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Having trouble replacing a bad motion sensing light switch

Having trouble replacing a bad motion sensing light switch in my home laundry room with a normal toggle switch. Light would not come on so after replacing several bulbs decided to replace the old (Seldon Used Motion sensing switch) I verified the bulb is good by testing in a working lamp. Coming into the light switch box are 3 sets of 3 wires. GROUND: The 3 bare ground wires are wraped together with a wire nut on the end. WHITE: The 3 white wires are tied together with a wire nut. BLACK: Confusing wiring. 2 of the black wires are tied together with a wire nut together with a 3rd short ~4" Back wire extension.(I think so that it is easier to connect it up to the switch? SO 2 wires basically become one wire. The 3rd Black wire coming into the switch box is by itself and looks like it is ready to attach to the switch. (Unfortunately I did not take any pics when I removed the old 3 wire motion sensing light.When I connect the 2 black wires to the single black wire the light does not come on. Also when connecting them to the switch it does not come on. I tested the toggle switch on and off with the continuity tester mode on my meter and the switch is good.VOLTAGES MEASURED:1) 3 Bundled Bare Ground wires to 3 Bundles White Wires = 15V2) 3 Bundled Bare Ground to 2 Bundle Black Wires = 120V3) 3 Bundled Bare Ground to single black wire = 15V4) 2 Black Wires to 3 Bundled White Wires = 65V5) 2 Black Wires to 1 Black wire = 65 V6) 3 Bundle White Wires to single black wire = 0VNOTE. The Electrical outletts in the laundry room(2) also do not seem to be working right. I measure 65V across the 2 slots that should be 120. But I do measure 125V between the Ground pin hole at the bottom and the Right Side slot It seems that they did work last time we tried to use them for the iron.Q1: is there a fix I can make in the switch box that will fix the light and the outlets so they all have 120V accross them?Q2: Should I be concerned that between the ground and one of the wires is 120V. Or will that get fixed when I fix the light switch box.Q3: DO I need an electrician to fix this or can you talk me thru or describe what I need to do to fix this?

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Mike G.

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I have a 300 watt landscape transformer I have a 300 watt

I have a 300 watt landscape transformer I have a 300 watt transformer lights connect are 4 50 watt bulbs have significant power dropJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Just yesterdayJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I have connected the transformer wit 18 foot extension cord to the main outlet

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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A friend of mine was over with a voltage tester and it

A friend of mine was over with a voltage tester and it detected voltage on some of my light fixtures and on the box of some of my outlets. On one of the outlets I measure 62 vac from neutral to the box and then 62 vac from hot to the box . hot to neutral is 125 vac This is a late 1800s home with a bunch of know and tube still in it. It has some newer wiring with BX and conduit. On some outlets grounded everything is good.... 125 vac from hot to neutral. 0 vac from neutral to ground and 125 from hot to ground.What could be the cause of this?ThanksBrian

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Kevin

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I want to heat 500 sq ft greenhouse with a heater attached

I want to heat 500 sq ft greenhouse with a heater attached to a 100' extension cord. Is this possible? If so, Can you recommend a heater and cord?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Pondering for months!JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: that's about it, other than the cord will be running from my house to the greenhouse

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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

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Just answer.com Ask an electrician I bought 4 of these - 4

Just answer.com Ask an electrician I bought 4 of these - 4 solar panels and 8 lights. 2 lights run off of 1 solar panel. Robust NATURAL WHITE (NOT BLUISH) Solar Spotlights (Set of 2) // HUGE 3W Solar Panel // DOUBLE CAPACITY 4000mAh Lithium Battery // HEAVY DUTY 2X15 LED Spotlights - 2X16 Ft Cable // Sold by: ROBUST SOLAR INC Product question? Ask Seller The lith. Battery is in the solar panel, charged by the sun, then at night the battery powers the lights until dead, then the cycle repeats. I want to put the solar panels in the back of the house and the lights themselves up front (constant shade). The length of wire between panel and light its;ef is 16.5 feet. They sell a 16.5' extension cord but it is $12 each, and I Would need 4 i guess. 1)i would like to use my own wire (keeping same awg) and run that wire to the front of the house (buried)- but this Would mean 4 double lines going approx 123 feet (back of house to front) How the wiring is now, see: http://clients.misenheimer.com/v/7KyxiUYYUu6oV8w4mIkl However, could i do it like this (below) instead? (Where all solar panels are in a 'series' and are connected with ONE wire between them and then ONE wire goes from the back of the house to the front of the house to power the lights: http://clients.misenheimer.com/v/OBortQzQPXcaiJvqIj2V Please let me know. Thanks! Mark More info on the lights themselves if it is helpful: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017K34TLK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 NATURAL WHITE (NOT BLUISH) 2X15 LED HEAVY DUTY (Diameter 3.7in) spotlights. ___*Waterproof & Heatproof. WORKING from DUSK to DAWN if select suitable working mode even in WINTER in most areas of USA. SEPARATE HUGE 3W (10.7inX6.5in) Solar Panel to get FULLEST SUNSHINE exposure (CAN PUT the SPOTLIGHT even AT DARK PLACES). ___*Solar panel life span: 5 years. ___*LED life span: 50,000 hrs. DOUBLE CAPACITY 3.7V 4000mAh Lithium battery. ___*With Protection Circuit Board. POWER ADJUSTABLE: High, Medium, Low. ___*2X16.4 foot cable. ___*Optional 16.4 foot EXTENSION cable. › See more product detailsJA: Have you talked to a solar panel professional about this?Customer: It's not complicated. UnneededJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Are you a bot?JA: I'm an assistant to the Electrician. I work with them to help customers like you.Customer: are you a personJA: No. I'm the Electrician's Assistant.Customer: You are a botJA: It makes me sad that you don't believe in me. Maybe I'll be like Tinkerbell and die unless you believe I'm real.Customer: How much $ to answer my question about the solar panels?

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Kevin

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Red light in outdoor outlet stayed on after disconnecting

Red light in outdoor outlet stayed on after disconnecting extension cords,JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: The christmas decorations went out first about 6 pm yesterday and the red light was on I disconnected extension cords and light stayedf on and is still on. i also pushed reset button to try to turn it offJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: No I just wonder if it is a fire hazard until my son gets back tonightJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No I think I gave you all the information

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FOR KEVIN ONLY! What's up Kevin, Wanted to verify with you

FOR KEVIN ONLY!What's up Kevin,Wanted to verify with you that I'm cutting the old knob and tube power correctly. Lemme know when you're available. Thx

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Kevin

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I have replaced to standard 15amp breakers with two ARC

I have replaced to standard 15amp breakers with two ARC 15amp fault circuit breakers. One of the two kicks off after I return power to the breaker box. This particular circuit is present in various areas of my house (various lights, outside outlets (with GFI) and a garage light and outlet (also GFI).How can I trace down the issue ? I have returned the original breaker to the box, and it now works fine, but I'll need the ARC one in to pass inspection - and of course if this is pointing out a problem with the my wiring, I would like to resolve it.

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Kevin

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