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I live in NJ and I have a question about surface mount box

I live in NJ and I have a question about surface mount box wiringJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: up to code, nm cable, plastic & metal boxesJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: it is actually simple

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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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Kevin

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Diploma

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Trying to determine load connection on old switch. Switch

Trying to determine load connection on old Bryant switch. Switch has one connector screw on top right side, and two connector screws on bottom, one on right side and one on left side. No visible differences in color of screws.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Several hours.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Bryant switches are original to house originally built in early 1950's.

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Mike G.

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I am replacing a wall outlet. It has 2 black wires connected

I am replacing a wall outlet. It has 2 black wires connected via push-in connectors on the back. It has 2 white wires also via push-in connectors on the back. However, there is a third white wire connected through the screw post on the same side as the other white connectors (silver screws) - this wire is HOT and on a separate circuit breaker. How should I connect the replacement receptacle?

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Kevin

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Diploma

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We have 6 recessed lights in a room. I can only install 5

We have 6 recessed lights in a room. I can only install 5 because the 6th will always burn out. Even the very moment I install the bulb, it burns out. Thanks.

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Kevin

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Diploma

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I have track lighting that has 3 wires plus a ground wire.

I have track lighting that has 3 wires plus a ground wire. Trying to replace it with a connector that only has 2 wires plus a ground. What do I do about the extra wire?

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Mike G.

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Are you there? ?Do you know anything about wiring a timer to

Are you there?JA: No. I'm the Electrician's Assistant.Customer: ?Do you know anything about wiring a timer to a pump start relayJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: The timer is new, the relay is old. No, we have not. I thought it would be a simple wire by wire replacment, but neither the old time, or the new have a marked master valve (or pump) connection.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: The timer is an Orbit 28954 4 station timer. The PSR is a Batrow double pole. Kind of old.

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Brian H

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How do I most skillfully get this electrical adapter off of

How do I most skillfully get this electrical adapter off of this wire and transfer it to the new fixture?

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Mike G.

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I have a blower fan that pulls 12V DC and 2.6-3 amps, I'm

I have a blower fan that pulls 12V DC and 2.6-3 amps, I'm trying to make a workaround so I can plug it into an AC power outlet. So, I got a transformer like you would find on a laptop that converts standard AC to 12V 3 Amp DC. When I connected the wires though, the fan only puts out a weak pulse. I read somewhere that when translating AC to DC you're effectively cutting out half of the wave sign and therefore will only get the arcs from the positive half, which would naturally be intermittent or "pulsing." But it's also my understanding that transformers are supposed to "rectify" that, and I've tried this with two transformers now and they both cause the fan to pulse. Is there another component I need to pass the current through to make the fan have a continuous current? If it's any help, this is a diagnostic of the fan that I'm using, it's the Turbo 3000.Thanks!-forrest

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Mike G.

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