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The contractor that built my home left much undone.

Hello. The contractor that built my home left much undone. Regardless, as a 55 year old chick, I've become a Sheetrock hanger, tile installer, etc. trying to make it right. Electrical...I want to be safe, of course! So I appreciate your help and knowledge. My exterior outlets don't work. I purchased a digital multimeter with the auto function. I think ousted it correctly...not sure...a working outlet in my kitchen read 3.9...and I got the same result from the non-working exterior outlet. The exterior outlets don't appear to be GFCI...plus...one is located directly in line wth the stream of condensate from a/c located in attic. How can I troubleshoot what the problem is with exterior outlets? I've flipped all breakers...on/off.... Thank you!

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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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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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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Our dog just cut an unplugged hanging table lamp cord the

Our dog just cut an unplugged hanging table lamp cord the two wires are same color - that translucentt yellow green color - I see one wire has printing on it the other doesn't - so which one is neutral - hooked to the wide? I tried to look at the plug side but it is short and I can't see any markingJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Just an hour ago I am pretty handy I cut the ends and they are ready to joinJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No from what I see it shouldn't matter but just making sure

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My main 200amp panel connects to 2 separate 100amp sub

My main 200amp panel connects to 2 separate 100amp sub panels for two separate buildings. The agitation cycle of the washing machine causes the lights in both buildings to pulse. My electrician says that does not make sense since they are on separate sub-panels, but it happens. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? I want to call another electrician who may understand what is going on and would like some assistance here before I do.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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I will give a $10 tip if anyone can figure this out. This is

I will give a $10 tip if anyone can figure this out.This is a tough question and I am knowledgably so please only answer if you feel you have a solution. I bought a house built in 1951. I put a new pool pump that is connected to an old 12 gauge UF wire. 240v pump and circuit. There is also a new timer FYI on the pump; the manual type with one mechanical ON setting and one for OFF. One a day or so I noticed the 20A DP circuit breaker had tripped. I tried to reset it about 4 times and saw a spark from behind the breaker. Then on the 5th try it worked fine. It tripped again a day or so later and the same scenario happened. I put in two SP breakers to replace the DT (which I had in my supply box). The DT even after removal tripped itself every time I reset it in my hand. So problem solved, the breaker was bad. But then the same thing began to happen. Again I could not reset, saw the sparks, but then suddenly, it reset fine. But now it has tripped again. So in sum, it runs for hours, then trips, then after a few tries, it seems to allow me to reset? How ridiculous is this? Anybody have any ideas? How can any intermittent problem, with 240v no less, act like this. Thanks

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,262 satisfied customers
Lights flicker in livingroom and will eventually go off for

Lights flicker in livingroom and will eventually go off for a few minutes ( part of kitchen is attached to same circuit) , but then will come back on. Checked breaker when this happens and not tripped. When this first started breaker would trip, so I reset it ( the breaker for all this is a 15amp), Now this problem, is the breaker to small for modern appliances, or maybe to old. House was built in 1970 and I don't think anything has ever been changed in home. I'm a first time buyer and would appreciate any info that might help. I'm a little bit of a tomboy and like to try doing things myself Nervous Home OwnerJA: What's the brand and model number of your appliance? How old is it?Customer: 1- Panasonic 1000w microwaveJA: What are all the symptoms of the problem (error codes, flashing lights, etc.)?Customer: Several things go off light w/ceiling fan, 60" HD TV, Stereo, And microwave ovenJA: What happened just before this problem started? What troubleshooting have you tried?Customer: Just unplugging thingsJA: Anything else you want the electrician to know before I connect you?Customer: No, except please help

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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Partial power outage caused by lightening. Used working

Partial power outage caused by lightening.Used working outlet in one room to power appliances (tv,fan, according etc.) Using three prong 50 foot extension cord plugged into surge protector bar with 10 outlets.Power went off in the room with working socket and other outlets went off as well.Tripped the breaker, didn't work.If I plug the extension cord in another room with working outlets will power go out?

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho

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I have a portable air conditioner & and a dehydrator that

I have a portable air conditioner & and a dehydrator that both state never to use an extension cord. My understanding is that most extension cords may not be up to the power demands of these appliance. I was wondering if there were extension cords that are made to have to same abilities of a wall socket so that I could use those extension cords even if they are more expensive.My next alternative is hiring some to replace the appliance cords themselves with longer versions, but I thought I'd ask if a "beefier" extension cord was an option.Thanks,Tyler

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Steve G.

Chief Engineer

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My receptacles in kitchen stopped working and my

My receptacles in kitchen stopped working and my refrigerator needs to be on. What to do.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: For about 2 weeks. I replaced fuses in box in basement. Last night the frig stopped working and I have been trying to find out how to get the receptacles back on. ThanxJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Nothing but the frig is plugged in, but I think the 2 receptacles don't have power

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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