panel. If it does not have a separate ground bar as in an older panel and only has a neutral bar, then yes it would connect to the neutral....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Detached Garage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: In the main panel the Neutral wire and Ground wires are treated as the same thing. Anywhere past the main pane the Neutral wire and ground wire are separated. The reason for this electricity is always trying to find it s way to ground. When we use a wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Fan, electrical sockets, fan switch
electrical sockets, fan switch, electrical socket: Hi. The next thing is to try to figure out where the other lights connect to the system. If they connect to the switches, then the white wire would go to the other white wires, and the black wire would go to the switch. If they connect at the fan...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Light Fixtures, light fixture, light switch
light fixture, light switch, light fixtures: Hi. Assuming that the switch is wired to the hot side, and is working, then when the switch is off, there should be no power to the hot side. Of course, some people change the bulbs with the power on. So, it is best to connect the fixture correctly. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring two light fixtures where there used to be one, junction boxes, light fixture
junction boxes, light fixture, light fixtures: ALL Junction boxes are required to be accessible. If you can put in another box...near where you need it...can put the current wire feed into that box....then remove the old box...then add the second box and feed from the first new box...you are good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring mulipule lights with one switch, far light, position thanks
far light, position thanks: Hi. Where are you tapping the power from? And I assume the closet light has its own switch. If you are tapping the power from the switch, it won t work. If it is from the far light, then connect the wires to the same wires that bring the power in. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring new receptacles on new ckt, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hey Eric, It is great to see you trying to take the initiative and doing this your self. If you are installing multiple outlets in one box all you have to do is match all the black together and attach them to the gold side of the outlets. Then you need...