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Wiring a GFCI Outlet

Electrical Question: I have 2 outdoor receptacles. One near the front door, one near the back door.

Circuit Breaker GFCI Outlet

Deborah asks:
I have 2 outdoor receptacles.
One near the front door, one near the back door.
They are covered by clear plastic covers.
The one near the back door (on my back patio), has 2 lights.
One green, one red.
The red light is flashing.
The green light is on solid.
Any ideas?

No doubt it is a GFCI protected reset.
Do you suspect it needs a reset button pushed?

Or perhaps tripping the Circuit Breaker off and on again?

No rush, Ill not be trying anything soon as it is approx.
12dF here right now!

It is possible, I suppose, that it could be an AFCI.
not sure that I know the difference.
This townhouse was built in 2018, so it is only 4 years old.
I do not currently need to use that receptacle, I just noticed the flashing red light as I was peering out back looking for deer, after dark.
No telling how long it has been flashing.

Additional Comments: Very nice that you share your knowledge and skills with folks!!

Dave’s Reply:
I have 2 outdoor receptacles. one near the front door, one near the back door. they are covered by clear plastic covers. the one near the back door (on my back patio), has 2 lights. one green, one red. the red light is flashing. the green light is on solid. any ideas? no doubt it is a gfci protected reset. do you suspect it needs a reset button pushed? or perhaps tripping the circuit breaker off and on again? no rush, ill not be trying anything soon as it is approx. 12df here right now! it is possible, I suppose, that it could be an afci…. not sure that I know the difference. this townhouse was built in 2018, so it is only 4 years old. I do not currently need to use that receptacle, I just noticed the flashing red light as I was peering out back looking for deer, after dark. no telling how long it has been flashing.

This electrical wiring question came from Deborah in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical wiring question Deborah.

Circuit Breaker a GFCI Outlet

Application: Circuit Breaker a GFCI Outlet.
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    Electrical Question: Generic question:
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    Dan asks:
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    With the advent of Electric vehicles what do you recommend in providing a 50A receptacle?

    Any NEMA selection (NOT Tesla specific because I believe that may be limiting) or is there a method of easily changing charging connections to the vehicle(s)?

    New to this type of project, but I wanted to be ahead of my grand kids future needs.
    *And can I use this to run the a c in my trailer in the summer months when folks stay over?

    Thanks for all your knowledge.

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    with the advent of electric vehicles what do you recommend in providing a 50a receptacle? any nema selection (not tesla specific – because I believe that may be limiting) or is there a method of easily changing charging connections to the vehicle(s)? new to this type of project, but I wanted to be ahead of my grand-kids future needs. *and can I use this to run the a/c in my trailer in the summer months when folks stay over? thanks for all your knowledge.

    This electrical wiring question came from Dan in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Dave’s Reply:

    Thanks for your electrical wiring question Dan.

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    Ann asks:
    Have Hamilton beach toaster oven 1500 watts, 12.5 amps and 120 volts.
    Need to use extension cord but not sure what size kind to purchase appreciate help.
    Thanks model number is31108

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    Have Hamilton beach toaster oven 1500 watts, 12.5 amps and 120 volts.
    Need to use extension cord but not sure what size kind to purchase appreciate help.
    Thanks model number is31108

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    Electrical Question: I am trying to figure out if my breaker is to blame for tripping so often as of late. Last week it started to trip with roughly the same load for the past year (2022).

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    Christopher asks:
    I am trying to figure out if my Breaker is to blame for tripping so often as of late.
    Last week it started to trip with roughly the same load for the past year (2022).
    I reset it multiple times with varying loads by disconnecting whatever appliance power strip hooked up usually but it trips even with nothing attached.
    Whats even more perplexing is it sometimes holds for a couple of hours and other times a couple of minutes, rarely it trips immediately.
    Now whenever I reset that breaker, the relevant outlets have no power so I suspect the breaker just went bad overtime.

    Dave’s Reply:
    Im trying to figure out if my breaker is to blame for tripping so often as of late. last week it started to trip with roughly the same load for the past year (2022). I reset it multiple times with varying loads by disconnecting whatever appliance/power strip hooked up usually but it trips even with nothing attached. whats even more perplexing is it sometimes holds for a couple of hours and other times a couple of minutes, rarely it trips immediately. now whenever I reset that breaker, the relevant outlets have no power so I suspect the breaker just went bad overtime.

    This electrical wiring question came from Christopher in Bronx, New York.

    Dave’s Reply:

    Thanks for your electrical wiring question Christopher.

    Tripping Breaker a Main Panel

    Application: Tripping Breaker a Main Panel.
    Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
    Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
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