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Does a GFCI Outlet Need to be Grounded?

By Dave Rongey

Ed in New Jersey asks: Does a GFCI Outlet need to be grounded?


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Tripping Breaker for a Ceiling Fan and Light

By Dave Rongey

Billy in Virginia asks: I have a problem with a light circuit where I removed an old light fixture and hung a ceiling fan and wired it into the existing setup then powered the circuit and hit the wall switch to check functions and the breaker tripped.


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How to Fix a Microwave Oven that is Tripping a GFCI Outlet

By Dave Rongey

Kathy in Fairfax, Virginia asks: The microwave will work on a regular outlet, just not a GFCI. Does the outlet in a cupboard have to be GFCI?


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What is The Purpose of the Neutral Wire

By Dave Rongey

The Purpose of the Neutral Wire in Electrical Systems: What is the purpose of the neutral wire and the difference between the ground wire and the white neutral wire.


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What is the Best Way to Become an Electrical Apprentice?

By Dave Rongey

How to Become an Electrical Apprentice: The Electrical Industry is a wonderful place to be – everybody needs it on a daily basis.


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How to Install Wiring in a Basement

By Dave Rongey

Can the Romex brand wire be used when Wiring a Basement? Romex or metal cable: What should be used when wiring a basement and how is the wiring protected. NEC Code Article Sections 336-6c, 333-11


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Basic Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problems

By Dave Rongey

How should I troubleshoot a problem with a ceiling fan remote control? The Most Common Causes of Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problems.


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Is It Safe To Install Aluminum Wire?

By Dave Rongey

I have heard people say bad things aluminum wire, is it safe to use? Safe Practices When Installing Aluminum Electrical Wiring.


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Receptacles Not Getting Full Power

By Dave Rongey

Why Do I Have 70 Volts on a 120 Volt Receptacle? How to Troubleshoot and Repair Outlet Problems, The Most Common Problem with Electric Outlets and How to Repair Them.


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How to Solve the Problem of Tripping Circuit Breakers

By Dave Rongey

How can I fix a Tripping Circuit Breaker Problem? How to Identify the Electrical Circuit Requirements and Updating the Electrical Service.


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Possible Causes of Lost Electrical Power

By Dave Rongey

What would cause a circuit to loose power after an electrical storm? How to Diagnose Electrical Problems and Lost Power After Electrical Storm.


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Cut Extension Cord Causes Power Loss to Outlets

By Dave Rongey

How Can I Fix a Outlet that Lost Power after an Extension Cord Has Been Cut or Damaged? How to Locate and Restore the Power to an Outlet Circuit Has Lost Power.


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Incorrect Outlet Ground Wire Could be a Shock Hazard

By Dave Rongey

The Danger of Incorrectly Connecting a Ground Wire to a Outlet: Why a Ground Wire Should Not be Used as a Neutral Wire on a Receptacle Outlet.


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How to Wire Light Switches From an Outlet

By Dave Rongey

How can I install two switches that will be operating two separate sets of light fixtures? How to Wire Light Fixtures from Switches and Outlets, Example of Installing Wiring for Light Fixtures and Switches.


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Electrical Wiring Methods: Screw Terminals or Quick Connect

By Dave Rongey

Is it true that the older method of wiring switches and outlets is to attach the wiring to the screw terminals? How to Connect Wires to a Switch or Outlet: Best Practices for Electrical Wires for Outlets and Switches and Factors Relating to Electrical Connections.


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How to Fix a Tripping GFI Outlet For a Refrigerator or Freezer

By Dave Rongey

How Can I Fix a Tripping GFCI Outlet for a Refrigerator? Solve the Problem of a Tripping GFCI Refer or Freezer Outlet.


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