Home Electrical Wiring Repairs – Should You Fix It?
How to Work with Home Electrical Wiring Problems: To solve home electrical wiring problems attention must be directed at the symptom, in this case the tripping GFCI where the wiring should be checked.
Home Electrical Wiring Problems
Electrical Questions I have two separate circuits. With either one on, all the receptacles in the circuit that is on have power and will power a lamp.
- With both circuits on, I have power on all receptacles, but if I plug a lamp in on one circuit, it trips a ground fault on the other circuit.
- It doesn’t trip any circuit breakers, just the ground fault.
- What can I do, besides hiring an expensive electrician?
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How to Work with Home Electrical Wiring Problems
- There is a lot of information that has not been provided about this wiring problem, such as is this existing wiring or something that has just been added?
- To solve home electrical wiring problems attention must be directed at the symptom, in this case the tripping GFCI where the wiring should be checked.
- I would also suggest that one of these circuits be turned off so the other can be tested.
- If problems only occur when both circuits are on then there is a problem with the wiring of these circuits.
- Most likely something very simple to find once the details are understood about both circuits.
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- A Professional Licensed Electrical Contractor is worth every dollar they earn, not because of their title but because of their knowledge and ability to provide a vital service.
- The same goes for any other professional. Many times a person who does not fully understand what they are doing will end up hiring a professional to do the job right, and make it safe.
- Homes are destroyed all too often due to careless people who take on tasks they are not qualified to do.
- If you do not fully understand what you are doing, then don’t do it at all because electricity is nothing to mess around with.
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If you are in doubt, hire a professional to do it right. My Motto is: Do It Right The First Time – You’ll Sleep Better At Night (because the smoke detector will not be in alarm).
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