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Electrical Wiring in the Home: floor mounted electrical outlet, wall receptacle, concrete slab
wall receptacle, concrete slab, prettiest thing: Hi Jeannie, Based on your description...it appears you have a floor mounted outlet in a concrete slab..? If so...this is more then likely a metal floor box...and you may need to hammer up some concrete to remove it. BUT - if this is a piped in box (such...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: floresant lights & humidity, toxic mold, ballasts
toxic mold, ballasts, dehumidifier: This is a new one. Never heard of this before. Not even inside freezers or coolers. But those get below 0 rated ballasts. I think that instead of replacing lights I would invest in a dehumidifier as that much moisture is not good for anything in the house,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: florescent lighting problem, florescent light fixtures, lighting problem
florescent light fixtures, lighting problem, home depot: Cheap fixtures. I suspect the ballast within is defective and burning out your lamps, hence the blackening on the ends. There is the possibility too, of a loose connection, either where you tapped the supply conductors to the fixture, connections on the ballast...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flouescent lights, junction boxes, basement shop
junction boxes, basement shop, romex: Hi Don, I ve always used S&J cord to from from junction boxes to light fixtures that are hanging. It is a black, rubberized cord that is flexible. It makes for a nice looking installation. Just make sure the SJ cord is longer than the the chains or whatever...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flourecent light problem, lamp fixture, one lamp
lamp fixture, one lamp, ballast: With a touch of humor...if it says made in China...its defective . Other wise, there is no way to test a ballast that I am aware of. Considering they cost about $15...not a bad replacement cost. After 4 bulbs go bad....swap bulbs and be sure only half...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flourescent fixtures, disaster zones, flourescent fixtures
disaster zones, flourescent fixtures, two blacks: If you can take a close up picture of the ballast wiring diagram and a picture of the fixture itself and email it to me that would be great and I can tell you what you need to do. I do not have access to a fax, im working in the hurrican disaster zones and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flourescent light ballast, light ballast, u tube
light ballast, u tube, 7 seconds: Hi Don, Ballasts due tend to run warm, but it shouldn t be hot to the touch. Hot ballasts can be caused by the ballast being too small for the bulbs or if the ballast and wires are covered with a metal plate, the heat from the ballast can build up in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flourescent light, flourescent light fixture, volt meter
flourescent light fixture, volt meter, voltmeter: When you have time go through any and all junctions you can find and anywhere wires are joined together with tape replace it with a wirenut. This will also give you an opportunity to see the condition of the wires, which would help you to determine if the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flourescent lights, flourescent lights, ballast type
flourescent lights, ballast type, ballasts: Ted, your problem has all the characteristics of a ballast overheating. New ballasts have for several years have been made with high temperature sensing switches built into them. In that you replaced the ballast makes that answer seem less likely. Is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flourescent lights, pin tubes, overhead lighting
pin tubes, overhead lighting, amp circuit: Ah, if this garage isn t heated the problem is with the temperature. Unless these are cold rated ballasts they will only work properly as long as the temperature stays above 40 degrees. When they are used when it is colder than that they don t work properly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flourescent lights, lighting technologies, thermal protector
lighting technologies, thermal protector, electrical flow: Hi Ted, Given those options...I d go with #2: 2) perhaps my leaving off the metal cover on the housing that contains the ballast has allowed the ballast to remain cooler. It is almost all but evident now that overheating is causing your problem....the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluctuating line voltage, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, voltage differences: Hi. All breakers do is shut off when there is an overload or short. They do not respond to voltage differences. Most likely there is a loose wire somewhere. If your home was built in the 1970 s, you may have aluminum wiring. If you do, it can be dangerous...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluctuating voltage, voltage fluctuations, tranformer
voltage fluctuations, tranformer, coffee maker: I would search for a 220volt appliance that is malfunctioning. I use that term because it may be working...but improperly and causing the voltage variances...but only when they are operating. If it is bleeding thru the circuit as it runs....it can vary the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent ballast replacement, bathroom light fixture, wattage bulbs
bathroom light fixture, wattage bulbs, replacement ballasts: It should be no problem at all. All newer ballasts compared with older ballasts will pull less amps. This is also directly related to the bulb used. Most 48 bulbs were rated for 40 watts, and all newer bulbs are rated for 32 watts, so the ballast amp draw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent bulbs, dusk to dawn, incandescent bulbs
dusk to dawn, incandescent bulbs, photo sensors: Hi David, I ve never had much luck with the spiral florescent bulbs when used outdoors as they are slow to light up in the winter and tend to burn out quickly in the heat of the summer. I do know they make a heavy duty spiral flors. bulb, but I have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent lamp ballast, fluorescent lamp ballast, bob osgood
fluorescent lamp ballast, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Edward, Based on your description...if you saw smoke...this generally is a strong indication that the ballast was indeed destroyed. Ballasts contain an oil that serves to help keep the internal wiring cool....if excess heat develops inside the ballast...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent lamp, magnetic ballast, electronic ballast
magnetic ballast, electronic ballast, replacement ballasts: Rick, if you replaced both tubes, the only thing left is the ballast. One ballast operates both tubes. Replacement ballasts are readily available. There is now on the market an electronic ballast as well as the original magnetic ballast. The new type is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent light, thanks in advance, flor
thanks in advance, flor, blade: Hi. Yes, the ground needs to be hooked up. Not only for safety, but because fluorescent lights need a ground to start properly. Also check to be sure the tube is seated in the socket properly, and that none of the wires came loose. Yes, white and black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent light fixtures, fluorescent light fixtures, ballasts
fluorescent light fixtures, ballasts, home depot: Hi Barry, Considering the time involved by removing the ballasts and trying to buy an exact match for ballasts, it is probably better to change the whole fixture. Replacing ballasts can be a hassle as the wires have to match exactly, the physical size...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent light fixtures, fluorescent light fixtures, basement ceiling
fluorescent light fixtures, basement ceiling, flickers: Hi. In order for fluorescent lights to work properly, they need a good ground. Be sure that the system is grounded, and that the wires are connected to the chasis. If that is not the problem, the ballasts are probably defective, and need to be replaced....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent light question, light bulbs, question question
light bulbs, question question, ballast: If you can t trace the wires from the bad bulb sockets to the correct ballast, picking the warmest one i a good choice. we have a 50-50 chance of being right. Make sure when you disconnect the wires, you diagram where they went as the colors can really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent light sparking at conduit connection, needle nose pliers, tight connection
needle nose pliers, tight connection, fluorescent light fixture: Most likely the metal connector is not tight, or does not make a sufficiently good contact with bare metal. This is your ground connection, and some amount of current is always present. A tight connection, and you wouldn t have this situation, so try tightening...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent light, ballast, buss
ballast, buss, bulbs: Do all four lights go out, or just two of them? If all four, you have a problem in the feeding circuit, maybe a loose hot or neutral somewhere in the circuit and it doesn t necessarily have to be in the fixture. Could be that the breaker is failing as well,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent lighting-electronic ballast, ww grainger, electronic ballast
ww grainger, electronic ballast, two fours: Hi Dennis, The existing 105 C wire is OK, far better than the 80 C and better than the 90 C called for. If you check with an electric supply you should be able to find 3 foot fixtures. You can also try WW Grainger if you don t have one locally you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent lights, ballest, overhead light
ballest, overhead light, repair man: Tom, Coincidence or not, it sounds like the ballast is the issue. I can t see why cutting the power and back on would do it, especially one time. The spikes from off and on are high, but lights like this get flipped off and on by a switch all day. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent lights, reb, ballast
reb, ballast, low profile: The ICN means it is low profile and electronically designed to replace a wide range of ballasts. The REB basically is their Standard version. Both of these are from the same brand. The 4P means it feeds 4 bulbs. The 32 is the wattage. Sorry, I cannot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent lights and combustible surfaces, wood floor joists, real hazard
wood floor joists, real hazard, unfinished basement: Hi J.A. If the ballasts are electronic, then you need not worry about it. If they are the older style magnetic ballasts, then you should space then away from the wood at least 1/2 . You can hang them with chain, or put in some type of plastic spacer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent lights, large photographs, shop fixtures
large photographs, shop fixtures, light bulbs: I do not consider anything too basic, if we do not know, we ask and that is what I am here for. What would be the most simple to do is to purchase a complete fixture. These type are commonly called shop fixtures. They have a metal enclosure and are made for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescents, way switch, switch box
way switch, switch box, ballast: Mike, You could have ballast issues . Ballasts produce heat and in the cooler weather they will run cooler thus possibly effecting their performance in a positive way. When it gets hotter they run hotter affecting their perforamnce in a negative way. A...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluoresent lighting into recessed, thick ceiling, ceiling tiles
thick ceiling, ceiling tiles, junction boxes: Hi IC lights are for insulated ceilings. So, I assume if you are using ceiling tiles, it will not be insulated. So use the non-IC. If it is a suspending ceiling, most companies make clips to clip the hanger bar to the grid. If it is not suspended,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluxuating lights and power, meter base, meter box
meter base, meter box, volts: You need to have the main breaker tested, the wiring connecting the main breaker, and the wiring in the meter base. With everything but the lights off, there is a problem in the main service, either in the meter box, or in the main breaker. A breaker has contact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flying night light, rocking the baby, dangerous fire
rocking the baby, dangerous fire, electrical surge: I believe somewhere in this circuit, maybe even inside of the panel there are two wires that occasionally touch sending 240 volts into this circuit. This can be a very dangerous situation and the circuits need to be checked thoroughly beginning with the actual...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow-up, gfi receptacles, wire twister
gfi receptacles, wire twister, cold poles: Hi. The GFCI measures the current on each leg, and if they don t equal, it will shut off. So, at a GFCI breaker, the two circuits will not be equal, and it will trip. However, the GFCI is only measuring what is plugged into the outlet, and anything downstream....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow-up ceiling fan wiring, robert wilber, ceiling fan wiring
robert wilber, ceiling fan wiring, chain switch: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * (LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Should you be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow up to light switch not working...., brass screws, brass screw
brass screws, brass screw, metal tab: Aimee, Maybe I m not stating it correctly, but if you installed a new outlet, there is a metal tab that connects the 2 brass plates on both the top and the bottom where the brass screws, screw into. This tab is raised a little bit and can be removed with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow up mini split air., amp breaker, heat pump
amp breaker, heat pump, btu: Hi, A 2 pole 30 amp breaker is required to get 220 V to the unit. I would recall tech support and speak to someone else as that sure doesn t sound right to me, but maybe there is something about the unit we don t understand and a little clarification might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow up to previous question: wiring for new clothes dryer, maytag neptune drying center, neptune drying center
maytag neptune drying center, neptune drying center, prong plug: Hi John, Thanks for following up...as you can tell - we are still straight out here...but I guess that s always better then having no electrical work at all..I m doing the best I can to answer the pile of electrical questions I have in my inbox as soon...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow-up question, gfi receptacle, pig tail
gfi receptacle, pig tail, pig tails: A wire nut is a thimble looking device to connect two or more wires together. A pig tail is attaching a small piece of wire to a device and then connecting on the other end to another wire by means of a wire nut, this short wire is called a pig tail. Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow up on subpanel question, sheet metal screws, screw
sheet metal screws, screw: Jon, That bonding screw isn t used in your situation. We don t want the neutral bar bonded to the panel. The separate ground bar gets anchored to the panel, any way you can....I use sheet metal screws. We want this bar to to be bonded to the panel.....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Too many follow-ups - new page, adult beverages, wire nut
adult beverages, wire nut, page question: Your theory is very possible. Just to save future problems, I would definitely install a new breaker. Get a double pole again, not 2 single breakers, as it is required when 2 circuits are sharing a neutral. A double pole, when it trips, will also trip the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow up on water heater, ohm meter, voltmeter
ohm meter, voltmeter, warm water: Don, water heaters usually operate like this: Because heat rises, the hot water is drawn off from the top of the heater first. Consequently the top element is turned on first giving you some hot water more quickly. When the top thermostat is satisfied,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow up to wiring switches w/ 3 devices question, wiring switches, light fan
wiring switches, light fan, missing space: That makes more sense. The existing wiring has a power leg for each switch. A meter needs to be used to determine the powered leg of each device. Two of these powered legs will be capped off individually and not used. The other power leg will connect to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: follow up, blown insulation, excorcist
blown insulation, excorcist, crawl space: Hi Obrien, Thanks for the update - I reviewed our first Q & A from back on November 28th as a refresher. Doesn t sound like things are getting any better...and the landlord had the same excorcist electrician come back over...and you can t examine...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: four gang box, pig tails, high hat
pig tails, high hat, trial error: Hi Joe, The black hot feed wire coming into the box gets pigtailed to 4 black wires, 1 going to 1 screw of each of the 4 switches. The black wires going out to the individual devices get each put on 1 the remaining screw of each switch. All whites...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: four pole switch, way switch, screws
way switch, screws, switches: Hi. No. I have never heard of a 4 pole switch. But it would have 8 screws, or sort of like turning 4 switches on or off at the same time. A 4 way switch, is the switch used when you have 3 or more switches controlling one light. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: four recepticles not working, wire nuts, recepticles
wire nuts, recepticles, hot wire: Hi. Check everything on the circuit, including what is still working, since it could be a wire leaving a working outlet going to a nonworking one. You may want to get a circuit analyzer (under $10 at any home center) and narrow it down to a neutral or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: frank.cioffi@bicworld.com, frank cioffi, flood lights
frank cioffi, flood lights, amp breaker: Hi Frank. #1: 6 + 3 = 9 X 50 = 450watts. You should be able to run this all together. #2: If by buried in attic you mean that the wiring will be in an attic that has roof over it, and some kind of floor, like sheetrock, then you don t have to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: frayed wire, vacuum repair, filter queen
vacuum repair, filter queen, electrical tape: Hi. They make special vacuum cord, which you can get at a home center. You would have to see how to connect it to the vacuum, since they are all different. Some may require soldering. You can also bring it to a vacuum repair center. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: frig. problem, amp breaker
amp breaker: Hi L.G. If the breaker that is tripping is a 20 amp breaker, I suspect the frig. may be getting old and need repairing or replacing. If the breaker is a 15 amp breaker, that would be too small for kitchen wiring. However, you can t replace that 15 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: full fuse panel, fuse panel, odd lines
fuse panel, odd lines, air conditioners: Hi. A 20 amp sub panel will do you no good, since you will get only 20 amps out of it. Also, air conditioners do not use a neutral, so you would not have a neutral. All you need to do, if you are not using the air conditioners, is to convert the circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: furnace blower fan, thermostat switch, furnace blower
thermostat switch, furnace blower, thermostat control: You are correct. Depending on the age of the furnace, there is either a circuit board with a built in timer, or there is a temperature sensing device that turns on the fan after the heat exchanger heats up. This needs to be repaired as the fan working incorrectly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: furnace cuicut breaker keeps tripping, lug nuts, wiring connections
lug nuts, wiring connections, furnace: Mrs Lipski, the problem is resolved? What was the cure? If nothing is hot there is a good chance it could not be repaired, I am not sure if it is now working what exactly are your concerns? If you have concerns with wiring connections, and want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: furnace electrical componets, circulation pump, furnace
circulation pump, furnace, boiler: It depends on how you have it wired. Usually the t-stat calls for the circ pump. If you have separate zones that call independently then perhaps one of them is calling. How you can tell is disconnect each zone until the circ pump stops. It is possible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: furnace wiring, amp fuse, air furnace
amp fuse, air furnace, electric starter: Alot of times what happens is when the blowers are installed after the furnace, a second circuit is run, it shouldnt be, they should all turn off at the same time. What you need to do is isolate the furnace on its own circuit and put the blower and the starter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, electrical test equipment, don beck
electrical test equipment, don beck, fuse box: Hi Kim, Fuses seldom blow due to age. When a fuse blows, it indicates something is wrong on that circuit. It would be very difficult to locate the problem without electrical test equipment. I would suggest you call in a licensed electrician to locate the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, amp fuse, shotgun shells
amp fuse, shotgun shells, type fuses: Steve: Fuses are sized by the wire they protect. A 14 gage circuit needs a 15amp fuse. A 12 gage circuit uses a 20 amp fuse. A 10 gage uses a 30 amp. and so on. If you use to high a fuse it can start a fire. There is no easy way to learn wire sizes without...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, buss fuses, amp fuses
buss fuses, amp fuses, amp fuse: Those fuse boxes gave alot of flexibility, and were quite dangerous as a result. Those shotgun shell are buss fuses. Heavier duty for typical 220 appliances. If this is a 220volt box you will have 60 amps on each leg, in some cases that equates to 120...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, amp fuse, fuse holder
amp fuse, fuse holder, fuse box: Hello Carolyn, I m not sure what your question is here? Are you wondering why the fuse came loose? Theres lots of reasons why connections (fuses) come loose. Vibrations in the home from street traffic, house settling, ect. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, fuse box, subpanel
fuse box, subpanel, fuses: Hi Daniel, Fuses are every bit as safe as breakers, they are just less convenient, when they blow, they have to be replaced instead of reset. As long as your service can handle the dryers load, you can add a subpanel to feed your dryer. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, fuse box, loose wire
fuse box, loose wire, circuit breaker: Hi Tony, Try plugging something else in the same socket as the computer, with the computer off, like a lamp or radio and see what happens. Also, try plugging in the computer into another outlet that is not on the same breaker. If the lamp or radio trips...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, shot gun shells, fuse block
shot gun shells, fuse block, fuse box: Hi Jim, The one in the garage should be fed off the fuse box in the house. It not be fed off of the screw in fuses, but rather a pullout fuse block. One of the pullouts will be marked MAIN , this is NOT the one to pull out, there should be another one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, qualified electrician, fuse box
qualified electrician, fuse box, amp service: Hi Scott, It may be difficult to find what your looking for. I would try your local electrical companies. They tend to keep stuff like that when they replace it with new panels. If you don t have any luck, a qualified electrician could add that circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, fuse box, caretaker
fuse box, caretaker, fuses: Hi Robert, In theory, breaker boxes last forever. What goes wrong in a breaker box, is the wires may become a little loose, over time, causing the breaker to arc which can damage the breaker. If this happens, you just replace the breaker. If the breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box/amperage, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, fuse box: Hi. It depends on what size wire was used. Thirty amp fuses are dangerous, and should not be used unless you know it is an appliance wired with 10 gauge wire. I would guess that some of the 20 amp fuses should be 15 amps. Someone will have to check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box to circuit breaker, fuse box, liscence
fuse box, liscence, time john: YOu will need a permit from the city and permission from your utility company. It is possible that a licensed contractor is required to pull the permit. Some municipalities will allow owner builders to pull this permit. It is much harder than you think...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box codes, fuse box, illinos
fuse box, illinos, 23 years: Hi Gale, All homes wired in that era are grandfathered in. You aren t up to the current code, but OK for when it was wired. No one can force you to change anything. If you decide to change anything, you can be required to make the changes according to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box - new plug, fuse holder, fuse panel
fuse holder, fuse panel, fuse box: Hi. I am not sure why you are wiring it to the fuse panel. Has it not been wired before? It sounds like you have 2 circuits in one cable, also known as a shared neutral. These can sometimes cause problems, because if the white wire becomes loose, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box repair or replace, fuse box, fusebox
fuse box, fusebox, pipes: Hi Lisa, Depending on the make of the fuse box, you may be able to replace just the inside, and leave the metal part connected as it is. I doubt you can replace just the bad socket, as finding that part may be difficult unless you can find an electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box wiring, fuse box, recepticles
fuse box, recepticles, hot wire: Hi. Not counting the ground, there should be three wires coming from your main box. One is a neutral, and two are hot wires. If you use one neutral and one hot wire, you will get 120 volts. If you use two hot wires, you will get 240 volts. The wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse box, ampere ratings, bob osgood
ampere ratings, bob osgood, fuse panels: Hi Dan, If you are talking about the standard residential fuse panels still in use in older electrical systems in some homes, the Code defines the standards in Article 240.6 (A) - Standard Ampere Ratings - as copied below The standard ampere ratings...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse keeps blowing, 10 mins, fuse
10 mins, fuse, electrician: Hi. You have to find out why the fusr is blowing. Do you have more than 5 amps on the circuit? Be sure to count everything, including any appliances, etc. If it isn t overloaded, you probably have a short somewhere. Check all the wiring, abnd make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse panel, gfci receptacle, fault interrupters
gfci receptacle, fault interrupters, zinsco panel: Hi T.C. Clark, Yes...this sounds like quite the load all on one 15 amp circuit...but even though most are loads that wouldn t normally all be on at once...it should still be split up into a couple of circuits. As you state in your description...this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse pannel, fuse box, screw driver
fuse box, screw driver, busbar: Hi Cory, Yes, it is possible for the bussing to burnout, it could also be a loose connection. You can try tightening the contact screws behind the fuses and see if that helps. To do that, have a flash light handy and pull the main fuse pullout or turn the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse system upgrade, fuse panels, fuse panel
fuse panels, fuse panel, electrical abnormalities: Hi Helen, Sorry just responding...just getting settled back in from yet another long day here in the Northeast...very busy electrical season here. If this home is still using the old fuse style electrical panels...then this tells me the electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse vs breaker box, baseboard heaters, baseboard heat
baseboard heaters, baseboard heat, amp service: Hi Mikki, 6 fuses usually indicates a 60 amp service entrance. This would be small by todays standards, especially with electric dryer, stove and water heater and the baseboard heaters. I can t imagine how they can run everything without blowing the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fusebox, plug sockets, main switch
plug sockets, main switch, circuit breaker: You either have a circuit breaker that no longer works correctly, or you have a short in that circuit. Unplug everything on that circuit and try resetting the breaker. If it resets, plug in the appliances one at a time until the breaker trips. If the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuses, fuse box, cylinder type
fuse box, cylinder type, ring finger: Hi Tamara. It sounds like you may have blown a main fuse, which is a cylinder type, about the size of your ring finger. They are accessed by pulling out the handles on the fuse box. If there are no handles, then they may be next to the meter. If they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuses, fuse box, fuses
fuse box, fuses, living room: Hi Leon, First I would check the connections in the fuse box to make sure they are tight. When the circuit goes out check to see if any part of it is working, if so check the connections in the last box that has power and the first one that doesn t. If none...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuses to circuit breakers, circuit breakers, electrical contractors
circuit breakers, electrical contractors, fuses: Hi Rita, If you are talking about changing the service to breakers, you can figure, anywhere, from 500.00 to 1200.00. If you are talking about rewiring the whole house, 3500.00 to 5,000.00. The best thing is to get 3 estimates from local electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Not the fuses..., don beck, gfi outlet
don beck, gfi outlet, light switch: Hi Trisha, It sounds like a GFI outlet has tripped. A GFI outlet looks similar to a regular outlet, but it has a small tab in the center that acts like a circuit breaker or fuse. Most kitchens have one of these outlets in it somewhere. If you locate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fustat, fuse, sockets
fuse, sockets: Hi. I am unaware that there is any tool. I don t think that there is. I have heard that you have to destroy the adapter, and at the same time try not to damage the socket. Are you going to change the wire going to that circuit? The reason that they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fustat adator removal, buss, pliers
buss, pliers, fuse: I personally use a pair of adjustable pliers, but due to the fact the handles are not well insulated, the disconnect box must not be powered. There will be a breaker somewhere to turn off power to the disconnect box to service it. As far as I know, there is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fustat, nosed pliers, fusebox
nosed pliers, fusebox, fuse: Hi Kip. Normally, the adapters are not removed. The adapter is sized to accept a certain rating of type S fuses, to keep people from installing a larger fuse. The only way I have been able to remove it is to remove power from the fusebox, then destroy...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: G F I, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, gfi outlet: Hi. You can add as many as the circuit will allow. For example, in a kitchen and dining room, the code requires two 20 amp circuits. So you could put half of the kitchen outlets on one GFCI. Although you want to be careful what you put on it. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GARAGE DOOR WIRING, gage wire, garage door opener
gage wire, garage door opener, remote door opener: Hi Charlie, I believe it is normally 22 gage wire, You may want to have the garage door opener installed before you have the sheet rock hung. Besides the wiring for the wall button there is the wiring for the safety beams also, you might want that installed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GARAGE STRIP LIGHTING - blinking lites, replacement bulbs, strip light
replacement bulbs, strip light, light strip: Ramona What it may sound like is that there are some loose wires somewhere in the circuit and the problem has been there before you installed the new light fixture.Most florescent lights when the ballast starts to go bad the light will dim or get black on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gang Box in Cinder Block Wall, cinder block wall, gang boxes
cinder block wall, gang boxes, work boxes: If your walls are all block, you have to use masonry boxes, and to add new boxes to an exisiting wall, you have to cut the block. This isn t like cutting sheetrock and fishing wires from box to box. All of your wiring is probably in conduit within the concrete...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gang Box in Cinder Block Wall, cinder block wall, gang boxes
cinder block wall, gang boxes, work boxes: HI Travis, Putting a box inside a cinder block wall is fine, i mean its not a code violation or anything. I don t know if the old work boxes would work for this project. You would have to put bigger screws in the wings and see if they catch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gang Box in Cinder Block Wall, cinder block wall, gang boxes
cinder block wall, gang boxes, work boxes: Hi. I was looking at Raco s webstite, and if you put in the keyword concrete you can see what I saw. They have boxes made for masonary walls, but there is no gripping device. On another website, I also found some patents for gripping devices, but did...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gang Box in Cinder Block Wall, cinder block wall, circular saw blade
cinder block wall, circular saw blade, gang boxes: Hi Travis, 1) There are boxes like that called masonary boxes . 2) Any wires run to these boxes have to be in conduit which could make it quite difficult, if not impossible. These boxes are metal in make up, plastic is not allowed. You can either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gang Box in Cinder Block Wall, cinder block wall, gang boxes
cinder block wall, gang boxes, work boxes: You can use these type of boxes. Two problems will be getting the wire fed into the box and cutting the holes. There is no good way to cut the holes. If there will be a surface material added, you can get a concrete cutter and cut the holes, but having to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gang box repair - replace, left hand corner, drywall repair
left hand corner, drywall repair, sawsall: Hi Jason, Yes there is a well, somewhat quick fix. I am assuming this is not a remodel box to start with. How you can tell is, a remodel box will have a screw in the upper right hand corner, and one in the lower left hand corner. If this is not a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ganged box with single pole switches....., 2 legs, kitchen light
2 legs, kitchen light, multiple wires: Yep, if you can t get another cable into this box. Your gonna have a dummy switch. You don t like the remote idea? Your still left with a dummy switch, but at least you can use both lights off different switches Ok, if you want to wire both of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ganging up two 20 AMP 240V circuits, amp load, amp circuit
amp load, amp circuit, cook tops: Hi Ali I am afraid there is no way to combine the two 20amp circuits in parallel to serve a 30 amp load. The electric code is very specific about this. If for some reason one of the circuits was to open, then the entire 30 amp load would try to run on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage addition, amp breaker, looking job
amp breaker, looking job, detached garage: Morning Brian, I m Alex and i ll help you if you like. As far as the disconnect, i would eliminate it completely and put this splice in a 4 x 4 junction box and just wirenut your connections. The box is only a few dollars and would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Blackout, control switches, gfci outlet
control switches, gfci outlet, x10 control: Jason, The GFI is the next suspect. You may to open it up and test the wires coming into the line side with a tester. You may as well test the breaker wire too. GFI s do quit working and really aren t made that well (most are made in China),...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Door Power Cord Extension, garage door openers, rubber cord
garage door openers, rubber cord, clothes dryer: Steve, I doubt if a spice would pass an inspection, but you could replace the whole cord. It should be a simple matter to disconnect the old cord from the opener and install a new one that will reach. Use S&J rubber cord for the new hookup.It s resists...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Door, spiral springs, garage door opener
spiral springs, garage door opener, screw drive: Jennifer you are welcome, you will find that a little loose can cause a lot of binding, garage doors are heavy. Keep in mine that it came loose for a reason, if it was a screw that backed out fine. But if the natural motion of the door is pulling the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage door opener, gauge wire, garage door openers
gauge wire, garage door openers, ir sensors: Hi Rolanda, If you are speaking of wire to the outlet where the opener plugs in then there are 2 things to consider. If you are feeding this outlet from an existing circuit, then the wire should match the size of the existing circuit and breaker. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage door sensor, garage door motor, unit model
garage door motor, unit model, wht: Every manufacturer is different with their wiring colors. The only way to know if this is correct is to use the wiring diagram that came with the new motor. If there is not one, you can pull up the manufacturers site and download a diagram with the unit model...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Heating Solution, volt coil, volt fan
volt coil, volt fan, household units: I would install a relay with a 220 volt coil that closes the circuit to the 110 volt fan circuit when the t-stat calls for heat. It is a simple thing to set up and the circuit is basic. The relay coil would use very little amps so that would not affect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage heater, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage heater, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage heater, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage lights, watt bulbs, old boxes
watt bulbs, old boxes, recreation room: Hi. yes, it is best to start over. You are not allowed to cover up old boxes if the wire is still hot, so you would still have the boxes from the old lights. You can put 2 fans and 4 lights on one circuit (depending what else is on it), but I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage & Outside electrical outlet no longer work, master switch, gfci
master switch, gfci, reset button: Hi. There is a GFCI that could be in a bathroom, garage, outside or in a basement. Be sure to look behind things to find it. It is an outlet with a test and reset button. When you find it, press the reset button and it will work. If it keeps tripping,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage/Outside Lights, wire nuts, garage walls
wire nuts, garage walls, electrical tape: Ok, first of all take apart the soldered and shrink taped connections as the solder is a major code violation. Then replace any wiring subject to the heat from the soldering. At the lights wirenut the blacks together and the whites together. You then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage opener amp draw and best hookup, amp circuits, motor amps
amp circuits, motor amps, garage door openers: Hi Fredrik. You asked: How much does an opener draw and should I allow for a motor surge? There will be an electrical nameplate on the unit, which will give the motor amps. You don t have to do anything special for the motor surge. You asked: ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage outlet and all in the same circuit show the same fault with a plug-in tester., circuit breakers, gfi outlet
circuit breakers, gfi outlet, reset buttons: Hi Pete, Those plug in testers aren t very reliable when trying to troubleshooting a problem. A tester with 2 leads that when touched to a hot and a neutral or ground, a little neon lite will glow. With this type of tester we can find out if you ve lost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage power out, bathroom downstairs, volt stick
bathroom downstairs, volt stick, neutral wire: Hi. The garage has to be on a GFCI somewhere. However, if the GFCI that goes to that outlet is not tripped, and working, then it is probably just a wiring problem. There is probably a loose wire somewhere, perhaps under a wirenut. Or if you have outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Secondary Panel Mounting, construction garage, ok code
construction garage, ok code, tim white: Hi Tim..... I know of no new construction situation where you can not recess the panel into a framed wall VS mounting the panel on the surface of that same framed wall.......in other words if its OK code wise to install a panel in a given location...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Sub Panel, amp breaker, hand power tools
amp breaker, hand power tools, volt outlet: Hi Mark, The 125 amp seems excessive to me, I would thin a 100 amp panel will give you everything you need. With the heat or Air running and a compressor running and you using a power tool and all the lights on the 100 amp would be plenty big as you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Sub-Panel wiring, pvc conduit, terminal blocks
pvc conduit, terminal blocks, erie county: Hi Kevin. First off, you should check to see that you can do this type of work, with your local inspector. They may have local rules that forbid it. You can install a junction box and splice the single conductors to the cables, makeing sure the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Sub-Panel, copper rod, don beck
copper rod, don beck, ground clamp: Hi Craig, The quickest and way is to drive a 5/8 8 foot copper ground rod, into the ground, outside near the sub panel.Then run a #6 copper wire from the sub panel and connect it to the ground rod. There is a special grounding clamp used for this purpose....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Sub Pannel, ground rods, breader
ground rods, breader, gfci outlets: Hi. The panel should make no difference, just based on common sense. But the code may have something else to say about it. You always have to have ground rods at each panel if it is in a different building. I believe it is 2 rods 5 apart. But you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Subpanel, pvc conduit, thhn
pvc conduit, thhn, outbuilding: The National Code does not require, or suggest, you place a ground rod at your outbuilding, although some localities will override this and require it. If you were doing this under a permit. Keep your neutral and ground separate at the subpanel, install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage subpanel feed w/ water line, aluminum wire, electrical line
aluminum wire, electrical line, electrical conduit: No problem Ron. This is totally acceptable. Just one heads up, if possible, I would put the water line in the bottom in case it developed a leak, it would be below the electrical line and have less chance of infiltrating the electrical conduit. Thanks for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage subpanel installation, meter socket, meter base
meter socket, meter base, overhead line: hi brian Yes you can do this. Install a meter socker with a 200amp feed through panel. Then build the underground feeder back to the house, using a 200amp feeder. Make sure to ground everything according to code, and verify that this setup is approved...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Wiring, garage door opener, amp service
garage door opener, amp service, pvc pipe: 60 amps is more than you ll need. For this arrangement, install a 60 amp 2 pole breaker in your main service panel; run three #4 THHN/THWN copper wires (H H N) and one #8 (GRD) in an 1-1/4 PVC pipe underground (twelve inches to the top of the pipe in residential...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Wiring: Surface Wiring OK?, gfci outlet, wiring surface
gfci outlet, wiring surface, amp breaker: Hi. The garage should be considered a dry location, so you should be able to use Wiremold. They do have a website with a place to ask technical questions. Normally garage outlets require a GFCI. However, with a fridge, you can put the outlet behind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Wiring, building a workbench, gfci receptacle
building a workbench, gfci receptacle, amp breaker: This is a two part answer. Is the garage circuit on a 15 or 20 amp breaker. The GFCI receptacle is rated for the circuit. If 15amp breaker ..a 15amp GFCI. That would have a problem pulling alot of power tools. If 20amp breaker and GFCI..no problem. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, pvc conduit: You can use either 15 or 20 amp circuits. The only thing that you have to concern yourself with is, does my local municipality REQUIRE 20 amp circuits? Maybe you re in the city, or getting a permit. A 15 amp circuit should be loaded to no more than 1440...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, incoming service, supply sources
incoming service, supply sources, clarification on: Hello John. For the first portion, equipment such as this is very explicit to be exact. The equipment will have a label or tag of some sort to give the exact circuit size. Failure to follow this exactly could cause a fire due to wiring failure, or damage to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, central air cond, light switches
central air cond, light switches, subpanel: Hi Cesar, Changing ove the main panel to increase the amps, is a VERY expensive undertaking. You can add a sub panel in the garage and power it from your house panel. How big the sub panel is depends on how large the main panel is now. If the house...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, national electrical code, robert wilber
national electrical code, robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Oops! That leaves you a mess That isn t how I d have done it, so I can t say off the top of my head! The following address is Mike Holt s forum [Mike is Mr....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, volt devices, hot legs
volt devices, hot legs, detached garage: This would not be a legal installation by code, so I can not advise other than to say it needs the 10/3 with ground as there must be the two hot legs, a neutral, and a ground. If there are no 240 volt devices, you can use this for a single 120 volt panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, motion detector light, amp breaker
motion detector light, amp breaker, fluorescent light fixture: Hi Carl, If the motion detector light is the only thing running off the breaker, you can add the 5 outlets and florescent light to the circuit with no problem. IF there are other things beside the motion det. lite on the breaker, you still should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, hot lines, volt meter
hot lines, volt meter, hot wire: Hi Steve. You had to be reading voltage between the 2 hot wires in order to get 220volts. Maybe your neutral is mis-identified as a hot wire. I recommend you remove all three wires from the box in the garage, isolate them, and re-check your readings to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, pvc conduit, flexible conduit
pvc conduit, flexible conduit, garage doors: Hi. Yes, you should be able to do it within code. If the breaker box is flush mount, then you will have to chip away a little drywall to get to it. The easiest way to connect to it is to use a piece of flexible conduit. After that, you should be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, volt circuit, detached garage
volt circuit, detached garage, mossman: Well, a little. You obviously have a 240 volt circuit coming into your garage, but does it terminate in a junction box somewhere, where the black feeds your lights and the red feeds your plugs? And what about back at the main panel? Are these three wires protected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage Disposal Circuit, garbage disposal, neutral wire
garbage disposal, neutral wire, thin silver: As you can see by the age of this installation, using BX is not as common as it used to be due to the integrity of the cable being disrupted by addition of circuits and changing the fittings of the cable. The metal jacket is indeed the ground of this system...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage Disposal Electrical Fault, amp circuit breaker, sears appliance repair
amp circuit breaker, sears appliance repair, egg shell: Hi Jon, I would have Sears people look at it, even with the labor cost. Opening it yourself could open a can of worms. Also, try connecting it back up again. Sometimes there is a loose wire we didn t notice and putting it back together may just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage Disposal Electrical Problem, gfci receptacle, gfci trips
gfci receptacle, gfci trips, garbage disposal: By electrical switch breaks , do you mean the little red button on the bottom of the disposal trips out, or that the circuit breaker in the panel trips? 1) If you can plug the disposal into another outlet, and it works, it would seem you have problems...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage Disposal outlet, garbage disposal, dishwasher
garbage disposal, dishwasher, screws: Hi. Are the two appliances on the same circuit? If not, then break off any tabs that are between the screws, then connect the switch and outlet as they were separate devices. If they are on the same circuit, leave the tab on. The black wire coming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage Disposal Wiring, amp breaker, silver strand
amp breaker, silver strand, garbage disposal: Hi Paul, Some parts of the country require houses to be wired in metal cable or conduit, but most do not. If you have other wiring in the house that is standard romex, the BX cable will probably not be required. If your remodeling has left you with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage Disposal Wiring, don beck, amp breaker
don beck, amp breaker, garbage disposal: Hi Deborah, If the home was built after about 1970, the kitchen is wired in 12/2 wire attached to a 20 amp breaker. If this is the case, switching over to the heavy duty disposal should be just a matter of plugging it in. The wiring should be more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage disposal switch, hot water tank, hot water dispenser
hot water tank, hot water dispenser, garbage disposal: Hi Mark, If the electrician who installed the wiring planned ahead, and that is unlikely, there will be a black-red-white wire in the cable running from the switch to the outlet, with the red wire not being used at this time, just capped at both the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage disposal wiring, garbage disposal, disposals
garbage disposal, disposals, disposal unit: Hi. At the switch, the black wires connect to the switch, the white wires connect to each other. Most disposals should be on their own circuit, but that is not what is causing your problem. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow up questions....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage disposal, garbage disposal, gfi outlet
garbage disposal, gfi outlet, gfci outlet: Hi Dagmar, The wire going to the disposal switch should be attached to the feed wire coming into the GFI outlet.(the wires marked line). If you attach the disposal feed to the load side, the motor starting up on the disposal could trip the GFI. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garburator installation, electrical switch, electrical outlet
electrical switch, electrical outlet, amperage: Jet, If your existing outlet is in the correct place to have a switch for your disposal it could work just fine. The outlet and breaker must be large enough for the disposal amperage. If so , feed the disposal from the outlet, run a switch leg back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gargae Electrics, bob osgood, amp fuse
bob osgood, amp fuse, master electrician: Hi Patrick, Based on your description....and the foreign terms used...this question appears to be coming from outside of the United States....and where I have limited electrical knowledge of electrical procedures/methods used in other countries...I don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gargage Door Opener, proximity switches, garage door openers
proximity switches, garage door openers, wireless controllers: Diana, There are many types of garage door openers and sensors and proximity switches, so I don t know that Home Depot would have just the sensor. Because a pet tore it off it must be close to the floor on the door track? I would do it this way. Get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garge outlets, minimum distance, freezer
minimum distance, freezer, tina: Hi. Yes, all outlets in a garage must be GFCI protected. Of course, you can use one GFCI and protect all the outlets with it. (if you have a freezer, you can put a single outlet behind it without using a GFCI) As far as height, I thought there was a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gas dryer to electric dryer, don beck, electric dryer
don beck, electric dryer, gas dryer: Hi Matt, If the snipped off wire isn t too short, move the electrical outlet up to where the wire is located. If the wire is too short, you can put a junction box at the end of the wire, then splice a small piece of 10/3 w ground to that wire that would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gas oven to electric, recepticle, gas oven
recepticle, gas oven, electric oven: If it is a 220/240 volt outlet, and if it matches up with the plug on the oven....plug and go. If it is merely an electric source for spark or clock....it is not sufficient to operate your oven. If it looks like a standard recepticle....not good. You need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gas range, timer clock, clock timer
timer clock, clock timer, qualified electrician: The manual states that you need 125/250 volts and your contractor said that 110 volts would probably be okay ? I would fire your contractor immediately and get back as much money as you can. If they have this attitude here, where else have they said this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gas Stove install, ottawa ontario canada, amp breaker
ottawa ontario canada, amp breaker, electrical inspector: Hi Ryan. I m sorry, but I can t supply an answer based on the CEC. Under the NEC, you are required to supply a 20 amp outlet for all kitchen outlets, with a couple of exceptions, and the gas range is not one of them. I suggest you contact your local...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gate opener-120 vs 240, robert wilber, volt drop
robert wilber, volt drop, step down transformer: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * At the distances you suggest, with #10 wire, you could have a load of 3.5 amps and still have acceptable voltages at the gate [allowing a 3 volt drop at the gate]. What...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gauge of UF needed, voltage drop calculator, copper conductor
voltage drop calculator, copper conductor, household appliances: Hi Ken. Without knowing your load and voltage, I am assumming: Voltage = 120v, load = 30 amps (this is based on generator max load, 5000watts/120v= 41 amps. This is maximum draw from this generator, so if load is less than that, all the better) To...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GCFI CIRCUIT BREAKER, insted, light switch
insted, light switch, circuit breaker: Rick: The GFI breaker circuit must have a neutral crossed with another circuits neutral, and when you turn on the closet light insted of the current coming back to your breaker it must be traveling another path back to the neutral bar causing the breaker to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GCFI outlet, don beck, chest freezer
don beck, chest freezer, unfinished basement: Hi Kiley, Removing the old outlet: Shut down the breaker that feeds that outlet. Take off the cover plate, and pull the outlet out of the box. Remove all the wires on the outlet. Installing the new outlet: Black wires go onto the the dark colored...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GCFI sparking, loose wire, prong
loose wire, prong, gfi: Hi Ned, Sparking foes indicate a loose wire or connection, The connection in question may be inside the outlet itself and cannot be corrected. The best thing to do is replace the GFI. They do break down, over time. Another possibility is when you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GCIF, basic electricity, coneccion
basic electricity, coneccion, ground fault: The best source will be at a home supply for a manual titled, Basic Electricity . It will have color photos of the actual wiring and connected devices. This is one of the first manuals I purchased over 20 years ago and is still the best resource I have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: My GE 3 phase, 220 volt motor, static converter, volt motor
static converter, volt motor, hp motor: Michael, 1. My fault, I thought your motor was rated at 3 amps, my mistake. 3. The rating has no impact, my mistake of misreading the ampere rating caused all this confusion. T202 is rated at 2.4 plenty of amps available capacity. 4. I should have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GE breaker, hot water heater, volt appliances
hot water heater, volt appliances, master electrician: Hi Jane, Based on your description....you have no 240 volt power available from this new panel installation....only 120 volts or one leg of the service. In most States (if not all) any time a panel is changed out the installation must be inspected...either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GE dryer door switch how do I reconnect it?, copper color, ge dryer
copper color, ge dryer, door switch: Hi Sydney, It shouldn t make any difference but I would put the white wire to the silver, and yellow wire to copper color. It should operate either way as the the power comes in on one wire and out on the other and the switch just breaker the connection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GE range old late 1940s or 50s?, style mp, good shape
style mp, good shape, proper tools: Daryl You should be able to read 220 volts from a 2-pole breaker, such as the one for your dryer. Looking at your panel, the top slot should have two breakers, one facing to the left, and one to the right. These should be marked 1 (left) and 2 (right)....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GE Vent Hood Fan Switch Rotor replacement, vent hood, fan switch
vent hood, fan switch, mg2: Eddie, Yup! The one marked L is where the power hits the switch. The bottom markings 1,2,3...are for the 3 speeds of the fan. As long as you get the hot feed to L everything else should fall into place. 1 is usually slow, 2 is usually med,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GENERATOR HOOKUP, hook up, emergency generator
hook up, emergency generator, power outages: Hi. Since I am a homeowner, I do not get involved with prices. Prices can vary a lot from place to place, and it depends on the construction of the house, local codes, etc. It sound reasonable to me. But you may want to get several estimates, or talk...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GENERATOR WIRING EXCEPTIONS!!!, fuse box, twistlock
fuse box, twistlock, twist lock: Ronco: Sorry about the delay your answer was sent to the grading section and did not get to me. I found it by accident. If the pump is wired 220volt and it feeds from your house then your panel can t be just 110volt. It has to have 220volt in it in order...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GENERATOR, battery trickle charger, whole house generator
battery trickle charger, whole house generator, thhn: Mike, the use of PVC is probably OK but is determined by the local building code authority. The size and types of wires replacing the wiring harness from the factory should be the same as from the factory. The few additional feet of length shouldn t pose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gemini Glass top Duel Oven Stove Shocked my wife, laying tile, loose ground
laying tile, loose ground, labor charges: the stove receptacle? I thought it might be. YOU ARE THE MAN! Way to hang in there and thank you for letting me know, I have been worrying about you Great job and great diagnostic work! You are an inspiration to everyone who has these weird problems!...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General code, electrican, journeyman license
electrican, journeyman license, electrical permits: Hi Clive. You asked: Is it common practice for a master electrican... Most states have license requirements. In Colorado, where I live, you have to have a Masters license in order apply for a contractors license, which allows you to contract out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General Electrical code questions, cable clamp, code questions
cable clamp, code questions, hole 2: Hi Brian. Most inspectors will not gig you on up to 2 cables under 1 staple. You can run a few cables thru hole, but I would try to keep them to 2 or 3 at most. If the box is plastic, then the cable needs to be stapled within 8 of the box. If metal,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General electrical question, short circuits, pipe defroster
short circuits, pipe defroster, electrical question: Hi David. I think you have it almost correct. I would think that if the grounding at house B is faulty, the current put on the waterline at house A could cause problems with the incoming waterline in house B, arcing to the electrical ground, causing the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General electrical wiring, awaiting surgery, switch one
awaiting surgery, switch one, whan: There will be one incoming hot wire to the dimmer and one out to the light. These two will connect to the two terminals of a standard switch. Sorry for the delay, I have been injured and am awaiting surgery and this is the first time I have been able to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General electrical wiring, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, amp breaker: That will work, but the way I was headed, if you make the incoming wires to the existing fuse box the feeder for the panel instead of the fuse box, and connect the circuit to the a/c to a breaker, you would not need any other wiring. Then you would feed the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General question, electrical contracting company, national fire protection
electrical contracting company, national fire protection, national fire protection association nfpa: Welcome to the USA. A Master electrician is one that has based an exam usually called a Block test after the people who administer it. They are usually the person that owns the electrical contracting company. They are the only ones allowed to apply for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General Swithc Co fuse box, amp breaker, fuse block
amp breaker, fuse block, fuse blocks: Curtis, The cost varies for many reasons; Area of the Country How much time is involved Upgrading to more power Switching over to 100 amp breaker panel can run anywhere from 500.00 to 2000.00 so I would get several estimates from your local electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General Swithc Co fuse box, fuse block, amp breaker
fuse block, amp breaker, fuse blocks: Curtis, The cost varies for many reasons; Area of the Country How much time is involved Upgrading to more power Switching over to 100 amp breaker panel can run anywhere from 500.00 to 2000.00 so I would get several estimates from your local electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General Swithc fuse box, amp fuse, fuse blocks
amp fuse, fuse blocks, fuse box: Curtis A new panel couldd cost anywhere from $100.00 and up depending on how many circuits you need.The circuit breakers would also have to be purchased as well. The wires should be ok back then they used cloth covered cables with 2 wires they are a pain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General Wiring question, amp breaker, amp electric
amp breaker, amp electric, amperage: Hi Rick, It is not unusual for 220V lines to have no ground and no need for concern. The 50 amp breaker is borderline for the # 8 wire. I prefer a 40 amp breaker with # 8 wire; or, a 50 amp breaker with # 6 wire. If has operated OK with no problems,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: General wiring- switches, rough wiring, basic electricity
rough wiring, basic electricity, home improvement store: Hello Rena. I admire anyone desiring to learn some basics. The best thing you can do is go to a home improvement store and purchase a manual entitled Basic Electricity. It was the first manual I purchased over 20 years ago and it has excellent color photos...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator, circuit breakers, transfer switch
circuit breakers, transfer switch, bus bar: John You must use the 240 volt power as it is to the transfer switch,as the controls sense 240. When it senses 120 that will put the transfer switch in the stand by position,which will make the generator start. When you feed the transfer switch from the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator had 240V on one leg of 110V and zero volts on the other, zero volts, master electrician
zero volts, master electrician, strange occurrence: Hi Brett, Your theory may be be a little wild...but by no stretch is it crazy. BUT (and it seems like there is always a but when it concerns theory s...or atleast until they become facts)...if your theory had solid merit - then once normal AC power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator ATF, Sub panel, Main, automatic transfer switch, amp breaker
automatic transfer switch, amp breaker, junction boxes: Hi Joel, Based on your description....Yes - you can feed the 100 amp rated sub-panel with a 60 amp double pole breaker in your main panel....or any sized double pole breaker up to 100 amps. Be sure to size your sub feeder wires accordingly. You will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator amps, amp receptacles, amp generator
amp receptacles, amp generator, electric dryer: Frank: A 8000watt generator will supply 33.3 amps @ 240volt. Depending on the items (motor, heating loads especially) and how you operate them is the real question. Your generator has a surge start rating, but the 33.3 amp is what you really have to work with....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator amps, amp receptacles, amp generator
amp receptacles, amp generator, wattage: Hi Frank. To figure amps, you just divide watts by voltage. With this info, I would say that you are good to go . One thing to keep in mind. As you are turning on the loads, if the genset start to drag down, or stops, then you have too much load on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Backfeed, don beck, vertical slot
don beck, vertical slot, 110v outlet: Hi Paul, To feed the outlet in the garage, you need to run from two different outlets on the gen. 110V Outlet 1 on gen: The right vertical slot is hot and a wire needs to go from that slot to either of the vertical slots in the garage outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator/Camp wiring, amp generator, prong plug
amp generator, prong plug, generator voltage regulator: Cory great information! I see why you would no mention that. You need a voltmeter asap! Something is NOT right with the bonding in the box or something is locking out in the generator. Get a cheap volt meter and see what your no load volts are at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator to Compressor, amp connector, gauge wire
amp connector, gauge wire, home depot: 20 amp 240 volt needs no neutral, only two hots and a ground. Therefor, there is no need to bring the neutral into the cord ... leave the neutral prong of the male cord cap without a conductor attached. A 20 amp connector would call for 12 gauge wire. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Connection, prong, amp
prong, amp, good luck: Hi Dann. You will not be able to do this. If the generator is wired for a 4-wire connection, then you have to use that. I believe www.homewiringandmore.com has some info on it s pages concerning generator wiring. Please visit it for some good info....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator connection to house wiring, eb series, portable generators
eb series, portable generators, amp service: Lewis The problem is that portable generators need to have the neutral switched. The EB Series is more of construction use and. Check to see if the transfer switch is compatible of doing this. If not the generator breaker will trip as it is a GFCI protected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator to dryer outlet??, manual transfer switches, amp circuits
manual transfer switches, amp circuits, amp supply: Hi Zach, There are 2 ways to go about it ....both Code acceptable. You can install an 8 circuit generator panel (such as the QO 60 amp 4 space 8 circuit model 82434) which sells for ~ $119.00 at Home Depot...in which you pick out the 4 essential...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator/Emergency, copper wires, dangerous voltages
copper wires, dangerous voltages, incoming lines: Tim What you would need to do is install a circuit breaker in the panel that would feed the transfer switch 2 black wires go to the breaker the white wire will go to the neutral bar with the other white wires.The ground wire would be landed with the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Grounding, isolation switch, little faith
isolation switch, little faith, grounding system: Hi Julia I can give you a couple of rules, but I recommend hiring a licensed electrician to look at this to give you a real second opinion. To answer your question, it is both. Grounding is basically connecting all the metal parts of the equipment and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator grounding/bonding issue:, hot water boiler, ground pins
hot water boiler, ground pins, switch setup: Mike The best thing you can do and the fastest way is to ground the generator right at the location by installing a small 3-5 ft ground rod and grounding the frame. This will give you the necessary ground you need. What is happening is that the boiler is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Home Wiring, transfer boxes, 3 way switches
transfer boxes, 3 way switches, transfer switches: Hi Jarred, Just getting back in from electrical jobs down-state... saw your e-mail. I note you refer to the transfer switches....and had you installed an 8 circuit one next to your main panel...you could have been done by now....and have a Code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Home Wiring, transfer boxes, 3 way switches
transfer boxes, 3 way switches, load calculations: Each circuit would have to have it s own individual overcurrent protection. You can not combine eight 20 amp circuits and protect them all with one 160 amp breaker (8 x 20). The breaker size is kind of ridiculous, but I think you get my point. For the generator...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Home Wiring, robert wilber, transfer boxes
robert wilber, transfer boxes, 3 way switches: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * (LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Should you be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator to Home wiring, watt honda, hz frequency
watt honda, hz frequency, honda engine: Optyman: If you use the cord you described you have to use colored tape (red is what i would use) and tape the green conductor in the cord red. Then hook black to x , red to y , off white to w , and get a 10 gage green single conductor and hook to g and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Hookup Aesthetics, nec code, shock hazard
nec code, shock hazard, standby generator: George That should be in conduit as well the only exception is it may be done in romex,I dont what state or town you live in so it may be that there is no rules for thois.I would call the local inspector or the building dept to see what they have to say about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hook up, hurricane ivan, hook up
hurricane ivan, hook up, portable generator: Not knowing what it is you bought, I d have to say that the generator doesn t have a ground, only two hots and a neutral and you d hook it up this way, just carry a fourth wire from your service ground to the generator s frame. You could convert this 3...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hook up, special purpose equipment, generator transfer switch
special purpose equipment, generator transfer switch, dpdt switch: I would go with the interlock and install my breaker (that protects the generator output) in my main panel, to backfeed any circuit I wanted if the main breaker was shut off. If you needed more circuits, install a subpanel off of the main panel. As long as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hook up, special purpose equipment, generator transfer switch
special purpose equipment, generator transfer switch, local power company: Hi Labman. Great links. I did not know that these were available. I don t have any links to share, but which ever way you decide to go, talk with your local power company AND electrical inspector first. The main reason for the transfer switch is to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hook up, special purpose equipment, generator transfer switch
special purpose equipment, generator transfer switch, dpdt switch: To whomever stuck their 2 cents in....if the main breaker is turned on during the generators use...the generator is fried. Anyone who is trying to use a temporary emergency power use, knows to terminate power either way before engaging either power supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hook up, fuse panel, pool pump
fuse panel, pool pump, twist lock: As long as you can determine the two hot wires from the generator, and the neutral then connect them to the breaker as you would if the generator were an appliance load. Be sure...as you are aware, that the breaker is off, untill you need to power the house....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hook up to home electric panel, 5500 watt generator, amp load
5500 watt generator, amp load, frige: Hello Jim. You have to use a transfer switch with a generator. The easist method is to install a small sub panel with the devices you want to operate on a generator. Feed it from the main panel with a breaker large enough for the entire panel load. From the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hook-up, time anthony, hook up
time anthony, hook up, emergency supply: Hi Anthony, Just getting back into the office... Based on your description...your suggested hook-up would not only be a direct Code violation...but also downright unsafe. You are stating you d like to wire a 4 wire 120/240 grounded supply to a 3...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, transfer switches: Hi Robert, Based on your description...at that distance I would go with an 8/3 with ground (40 amp rated 4 wire) SO or SJO rubber cord ran to your outside transfer switch. (Code requires that a transfer switch ALWAYS be used with a generator..[unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup, 5kw generator, extension cord
5kw generator, extension cord, big bang: The only problem with this is on the neutral side. That neutral when hooked up is gonna run right out to either the pole transformer or ground transformer then there will be a big bang. Then the power company is gonna do a big bang to your wallet. To say...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup, transfer switch, transfer switches
transfer switch, transfer switches, portable generator: Bernell What you would need to do is remove the wires for the pump and place the transfer switch wires in its place the wire the pump into the transfer switch. Depending what type of transfer switch you get you may be able to add more circuits if your generator...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup, transfer switch, power outages
transfer switch, power outages, receptacle: Martin The best and safest way, is to install a manual transfer switch,this way if the power comes back on and you are not near the panel there wont be any way for the power to back feed the utility company.They sell them pretty reasonable now,also if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup to Breaker Box (w/o Transfer Switch, w/ 220v capability), recepticle, slim 2
recepticle, slim 2, transfer switch: I prefer replacing with the 2in1 where possible. YOu need to have that supply breaker in the main panel for safely turning on/off generator usage. I use a 50amp welder recepticle to do the same thing. My generator was listed a 8000watts so I Knew the50...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup not to house circuit, household wiring, extension cord
household wiring, extension cord, sump pump: Hi Jim, The first question I have is how will you keep the refrigerator and sump pump from operating at the same time? The refrigerator is controlled by a t-stat, and the sump pump is controlled by a float. How would you keep them from calling for power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup., prong plug, lowe s
prong plug, lowe s, transfer switch: Frank, if you are attempting to back feed the house from the generator by way of the dryer receptacle, I would strongly advise against it. It can be done, but not safely. There is the real danger of electrocuting a power company employee without what is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator to house, generator transfer switch, black hot
generator transfer switch, black hot, heat pump: Hi. The key to using the generator is the transfer switch. This is the only safe way to use a generator. The transfer switch goes to the sub panel, which has your essential circuits in it. The transfer switch accepts power either from the generator or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator nuetral grounding and transfer switches, ground fault protection, ground fault detection
ground fault protection, ground fault detection, alternate power source: Dave If you use that type of switch you will still have a ground from the PC supply.When the service falls under the requirements of 230.95, you should ground the neutral at each source, and switch it where the Code requires ground-fault detection coordination....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Panel Wiring, ac condenser, critical circuits
ac condenser, critical circuits, amp breaker: If you re just using it as a back up, then your generator would have the two power wires and neutral. The ground would remain as is in your main panel, and you would not connect the neutral between them. Think of this as a double pole, single throw switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Power vs. Appliance Loads..., furnace blower motor, amp meter
furnace blower motor, amp meter, continuous load: Hi Brian, Well, the continuous load (RMS) is roughly have the max. If you want actual though.. Use an amp meter back at the panel with the appliance running. That will show you actual current draw. If your figuring how much your gen....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Power vs. Appliance Power Question, furnace blower motor, continuous load
furnace blower motor, continuous load, home appliances: Hi. When an appliance (motor) first comes on, it momentarily draws more current. I would worry mostly about the continuous rating, which is what on the nameplate. The generator should have a capacity to momentarily provide more, but you don t need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator plugs, shallow well pump, portable generator
shallow well pump, portable generator, hots: Jeff The 4 wire plug on the generator is wired this way 2 hots 1 neutral and one ground,you will have to hook the ground to this motor along with the 2 hots. yes you can make a cord that has a 220 volt 3 prong end to the generator just make sure you install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator power, blown fuse, incoming power
blown fuse, incoming power, distribution panel: Bill You should have the incoming power going to one set of lugs,then the load side should have 2 wires going to the panel,When you measure across the lugs you are only getting 10 volts which means one of the incoming legs has a blown fuse or bad breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator for RV, coleman generator, twist lock
coleman generator, twist lock, travel trailer: Yes and no. Obviously you can do this physically, however if the rv needs 30 amps and you are only suppling 20 amps it will start causing problems. Such as tripping the breaker or reset on the generator. If you do this you should be very careful what you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator- Single or Three Phase, 3 phase motors, electricity connection
3 phase motors, electricity connection, phase generator: Since you have three phase utility, I would go with a three phase generator in the event you did later install something requiring 3 phase, it would operate on the generator also. This would also ensure a balanced load while on the generator. Thanks, ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Transfer Switch, generator transfer switch, home wiring
generator transfer switch, home wiring, troy bilt: Hi. I have never used a generator, so I looked it up and found the answer. The neutral and ground should not be connected at the generator if you are using a transfer switch. (In the home wiring system, the only place they can be connected is at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Transfer Switches, generator transfer switches, middle legs
generator transfer switches, middle legs, lowe s: Maurice I will try to explain this in a easy format. The transfer switch has what is called a 3 position switch The top lugs are the incoming power the middle legs are the load to the house. The bottom lugs are the generator power.When the generator is running.When...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator transfer switch wiring, generator transfer switch, auto transfer
generator transfer switch, auto transfer, switch wiring: Barb Allot of times to keep costs down and labor down,electricians will run a 14-3 or a 12-3 for 2 circuits and share the neutral.I don t see that you have to move both wires as the neutral is still connected and they are not on a GFCI. Also depending on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Wire size, amp generator, adult beverages
amp generator, adult beverages, water pump: Hi Ralph, I m not really sure what the your situation is or exactly what the question is. Could you re-phrase it, giving as much information as you can, and resend it? I m a little foggy today, too many adult beverages last night! I m sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Wiring, briggs and stratton, amp breaker
briggs and stratton, amp breaker, auto transfer: Bob The wires that are in the panel will stay there.You will need to bring into your main panel from the transfer switch all the wires from the breakers and new hot wires including the neutral and the ground wire so that your transfer switch is now getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Wiring, kw generator, amp breaker
kw generator, amp breaker, practice thanks: Rod The 7 kw generator would need a 30 amp breaker which needs a #10 wire,So what you would need is 2 #10 for the power 1 # 10 for the neutral and 1 # 12 for the ground as long as the wires do not go over 100 feet. If you are going to run parallel runs....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Wiring, amp receptacles, transfer switches
amp receptacles, transfer switches, watt generator: I m not familiar with the switches you indicate that have plugs. The ones I ve seen are strickly transfer switches, with Line and Load lugs, and carry specific amp ratings. I d go ahead an consult with an electrician on what it is you want to do, show him...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator wiriing, volt circuit, generator section
volt circuit, generator section, gauge wire: Hi, Are you saying the plug that has a cord attached to feed something and plugs into the output of the generator, has 4 prongs? And, that output from the generator to that outlet can put out either 110 V or 220V? If so, is there a switch on the generator...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator wiring - connecting to appliances, hot water tank, gas hot water tank
hot water tank, gas hot water tank, troy bilt generator: 3500 watts at 240 volts is about a 14-1/2 amp output...just barely over your 12 amp furnace. I suspect what is happening is, when the blower motor kicks on, it blows the breaker. the generator can t handle the inrush current. Your wiring sounds okay, I just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator, gauge wire, heavy gauge
gauge wire, heavy gauge, laymans terms: Matt Just to let you know I was a K-9 Handler in V N and also trained Schutshund for 25 years. So keep up the good work. Now to your question You say that there is 2 cords one is a 30 amp with 2 female ends you really can t use that one as it has 2 female...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFC outlets, neutral wire, screws
neutral wire, screws, ground wire: Hi Kent. Replacing an outlet with a GFCI type outlet is fairly easy. Follow the wiring directions on the box they come in, and make sure that the ground wire, if present, does not touch either the hot or the neutral wire, when pushing the box into place....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci receptacle, consumer products safety commission
gfci receptacle, consumer products safety commission, electrical inspector: Hi Dave, Although I first joined the electrical field as a licensed electrician back in 1976....I no longer still have the 1975 Code book...but my sources (NFPA) tell me that the GFCI receptacle was first Code required in the 1975 edition of the NEC...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci breaker, heating element
gfci breaker, heating element, component one: Well the GFCI will trip on a fault, or short circuit, so something has to have gone bad. It could be worn insulation on the wiring somewhere that has developed a small short, a defective motor, bad heating element, or maybe a problem in the controls. the hit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci receptacle, amp circuit
gfci receptacle, amp circuit, outlet boxes: JACK: You did a very good job explaning. This is a good question. Since you are planing on runing electronic equipment and 4 lights and the fact the 15 amp circuit has only 680watss usage. I would tie to that. Because the 20amp circuit is runing motorized...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci receptacle, amp circuit
gfci receptacle, amp circuit, outlet boxes: Yes it was a very detailed explanation. Thank you. Unfortunately unless you plan on becoming real good friends with a computer tech, or have a lot of money to replace the computer and other office equipment as there is no way to clear a fault, spike, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, electrical test equipment, electronic circuitry
electrical test equipment, electronic circuitry, compressor motor: Hi Dan, As it is with all things in life...sometimes the answer which appears to be the obvious answer is often not the correct answer. Whether that is the case with your ice maker or not remains to be seen. Per Code....we are NOT advised to put...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, white pig, pig tail
white pig, pig tail, brass screw: Hi. The white wire goes to the white wires and the black wire goes to the black wires. Since you can t put 3 wires on the switch screw, you should get all the wires and cap them, including a pigtail to the switch. Nothing would go on the load side of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, amp circuit, doable
amp circuit, doable, hardest thing: Hi. The code now requires a 20 amp circuit in a bathroom. So if the outlet ciricut is 20 amps it is doable. It is just a matter of connecting all the white wires together, all the black wires together and all the grounds together. Fishing the wires in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, fan switch, receptacle
fan switch, receptacle, gfi: If you connect all blacks with a pigtail to go to the GFI, and do the same with the neutral and grounds, connect the pigtails to the proper terminals on the line side of the GFI, this will allow the fan circuit to remain intact and now the receptacle is protected....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, recepticles, volt meter
recepticles, volt meter, boxes: You will need a ground for a GFCI to funcion properly. Normally I would say your recepticles are grounded by a non visible wire in the wall connecting to the exterior of the box and going from box to box. You can prove that with a volt meter. If you get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfi outlet, grounding wire
gfi outlet, grounding wire, hook up: Hi Ronald No, that will not work. In fact, the gfi outlet will not hold. Hook up the gfi without the ground. As a general rule, if you jump the neutral and ground, you could get current into the metal parts of the appliance or electronics that you are plugging...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, arc fault circuit interrupter, afci breaker
arc fault circuit interrupter, afci breaker, kitchens and bathrooms: Hi Tom, If your area in Michigan is in full complannce with the 2005 NEC (not all areas have adopted the latest National Electrical Codes - some are still using the 1999 and 2002 Codes)...then here are the latest GFCI requirements per 2005 Code which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, linda bauer, gfci breakers
linda bauer, gfci breakers, recepticle: For the cost of the matter, the GFCI recepticles are +- $10. The GFCI breakers are $25. The problem is finding the first recepticle in the circuit to put the recepticle in to cover the following branches. The breakers in the box, dont care where it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, downstairs bath, upstairs bath
downstairs bath, upstairs bath, gfci outlet: Hi Pat, Connect the wire that goes to the downstairs bath to the wire that comes from the breaker panel. That is, the wire from the breaker panel gets connected to the line side of the upstairs GFI AND the wire that feeds the downstairs bath. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci receptacle, amp circuits
gfci receptacle, amp circuits, amp circuit: Hi. That is a lot of lights. The tubes themselves will take 1200 watts. The ballasts also take power. The max you can put on a 15 amp circuit is 1800 watts, but if you leave them on constantly, then you need to leave 20% buffer. So, I would put them on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, dryer operation, gfi outlet
dryer operation, gfi outlet, neon light: It sounds as if we may be OK, but we have to be sure. So, you will need a voltage tester to find out which wires go where. It s just 2 leads attached to a neon light that will glow when voltage is present. It runs around $5.00 at home centers. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, coffee pots, downstairs bathroom
coffee pots, downstairs bathroom, back porch: Tia, They are able to be reset somehow, do you know where the circuit breaker box is? There is some kind of breaker for that circuit, it could be tripped or needs to be tripped off by hand, for a few minutes, then turned back on which should reset them....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfi receptacle, line connections
gfi receptacle, line connections, receptacles: The purpose of the load side of a GFI receptacle is to protect all downstream devices. Only one GFI is required per circuit and more than one on a circuit will cause interference. You need to locate the receptacle nearest the breaker panel. Replace it with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci outlets, convenience
gfci outlets, convenience: Hi Dale, It is possible, I run across it quite often in manufactured homes. The only issue I m aware of with them is more one of convenience than anything else, if someone is using the second one and the first one trips, they have to go back to the first...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, gfi: Hi Brian, With 3 wires and a double pole breaker, it indicates there are 2 circuits that are sharing a neutral. While this is acceptable, this GFI s do not perform well with this setup as they read the difference between the hot coming in and the current...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, electrical chain, gfi outlet
electrical chain, gfi outlet, life span: Hi Mark, There is no danger. The power stops at the tripped GFI outlet. There is a life span of a GFI and it varies from unit to unit. The more often it trips, the weaker it gets. It probably should be replaced and see if that solves he problem. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, wind tunnels, hair dryers
wind tunnels, hair dryers, amp circuit: Hi Richard, Unfortunately, this is a common problem as these new hair dryers are more like wind tunnels. GFI s don t react well to anything with motors. If you look at the GFI in the garage, it is probably rated at 15 amps and hair dryers draw almost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI on 3 wire kitchen outlets, gfci breaker, kitchen countertop
gfci breaker, kitchen countertop, arc fault: Hi Karl, Just for a little trivia - When I first got in the field in the late 70 s....GFCI s were still considered a hi-tech safety device...first built and designed in 1961 by an electrical engineer named Charles Dalziel - (who retired nicely from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, bob osgood, gfi receptacle
bob osgood, gfi receptacle, gfci receptacle: Hi Tom, Just getting a chance to reply....been straight out here electrically....along with shopping for the Holidays... IF the receptacles in the bathroom are on the load side of the garage GFCI...and therefore are GFCI protected...standard...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, full blast, washing machines
full blast, washing machines, freezer: Hi Josh, mainly because of the cooling motor. As it starts up it s speed varies until it gets running full blast. The GFCI reads this as fault and will trip. It s the same for refgs and washing machines. Anything with a motor confuses these GFCI s. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci receptacle, water pik
gfci receptacle, water pik, coffee pot: Roger, Anything can trip a GFI but the cause is key. There could be something wrong with either or both of those appliances so look very closely at that to see if there is a developing problem, especially if these applinaces have exposed metal parts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, qualified electrician, receptical
qualified electrician, receptical, recepticle: Sounds like there is a problem with the line itself, or something plugged into it. Try removing everything plugged in and see what happens. Then plug in 1 thing at a time and see if it trips. Lastly, you might have gotten a bad GFCI and it will need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci outlets, attachment points
gfci outlets, attachment points, receptacles: The wiring will not have to change. The major difference is in the attachment points. You will have to determine which receptacle is closest to the panel and replace only this one. All other receptacles on this circuit will then be protected by this one GFI....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and 6 wires (1 ground), gfi outlet, recepticle
gfi outlet, recepticle, gfci: I am sorry to say, I didnt really understand what you have. However, I can tell you that GFCi recepticles have a ability to protect all downstream recepticles and NOT protect in the way they are connected. On the LINE side, there are 4 holes. Can be used...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, don beck, floor outlets
don beck, floor outlets, bath areas: Hi Angie, For a GFCI to work properly, a ground is required. With a 2 wire system, there isn t much you can do short of a total rewire of the house. This can be quite costly. To start with, I would rewire the kitchen and the bath areas as these are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, appliance repairman, gfci outlet
appliance repairman, gfci outlet, amp circuit: Hi. Even 35 years ago, kitchen outlets were required to be 20 amps. So it looks like it was not done right. But that is not causing any problems with the GFCI. Refrigerators should not be plugged into GFCIs. Not for any safety reason, but because you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, wire nut, ground wire
wire nut, ground wire: Hi. The ground goes to everything. Connect it to the GFCI, the box (assuming it is metal), and the wire going to the other outlets. You can use a short piece of wire to connect the box, and another one for the GFCI. Then just get a wire nut and connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfi receptacle, terminal screws
gfi receptacle, terminal screws, brass screws: Part of the problem may be the GFI s are bucking each other. You do not put two on the same circuit. The breaker will protect all devices on this circuit. Replace the GFI receptacle with a standard receptacle and see if this corrects the problem. If not, make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Added on outdoors, low voltage transformer, halogen lamps
low voltage transformer, halogen lamps, halogen lamp: The formula to determine a circuits load is watts divided by voltage = amps. So 2 100 watt bulbs = 200 1 40 watt = 40 4 = 230 1 600 watt tran = 600 ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI in Apartment Community, apartment community, gfci
apartment community, gfci, justine: Hi Justine, If you are talking about an approximate date when it became code and not where they need to be installed, I think it was in the late 60 s or early 70 s that the National Electric Code required this. Some local jurisdictions did not adopt this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI on aluminum wired circuits, installing gfci outlets, gfci breaker
installing gfci outlets, gfci breaker, licenced electrician: Phil, I have never used an ALR GFI and my use of aluminum wire is limited. What I do, is use a copper pigtail wired to the aluminum wire with a wire nut, and then use the copper onto the outlet. On the wires that go inside the wire nut, use a little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Bkr, gfci breaker, bkr
gfci breaker, bkr, missing something: Jeremy is the hot tube grounded at another place? sounds like you are getting a voltage problem from another ground. Make sure that the GFCI breaker in the panel is hooked up correctly.Make sure that the ground and the neutral are not on the same bus...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI BREAKER, plugmold, neutral wire
plugmold, neutral wire, hot wire: Hi. Unfortunately, you can t use a GFCI with this set up. The GFCI compares the current in the hot wire and the neutral wire, and shuts it down when it is not equal. Since you have one neutral serving two circuits, it will not be equal. The only way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Braker, little radio, electrical panel
little radio, electrical panel, breakers: Rudy, The black wire of that circuit goes onto the dark screw of the breaker. It probably is in the correct place right now. Trace this black wire and find where it enters the breaker panel. This black wire will be in a cable with a white wire. Take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Breaker, wire nuts, insp
wire nuts, insp, phone call: Hi Carl, Now that is a question I have never run across before. I know by extending the wires, it would work just fine, but as to a code violation, I m not sure. I would suggest a phone call to your local electrical Insp. and let him decide. Would switching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Breaker, wire nuts, box volume
wire nuts, box volume, insp: Ho Doug, I also can t find a hard and fast rule on this. One electrical Insp. I did ask said he would OK the installation of a 2nd ground bar in the panel where the wire would reach, and to run a #6 wire between the 2 ground bars. This, however, was a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Breaker, don beck, amp breaker
don beck, amp breaker, subpanel: Hi Mark, Yes, you can install a 20 amp GFCI breaker in the panel wherever you want and run a 12/2 wire for all the outlets on this circuit. They will all have GFCI protection. Installing the black and white wires onto the outlets as you stated, is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Breaker, neutral wire, ground bus
neutral wire, ground bus, neutral ground: Mal, Don t give up, You got the idea. It has to be the neutral (white) that is going to the spa that gets connected to the neutral screw of the breaker. To lcate the correct wire, check the size of the wire at the spa(it should be written on the insulation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Breaker Tripping, silver screw, amp breaker
silver screw, amp breaker, gfci breakers: Steve, It sounds as if the wires going to the breaker are not in the correct position. The usual mistake in this area is people put the white wire of the breaker on the ground bar along with the white wire of the circuit. The white wire that comes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Breaker, proper test equipment, don beck
proper test equipment, don beck, gfci circuit breaker: Hi Bill, Some GFI breakers, depending on the brand, cannot be reset by turning them back on. To reset, you first must turn the breaker off, and then to the on position. When they trip out, they appear to be off, but they really fo to a neutral position...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI on backup generator, seperate service, power failure
seperate service, power failure, backup generator: Hi Neil. This is an unusual setup, with the two seperate entrances. Normally you can t have 2 different feeds to 1 building. You want to have 1 circuit feeding an outlet in the barn, so this circuit would normally not be required to be grounded. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breaker, gfci breakers, ground fault
gfci breakers, ground fault, light switch: All kinds of bathroom and kitchen lights are put on GFCI breakers and recepticles. First trouble shoot is to verify the circuit with a different breaker. Just move the wires from the breaker to another like breaker, the white wire to ground bar and test,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breaker trips when high-drain devices on other branch circuits activate, cable modem router, water pik
cable modem router, water pik, gfci trips: Scott, This is not unusual, for instance in my own home when I run my water pik it inexplicably trips the GFI built into the hair dryer. Go figure. GFI s are very sensitive and can trip due to lighting, other device s , line disturbances, etc. Its also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breaker trips occasionally, pool motor, pool company
pool motor, pool company, pool heater: Hi Charlie, GFCI breakers are expensive and, also, very sensitive. They have moving mechanical parts inside and each time it trips the parts become a little weaker and the breaker may trip more easily the next time. Replacing the breaker may save you some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breaker, bob osgood, amp circuits
bob osgood, amp circuits, pool pumps: Hi Steve, Yes....Square D is one of the more common manufacturers of 2 pole 240 volt GFCI breakers for pool pumps and related pool equipment...other major breaker companies also make them. But - they are fairly expensive at $275 a piece...however,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breakers, amp breaker, steam generator
amp breaker, steam generator, steam room: It sounds like you have either 12/3 w/ground or 10/3 w ground to that area. If you put it a 2pole 30amp GFCI breaker, then split the use as needed, the breaker will trip if either circuit has a ground fault. This is unusualy but it will give both circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breakers, amp breaker, steam generator
amp breaker, steam generator, steam room: It reading the demand differently on the neutral and tripping. You can t share a neutral on a GFCI circuit as this will always happen. Especially true if they are of different trip rating. Run #10 wire for the 30 amp and #12 for the 20 amp. Hope this helps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI button will not stay in, circuit breakers, pond pump
circuit breakers, pond pump, thunder storm: Hi. You can t go any further until you find out if you have power going to the outlet. If you do, replace the outlet. If you don t, you will need to find a break between the outlet and the panel. Turn the breakers off and then back on to be sure they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Circuit, gfci receptacle, gfci breaker
gfci receptacle, gfci breaker, qualified electrician: They are probably being fed from another GFCI outlet that is tripped. Once it took me awhile to find one hidden on a back porch buried behind some junk. So look around for one on the outside of the house, the garage, the bathrooms, and the kitchen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Circuit, don beck, romex
don beck, romex, gfci protection: Hi Larry, You can run a 14/2 romex with ground from the new outlet to any of the other outlets. You hook the new black wire onto any of the existing black wires(Except the black wire that feeds the system). The same with the white and green(or bare) wires....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Combination Receptacle, fixture wire, light fixture
fixture wire, light fixture, receptacle: Hi. The black wire coming in goes to the GFCI, the wire going to the switch, and anything that passes through, which is probably what you don t know where it goes. The white wire coming in goes to the GFCI, the light fixture white, and any white wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI circuit - adding a switched light., gfci outlet, recepticle
gfci outlet, recepticle, tom steele: Basically it sounds right. The load side is protected by the GFCI and the line side would not be. It would be alot of extra work, but I would put a standard recepticle in place of the GFCI as a test. GFCI s do go bad. If the problem continues after the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI circuit, proof caps, open receptacles
proof caps, open receptacles, child proof: You might look at the wire for damage and make sure the bare ground wire isn t touching any terminal except the ground. With the age of the GFCI it is the most likely cause. If you live in a high humidity area try the child proof caps in any open receptacles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI with two circuits, gfci, conduits
gfci, conduits, circuits: There may be even more than two if any of the circuits with the black and white are powered. If you can determine that one of this is a powered circuit, and not continuing from the cable with the red wire, this can be made into a GFI protected circuit. Thanks,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI combination switch/outlet, old medicine, load switch
old medicine, load switch, terminal connection: These devices are made different depending on the manufacturer. There should be terminal connection points as well as the two black wires. Let me know what connection points are available and do the two black wires have any labeling on them or where they are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI combo wiring, black leads, light cable
black leads, light cable, test light: Hi Jordan, I d be more than happy to tell you how to wire this. I m assuming the black and white on the recep are the feed cable. And if you only have one more cable in this box.. then it would have to be going to the light. Assuming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI connect to switch for outlet, window bottom, line inputs
window bottom, line inputs, minute trip: Hi Nick, Sorry for any delay....we made a last minute trip down-state (family emergency)...didn t get the chance to mark myself as away at the site over the week-end...we left right after we got the call. Based on your description...it sounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI connections, gfci receptacle, screws
gfci receptacle, screws, kitchens: Your comment makes me wonder if you re installing more than one GFCI receptacle on a circuit. All you need is one device, and at the beginning or head of the circuit you want protected. The LINE wires, the ones from the source of power, will be connected on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI or not GFCI, bob osborn, amp breaker
bob osborn, amp breaker, gfci outlet: Hi Keith, A GFI in the laundry room is a great idea as that is why GFI s were designed.(Water and electricity in the same area) However, the GFI will probably trip due to the motor starting up in the washing machine. As the motor starts to rev up, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Grounding, gfci outlets, gcfi
gfci outlets, gcfi, neutral wire: Hi Jeff, They probably ran a wire from the neutral to allow the test feature of the GFCI to work. I would remove it and leave it ungrounded. You will still have GFCI protection, but as I said the test button will not work. It is allowed in the NEC to install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI no ground, leakage current, angie
leakage current, angie, thanks for your help: 1) Should you put in GFCI s? Only if you re trying to use three wire cords, otherwise, leave them as is. 2) The GFCI should be the first outlet in a circuit. It protects everything else downstream . 3) Yes. They sense an unbalance, or leakage current...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and/or hot/neutral reversal, gfci outlets, gfci outlet
gfci outlets, gfci outlet, robert wilber: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You just completed wiring a new outbuilding and are having electrical problems. * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI INSTALLATION, timer control, gfci breaker
timer control, gfci breaker, gfci outlet: Hi Michael, Just getting in...another long day here in the northeast..sure glad I have the week-end off. Based on your description (if I m following it correctly)....you have two different circuits - 1 red (for timer controlled receptacle outlets)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI installation, gfci receptacle, gfci outlets
gfci receptacle, gfci outlets, recepticle: It looks as though your cable with the black and red wire might be coming from your panel, and it contains two circuits. The red wire mates with the black in a second cable and goes off to feed something somewhere else. The black wire in the four wire cable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI installation problem, infinite ohms, continuity tests
infinite ohms, continuity tests, gfci outlets: It sounds like the circuit already has a fault on it. I would get one of those plug in testors...put a standard recepticle on that location and use the testor to tell you of your wires are good. Otherwise, if you have fault on that circuit...the fault will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI installation problem, infinite ohms, gfci outlets
infinite ohms, gfci outlets, 110 volts: Try a regular outlet and see if you get your 110 volts. Are you measuring from black to white, and from black to ground? On some of the new GFCI outlets you can not reset unless there is a good ground present. You should have 110v from black to white,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI installation, gfci outlets, recepticle
gfci outlets, recepticle, blacks and whites: Hi Alan, I think you can do this yourself. It appears that the red wire is just passing thru the box and is not connected to the outlet. I ts probably a switched wire heading for somewhere else. The extra white is probably a neutral feed for the device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI with a light switch, gfi outlet, gfci trips
gfi outlet, gfci trips, ground nut: Everything is is wired correctly. It is not unusual for a light switch to trip a GFI as they arc inside when they are turned on. GFI s aren t really designed to protect switches or anything with motors as they are so sensitive that they trip at the least...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and lighting fixture installation, romex cable, fixture installation
romex cable, fixture installation, lighting fixture: 3 wires going to a fixture out of the same wirenut is sure overkill. 1 will do, If you turn the switch on If you take the black wire that has power and touch it the other black wire that you trimmed back, the fan should come on. If it does we are on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and lighting fixture installation, romex cable, fixture installation
romex cable, fixture installation, lighting fixture: We probably should remove the fan and see if you get a power reading on the wires feeding it. It is possible the fan may be shot. If you don t get a power reading we ll just have to dig deeper and see what s going on. If the fan and lite are close together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and lighting fixture installation, romex cable, fixture installation
romex cable, fixture installation, lighting fixture: Hi Sarah, If it smells, it s usually the motor thats going bad. The unit may need to be replaced. If it is the type where the fan plugs into a small outlet in the shell of the housing, you can just buy that fan part and do not have to replace the shell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and lighting fixture installation, romex cable, fixture installation
romex cable, fixture installation, lighting fixture: Hiya, You can shorten the wires as much as you need to as long as you have enough left to make the connections to the light. It s not likely that the wires are scorched anywhere else in the walls or the ceilings. You are correct, it s usually at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI locations in bathrooms, wet areas, master bathroom
wet areas, master bathroom, toilet: Hi. Sorry I missed answering your question. Anywhere should be OK, as long as the cord reaches. The best place would the place least likely to get wet, so at least a little above the floor and a place least likely to get splashed. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI - lots of wires, pvc tubing, thanks norman
pvc tubing, thanks norman, gfci outlet: Norman: There is a item called a weatherproof extention ring . I ved seen them in plastic or metal. What they are is a ring with gaskets that attach to the box and extend it by about 1 inch each. What this does is give you some more depth/room to work with....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI - missing a line, what to do?, gfi outlet, gfci outlets
gfi outlet, gfci outlets, gfci outlet: Let s start with outlet 1. Something is amiss here. Since there is a black, red and white wire in the wall box, there should be a black white and red coming into the breaker panel. So, check the black wire on # 22, trace it, and see if you can locate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet Install, loose wire, reset buttons
loose wire, reset buttons, test button: Ken, This may be the problem as the incoming and out going wires have to be in the correct location. The power coming in from the panel has to go on the terminal marked in or line . The wires going to the garage have to be on the terminals marked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet Issues, recepticles, line positions
recepticles, line positions, coffee maker: As a general rule...there are only 4 recepticles on a countertop circuit...2 circuits minimum. This should mean that there are only 4 recepticles to research. You should have 110or120 from black to white. No power should register white to ground. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet and Light, rubber gasket, gfci outlets
rubber gasket, gfci outlets, thermal protector: Hi. I don t understand why a light would have both a red and a black wire. You should check the instructions about that. However, if the GFCI is tripping with the switch off, it sounds like something is not wired correctly. Or perhaps the GFCI is defective....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet Types, gfci outlets, reset buttons
gfci outlets, reset buttons: Hi Richard. I m not sure of the letters, but new GFCI outlets have to be manufactured so that when it fails, it will cause the power to be shut off to the outlets. The older ones could fail with the power still on to the outlets, and you would never know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet, safety device, electrocution
safety device, electrocution, electrician: Hi Jon. You have a couple of options. You could try running it on the gfci, which will probably work ok. Or you could have an electrician come in and add a single outlet, non-gfci protected, ahead of the GFCI. Do not completly remove the GFCI, as this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI on old split-circuit multi resesidential, split circuits, gfci
split circuits, gfci, side tab: Hi. Sorry, the website was down last night and I could not answer. No. A GFCI will work on a shared neutral circuit, as long as the only load is on that one outlet (nothing connected downstream). So at every outlet, you will need to install a GFCI....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outle switch combo, gfci outlet, screw
gfci outlet, screw, red wire: Mark the incoming wires the black & white need to be hooked up this way white to white black to black to the switch and the red to the other screw on the switch. The red wire is the switch leg to the light the black wire is the power for a optional fan if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet - I have 14-3 wire!, gauge wire, gfci outlets
gauge wire, gfci outlets, electrical loads: Hi Patrick, Just getting in for the day..... Based on your description...the 4 wire may not be your only problem. Per Code, kitchens must have at least 2 - 20 amp small appliance circuits...and these must be fed with at least #12 copper wire. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, neutral wire: Yes you can do this. The main concern will be to identify the hot circuit. Does the existing receptacle have one or two sets of wires connected to it. If there is only one set, it does not feed on to other devices, if there are two sets, it feeds others. A...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet 20 amp, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, receptacle: I know it does not sound logical, at least to me, but according to code, yes this 15 amp device can be on a 20 amp circuit. Their theory is due to its configuration, a true 20 amp device will not attach to this receptacle. If you notice a true 20 amp receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, electric dryers, blow dryers
electric dryers, blow dryers, curling irons: Hi Kimberly, Actually, they are correct. The electric dryers and curling irons draw a considerable amount of power and bathroom GFI s aren t up to that task. Using 1 at a time MAY help. Once they trip, it takes a bit of time for them to cool down so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, shock protection, ground fault
shock protection, ground fault, rental condo: Hi. If you replace it with a regular outlet, you would lose your shock protection, and someone could get shocked. GFCIs trip when there is a ground fault, not a short. A ground fault means that the electricity is going somewhere it should not be. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, crawl space, gfi
crawl space, gfi, receptacle: I am not sure how you were going to make the actual connections, but there is a fill concern. Every junction box has a fill amount. It is usually stamped onto the box and a GFI with two circuits on the load side will most likely exceed the fill requirements....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, amp breaker, something burning
amp breaker, something burning, gfi: Hi Todd, This GFI also protects the outlet in the other bathroom, so any current used in that 2nd bathroom, also goes thru this GFI. I suspect a wire was loose in the GFI and was arcing which caused the heat build up. A common cause of wires coming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, amp circuit: Hi. It is OK to use it. It just means that you can use it on a 20 amp circuit, but it is also OK to use it on 15 amps. It is stronger, like using thicker wire than needed. The reason you can t use 20 amp outlets on 15 amp circuits is because the prongs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet installation, gfci outlets, recepticle
gfci outlets, recepticle, electrician: Great drawing helps a lot. No I don t see any need for an electrician. You have 2 choices. Either you can make the outlets downstream GFCI protected or not. To make them GFCI protected find the incoming feed and attach it and its neutral to the LINE side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet installation, amp breaker, copper wires
amp breaker, copper wires, incoming power: Hmmm, that is interesting. Usually the only time a GFCI won t reset is when there is no power going to it. So I guess we start with the wiring to it. Black wire to gold terminal, white wire to silver terminal. On both the line and load side. And just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet installation, gfci receptacle, gfci outlets
gfci receptacle, gfci outlets, recepticle: I will admit to being a bit puzzled. How to get 3 whites without 3 blacks. Unless in conduit. I know that 3 whites should be accompanied by 3 bare grounds and 3 blacks. In a pre 70 s house, there may not be visible bare ground wires...boxed are grounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet keeps tripping, robert wilber, voltage spikes
robert wilber, voltage spikes, garage door opener: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * I don t know what you mean by a wet wall ... never the less, my guess is that the GFI trips because it is doing the job it was designed to do ... Does the GFI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet problem, don beck, test button
don beck, test button, electrical connection: Hi Steve, If the GFCI does not trip when you press test , the outlet is defective. Though rare, the 2nd GFCI you tried is also defective. They probably belong to the same lot # and the whole lot may be bad. The test button is not an electrical connection,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, then Switch, then Switched outlet, jumper wire, dedicated circuits
jumper wire, dedicated circuits, load switch: Hi, All outlets in the kitchen except for the refrigerator need a GFCI. Also, the disposal should be on its own circuit. If the fridge is last, then you need to either run the wire for that outlet to the first outlet and have one GFCI for all the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet and single-pole switch, bob osgood, gfci works
bob osgood, gfci works, master electrician: Hi John, Just getting back in....what a day! Based on your follow-up (and the fact that the white neutral hadn t been used before at the switch..) it appears they must have used a return neutral (perhaps on a different circuit ) up at the light fixture....and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet smoked., visible signs, recepticles
visible signs, recepticles, kitchen area: It is unfortunate that these recepticles are required. They are constantly getting worse and worse. I get flyers about recalls on different brands. I carry 12 or more on my truck at all times for replacements. If you have the knowledge to do it....replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet with switch, silver screw, bathroom vanity
silver screw, bathroom vanity, copper wires: Larry, I couldn t locate a wiring diagram for that device. If you still have the box it came in, there should be a wiring diagram on it; or in it, that might shed some light on where the wires are connected. Most gfi makes are wired differently so I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet wiring, correct voltage, bus bar
correct voltage, bus bar, hot wire: George it sounds like you have a damaged wire. With the wires disconnected, there should be nothing between neutral and ground. The only reading should be 120 between the hot and the neutral or the hot and ground. The reason you are not reading anything between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet not working, gfi outlet, reset switches
gfi outlet, reset switches, circuit breakers: Hi Steve, I am assuming the actual GFI outlet is not in either bathroom, but somewhere upstream from them. Other places to look is in the garage and and in outside outlets. Sometimes baths are attached to these places for convenience for the electrician....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, gfi outlets, reply thanks
gfi outlets, reply thanks, floor bathroom: Thanks for letting me know. Apparently the GFI s are wired for individual protection. If it had been wired as a through device, similar to the method of a standard receptacle in that the circuit enters one end and exits the other end to continue on, it will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlets and 12/3 cable, gfci outlets, outlet boxes
gfci outlets, outlet boxes, common run: Phil Yes it should work. I have found, however that with long homeruns (over 50 ) that I have gotten nuisance trips with a load inbalance between the two lines. I don t know why this is but maybe because of the difference in the resistance of the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlets in bathroom, amp circuit breaker, safety standpoint
amp circuit breaker, safety standpoint, gfci outlets: Hi Greg, If the outlets in the bath go dead when the GFI outside the bath trips, that s OK. GFI s are designed to protect themselves and everything downstream . If the bath lights are on the circuit, that s OK too, just as long as the bath outlet cuts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlets tripping, upstairs bathroom, gfci outlet
upstairs bathroom, gfci outlet, gfci outlets: Since you removed the light fixture (maybe the source of a mis-made joint?) and the problem still exists, I think possibly your humidity is the culprit. There s really not a lot a homeowner can do in this situation, and I don t know how the house is wired/configured,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlets, gfci outlets, reset button
gfci outlets, reset button, receptacle: Hello Ray. If they are both on the same circuit they will fight each other. Only one GFI device can be on a circuit without problems. If the first device is a GFI on the deck and the one at the pool is fed from the load side of the GFI on the deck, it must...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Plug issue, rain storm, dampness
rain storm, dampness, receptacle: I think you are exactly correct. Try turning off the breaker controlling this receptacle and look outside for any receptacle or maybe even a light that is no longer working. I agree there is some external device on this circuit causing the problem by the dampness....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Popps Out, gfci receptacle, gfci breaker
gfci receptacle, gfci breaker, fuse box: You could if you want to run all new wiring to it. I would get a weatherproof box, and a small timer and following the wiring instructions inside the timer wire them directly. Alternatively, you could mount the timer near the closest interior junction, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Problem, gfci outlet, outdoor lamp
gfci outlet, outdoor lamp, extension cord: Hi David. I think the gfci is working as designed. It is sensing a small current flowing when it should not be. Try the lamp directly into the outlet, without using the extension cord. If it holds, then the extension cord is faulty. You will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Problem, gfci outlet, outdoor lamp
gfci outlet, outdoor lamp, extension cord: Hi. The lamp or extension cord apparently has a ground fault. The electricity going into the light is coming back through the ground rather than back to the outlet. Check and make sure that no connections are near or on the ground. check the wiring and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Protection, robert wilber, gfci protection
robert wilber, gfci protection, typical circuit: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Read more about GFIs on my weblog. you can google me and follow the link from my homepage Anyway, No ground? no problem. the home inspector should not render opinions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI problem in the bathroom, weird problem, nuetral
weird problem, nuetral, circuit breaker: Srini, Any work or new installations lately? To just discover the outlets fail when the lights are on is unusual. The bathroom circuit is wired wrong, probably at the switch. Sounds like a switched nuetral leg and not a switched hot leg. Start...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI problem in the bathroom, weird problem, light switch
weird problem, light switch, circuit breaker: Hi. Has the outlet ever worked? Perhaps someone tried to wire it to a light switch that has no neutral. If that is not the problem, then it sounds like something is wired wrong. There are too many combinations of wires to really describe here. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI problem, mail panel, gfci trips
mail panel, gfci trips, time power: I would not matter that they are connected at the panel. The problem is somewhere in the neutral. A GFI circuit must have a separate neutral. Is this neutral sharing another circuit. This is often the most common problem. It is legal to use the same neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI problems?, branch circuits, gfci outlets
branch circuits, gfci outlets, gfci outlet: IN many cases there is a junction box overhead to divide branch circuits. It Should be easy to find, but back in the day, they just wanted it close to where it was dividing. Research and troubleshooting can be fun, and painstaking. It all can be diagnosed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI protected devices, gfci receptacle, silver screw
gfci receptacle, silver screw, gfci breaker: Hi Cindy, Run a wire from the GFI outlet to the location where the switches will be. Run a wire from the switch location to the Light location. Run a wire from the switch location to the fan location. To hook up fan...black wire coming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI protection, terminal screws, gfci outlet
terminal screws, gfci outlet, recepticle: The problem is in the original design. GFCI recepticles do not work correctly on GFCI breakers. It is your choice, remove the GFCI recepticle in favor of the breaker, or remove the breaker and proceed from the recepticle. The other option that makes little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Question, gfci outlet, neutral wire
gfci outlet, neutral wire, bathrooms: You will need to be sure everything is unpluged from that circuit. It is indicating a fault somewhere. Untill it is found and corrected....it should not reset. It may even require the removal of all the appliances from their boxes to find the fault. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI question, hot glue gun, ground fault circuit interrupter
hot glue gun, ground fault circuit interrupter, gfci receptacle: Angel, It really makes no difference. Metal will not be a problem. It should be gasketed to keep moisture out, but that is not mandatory. The GFCI with the two wire should still afford some protection, I don t know why you are blowing up so much stuff....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI question for beginner, robert wilber, gfis
robert wilber, gfis, gfi receptacle: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * read more about GFIs here: http://www.wilberelectrical.com/FAQ.asp#3 GFIs do NOT need a ground to work, that is why you are allowed to replace ungrounded receptacles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI question, step down transformer, voltage lines
step down transformer, voltage lines, gfi: From the transformer, the secondary side is what is feeding into a structure. The primary side is the high voltage lines on the pole that feeds the step down transformer. If a GFI main is installed, yes all circuits are protected to some degree, however most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI RECEPTICAL, gfci receptacle, gfi outlet
gfci receptacle, gfi outlet, pool pump: Hi Mitch, If you haven t any trouble for 2 years, then everything is wired correctly and you needn t upgrade anything. The 1st thing to try is to replace the GFI outlet with a new one. They do go bad very often. If that doesn t solve the problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Rec. With Switch, amp circuit, receptical
amp circuit, receptical, swith: Sorry without running more wire this isn t even possible. All you have is the hot and the return coming down to the switch. You will need to run another set of wires, including the ground from where this wire comes from. Most likely the old wire is stapled...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Receptacle Short, gfci receptacle, line terminals
gfci receptacle, line terminals, troubleshooting step: Hi Corey, We need to find out if the problem is before the GFI or after the GFI. To do this, remove all the wires from the GFI and install the hot and the neutral from the main panel into the line side of the outlet. Plug in a lite, if it holds OK,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Receptacle vs. 1 1/2 HP table saw motor, woodworking store, amp line
woodworking store, amp line, delta contractor: Jose Check to see what else is on that circuit. It may feed other outlets that should be on a protected GFCI Circuit. If that is the case you will have to leave that hooked up that way. If this outlet is on the end of the line. (The last outlet on that circuit)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Receptacles, receptacles, faucet
receptacles, faucet, boxes: Hi Virginia, tough to do as labor costs vary from city to city, anywhere from 15.00 per hour to 50.00 per hour. The outlets run about 20.00 each. If the wires are already there and the outlets just need to be installed, all 4 should be able to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Receptical/Switch Combo, ground cable, box cable
ground cable, box cable, cable 1: Hi. The GFCI combo should not wire up any differently than the switch combo. There should be instructions with the GFCI to tell you which wires go to what terminal. In Problem one, the white wire entering the system goes to the other white wires,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Receptical, curve ball, receptical
curve ball, receptical, bad idea: Hi Ryan, To keep this from driving you crazy, the outlet amp should match the wire size and breaker. These things are sensitive enough without throwing them a curve ball. It isn t any safer to use a smaller rated outlet, just more nerve racking. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Recepticle, metal boxes, light test
metal boxes, light test, bob rock: Hi. What are you using as a power source? If you are tapping off of a switch that goes to something else, and there is only one cable with 2 wires, you don t have a neutral and can not tap off of it. If that is not it, tell me where the power is coming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Required for 220v Outlets in Garage?, gfci breaker, gfci outlets
gfci breaker, gfci outlets, power tools: Hi Paul. Only 120v outlets are required to have GFCI protection, in a garage, and then only those not for specific appliances. You could install a single 120v outlet for a refrigerator, say, and it would not be required to be GFCI d. Hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI receptacle code question, romex cable, gfci outlet
romex cable, gfci outlet, gfci receptacle: Hi Nazar. First off, to meet current code, the bathroom circuit can not have any other room s outlets on it. That being said, a GFCI receptacle installed in the bathroom will function correctly, if the line wires are connected to the GFCI outlet on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI receptacle, gfci receptacle, gfi
gfci receptacle, gfi, safety reasons: Hi Jamie, Yes, a normal outlet will work if installed in place of a GFI. However, you would loose the protection a GFI gives and is something you may want to consider. A GFI should be installed in bathrooms, Kitchens, garages, or outdoors for safety...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI receptacles, gfci receptacle, receptacles
gfci receptacle, receptacles: If you replace the receptacles in kind , meaning what you re putting back is what you took out except for the color, then yes, they d still be protected if on the load side of your garage s GFCI, as they are now. Load side refers to the downward side of a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI receptical on Arc Fault circuit, afci breaker, gfci receptacle
afci breaker, gfci receptacle, arc fault: Hi Dick, Based on your description....if you are still in the rough-in phase of finishing this basement bedroom area...it would be in your best insterests to seperate the circuits...so that the bedroom is serviced by the required AFCI breaker....and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI receptical problem, guage wire, amp circuits
guage wire, amp circuits, amp circuit: Hi. It is OK to use 12 guage wire on a 15 amp circuit. However, the code requires all kitchen and dining room outlets to be on 20 amp circuits. This has been the code since at least 1964, probably longer. You can have a dedicated dishwasher circuit at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI recepticles in a series, kitchen countertop, gcfi
kitchen countertop, gcfi, incoming lines: Hi Joe, If I understand the connections correctly, you brought 2 circuits to the kitchen and the black hot and the red hot share the neutral white. With GFI, the neutral can t be shared with 2 hots. A GFI reads the incoming current on the black and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI replacement, wire nuts, gfci outlet
wire nuts, gfci outlet: Hi. Yes, it sounds like the GFCI is not getting power. Turn the breaker off and on to be sure it is working. Then check the wiring between the breaker and the GFCI. Be sure to check under wire nuts, etc. It may help to use a tester to see where you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI required for 220v?, gfi outlet, gfci receptacle
gfi outlet, gfci receptacle, woodworking shop: If the budget can take it, I always suggest GFI. Even if the present tool or device has no need for it, a future one may and no re=wire would be required. The code does not cover the whys and why nots of it s contents. Only the requirements. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI will not reset, gfci breaker, breaking the connection
gfci breaker, breaking the connection, recepticles: The purpose of the GFCI is the break the connection in the panel box. White and bare are connected in the panel, and the GFCI breaks that to remove current from the bare. When you connect the GFCI breaker in the panel box, the white wire is re routed. When...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI SAFETY OUTLET, ground fault outlet, best guess
ground fault outlet, best guess, gfci outlet: Hi Lee, It is unlikely that the air would trip the GFI. These devices are VERY sensitive,however, and one possibility is that when you installed the new one, the connections are tight. They have to very snug or the GFI will read it as an overload and trip....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and Single Pole Switch to Leviton 6260M switch, amp breaker, timer switch
amp breaker, timer switch, amp service: Pete, got ya, it could indeed use the white, the problem is that the directions could be written in a much simple form, luckily you had the know how to make sense from the directions. When we are trying to give help from here we are really in the dark,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI/Switch Combo, thanks in advance, screw
thanks in advance, screw: Hi. Usually the instructions come with it. Connect the white wire to the outlet (white screw). Connect the black wire to one side of the switch. If the dark terminals on the other side are connected together, that is all you have to do. If they are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Switch - Problem, fuse switch, great invention
fuse switch, great invention, loose wires: Hi Luke, GFI s...great invention, but aggravating sometimes. With just the black-white and ground wire, you can t install it wrong and if the connections to the screws are tight it has to be the GFI itself. I can tell you from experience, no 2 are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Switch/receptacle, load wires, washer motor
load wires, washer motor, garbage disposal: Try switching the line and load wires. I bet someone wired it wrong. The code requires that any receptacle within 6 of a water source be GFCI protected. The exception is the dedicated laundry circuit as the washer motor will trip the GFCI when it starts....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI's, gfci receptacle, gfci outlet
gfci receptacle, gfci outlet, electrical outlets: Lisa you say you have 2 sinks? When you install a GFCI receptacle you can go from one receptacle to the others up to 4 in the kitchen area. Only install 1 GFCI outlet then go from one outlet to the others and that should solve your problem. Thank...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI/single pole switch, gfci receptacle, nothin but a thang
gfci receptacle, nothin but a thang, notebook size: Hello Mark, I used to work for a service company whose owner was very wise. I ran into a situation that looked totally overwhelming to me, and his response was It ain t nothin but a thang . I have remembered this when I run into this type situation, we...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI switch combo, color terminal, thanks in advance
color terminal, thanks in advance: Hi. I can only guess that the black is the power coming in, the white is the power coming in, and the red goes to the disposal. The white will go the light color terminal of the GFCI. The black will go to the dark color terminal on the GFCI, and one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Tripping on an Odd Sauna Circuit, amp load, amp breaker
amp load, amp breaker, rotary dial: Your 60 amp breaker in the basement is too small for a 70 amp load. That s why it trips. Turn the sauna on for the first time and maximum current flow is heating the water. As the water gets hotter, the current flow decreases, and as it decreases, something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI's Tripping, vacuum cleaner, gfci
vacuum cleaner, gfci, gfi: Hi. The fridge probably has a ground fault. That is caused the electricity entering it does not equal the electricity leaving it. It could be going through a ground wire, the ground itself, or something metal and grounded. It could also go through a person,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Trips, gfci trips, gfci outlets
gfci trips, gfci outlets, gfci outlet: Bob What is happening is that both of those circuits share the neutral and when you plug something in the non GFCI outlet it causes a small short tripping the circuit.what you need to do if it is wired correctly is take one of the GFCI outlets out not the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Trips, gfci trips, good chance
gfci trips, good chance, bet: Here are three articles that may give you a clue, and these articles should be read anyway: http://ecmweb.com/mag/electric_think_gfci/ http://danswiringpage.com/diagrams.htm http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/99.html Now does the problem go away...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI with three cables, gfci receptacle, three hots
gfci receptacle, three hots, wall receptacles: Hi Larry, What happened when you put them on the line side? Are both the hot and neutral for the light going thru the GFCI? Your friend is right about possibly having some leakage from the insulation if it is in poor condition. You might try installing the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI tripping, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, gfi outlet: Hi Jim, Fan motors can cause GFI s to trip. So, take the power in black wire and pigtail 2 black wires to it. 1 goes to 1 screw of the switch, the other black goes to the LINE or IN brass screw of the GFI outlet. Run a white wire from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI tripping, bottom buttons, gfi
bottom buttons, gfi, receptacles: Hello Brian, you have made a common error. There only needs to be one GFI on the circuit and this would be the very first one from the breaker. All others will be protected by this one and the wiring must be correct on the GFI or the others will not operate....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI trips constantly, gfci trips, gfci outlet
gfci trips, gfci outlet, outdoor outlets: Hi Adam, There could be other receptacles on that circuit before the GFCI, the GFCI tripping wouldn t affect anything between it and your panel. High humidity can cause GFCI s to trip, the fact that you replaced it with another one and it tripped also says...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI trips and cannot be reset, gfci trips, circuit tracer
gfci trips, circuit tracer, garbage disposal: Something is doing something. Sounds like a ground fault to me. Turn off power, pull out all devices on that circuit, UNPLUG ALL LOADS, and see if the ground wire is touching the neutral anywhere. After that, my inclination would be to kill the circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI trips when turning off light or fan, quality switches, gfci trips
quality switches, gfci trips, gfi outlet: Frank, Bathroom fan motors can fool GFI outlets into thinking there is a problem because when the fan starts, it draws more current then when it is running up to speed. So, Remove the black and white wires that feed the switch, coming from the GFI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI trips w/ BBQ starter, gfci trips, gfci outlet
gfci trips, gfci outlet, recepticle: I have two thoughts...is the GFCI rated for 15amp or 20amp. It is not normal for it to function for a limited time then trip. A fault protection is instantaneous. I would be tempted to run the extension cord to another GFCI recepticle to see the condition...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI trips, gfci receptacle, gfci trips
gfci receptacle, gfci trips, gfci outlet: I doubt wetness inside the appliance has anything to do with it, given that everything works fine until a couple of days go by. If there was a short, it d trip immediately. First, I d start by changing out the GFCI receptacle to a plain Jane outlet, unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI vs Grounded Plug, prong plug, hd tv
prong plug, hd tv, electrical work: Hi. You may want to ask an electronics expert about the ground and surge supressor. I thought it was OK without the ground, but I don t know about the way sophisticated electronics work, (as opposed to regular electric) The GFCI detects current leaking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI vs. Surge Supressor, cold water pipe, backup power supply
cold water pipe, backup power supply, knob and tube wiring: Andrew: You are correct in your explanation. The only question I have. Is the cold water piping in the house all metal if so, then you should have a good ground. You might want to invest in a battery backup power supply. Surges are just one of many power issuses...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Wiring, 3 way switches, gfci trips
3 way switches, gfci trips, recepticle: Tom, Just keep things as they were before installing the GFI and don t use the load terminals on the GFI to send protection down stream to the switches, its not required anyway not to mention its a nuisance. Apparently there may be some moisture getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Another GFCI-Wiring Question (Garage), gfci wiring, brass screws
gfci wiring, brass screws, brass screw: Hi Pabloco, Attach the new black and white and ground to the new outlet. Then take the line B&W and attach to the line part of the GI. Take the remaining blacks and connect them all together with a wire nut and run a pigtail from this connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Wiring, robert wilber, gfci outlet
robert wilber, gfci outlet, lamp post: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Never seen one They do make a switch and GFI receptacle combination device on a common yoke. ... but isn t the feed for the post light switched at the house...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI for washer and dryer, laundry utility, dwelling units
laundry utility, dwelling units, circuts: Hi Robb. The code requirement for GFCI in dwelling units are: bathrooms, garages, outdoors, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, kitchens, boathouse, and for receptacles installed within 6 of the outside edge of a sink for laundry, utility and wet bars....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI wiring, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, bare wire: If the box is metal and the bare ground wire is connected to the box, the outlet picks up the ground when it is attached to the metal box. This was an acceptable practice a few years ago, but now the code requires the ground wire to be attached to the metal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI wiring in a 2-wire house, nec code, wire house
nec code, wire house, brick wall: More information please Are the 2 rubber/cloth conductors in a common cable covering? Is the stranded ground [suspect tinned copper] individual strands or a solder coated wire made up of indiv strands? Is it inside the cable [presumed] with the other conductors,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and wiring, wire brushes, copper wire
wire brushes, copper wire, gfci: Hi Craig, Sometimes when pushing the outlet into the box, the ground wire brushes up against the hot and POP . The scuff could have revealed a little bit of bare copper which could have been touching the ground wire or the box. Taping it was a great...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI/wiring fried?, portable hot tub, way over my head
portable hot tub, way over my head, detached garage: First try replacing the GFCI outlet itself and see if your problem goes away. If that doesn t do it, remove the GFCI outlet and isolate the wiring at the other end. Check the resistance from each power wire to ground, and between them. If you get infinite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI wiring for outlet in bathroom, downstairs bathroom, home improvement store
downstairs bathroom, home improvement store, those hands: Whoever originally wired this needs to go back to school. At this point I think you are going to have to get a professional in there to determine what is going on. The only other alternative is to purchase a wiretracer at your local home improvement store...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI wiring, gold screw, silver screw
gold screw, silver screw, gfci outlet: Faulty polarity tester? I m not really sure what is happening here. If you wired it correctly, black to gold screw, white to silver screw, both wires on the LINE side of the plug and not LOAD side, the device should trip when the test button is depressed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI won't hold, duplex outlets, initial change
duplex outlets, initial change, ceiling fixture: You have a ground/neutral conflict. I suspect that somewhere the ground is touching the neutral. When anything is plugged in, it shorts the ground and the neutral, which are separated by the GFCI. When you go back thru the appliances, open all grounds....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI won't hold, gfi receptacle, duplex outlets
gfi receptacle, duplex outlets, initial change: #4 was the most common suspect. How is this neutral connected to other devices on this circuit? A GFI must have its own neutral. It appears there may be a neutral problem or there is another device in this circuit causing a problem. Any device attached to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI won't reset, receptical, bbq grill
receptical, bbq grill, gfci outlet: That dark gray conduit is either plastic, or plastic coated flexible metal cable. Either way, I d relocate it farther than 8 inches away from the heat, unless you could somehow construct a shield. I m sure it would last a long time, but at some point, either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI not working, several times
several times: It is possible that there is another GFCI upstream of it. I have seen it done several times and it causes this problem. Be sure there is power to that box...otherwise it can be defective. I have had a new box of 3....all were defective. Madening...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI not working, gfci outlets, nuetral
gfci outlets, nuetral, shunt: Kim, The GFCI in the bathroom which controls some other outlets, is not working now, did it before? When you were working on the bathroom did you remove it? Did you add any circuits to the GFCI in the bathroom? It almost sounds like when you removed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci receptacle, gfci protection
gfci receptacle, gfci protection, bob osgood: Hi Phil, Based on your description....NO. For a GFCI to function properly...each circuit will need it s own neutral. In theory, you could install a 2 gang box and install one GFCI receptacle on one side...using the black and a pig-tail from the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCIs and motor loads, single phase motor, motor loads
single phase motor, motor loads, condition thanks: The reason you can t mix a motor load with another load in that instance is that the NEC requires a dedicated laundry circuit, ie washer only. Some GFCI s, but not all will trip when the motor starts because of the sudden current draw. With a very sensitive...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, plumbing lines, amp breaker
plumbing lines, amp breaker, gfci protection: I am going to make some assumptions. The wiring for 200 yrs old, did not have a bare ground with in the box. The ground, if any, was run from plumbing lines to the outside of each box. The GFCI protection in the panel, does it work separate from the tub....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, hayward pool pump, water tightness
hayward pool pump, water tightness, pool water: Since it did not trip when the bucket was placed on the pump, some component on that end is getting some moisture. I am not sure of the cost, but one item would be a decorative Rock cover that is commonly used on a well to protect the pump. Other than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, gfci breaker, real possibilities
gfci breaker, real possibilities, outdoor outlets: There are two real possibilities. GFCI receptacles go bad quickly. There may still be a fault not allowing it to reset. It is a matter of checking the circuit as protected by the GFCI and make sure all is disconnected from it...then reset. If it wont........

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, gfci receptacle, amp models
gfci receptacle, amp models, gauge wiring: Hi Nick, Based on your description...you are facing a rather common problem we see on many job sites with power tools and GFCI s...due to the in-rush current that the motors in saws can draw...GFCI s will frequently trip out - even when no electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, portable spa, gfis
portable spa, gfis, gfci: I don t see how having multiple GFCI s plugged into one another would cause one or more to trip, unless there was a fault. You could test this by removing one of the GFCI s and replacing it with a standard receptacle, THEN plug in your spa and see what happens....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, gfci outlet, gfci outlets
gfci outlet, gfci outlets, amp breaker: Not knowing how everything is wired, I d suspect you have one GFCI that controls all the others, which is unusual, but the lead GFCI is tripped, or the breaker in the panel is. You said all outdoor ...it s quite common to have a 20 or 15 amp breaker in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, don beck, didnt have a problem
don beck, didnt have a problem, electrical problem: Hi Jina, If everything works in the bath, there is no reason it shouldn t work in the kitchen. The only guess I have, is there must be something else running on that GFI circuit and adding the grill overloads it. Possibly he refg or other appliance. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, volt circuits, cordset
volt circuits, cordset, gfci breakers: Not that I am aware of. GFCI protection is to prevent shock from 120 volt circuits. You might call a local electrical supply house, but I have never heard of 1. I suppose one could get 2 GFCI breakers and do it that way, but I m not sure if it would work....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, gfi outlet, amp circuit
gfi outlet, amp circuit, gfci: If you have power to the GFCI, but cant get power past it, it is defective. If it is tripped and will not reset, it is defective, if you have a broken wire or bad connection it will not work. Start with logic. If you have power at the GFCI, you need power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, amp circuit, gfi outlet
amp circuit, gfi outlet, copper wiring: You may still be able to do this, it will depend on whether the circuit enters at the switch and then to the light, or if the switch is dropped from the light. If it goes to the light first, there is no neutral in the switch box. Open the switch box and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, load wires, amp circuit
load wires, amp circuit, recepticles: Did you tie the two neutrals together? Are the line and load wires on the properly marked terminals? You said breaker ...did you mean receptacle? If it was a breaker, did you place the circuit s neutral on the breaker, and the breaker s neutral on the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, continuity check, amp circuit
continuity check, amp circuit, gfi: Afternoon Bill, So you got a GFI breaker tripping as soon as you turn the power on huh? And the connections in the recep boxes are good? Try this. Turn the power off back in the panel. And run a continuity check between the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, wire nuts, light fan
wire nuts, light fan, gfci: I have to ask, did you connect both white wires together, instead of keeping them separated? The GFCI has four terminals, two for the line side (from the breaker) and two for the load side (to your ???). It won t work with line and load white mated, or with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, food spoilage, refrigerator freezer
food spoilage, refrigerator freezer, electronic circuitry: Good Morning Vicky, Based on your description...you ve touched on a subject we see a lot of questions on because the areas you mention (garage and bathrooms) all require GFCI protection per Code....as well as kitchen countertops, unfinished basements,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, gfi outlet, gfci
gfi outlet, gfci, receptacle: Cody You need a New GFCI this one is broke,when they wont reset they are usually bad. After you take out the GFCI test the wires to see if there is power there.If there is get a new GFCI,if not follow the circuit to the next receptacle and check that one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, metal siding, duplex outlets
metal siding, duplex outlets, gfci: Hi. Either the GFCI is bad, or you have a ground fault somewhere in the system. Replace the GFCI, and if it still trips, disconnect the other outlets from it, and see if works. If it works, you have a ground fault, which is usually the neutral touching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, best guess, circuit tester
best guess, circuit tester, test button: I Greg, I ll trade you your weather. I m grew up in Seattle, now living in Illinois. I really miss Seattle! I m not sure I can help you, I ve never come across that, the way your describing the problem. My best guess would be that someone has tapped off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, gfci, strange place
gfci, strange place, electrician: If the breaker for that circuit is not the problem, then there probably is another GFCI that is involved and you haven t found it yet. This is Extremely common. It can be located in a really strange place....I have found them in the bottom of closes closets....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, screw terminals, couple options
screw terminals, couple options, kitchen light: Hi Don, That isn t a problem I have run across before. I can only think of a couple options. Are the screw terminals close to the side of the box where they might touch when you turn the switch off, or is the ground wire close enough to the terminals that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, amp breaker, power poll
amp breaker, power poll, gfi receptacle: Hi Rob, Thanks for the kind words (and ratings..?). Due to the high volume of questions I receive....and the long hours worked - I had to cut down on the the number of daily questions allowed....and somedays even mark myself as away (which means...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, gfci outlets
gfci outlets: It will not affect the GFI. Just for information, I am not sure how many you are installing, but if they are on the same circuit, it only takes the first to be a GFI, all the rest down stream will be protected by the first. In fact, if more than one GFI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI 50 Amp, amp load, amp breaker
amp load, amp breaker, amp circuit: Hi. I don t see it as a safety issue, since the 40 amp breaker will protect the wire, and the 50 amp GFCI will protect as a GFCI. It is kind of sloppy. I think whether it is allowed or not will be determined by the inspector and his personal feelings....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, hayward pool pump, high humidity
hayward pool pump, high humidity, gfci: Well there s a short somewhere, because of the GFCI tripping. If you ve ruled out the motor and the GFCI itself, the only thing left would be the wiring. Maybe there s a small cut in the insulation somewhere. And it doesn t necessarily have to be actually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, hayward pool pump, absorbent granules
hayward pool pump, absorbent granules, gfci: Sounds like building a enclosure might solve it, unless the moisture is from condensation ie humitity. We are installing furnaces in a plant, and they come with several bags or absorbent granules, silica and are about 3 x 5 inches. I will try and get a name...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, hayward pool pump, don beck
hayward pool pump, don beck, electrical connections: Hi Dave, If the GFI is the correct size, there s very little you can do. Gfi s can be very touchy. I have seen them trip from humidity. I know it s a pain to keep resetting, but keep in mind, it s doing exactly what it is supposed to do. One thing you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI AFI, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, power spikes: Ask as many questions as you need to, that s what this site for. Sometimes there is miscommunication, and that s normal, and OK. I haven t attempted to try an cause an arc fault breaker to trip, but I have found that anything with a motor will usually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Breaker, pig tail, amp service
pig tail, amp service, neutral wire: This is a new one Tod. I have never experienced a GFI causing this type of problem and I still do not see how it could have. Are you certain the neutral that you attached to the breaker was the correct neutral that corrosponded with the hot wire? Looking at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Breaker, square d homeline, ge murray
square d homeline, ge murray, compatibilty: Good Morning Tom, Decades ago...even up to a few years ago - we used to be able to interchange breakers in a panel as long as they physically and properly fit the buss stabs and had the same ratings, listed, etc...but the Code has changed that so that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Breaker Problem, lawn sprinklers, wall studs
lawn sprinklers, wall studs, high humidity: Hi Bob, This is usually an easy fix, but difficult to isolate. Make sure the circuit breaker connections in the panel are tight. Shut off that breaker and make note of everything that is now dead. Start at the dead device and disconnect it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Breaker Problem, electrical fires, electrian
electrical fires, electrian, entire connection: Evening Leigh, Sounds like your cat shorted out the recep. I guess its a good thing its a GFI circuit or your kitty wouldn t be with us anymore.. :-) Ok, So your GFI won t reset? Then you still have a ground fault on the circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, Breaker related question, amp breaker, gfci
amp breaker, gfci, question question: Hi. By replacing a 20 amp breaker with a 30 amp breaker, you are creating a serious fire hazard. Most likely your insurance company would not pay your claim because of the breaker being changed. You should change it back to 20 amps immediately. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Breaker, gfci wiring, gfci breaker
gfci wiring, gfci breaker, amp line: Gene, use of the breaker will only provide additional protection to the wires leading to the outlet. From there, the outlet will provide protection, and this is where the protection is needed the most. Use of the breaker will also provide some backup protection,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Breakers, amp circuit, volt applications
amp circuit, volt applications, neutral wire: Phil, I m not positive I get the drift of what s going on, but it sounds as if in the sub panel there is only 1 ground bar, where there should be a ground bar and aneutral bar. All the bare grounds go to the ground bar and all the white neutrals go to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI and bathroom vent fan, gfi outlet, vent fan
gfi outlet, vent fan, fan connections: Hi Ramon, It it worked OK for a little while and then started acting up, someting changed. Possibly a wire is loose up in the fan connections. If the fan is the only thing that has changed in the bathrooms, that s the place to start looking. My best guess...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI's at box, municipal decorations, test buttons
municipal decorations, test buttons, gfis: Over time, these receptacles are known for problems. I know it is more expensive initially, but I always use a GFI breaker and then you can use standard grounding receptacles and not have near the problems. Try either replacing the receptacles with a new GFI,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI breaker, bunn coffee maker, bathroom light fixture
bunn coffee maker, bathroom light fixture, amp breaker: Now replace the GFCI with a standard breaker. Isolate whether it is a short...or a ground fault. 2 different research prjects. If the new breaker shorts...then you have wires crossing or a defective appliance somewhere. If it does not trip, then you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI breaker problem-20Amp,residential, buss bar, neutral wire
buss bar, neutral wire, copper wires: Al What may have happened is that when the breaker was installed to the bus bar, and the neutral wire was connected to the breaker then the GFCI neutral wire connected to the buss bar of the neutral.The wire may have not been completely tightened down and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI breakers, don beck, amp breaker
don beck, amp breaker, gfi outlet: Hi Doug, A 20 amp GFI outlet is much cheaper than a 20 amp GFI breaker, and serves the same purpose. The advantage of having a GFI breaker is that everything on that breaker is protected, while with the GFI outlet, just the outlet has extra protection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI CIRCUIT, chest freezer, amp circuit
chest freezer, amp circuit, gfci: Hi. You probably have a ground fault, not a short. If you plug it into an outlet that does not have a GFCI, there is nothing to trip. A ground fault is when more electricity enters the system than goes back. It could be going into the ground wire,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI circuit, gfi outlet, gfci
gfi outlet, gfci, reset button: Hi. If you can not reset it at all, it sounds defective. If you can reset it, and it pops again right away, you probably have a problem with the wiring past the GFCI or with something plugged in. There is not fuse inside. However, if the GFCI is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI circuit Breaker issue, gfci breaker, electrical issues
gfci breaker, electrical issues, wirings: Hi Kory, The GFCI breaker may need replacing, they do give out, over time. But, before doing that, let s try to isolate where the problem is. Take the black and the white wire off of the GFCI breaker, attache the white to the neutral bar and the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI circuit breaker, arc fault breaker, gfci
arc fault breaker, gfci, circuit breaker: Yes, you need to do a search on a tic tracer . They are meters now available at hardware stores, when 10 years ago they were $1000.00 and industrial. They put a high frequency tone in a line and then the signal rises and falls, or a light brightens or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI circuit for lighting, gfi outlet, light switches
gfi outlet, light switches, romex: Hi. If you are not getting power to the GFCI, then the problem is before that. Check the wiring between the panel and the GFCI. Here is general information on finding wiring problems: These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI and Dimmer, ground faults, gfci breaker
ground faults, gfci breaker, bathroom vanity: Hi. You may want to call Leviton and see why their dimmer won t work on the circuit. It could be defective. If the GFCI is part of the breaker, then it does trip for overloads, short circuits as well as ground faults. If you can t get an answer from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Doesn't Fit, gfi wiring, gfi outlet
gfi wiring, gfi outlet, gfi outlets: Hi Jon, The GFI outlets are designed to fit into a standard wall box, so the box in question must be more shallow than normal. I don t know of any GFI s that are thinned in design. You can add a different wall box next to the one that is there, remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI on dehunidifier, gfci, crawl space
gfci, crawl space, crawlspace: Hi. I have my dehumidifier on a GFCI, and it has never tripped. The GFCI should trip only when the current coming in goes back somewhere else other than the neutral. A GFCI would be required for a crawl space, since I am sure it is either considered...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI's don't work, gfi outlet, don beck
gfi outlet, don beck, lighting strike: Ray, If all of them are out, it has to be a simple thing that is wrong.....though it may be difficult to find.. The first thing to check is the breaker. Turn it to the off position, and then to the on. When breakres trip they go to a neutral position,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Electrical Outlet and Fan, gfi outlet, gfi receptacle
gfi outlet, gfi receptacle, paddle fans: Jose , A GFI receptacle can trip intermittently for a number of reasons: It could be a faulty device who s threshold for tripping has increased, usually they do trip for a reason however. This particular GFI may be protecting other receptacle s down line...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI in Garage, amp breaker, garage door opener
amp breaker, garage door opener, gfi: GFCI recepticles are mostly made in China. They are the worst product the housing market has. They go bad easily and quickly. I would suggest that you replace it, or swap it out from another location. The only other complication, if there is a fault in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI in garage, gfci outlet, neck of the woods
gfci outlet, neck of the woods, refigerator: Well, first off, a GFCI senses an imbalance between hot and neutral looking for faults, that a breaker might not trip on. A motor load, such as your freezer, produces such faults naturally simply by it s nature, and an overly sensitive GFCI outlet might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI grounding wire, ground fault protection, ground fault circuit interrupter
ground fault protection, ground fault circuit interrupter, national electrical code: Why do GFI switches have a grounding wire at all? These have the grounding terminal for the same reason that any grounded device has it. To shunt the current back to the service, where it connects to the incoming neutral conductor. The current then runs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI installation, kitchen countertop, motor loads
kitchen countertop, motor loads, electronic circuits: Hi Nathan, Based on your description...you ve touched on the reason why Code permits fixed appliances (especially refrigerators and freezers) to NOT require GFCI protection...regardless of where they are located. The compressor motor loads and the electronic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI installation, recep, cna
recep, cna, thankyou: Line/load reverse will prohibit the power from carrying onto the other recep. Make sure that when you find the Line side, to locate your venthood wire. Otherwise your venthood will be GFI protected and most times when you try to use the venthood it will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI installation doesn't work, double light switch, screw terminals
double light switch, screw terminals, work question: Hi. People can put panels wherever they want. But it is unlikely there is more than that, especially in a new house. Did you see if you have power coming into the GFCI? If you do, and the outlet does not work, then it is either defective or wired wrong....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI installation, basement stairs, light in the basement
basement stairs, light in the basement, light at the top: Hi. No, don t connect the black wires together. The light will not go off. One wire from the switch, plus the black wire (or screw) from the line side of the GFCI plus the power coming in go together. Then the other switch wire connects to the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI keeps tripping, oven light bulb, magic chef gas range
oven light bulb, magic chef gas range, gfi outlet: I suspect that there is a problem with the bulb s socket and when you went to screw/unscrew you shorted something out and the GFI tripped. Eventually the problem will probably clear itself and the light won t work from that point on, but if you have the time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI on Long Run, long distances, gfci breakers
long distances, gfci breakers, electrical panel: I have had problems with GFCI breakers on long distances also, in that case I installed a sub panel at the end of the run with the GFCI in it. You might also check to see if a receptacle somewhere has the ground and neutral tied together or touching each other,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI OUTLETS IN 1910 HOUSE, ungrounded outlet, insp
ungrounded outlet, insp, electrical code: Hi Jason, Electrical code rules differ from area to area. So a check with your local Insp. is the best thing to do. Most areas of the Country the code enforcement is understood to be: You don t have to change anything that is existing. However, anything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI OUTLETS, amp circuit, lowes
amp circuit, lowes, receptacles: If you understand how he is saying to wire these, instead of connecting each circuit to the line side and feeding the next one from the load side, connect only to the line side of each, do not come off of the load side. It is a wonder you were not getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlet, gfci outlet, lamp post
gfci outlet, lamp post, jumper: Paul What you need out by the light post is a continuos hot along with the switched wire you should have a 14-3 with ground out there. If this is buried in Conduit you can repull the new wire to the lamp post. If not there is no way to do this safely. I haven...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlet Installation, don beck, outdoor outlets
don beck, outdoor outlets, circuit breakers: Hi Mike, You are correct in your statement of GFCI requirements. They are also required for any outdoor outlets. Trying to determine which outlet would be 1st in the series is really hit & miss. Usually, the outlet that is nearest the breaker panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlet keeps tripping when starting treadmill., circuit breakers, norditrack
circuit breakers, norditrack, hi jill: Hi Jill, GFI s get weaker with age, replacing them would probably be a good idea. also, unless the treadmill requires a GFI outlet for it s warranty or other reason, it should work OK in a regular outlet..so maybe replacing the outlet you use to a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlet Trips, hot legs, loose connections
hot legs, loose connections, receptacle: Ron, a GFI trips by reading a differential in voltage from the power or hot leg to the neutral leg. Some kitchen circuits are multicircuit. It sounds as though this GFI may be on a multicircuit. By this, two hot legs are sharing the same neutral leg. A GFI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlet vs Circuit Breaker, home electrical wiring, voltage spike
home electrical wiring, voltage spike, best guess: Hi Sarah, My best guess is, it was a voltage spike. This happens, now and then, and there is no remedy as it is caused by the power company s transformer spiking and therefore affecting the whole circuit. The good things is, both the breaker and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlet, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, couple decades: Hi Lisa, Just getting in...another long day here.. I ve never heard of a self-resetting GFCI ...but that s certainly not to say such a model doesn t exist. All the GFI protection I ve seen over the past couple decades (whether breaker or receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlets, gfi outlets, circuits
gfi outlets, circuits, guess: Hi. My guess is that the fixture is wired so that the neutral is one one circuit and the hot is another. This upsets the balance on both circuits, and they trip. You would have to rewire the fixture so that both wires are on the same circuit, which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlets for GFI circuit interruptor, gfi outlet, gfci
gfi outlet, gfci, gfi outlets: Hi. You can wire the GFCI either way. If you don t want anything else protected, just pigtail the GFCI to the wires, and don t use the load side. A GFCI will work without a ground, but a ground is required for any new wiring. I hope this helps. Feel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI & Outlets, line terminals, gfci
line terminals, gfci, mary mary: Mary, if you ll notice on your GFCI, there are two terminals labled line and two labled load . Make sure that the two wires (black and white) that bring the power to the receptacle are connected to the line terminals. It s also important to get the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI - older wiring, earth ground, volt meter
earth ground, volt meter, hot wire: You will need to prove the box you are installing into has an earth ground connection. If you use a volt meter and get a reading from the hot wire to the box...you box is grounded and you can attach a ground wire to the box and then to the GFCI recepticle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI and other outlets, crawl spaces, other ones
crawl spaces, other ones, laundry: The breaker feeding this is probably bad, or there is another GFI somewhere else that tripped. Sometimes all the GFI s are put on the same breaker. Required locations are outside, garage, crawl spaces, bathrooms and within 6 of water except laundry. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet, lawn sprinkler systems, don beck
lawn sprinkler systems, don beck, high humidity: Hi Toni, A GFI outlet is a special outlet that senses any change in current flow. They act just like a circuit breaker and will trip out if any changes are detected. They are VERY sensitive and are used for safety reason around any water sources, like...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet, gfci, safety devices
gfci, safety devices, freezer: Hi. You are allowed to use a regular outlet for a freezer, as long as it is only used by the freezer, and is behind the freezer so other things are not plugged into it. You also have to be careful that the GFCI is not protecting other outlets. If it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet, gfci outlet, lamp post
gfci outlet, lamp post, gri: Paul, I have never seen one what you might consider is just puting in two gri s side by side in the same box. One switched and one not. You could install a gfi breaker and then just a regular outlet but sometimes lighting trips them but not ussually....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet, gfi receptacle, test button
gfi receptacle, test button, russ: Hi Russ. These do go bad, but perhaps you are not resetting it correctly. Try pressing the test button 1st, then the reset. Make sure nothing is plugged in when you do this. If it still won t reset, you can change it out, much like a normal outlet. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet, gfci outlet, line terminals
gfci outlet, line terminals, double switch: Hi. I hope you did not disconnect any other wires than were on the outlet. If you don t want any other outlets on the GFCI outlet, then everything that was connected to the outlet gets connected to the line side. You ll have to wire nut the wires together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet by front door.. how to turn off power to replace outlet, volt stick, permanent marker
volt stick, permanent marker, haloween decorations: The outdoor light is most likely on this failed GFI, so until it is replaced, the light will not get power. The only way to locate it when unlabled is to go to a home supply, purchase a volt stick, it is about the size of a permanent marker and the tip lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet installation, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, installing a gfi outlet: Hi Dee, You might want to rethink the idea of installing a GFI outlet for a washing machine. GFI s and motors don t do well together as the ramping up of a motor can causes the GFI to read it as a fault and you will have many false trippings. The BEST...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet problem, volt circuit, central heating system
volt circuit, central heating system, laundry room: Hello Danny. The heating system should be a 240 volt circuit, and if they used one leg of the 240 volts for the laundry room, there are some wiring issues that need to be corrected. A GFI must have a dedicated neutral in order to function. The laundry room...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet resting, light switch, reset button
light switch, reset button, ceiling fan: Hi. Nothing should reset a GFCI other than pressing the reset button. Do you mean they are tripping? Lights and fans should not be on GFCI circuits. Only outlets. Perhaps the wires have a shared neutral. If so, a GFCI can not be used except at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet, arc fault breakers, arc fault circuit breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault circuit breaker, wire nuts: I m not very famailiar with the new arc fault breakers, but since they sense arcs, i.e., a loose connection, I d check your wiring in the GFCI outlet box. Make sure the wire is wrapped tightly around the screws, and that all wire nuts are good and secure....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlets, gfi outlet, orane
gfi outlet, orane, offf: Elaine, It won t make a difference on how the GFI operates, but the 3 sets of wires are probably: 1 hot feed coming into the box and 2 hot feeds going to another location. If you took them apart, you would lose power somewhere else in the circuit. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlets, gfi outlet, reset buttons
gfi outlet, reset buttons, question thanks: Todd, It usually is the one closest to the breaker panel. The only way to be positive, is disconnect all the wires from the outlets. With this done, only 1 pair of black and white will still read hot. This is the 1st outlet of the circuit. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlets and breakers, sensitive electronic circuits, gfci receptacle
sensitive electronic circuits, gfci receptacle, countless amounts: Hi Roge, Thanks for following-up... Yes....the Codecheck link: (www.codecheck.com/gfci_principal.htm ) is fully functional...just logged into it again with no problems. It s possible they were having server problems or other technicial difficulties...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlets issue, correct polarity, gfi outlet
correct polarity, gfi outlet, gfci trips: Hi Hal, There are two ways to wire a second outlet from a GFCI outlet. One is to wire it in parallel, meaning that you connect both black wires to the line connection and both white wires to the neutral line connection. The other is to wire it as a load...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlets in older homes, arc fault breaker, gfi outlet
arc fault breaker, gfi outlet, gfci: They are open grounds because there is no ground. The only way to fix this is to rewire the entire house and bring it up to code. Besides the GFCI you now are required to have arc fault receptacles or arc fault breaker serving any residential bedroom. Jeff...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlets/how-to, gfci receptacle, duplex receptacles
gfci receptacle, duplex receptacles, circuit breakers: Hi Pete. Code requires that you protect all outlets that serve countertops, with a GFCI. You can use a breaker, or you can run normal power to one location, install a GFCI receptacle, then run from that receptacle to additional standard duplex receptacles....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Plug Replacement, downstairs bathroom, gfi outlet
downstairs bathroom, gfi outlet, upstairs bathroom: GFI s are basic and we should be able to handle this OK. Let s start with your idea of snipping the exiting wires and connecting them to the new outlet and see what develops. The new outlet will probably have connections top and bottom. Used the ones...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI PROBLEM, curcuit breaker, gfi outlet
curcuit breaker, gfi outlet, correct positions: Hi Tim, GFI outlets are really finicky items. Sometimes it takes a little coaxing, or a big hammer, to get them to settling. This is true when they are new as the moving parts inside aren t settled into place. It isn t unusual to have to push the test...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Problem, educational standpoint, gfi outlet
educational standpoint, gfi outlet, chasing my tail: I am not sure how I missed the staked outlet the first time, but this may be the problem. It still does not make sense however that this set up will work when connected to a different GFI. If it continues to be a problem, I would try to straight wire the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI pops off, electriction, circuit breakers
electriction, circuit breakers, faulty circuit: If you need a reason for them failing....write to China, where all this junk is now being made. It is not uncommon for them to go bad in one day, one week one yr. I keep at least 4 with me all the time. I replace 2 a week generaly. When I find a brand...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI problem/panel trip, gfi outlet, eric eric
gfi outlet, eric eric, success thanks: Eric, it sounds like it blew the breaker. Try removing the wire connected to the breaker and see if it will reset without the wire connected. If it will now reset, there is something shorted in this circuit. If it will not reset without the wire, the breaker...