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1. Is it possible to get a shock without realizing it? 2. Is

1. Is it possible to get a shock without realizing it? 2. Is it possible to get a shock by accidentally misaligning a plug in an extension cord socket? I couldn't see well, and plugged only ONE prong into the socket, so the other prong was out in the air.I did not touch anything but the plastic the whole time but quickly unplugged and re-plugged the correct way. The device is working fine but my thumb feels warm, so I was curious if I had gotten a shock and not realized it. This was a typical 120v house outlet.I have anxiety issues specifically about electrical outlets and plugs so this has stressed me out to the max- any thoughts are appreciated.

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A cut extension cord blew out the outlet it was connected

Hello,A cut extension cord blew out the outlet it was connected to. Outlets to the left and right of the damaged outlet were not working. I have found that all the outlets that no longer work are on the same circuit. I replaced the damaged outlet and found that all the outlets to the right of it are now working. Unfortunately, the outlets to the left are not. To the left of the replaced outlet are 3 outlets, then a GFI outlet, followed by 3 more outlets (total of 7 non-working outlets). I tried to re-set the GFI, but the button would not “lock” when pushed. Therefore, I changed out the old GFI and replaced with a new one. The new GFI has the same issue; the reset button can be pressed, but will not “lock”. Lastly, I replaced the 15 amp double switch fuse at the circuit breaker thinking that might fix my problem. It did not. Is there something else I can try to regain power in my 7 nonworking outlets? Thank you so much for your insight. Joe

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How to wire this up for 115... ask diagram shows is did p1

How to wire this up for 115... ask diagram shows is did p1 to neutral taped p2,t8, t3 and wired t2,t5,t4 to hot, am running on a 10 gauge extension cord with a power strip on the end because it keeps throwing the power strip barley spins for a second then throw switch keeps me from have to go to the breaker box every time

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Is it OSHA compliant, safe, or legal to use a pigtail ( this

Is it OSHA compliant , safe, or legal to use a pigtail ( this is wire with 3ph and 1ph plugs at either end,) to convert 230v 3ph to 1ph ?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: we have done it in our shop on several sewing machines to convert the 3ph 220 for use with an EFKA 321A control unit that drives a DC motor.JA: Did you double-check the thermostat? And what about the unit's filters?Customer: I am talking about a conversion of 3ph to singe phJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yes - have done it already several times. I just want to know if its a safe or recognized practice ?JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: what would be another way to make the conversion that will not upset OSHA or local codes,?

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I have an old garage door in a shop that had a wire going to

I have an old garage door in a shop that had a wire going to a relay station that then went to a 3 button switch (open, close, stop). well I cut the relay station out by mistake and now I need to wire that switch directly to the motor. I have the schematic but I haven't had any luck. I took photos of everything before I disconnected it (with the exception of the relay station) I have a jpeg illustration of what this looks like if you would like to see.

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In installing a HOMPDF breaker on an ungrounded ciruit to

in installing a HOMPDF breaker on an ungrounded ciruit to provide protection at the recep, how does that work & how do you test it?Thank you very much. Jake

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I am replacing a bathroom fan going from 12/2 one switch to

I am replacing a bathroom fan going from 12/2 one switch to 12/3 with two switches, one for fan and one for light. The 50's house had a complete remodel in 2007ish with new walls electrical, etcThe old fan had TWO 12/2 going into it and I don't understand why. I am trying to understand the purpose of the extra 12/2 so I can hook the new one up properly. It appears that the second line was used to connect the grounds from a GFI breaker circuit that powers two jetted tubs to the grounds of a circuit that the bath fan is on. Would there be a reason to do this?If there is some safety reason, you probably don't need to read on, but here is how came to that conclusion if that is strange.One of the old fans 12/2 runs back to the switch as expected and is live when breakers are on and switch is on. This was connected to one of the two outlets within the old fan housing. The fan itself was pig-tailed into the light plug such that when they were plugged in, the fan and light would both get power.I believe the extra 12/2 was wired to the 2nd outlet on the bathroom fan. I did not look before I disconnected them but I do know that the old fan had 2 white wires, one blue and one black (with ground to the case). Aside from the ground, no three wires were joined. One fan white was connected to one of the 12/2's whites and the other to the additional 12/2. One 12/2 black was connected to the fan blue and one second 12/2 black was connected to the fan black.This means the extra 12/2 was connected to the unused outlet within the fan housing.When the breakers and switches were on, that extra 12/2 line was dead. In fact I could not find a way to get power to that extra line. I tuned on the tub, kick heater, etc. Everything worked. Nothing lost power and that 12/2 never lit up.

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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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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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