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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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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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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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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

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We have a new small vacuum cleaner, Bissell model 1520Z,

We have a new small vacuum cleaner, Bissell model 1520Z, 120v, 6Hz, 6.2amp. The cord is short, 18', and 18 gauge. I want to add 25' more cord. I used a 14' extension, 16ga, without any problem. So, would adding 25' of 18ga cord be OK? What other gauge could I safely use? Pros and cons of doing this?

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Kevin

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I was helping a friend with an outlet that burned up on him.

I was helping a friend with an outlet that burned up on him. it looked like thing had been corroded for some time before it burned. I cleaned everything up and replaced the burnt outlet. now I am getting some strange voltage readings. Power runs from the CB box to this wall box from there it feeds another room and has a single 2 wire conductor running off to a switch to control this outlet. with nothing plugged in I have 120v with the switch on and 90v with it off. if I plug in a lamp with a regular 60w bulb everything works great 120v on 0v off. any thoughts?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: just started with it today. I'm a car tech not an electrician so more experience with DC circuits. I had a electrician friend swing by but he was a little stumped as wellJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: with his help. He is a master electrician but not the bestJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not a lot. seems to be a lot on the circuit, it is an old 2 wire system, and I changed the breaker just to be safe since it didn't trip when the outlet burned.

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Kevin

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I would like to know if I can change my dryer cord to a

I would like to know if I can change my dryer cord to a 16ft. cord. The receptacle that was put in is a stove receptacle and its on an interior wall. I need the dryer to be on an exterior wall and then change the receptacle to a dryer receptacle and make a new cord of about 15 or 16ft. to travel around the room and to the new receptacle. I want to know if this will work and the length of the cord will not affect the performance of the dryer. I know in the past some air compressors will shut down or not work if an extension cord is used to power them up. I would be using the same gauge wire that came with the dryer only it will be about 15 ft. long.

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Kevin

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I have just purchased a back up Briggs and Stratton petrol

HiI have just purchased a back up Briggs and Stratton petrol generator.The generator has 2x 240 volt/15 amp AC plug outlets (single phase I understand) and one 12volt DC plug.The maximum power is 3600 watts and continuous power is 3000 watts.The generator is earthed to the built in frame. It is pushed around like a wheelbarrow on 2 back wheels.I plan to use the generator to power my Grundfos waterpump and medium size domestic refrigerator when the mains power is down.The water pump runs on 240volts and 800watts (surge 1500 watts)I am not sure about the fridge but it is a newish power saving model.Questions:1.Do I need 2 powercords: one for each device?2. What thickness(mm2) and amp rated powercord do I need?3.What is the maximum safe length of the above powercord that I can use?4.Can a back up generator be used in rain under a gazebo with open sides to ensure ventilation?How risky is it to use a portable generator in the rain.

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I'm wiring a mirror with lights all around. The mirror can

I'm wiring a mirror with lights all around. The mirror can have up to 15 light bulbs at 40 watts each. I've been using 16/2 lamp cord.I want to add a dimmer and 15 amp power receptacle to the mirror. Can I still use 16/2? I've been looking for 14/2 but I. An only find it in low voltage landscape wire. What's the safest way to do this?

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Kevin

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