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Lights flicker in livingroom and will eventually go off for

Lights flicker in livingroom and will eventually go off for a few minutes ( part of kitchen is attached to same circuit) , but then will come back on. Checked breaker when this happens and not tripped. When this first started breaker would trip, so I reset it ( the breaker for all this is a 15amp), Now this problem, is the breaker to small for modern appliances, or maybe to old. House was built in 1970 and I don't think anything has ever been changed in home. I'm a first time buyer and would appreciate any info that might help. I'm a little bit of a tomboy and like to try doing things myself Nervous Home OwnerJA: What's the brand and model number of your appliance? How old is it?Customer: 1- Panasonic 1000w microwaveJA: What are all the symptoms of the problem (error codes, flashing lights, etc.)?Customer: Several things go off light w/ceiling fan, 60" HD TV, Stereo, And microwave ovenJA: What happened just before this problem started? What troubleshooting have you tried?Customer: Just unplugging thingsJA: Anything else you want the electrician to know before I connect you?Customer: No, except please help

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Question about installing a 40 AMP - three circuit subpanel

Question about installing a 40 AMP - three circuit subpanel in my shed a few feet from my house.

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The main box on side of house has only one bus bas how do i

the main box on side of house has only one bus bas how do i seperate them so i can hook up netural and ground on seperate barsJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: 2daysJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: its an old house with 100 amp breaker

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I need to install a gfci 40 amp breaker for my pool pump.

Hi. I need to install a gfci 40 amp breaker for my pool pump. Does it go in the main or sub panel? If it's the sub, is there a neutral bar? Thanks!

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I was helping a friend with an outlet that burned up on him.

I was helping a friend with an outlet that burned up on him. it looked like thing had been corroded for some time before it burned. I cleaned everything up and replaced the burnt outlet. now I am getting some strange voltage readings. Power runs from the CB box to this wall box from there it feeds another room and has a single 2 wire conductor running off to a switch to control this outlet. with nothing plugged in I have 120v with the switch on and 90v with it off. if I plug in a lamp with a regular 60w bulb everything works great 120v on 0v off. any thoughts?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: just started with it today. I'm a car tech not an electrician so more experience with DC circuits. I had a electrician friend swing by but he was a little stumped as wellJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: with his help. He is a master electrician but not the bestJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not a lot. seems to be a lot on the circuit, it is an old 2 wire system, and I changed the breaker just to be safe since it didn't trip when the outlet burned.

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What size wire should i use for the hot, neutral and ground

what size wire should i use for the hot, neutral and ground wires....200A main panel using a 125A breaker to feed a 125A sub panel.JA: What's the brand and model number of your appliance? How old is it?Customer: its an Eemax tankless water heaterJA: What are all the symptoms of the problem (error codes, flashing lights, etc.)?Customer: no problemJA: What happened just before this problem started? What troubleshooting have you tried?Customer: nothingJA: Anything else you want the electrician to know before I connect you?Customer: no

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When using AFCI's on a new sub-panel fed with a 4 conductor

When using AFCI's on a new sub-panel fed with a 4 conductor cable, does the neutral and grounding bus bars need to be separated in the new panel?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: New installation .Been working on this for about 2 months. Bud.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: 7 AFCI's being added to new kitchen remodel.JA: Just to clarify, are you working with a contractor?Customer: No.

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Just installed new wiring in my garage (now covered with

Just installed new wiring in my garage (now covered with insulation and plywood). 7 of 8 circuits working just fine. The last one (of course it's the last one) shoots a spark and flips off instantly when I try to turn the breaker on. There is only one outlet on this circuit. I've checked the wiring in the outlet box and in the panel box, I've tried an alternate breaker and outlet. No luck. Leaves me thinking the only other issue is the wire - and that I must have hit the wire with a nail when installing plywood. Would that cause this issue?I'm not sure of how to test for a "hot" nail since I can't even get the breaker to stay on momentarily. Any thoughts?

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I am installing a backup generator with an automatic

I am installing a backup generator with an automatic transfer switch. Regional building required me to install a 100 amp disconnect between the meter and the main panel. So now the main panel becomes a "sub panel". The ground and neutral are "bonded" in that main panel with bare copper connections to both a grounding also rod and water lines. I have also installed grounding connections to both a grounding rod and water line in the new disconnect box.Regional is now telling me since the old main panel is now considered a sub panel I must separate the grounds and neutrals in that panel even though the bonded connections are still connected to the grounding rod and water line.I don't understand why I must 'unbond' the ground and neutral since in my estimation nothing basically changed other than introducing a disconnect ahead of the main panel.Can you help me understand why I need to go thru this hassle or should I push back with an argument that even though the main is now considered a subpanel it is still properly isolated because of the grounding connections?

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