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Power out in barn completely. Old 30amp fuses replaced,

Power out in barn completely. Old 30amp fuses replaced, power still out. Checked all GFCI outlets and cannot seem to reset them or they are not popped almost like no power to them at all. What else can I check or try?

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My fridge tripped my breaker, never had a problem until just

my fridge tripped my breakerJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: never had a problem until just now.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: it is not a gfi socket and fridge is 3 years oldJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: i plugged it into two other sockets (gfi) and it tripped them too

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I have replaced a gfci outlet in my kitchen but it will not

I have replaced a gfci outlet in my kitchen but it will not close. The one I took out would not trip (reason for replacement). Is it possible I should use a 15 amp. The circuit breaker box has all the outlets on a 20 amp breaker.

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A replacement dryer cord was plugged into to our live

Hi, a replacement dryer cord was plugged into to our live socket. It has now since blown (to the best of my knowledge) - we tried the circuit breaker but it is still not working.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: It is u see 5 years and no we have not called anyone yetJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Probably notJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not to my knowledge - when it was plugged in it sparked and since stopped working when we plugged the actual hooked up dryer in

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I have a GFCI that has tripped in my garage. I've tried

I have a GFCI that has tripped in my garage. I've tried pressing the reset button several times, but it stays popped out and won't reset.

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Circuit Breaker Tripping My neutral line came away from

Circuit Breaker TrippingMy neutral line came away from house and the power was pretty freaky, accompanied by the burnt electrical smell.National Grid came and repaired the neutral. I'm still determining the damages but ...a. there is a breaker that keeps tripping. I know it could be overload, short circuit or ground fault. So im trying to see if its a burnt out device that could be causing overload (no luck yet, but i will keep looking) but ... when the neutral was disconnected from the house. There was smoke coming out of a molding in basment with the burnt electrical smell. I am not sure of the relationship between that location in the basement where the smoke was coming out and the outlets/lights that arent working (meaning im not sure if the feed goes thru that area). I'm guessing that its a shorted line that caused the smoke and now its fused causing the breaker to break. Could this happen? The wiring in the house is 30 years old and its seems that it should not short if the wiring is not broken in some way?b. there is a part of my attached garage that is not working - lights, outlet, one of the plugs that the opener is plugged into. If its not that breaker - all the others are working. How could that line be down or partial line?

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I removed an intermatic mechanical timer to instal an ET

I removed an intermatic mechanical timer to instal an ET 8015C astronomic timer to control basic 120v outside lights that worked fine with the old timer. The wiring diagram for the ET8015 makes no sense to me as to the jumper it says to install effectively bypasses the timer, powers the lights directly and the lights are on even if the timer is "off." if I then turn the timer on, the circuit breaker trips. if I remove the jumper, then the timer does not control the lights and they remain off if the timer is turned on. White is neutral and black is hot.How should this be wired? THX

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I am running a line from my house to a mini-barn I plan on

I am running a line from my house to a mini-barn I plan on no more than 4 20A circuits I am running underground in conduit. The distance is under 75 feet I need to know what size conductors to use and conduit size.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Are you there?JA: No. I'm the Electrician's Assistant.Customer: okayJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: I am not going to attach to the source panel but I want to get everything ready for the electrician when he shows upJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Yes how deep does the conduit need to be?

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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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Kevin

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