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Internet keeps going out from my cable provider. The tech said

Internet keeps going out from my cable provider. The tech said I had a power surge coming out of the tv through the coaxial cable that was overloading the modem causing interruption. Is that even possible? I thought a tv was only an input device?

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Mike G.

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Hi, I have a question regarding house circuits. I currently

Hi,I have a question regarding house circuits. I currently have a home theater that's connected to one circuit (15A). All components are going through an APC 15A line conditioner. The current components are:5 channel amp (5 x 200W) - operating power: 800W2 channel amp (2 x 200Q) - operating power: 550WReceiverBlu Ray playerSubwoofer (1000W class D) - different outlet, seperate power conditioner)The problem is powering on the 5 channel amp. When I turn it on, I get a very loud buzz coming from my front 2 speakers that only lasts about 5 secs and then is silent. The issue is that these speakers are connected to the 2 channel amp. There are no loud buzzes from any of the speakers connected to the 5 channel amp. The amp itself, when turning on, dims lights in the room, so there is a large power draw upon turning it on. To diagnose, I initially thought that there was an issue with too many components on one circuit so I connected the 2 channel amp on a separate circuit (which I found through checking the breaker box) and the buzzing still occurs on start up. This buzz occurs even when the 2 channel amp is connected to the outlet, but turned off. I also switched out the 2 channel amp with an identical one I had elsewhere and same problem persists. I'm thinking its a ground issue? Otherwise how could I get buzzing from speakers that are connected to a different amp on a different circuit? Is this something I need to get checked? Thanks for your help!

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Tommy Tesla

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Hi, I am installing a new GE electrical timer in my garage

Hi, I am installing a new GE electrical timer in my garage for floodlights, the old intermatic is shot. the old one has simply two black wires connected to two black wires in the box. No ground wire. The new timer has a black, a red, and a white. It says the red is the load wire, the black is the hot, and the white is the neutral. So how do I hook this up. Don't worry the circuit breaker is off.

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Jason

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Hi, I am setting up a home theater in my garage and would

Hi,I am setting up a home theater in my garage and would like advice on the lighting to use. It is a suspended ceiling and I am thinking of high hats.Room description:18feet by 12 feet - on the first long wall I want to hang the tv. The tv will be offset to the left of that wall as there is a door at the right end of that wall. Going around the room to describe from there, the 13 foot wall to the right has a door on the right side about a foot from the right side of that wall. The 18 foot wall opposite the tv wall has a door on the left (exactly opposite of the door on the other long wall) and so the couch will go on that wall to the right just opposite the tv. Finally on the other short wall there is a small window.Given the doors and window I don't imagine wall sconces are a possibility as I am guessing they should be symmetrical on the shorter walls adjacent to the tv.SOOOOOOO.. After all that, how should I set up the lighting?

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2lego

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Hello, I would like to know how much amp my electrical panel

Hello, I would like to know how much amp my electrical panel will be needed for my new house. They are currently installing a panel with 100 amp. Since I will have an office at home, I am trying to calculate how much will be my use including 4-5 computers + heating + all appliances etc...

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Mike G.

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I have a subpanel in my basement with 6 slots that is on the

I have a subpanel in my basement with 6 slots that is on the complete opposite side from the main circuit panel. I am remodeling my basement and putting in a 240V baseboard heater or in wall fan heater (have not decided yet). This takes up two slots in the subpanel and another two slots are taken by the Central Air Unit. This leaves me w/only two slots. I have inserted double breakers in each of them, one double 15 and one double 20. Off of these four circuits I have outlets, room lighting, bathroom fan/heater, tv, treadmill and elliptical. The bathroom is 6 x 11. Then I have a Playroom/workout room divided by a half/pony wall. The play room is 10 x 13, and the workout room is 13 x 25. However, the workout room narrows to only 8 feet wide for the last 10 feet of the room. Then I have a utility/storage room that is separated from everything by a door and is around 420 sq./ft. Everything in the utility room is hooked up to the main panel. Everything in the bathroom, play room, and workout room is hooked to the subpanel. In all my basement is about 900 sq./ft., but I am only concerned about electrical for a little under 500 sq. ft.The cable coming to the subpanel is 10/3 w/ground 600 volts and is connected to the main panel with a 30 amp breaker. All I can tell from the subpanel is the brand name isXXXXX company. As for the name plate ratings of the workout equipment, I can't see them so they must be underneath, but both the treadmill and elliptical are very good quality. (Cost about $3500/each)My question(s): 1. What is an easy/ straight forward approach to divide up the power on the circuits? 2. Is there any advice you have for being able to add more circuits or am I limited? 3. How do I determine the safe (and legal) amount of power to hook up to my subpanel?Thanks

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Sir Sparks

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i bought a house that has two prong outlets in the basement.

i bought a house that has two prong outlets in the basement. i changed them to three prong outlets but two of the outlets didn't have have a ground wire. i changed them anyways thinking that buy screwing the new outlet to the metal box behind it would ground it. i'm thinking thats not safe and totally wrong now. can i just add a gfci outlet with no ground wire? and with only one black and one white wire? i bought a gfci outlet but it was spots for two black and two white wires. would it even work if i just installed it with a single wire on each side? thanks

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Mike

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I have a breaker that continues to trip when attaching a TV,

I have a breaker that continues to trip when attaching a TV, Receiver and BluRay player. The strange thing is yesterday that same circuit was working fine for multiple hours with all of the above and a small space heater while we were working. Later in the day it tripped and since the first trip has been repeatedly tripping every time I attach TV and Receiver. Each rated @ about 5 amps. Breaker is a 15Amp Cutler Hammer (AFCI) green label with a test button.

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Mike G.

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I have just build a new house and as part of the install have

I have just build a new house and as part of the install have included a couple of items such as High definition over CAT5e cable (for a long run over 20 meters) and also have wireless digital showers in the house. Both of these units work very well and the HD signal comes through very well (I have used HDMI to CAT5e extenders and both ends of the cables so have 2 runs of CAT5e joined by these units) , however when the central heating cuts in and out I get a signal interupt on the HD and also sometimes get the digital shower signal cut out. I have installed an electrical damper on the sockets for the Blu ray player and also have put a ferrous 'clip' on the CAT5e cables to try and even the signal and stop it happening but so far I cannot stop this. I wondered if you would have any idea why this maybe happening?

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