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Circuit Breakers - Applications for Home Electrical Wiring
Articles about Circuit Breakers:
Home electrical circuit breakers
15 amp circuit breakers
Single pole circuit breakers
Zinsco circuit breakers
AFCI circuit breakers
GFCI circuit breakers
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Broken Electrical Circuit for Lights
I removed a single bathroom light fixture and replaced it with three lights at a junction box along with the original wiring from the light switch, however, unable to get power.
The 15 amp breaker that controls this circuit also controls a second circuit of outlets that are receiving power. Perplexed?
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Garage Sub-Panel - 4-Wire Feed
I connected a 60 amp sub panel in my garage, I used underground wire rate 600 volts. which has BX cable covered. I have connected the red and black as main power. the blue wire is taped white, connected to the left side of the grounding bar, and bare wire to the right side, I would like to know if this matters with the bare wire to ground, everything seems to be working fine, no breakers are getting warm , and I tripped a breaker to be sure all is working, your help in this matter would be appreciated,
Thank you, AL.
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Troubleshooting Old Electrical Wiring
I Came in to help a friend. Old existing 12 gauge wire, appears it goes directly to the panel and a 20 amp breaker. I wired up some GFI outlets(1st time, but "sure" its right), light on outlet comes on, 220V showing on my meter, plugged in fan, nothing. The breaker at panel does not trip. Working on other wiring in the attic, I noticed some of the same old wiring had been cut out, (small pieces under staple). Any idea? Of course I'd rather replace the wiring entirely, but low pitch of roof and drywall is up. Feeling dumb, Thank You for your time.
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Hobby Shop Power
I am trying to wire in a small hobby woodshop to my house. I don't need any sort of 220, just typical outlets and lighting, as if wiring in another room of the house. Can you power another sub panel from a spare breaker located in the house's beaker panel? Or do you have to run another separate feed from the meter?
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Circuit Breaker as Daily On/Off Switch
Hello, Hope all is well. I am wondering please if it is okay to daily turn on and off the water heater and stove via the circuit breaker in an effort to save $$. I did this for one month and saved $10 and in a year that'll be $120 and I'd sure rather have fun with that $$, unless of course I am ruining the circuit breaker.
Please and thank you for advising.
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Wiring for a 30 Amp 4-Wire Dryer Circuit
Nelson, from Vivian, Louisiana asks:
Dave, in changing a 3 wire dryer outlet to a 4 wire using a 10-4 circuit, what does the connection in the breaker panel look like.
Appreciate your answer,
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How to Provide GFCI Protection for a Circuit
Perrie, from Trinidad WI, Other asks:
Can I get protection for a 8 amp 220v motor by wiring one supply hot wire to one 120v gfci and the other supply hot to a second 120v gfci. A common grounded neutral is attached to the neutral of both gfci. Then two hot leads each taken from both gfci is connected to the motor. (Utility supplies electricity by two 120v
hot wires and one neutral.)
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Rewired Home Now Has Issues with Jenn Air Stove
Myra, from Delray Beach, Florida asks:
A few months ago our 5 yr old electric flat glass top Jenn Air stovetop popped & sparked thru the space around one of the knobs. After it blew, the stovetop stopped working so I turned off the breaker in the fuse box and discovered that several ceiling fans, lights in other rooms in throughout house stopped working as well. We have also noticed on occasion that the fans and lights will just turn on for no reason for various amounts of time as we have left switches on. The house was rewired after it was destroyed by a hurricane 5 years ago. We didn't get much from our insurance company and had to use electricians that were not really great. We have no money right now.
First, is there a fire hazard?
Second, could it just be a fuse issue and should we try changing them? Please advise.
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AFCI Circuit Breaker Sensitivity
David, from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
I have a Siemens AFCI breaker that has recently begun tripping. It started slowly, tripping occasionally. Now, it won't even reset. The first time it tripped, I reset it and checked it successfully by pushing the button. It held for several days and tripped again spontaneously. Also oddly, we had one night where our ceiling fan light turned on spontaneously in the middle of the night. It's a different circuit and I don't know if it's related, but I thought I'd mention it. Nothing else has been changed or added. The house is 6 years old. I'm curious if it could be the breaker going bad, or something else. Any ideas on what or how to check this out?
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AFCI Circuit Breaker and Wiring
Gary, from New York, New York asks:
I had an addition done on my house a while ago, but the builder never filed for the electrical work. To make a long story short I received a violation from the building department that AFCI protection has not been provided for all bedroom outlets and lighting. Surfing the web it sounds like an easy fix by just changing the circuit breakers. I have had 2 electricians tell me they have to put a loop in the outlets. Not sure what that is really. Does that sound accurate?
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Circuit Breaker and Buzzing Sound
Daniel, from Long Valley, New Jersey asks:
My house has 200 amp Cutler Hammer Service and recently sustained a lightning strike. All the surge suppressors for TV, computers, etc were fried and replaced. In addition to this damage there are two ceiling fans on the same circuit that are making humming/buzzing noise since the damage. The noise changed from one fan to the other fan. Both of these fans were recently replaced and the noise is still there. Should I suspect that the breaker was damaged and is no good?
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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
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