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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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I have a question about an outlet I have 63 volts from the

Hi Pearl, I have a question about an outlet I have 63 volts from the hot and 53 volts on the neutral to ground. I am actually a master electrician with over 25 years experience but I am an industrial controls electrician and I am usually pretty quick on residential issues but this on has got me. Thanks, AnthonyJA: Sometimes electrical issues that that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Electrician I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts.Customer: ThanksJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: NoJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Electrician about your situation and then connect you two.

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I just bought a mini fridge room I rent in a house built in

I just bought a mini fridge for a room I rent in a house built in the 1960s. I only have a two-prong outlet. Can I run an extension cord from the outlet, then use a three-to-two adapter to plug the fridge into the extension cord? Or, will this possibly cause shock or a fire? How can I make this work?

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Room that has only one outlet thing to be plugged into, can

hi...for a room that has only one outlet for one thing to be plugged into, can a power strip be used to plug in an a/c window unit, a microwave, lamp and one of two other things? or is that too many things? right now when you want to use one thing the item using outlet must be unplugged...this goes on several times a day and would be easier to have a round power strip everything could plug into...if ok, is there a brand name or model number that would be best?....thank you...

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I have a Hampton Bay pendant light from home depot. I am replacing

I have a Hampton Bay pendant light from home depot. I am replacing an older lighting fixtures. I am trying to make sure that I match up the polarity with the current wiring and the light fixture wiring. Which wire is the neutral wire? There was a piece of white tape on the end of one of the wires but this wire was not marked in any other way. The other wire was marked with lettering which I believe should be the neutral wire and the wire with no lettering should be the live wire. I have wired thelettered wire to the the neutral and the unmarked (but did have a piece of white tape on it) to the live wire. I also connected ground wire. Can you let me know if this is correct or should the wiring be reversed? There is nothing in the instructions.Thank you,Bill ***@******.***

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We are putting a fridge into an alcove that only had shelves

We are putting a fridge into an alcove that only had shelves in it. One side of the alcove is a wall which separates it from the rest of the kitchen (the stove is closest to that wall). The contractor wants to just put a hole through that wall to run the fridge power cord thru so that it'll plug into the same outlet that's behind the stove. Even if he puts fancy access covers on either side of the hole, this doesn't sound like it's up to code. I think he needs to have a real electrician put a new outlet in the alcove. Correct or not? Is there any other solution that would hide the cord and wouldn't require installing an outlet?

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I recently had a 110V electrical outlet overheat and start

I recently had a 110V electrical outlet overheat and start melting at the positive terminal connection. Luckily, we smelled it and cut the power before a fire started. The outlet had two new 115V 60Hz dehumidifiers (purchased within the last year) plugged into it using a 2-foot long triple outlet heavy duty extension cord. The outlet was wired to the power source using the screw connectors (not back-stabbed) and was properly grounded (this is in a newly constructed home built in 2001). Any idea how this happened? Could the fault have been in the receptacle itself? Before I replace the receptacle and plug the dehumidifiers in again, I'm trying to understand how this happened to avoid a repeat. I have a photo of the burned up outlet that I can share if helpful. Thank you.

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My issue is I can't plug an extension cord into

***** *****, my issue is I can't plug an extension cord into the outlet. Looks like the holes in the recepticle have little things not allow me to plug inJA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?Customer: Not really, I just can plug an extension cord into it. I've even used a small screwdriver to try and push into the recepticleJA: OK got it. Last thing — Electricians generally expect a deposit of about $18 to help with your type of question (you only pay if satisfied). Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.

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