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How do I connect two generators of different wattage out put

How do I connect two generators of different wattage out put in order to power my home and all of the critical appliances?I have a 4kw and a 4.5kw that is wish to connect together.

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I am having an inground pool installed and am trying to

I am having an inground pool installed and am trying to figure what size circuit breaker I need for the pool pump. It is a Hayward 1.5 super pump and I will be using Square D QOJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: Brand new. I get answers onlineJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: The pool company will install I just am trying to anticipate the need for the sub panelJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: GFCI or regular 240v breaker direct wired

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I have a 120v, 15a circuit that powers 4 GFC outlets. it's

hello. i have a 120v, 15a circuit that powers 4 GFC outlets. it's always been troublesome, and recently shut down, again. 2 of the outlets have been replaced and things were fine for a long while. then it shut down recently, and would not reset. the breaker does not turn off on the main panel, just one of the GF outlets shuts down. one of the outlets had test/reset buttons that did not move. a new outlet had buttons that pushed in and out normally. i decided to start with the frozen button outlet, and I found a broken wire. i fixed the wire and installed a new outlet. problem: the circuit comes up but a different outlet (the 1st one replaced earlier) shuts it down in about 15 seconds. here is my dilemma: 3 outlets have test/reset buttons, the 4th does not. 2 outlets were replaced recently and the oldest of these is the one that always pops. does that mean i should replace that outlet again even though it has already been done recently? does the problem have to be one of the 4 outlets? why does the same one kick off whenever the juice is turned on? thanks in advance, Hal in Tampa FL.

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OK now my electrical panel read 120 on one leg and 120 on

OK now my electrical panel read 120 on one leg and 120 on the other leg but trying to read both legs it should read 240 but it doesn't please help

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My treadmill in the basement was plugged in and I usually

My treadmill in the basement was plugged in and I usually leave the power turned on. For some reason, though no one was using it, the belt started moving on its own. Usually you have to select a program and press the start button. No one was there at the time it started. I unplugged it and saw the upper socket where it was plugged in was fried and the treadmill plug prongs looked like they were a bit charred. I plugged the treadmill into the bottom socket and it worked. The plastic in the top socket was a bit melted. The breaker was not tripped and no other problems were noted in the house. I will have an electrician in on Monday to replace the socket, but wonder if there is any danger?

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I am trying to install 3 50 watt led floodlights. I have an

I am trying to install 3 50 watt led floodlights. I have an outlet that I would like to tap into but not sure if I am doing it right. I plan on wiring the new wire into the back of the outlet. At the spot of the first light I will add a 2 gang outlet and wire the light directly to that outlet. Then run wire from that outlet to the second light, I do not need an outlet here so I was going to wire the lights directly to the line. Then continue the line going to the last light where I will place another outlet. What I want to make sure is that the second light can be directly spliced into the line. The lights say 85-200v so I think it should be ok. Also I am unsure of how many outlets can be connected on one line.Thanks

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My plan is to add 2 new dedicated circuits in my garage, a

My plan is to add 2 new dedicated circuits in my garage, a 20 amp for tools and a 30 amp for my camper. Should I pull one 6 guage and then install a sub circuit breaker or should I pull two separate lines from the main panel? The run is about 50'.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: Home was built in 1995.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No, it is a fairly straight forward run.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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Recently a contractor was using a table saw while remodeling

Recently a contractor was using a table saw while remodeling and the circuit breaker tripped even though the saw was plugged into a GFCI which didn't trip. Is something wrong?

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We are original owners of our home built six years ago. Our

We are original owners of our home built six years ago. Our electrical problems began after the first week we moved in. Lights were dimming and then circuit breakers were going off. I called the electrician who installed the electrical wiring in our new home and explained to him what was happening. He replied it must just be a bad breaker that's tripping and he came to replace a couple of them. This took care of the issue for a short time and it started all over again and went on until we lost electricity to most of the house and appliances that required more electricity to run. The original electrician came and checked it out and said an animal must have chewed through the wires that connect to the main power source. He dug up the line and said that is what indeed happened. He fixed it billed us and was on his way. The dimming and blinking lights continued. I called the same electrician again he came and put some new circuit breakers in, claiming this should take care of it. Which it didn't, this has been going on for five years. Now two days ago bingo we lost power to the majority of the house again. I proceeded to call the utility company and they came checked it out and said there is only one leg working. They told me they would get power up and things running temporarily. But call the electrician to fix this problem, they proceeded to mark the source and left. I contacted the same electrician told what happened again and he said he would fix it, must me gophers chewing through the wires. We have no known critters!! Why does this really keep happening? Our appliances and central air have been running much quieter on the bypass box the Utility company brought to use until this gets fixed. I feel there is a much bigger problem going on. Is this a dangerous situation going on?

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