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Electrical Wiring Problem with a GFCI Outlet

by Dave Rongey

David in Pennsylvania asks: I went to plug my extension cord into the ground fault and it tripped and could not be reset. I stretched the cord into the living room and plugged it into a receptacle which I could smell wires burning.


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Problem with Outlets in a Bathroom

by Dave Rongey

Tommy in Alabama asks: All bathroom plugs do not work. Light’s working and only Two GFI plugs in or out of the house and they both work.


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Ceiling Fan Works but Not the Light

by Dave Rongey

Henry in Tennessee asks: I recently installed a ceiling fan with a light. Both the fan and the light are dimmable. When I follow the instructions the fan will come on but the light will not.


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How to Locate an Electrical Wiring Problem

by Dave Rongey

Wayne in Washington asks: I have a very unique problem in a home where on a 20 amp circuit the bare conductor is carrying the positive or hot side of the 120 volt and the black conductor is acting as the ground and the white is the neutral.


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Outside Lights Stopped Working after a Rain Storm

by Dave Rongey

Patty in California asks: Power runs from the house to an exterior driveway gate where we have two photocell lights on top of rock columns. After heavy rains our outside lights stopped working and a GFCI outlet tripped off.


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Light Fixture Problem with a Porch Light

by Dave Rongey

Ron in Louisiana asks: Replacing ceiling porch light fixtures with Westinghouse flush mount model 66919. The old fixtures are on a one way switch and are operable.


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Trying to Get my Water Heater to Work Again

by Dave Rongey

I am trying to get my water heater to work again. I have noticed that it does not heat at all with new elements and thermostats.


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How to Fix a Overloaded Circuit Breaker Problem

by Dave Rongey

If too many things being used at the same time one of the breakers trips off. Can I change the breaker to a higher amperage, will this resolve my problem?


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

by Dave Rongey

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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How to Troubleshoot Incorrect Voltage for a Stove

by Dave Rongey

My Condo circuit breaker box receives only 203 volts . Either black cable to white cable reads 117volt.


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Why Electrical Outlets Do Not Have Full Power

by Dave Rongey

Why do my Outlets not have Full Electrical Power? How to Troubleshoot Electrical Power Problems.


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How to Identify Electrical Problems

by Dave Rongey

Why did my lights and outlets stop working? Identifying Electrical Wiring Problems when lights and outlets are not working.


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Electrical Crackling Noise from Surge Protector

by Dave Rongey

Troubleshooting a Surge Protector and Electrical Crackling Noise: How can I locate the source of an electrical crackle noise?


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Installing or Upgrading Electrical Wiring

by Dave Rongey

I had my entire house rewired, the attic looks like an explosion of a wiring factory, is this safe for the wires to be everywhere? What to do about Problems with Your Electrical Project.


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Why an Electric Power Surge Can Cause Problems

by Dave Rongey

Why are my electrical devices burning up instead of tripping the circuit breaker? Possible Causes of Power Surges and Spikes, How to Avoid Damage to Electrical Devices Caused by Voltage Surges or Spikes.


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Eric of Damascus Asks How to Troubleshoot an Electrical Problem with an Outlet and Lights

by Dave Rongey

How to Fix a Power Problem with an Outlet and Lights: I have two lights and a receptacle that do not work but everything else works fine.


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