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We're looking at a house that has three pronged outlets that

We're looking at a house that has three pronged outlets that aren't grounded. We ask them to fix it and they're willing to replace with two pronged outlets, how safe is this?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: it's a house we're looking to buyJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: oh gosh no, the owners said they'd have to rewire the whole house, but we have appliances that need three prongs so before we buy i'm wondering if this is safeJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: not that i know of

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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I asked the inspector and he said, "the service main shall

Hi Kevin...I asked the inspector and he said, "the service main shall have a means to disconnect from the SCE service drop by a breaker, a main disconnect. Every part from the meter towards the power pole is SCE property and shall have no disconnect." I don't understand him, can you help me explain.Thank you.--Al

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Kevin

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Diploma

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Have 2 chest freezers in garage. Want to add a fridge. There

Have 2 chest freezers in garage. Want to add a fridge. There are 2 outlets and both are GFI. The garage doors uses 6 amps. One freezer run 1.5 amp but surges to 12. The other freezer rating is 5 amps. All on a 15 amp circuit.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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I am asking your opinion on what happened. Was in the

I am asking your opinion on what happened. Was in the bathroom with the lights on. There is one fixture on the wall with 3 bulbs in it. I have never had more than three - 60 watt bulbs in the fixture. Yesterday when I was in the bathroom, the light intensity went to almost dark then to 50%, then to 100% and back down to dark several times. No other lights in the house did that. The switch and the light fixture are not more than 3 years old. The wiring may be 30 years old to much older, I am not sure. I was thinking to be safe I should replace the switch and the fixture. Any comments?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,644 satisfied customers
I have flickering lights in just one room but after reading,

I have flickering lights in just one room but after reading, I need to determine if just the 4 I use all the time, or all of them and then record the frequency. Since it started during windy period a few days ago, that's what I thought was the cause but now not so sure. If you want to comment at this point, I'd be happy to hear from you.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Oh probably only about 3 days nowJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Depends on the problem, e.g. these are high ceiling flood lights and I probably should start by using my tall pole to check if all tight?JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Its in a computer room with all the normal equipment plus two phones, two printers, a desktop and monitor plus 2 more flood lights I don't often turn on.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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I have 3 rooms that the power goes off I have changed all

I have 3 rooms that the power goes off I have changed all the wall sockets and on and off switch it does not throw the breakers looking for something any suggestions?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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I want to have my exterior lights function as normally

HiJA: Hello. What is your issue regarding?Customer: I want to have my exterior lights function as normally (three way switch) and also power them of the same circuit breaker with an driveway gate alarm relay so that when someone drives in, it turns on the lights (with a photo sensor and timer). Here is my question: is that a violation of the electrical code if either switching system can provide power to the lights without deactivating the other system?JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: I am adding the gate alarm to an existing system. Though I am not a licensed electrician, I have wired dozens of houses as a builder over the years.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: no

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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Thanks! My living room lights and outlets went out, but the

Thanks! My living room lights and outlets went out, but the breaker is good and there is 120 V at the wire leaving the breaker. There are about 8 outlets in the room and canned lights, all are out. Is there a way to check the outlets to see which one is bad?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: It started about 2 hours ago.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: If I can. I'm stumped on this one though, and may have to call someone.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I checked continuity on most of the outlets, and there is continuity between all three slots in the outlets.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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How would you wire this up going to upload the

How would you wire this up going to upload the pic....Itacr's a sump pump 3 phase motor, it's something that is made up it's nothing that will actually be used

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Sam Irvin

Electrical Systems Journeyman

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