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My upstairs and downstairs are acting shorting, Some rooms

My upstairs and downstairs are acting shorting, Some rooms on top, when I connect the circuit breaker, it cuts off right away. I guess there must be some shorting.How do I find out which one is shorting?I did use copper only plugs on aluminum wires. Could it be the reason?

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What wou, What should it cost to rewire a 1600 sq/ft home

What wouJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: What should it cost to rewire a 1600 sq/ft home starting from just studs. 3 bedroom two full bath.JA: You just pay a $5 deposit now and the rest only when you get a reply from the Electrician. All of this is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, so you can get a refund if you're not happy for any reason. Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: no hiring an electricianJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: We've had an estimate of $7000 and a second bid at $14,000. Is there a figure I should use to cost for each outlet or lighting fixture, plus a cost per sq/ft for wiring and a cost for a new electrical panel? We are rehabbers and it would be nice to have a good formula to use.to estimate our costs. This house is 2 full bath, 3 bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry room.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: 1958. We have a planner who has mapped out the electrical.

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Kevin

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We're installing a 100 amp sub panel in a cabin we just

We're installing a 100 amp sub panel in a cabin we just built which is 125' away from the main 200 amp service. What size wire and conduit should I use for this? I prefer not to go direct burial because of trees in the area.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: About a monthJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Can't think of anything.

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I am putting in a new panel for a small cabin I am building.

I am putting in a new panel for a small cabin I am building. I have 200 amp service to the property with a 100 amp panel fed by 2awg aluminum wire run to the pumphouse. The pumphouse is closer to the cabin by about 200 feet. Can I run another panel from the pumphouse to the cabin or do I have to go all the way to the main panel? I have space for a 2 pole breaker in the pumphouse and main panel so that is fine. I would love to have 100amp service to the cabin, but can compensate with solar power for the remainder if I cannot. Also, what size cable should I use?

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Mike G.

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I am up dating my backflow generator to a 30A 125/250 plug.

my name is***** am up dating my backflow generator to a 30A 125/250 plug. 4 wire 12 gage. I need to knowhow to properly orenit the wiresJA: Sometimes electrical issues that that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Electrician I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts.Customer: The plug has an X,G,Y,W. On the face and though two of them seem somewhat obvious I'm not going to beet on the other twoJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: I have done most of it all ready. This is a preexisting system I'm upgrading the plugs.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: The pre-existing wire going back to the basement fuse box is a 4 gage 2 wire + ground aluminum wire black and red.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Electrician about your situation and then connect you two.

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I need to clarify something regarding the meter location of

Hi Pearl, I need to clarify something regarding the meter location of service entrance on a residential home. Currently the meter is located between the bathroom window and back door. The pole (mast) is within 13 inches of the bathroom window and 10 inches of the door. I am upgrading service to 200 A using a 2" pole, new 200 A meter box, and 4/0 aluminum wire. Will the NEC 2014 allow me to keep the service entrance (overhead feed) in the same location or will I have to relocate away from the window and door?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Currently the meter is original, aprox. 40-50 years old. Wanting to upgrade.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes, already have the county permit, meter box, and 2" conduit.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: That's it at the moment.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Electrician about your situation and then connect you two.

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I need to know what size wire will work. I am installing a

I need to know what size wire will work. I am installing a RV plug. It will be a 50amp plug. It will be on its own meter. We have the 125amp meter base with a 100amp main breaker under the meter. I will be hooking the wire to the 100 amp breaker and running it about 110ft underground in a conduit to a second box with a 50amp break and a RV plug. So I was going to use Aluminum wire because it is cheaper. What size AL wire can I safely use for this application?

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I am in Oshawa Ontario Canada. Cant find answer to this on

I am in Oshawa Ontario Canada. Cant find answer to this on line, keeps giving answers about wire in cold air Ducts. Question is.. I need to replace/reroute wiring that currently is in basement ceiling but covered up by drywall ceiling.(aluminum wire) 5 circuits.There is a fairly straightforward route to bypass and then abandon covered wire. The hydro panel abuts the cold room under front porch. Is it ok by code to run wire thru cold room (about 12 feet) along 2x10 inch board that already has cold room light wire on it, and then fish wire thru ceiling to get to unfinished area, and does wire need to be covered by U guard or in a conduit? use Romex or BX ?Other option is to take ceiling down and redo after. Wife not to keen on that one.

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Problem with power to my circuit breakers, leads are

Problem with power to my circuit breakers, leads are underground. Showing 119 volts at both leads on the pole, distance is 170 ft, both leads at the box in my shop show 123 volts with the main breaker off. As soon as I turn it on, with two small lights in the shop on, voltage drops on one lead to 109 volts and the other raises to 136 volts. My 220 volt heater and 5 hp air compressor work fine, overhead lights work also, but as soon as I try my overhead door opener or bench grinder, both 1/3 hp, neither will work, and overhead lights get real bright. If I turn everything off and try the door or grinder, sometimes they'll work, or not.

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Kevin

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Diploma

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