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How does this work? I just ask questions for free?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: This website?JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I have a few questions about a service entrance

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I am having a problem with my Semens 35 amp GFI. When I use

I am having a problem with my Semens 35 amp GFI. When I use a regular Semens 20 amp braker everything works as advertised. When I use the GFI any thing I use trips the braker even a garage door motor that is not running.I ran a # 10 stranded wire to connect to # 12 solid bx cable for outlets, lights and 2 garage door openers.I disconnected each junction box. When I turn on any light switch on or use an outlet it trips. With every thing connected, as soon as I turn the garage door opener on ( not energizing the motor ) it trips too. ?????

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I wiring up my own home. I have a 400 amp service parallel

I wiring up my own home. I have a 400 amp service parallel feeding two 200 amp panels. My AHJ will not allow the meter to be part of the ground rod grounding and prefers the meters ground to be the incoming neutral from the power lines.My question is: Can I have a continuous #4 bare copper wire coming from my ground rods to and through panel 1 to panel 2?My electrical background is from handy man experience only.

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I am planning on running a 50 amp, 4 wire feeder circuit

I am planning on running a 50 amp, 4 wire feeder circuit from my main service panel to the location where my pump house is going to be. Am on the right track?....50 amp double pole breaker in my main service panelApprox 220 feet of #4, wet location wire (up-sized for voltage drop because of distance)2" schedule 80 PVC conduit with a 90 degree angle below the main panel and another one at the new post with a slight turn over the course of its trench buried at least 18" deep60 amp weatherproof box at termination (this box will eventually be the one I use inside the building)30 amp RV outlet on same pole below boxAm I OK with the wire size? Could I go a size smaller?Is the conduit properly sized?Thanks.

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Ground Rod - I have run a cable from my garage to a new

Ground Rod - I have run a cable from my garage to a new chicken coop. I installed a tiny load center with two breakers. At the fuse box I drove a 10 foot ground rod in. I have the VERY heavy duty copper line screwed to the load center. My question is this: Do I tie ground and neutral to the metal case of the load center? Kindly explain the reasoning behind whatever answer you give to me. I would think that there is no reason not to tie ground and neutral to the lightning rod since it is tied to a rod at our homes main load center.

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I have a 100amp breaker panel in my garage. It is the type

Hello!I have a 100amp breaker panel in my garage. It is the type of panel where the neutral and ground wires are all attached to the neutral bar. The panel in the garage seems to have been installed in 1970. In the panel in the garage, there IS a ground wire running from the neutral bar to grounding rods just outside the wall of the garage.Here is what is feeding the breaker panel in the garage:2 hot wires and one BARE neutral wire.The 2 hot wires and the bare neutral run underground (approximately 40 feet) to a 100 amp panel in the house. Can this bare neutral wire leading TO the garage be attached to a lug on neutral add-on in the main panel in the house, which is a bonded panel?Please advise.Thanks.

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Two issues here and questions regarding them. First, 1)

Hello,Two issues here and questions regarding them.First,1) Grounding issue detected through tester in the outlet.2) I have checked the outlets on the affected circuit as well as switch ground and ceiling fan. All connected to each other through ground.3) Went down to panel and open the panel cover. Identified circuit and checked connection to panel ground up until exposed ground exists the panel. It is connected.4) Checked from affected outlet box ground to bare/exposed ground in the panel and connection is 'open'.5) So ground of the circuit somewhere is not connecting......Any ideas what is happening and how to find out where the open ground is?? Wire is not exposed and is behind the wall.Second,1) On the same circuit as above (important), I turned on circuit breaker at the panel and contact-less tester does not detect live wire. When I turned off everything on the panel and ONLY turned on problem circuit and brought contact less tester (Kelvine tester) on the black wire - where wire enters the panel - I see live wire. But as soon as I go test where wire exists the panel with jacket (Romex) I do not see live wire detected by the tester. Totally confused as to why no live wire detection in the panel and no detection as soon as wire exists the panel..... I verified another wire that exists from the same connector as circuit in question and turn on/off and tester just works fine on it and detects live when it should....but not on the circuit that is having grounding issue.This is older house and wiring is done in 1970's sometimes.

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Replacing a inside panel (60 amp) with a larger (125 amp)

Replacing a inside panel (60 amp) with a larger (125 amp) though I do not need the amps I wanted more circuits.In looking at the old panel (1960's) I find the main feed from the disconnect outside does not have a ground with the #6 coming into the panel, but has a separate wire for ground that enters the panel in a hole in the back, goes along the bottom and is twisted around a nail that drops into a hole in the bottom of the panel box.Each of the 4 circuits coming into the panel box has a ground wire that is twisted around a nail on the outside of the box which is also twisted around the ground wire mentioned above nailed into the wall stud outside the panel box. The ground wires are also then connected to the cable holder in which the main #6 wire enters the panel.This box is on the 2nd floor of a apartment.1. The ground wire was busted during remodel work. It enters as a single wire into the space where the panel box is and is tied in as described above.Where would this ground wire most likely come from. For instance without tearing all the walls out to follow it, is it possible it is heading to a pipe for grounding. Each apartment in this bldg. has its own panel feeding from the outside main panel at the meter.2. When I replace the inside panel it does not seem right to repeat the grounding as sit is presently. How should it be grounded, assuming I find where the ground wire is coming from.

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My main 200amp panel connects to 2 separate 100amp sub

My main 200amp panel connects to 2 separate 100amp sub panels for two separate buildings. The agitation cycle of the washing machine causes the lights in both buildings to pulse. My electrician says that does not make sense since they are on separate sub-panels, but it happens. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? I want to call another electrician who may understand what is going on and would like some assistance here before I do.

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