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i live in a rental house. i have a codicil in my least that

i live in a rental house. i have a codicil in my least that gives me a substantial reduction in rent when i do my own repairs. cost of rent is consistent whether i have an issue or not. i live in a trailer park (my house is the only house in the park) and we have community well water. i need to turn off the power to shut off my water for a toilet valve repair. i can't find anything on my electrical panel for well. i see bath recept, kitchen recept and another switch for kitchen, bath and hallway lights. i am saving $400/mo with this addendum in my lease. i want to try the repair myself before calling a plumber. how do i turn off the "well power"? i hope i phrased that correctly

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I have a GFI plug (outside) that I ran another regular plug

I have a GFI plug (outside) that I ran another regular plug to it. Resently when it rains the GFI tripps and tripps the other plug. I have had his set up for over a year and when it was wet outside in the past it never tripped.The only thing that could have happened is when I had the yard Mulch this past spring- the landscaper could have hit and cut the wire.Would this cause the GFI to ONLY trip when it gets wet- because when it is dry it works fine??Or is the GFI defected?Thanks for your help in this matter.Rick

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I am installing a roof top antenna for my television reception.

I am installing a roof top antenna for my television reception. I live in the city of toronto.How should I ground the mast. I have thick, insulated 3 gauge wire, even though some people say 10 gauge is sufficient. Should I bring run this 3 gauge wire from the mast, across the flat roof, over the eavestrough and down the wall to a ground rod or ground plate. If I do this, do I then have to connect the ground plate to the house ground, which is below the water meter, where the copper pipe enters the house.(Actually, there is 10 ' of lead pipe after it leaves the basement, then it changes back to copper where the property line is.Instead, should I just run the ground wire down the wall and route it inside the house in the basement, to the point below the water meter, where the house ground is. I'm not sure if I want the energy from a lighting strike travelling along the thick 3 gauge wire, into the basement. Will anything be able to handle the load of a lightning strike. Am I better off not grounding the mast at all, so that the lightning will not have a route into the house, or would this be risking a roof fire, in addition to frying anything that the coaxial cable is connected to. If the lightning is too strong to ground, am i really just grounding the antenna setup to reduce the odds of having a lighting strike. In this case, would it be enough to connect a #10 wire from the mast/antenna, to the copper garden hose pipe, on the wall of my house. This would eventually lead to ground, but I was always under the impression that you are supposed to connect to the point below the water meter, because if you were "upstream" from that, there is a chance that one of your faucets could become charged, if there was a problem. Should I be worrying about trying to design the grounding set up to accomodate a lighting strike, or are you basically unable to accomodate for this extreme jolt, and should therefore just provide a ground to bleed off any static, thereby reducing the odds of a lighting strike???????????Please advise. Thank you.

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I have low voltage line (12 v) from my house to the street.

I have low voltage line (12 v) from my house to the street. As is usual with light circuits in the house the wire from the transformer is 14 AWG. The distance from the transformer to the first light is 90 feet. The lights are to be spaced 12 ft. apart. I am planning for 10 lights. I have read that this may be futile due to voltage drop.Why is this a problem when it isn't for a 110v circuit?

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my friend of old school has some unusual ideas,lighting comes

my friend of old school has some unusual ideas,lighting comes from the ground,huh-news to me? Anyway he had a problem after runn 250' of wire(inside garden hose burried 4'down. He said the 220 worked,but 110 didn't. As I talked with him it sounded like he took white-nutruel as a earth ground,saying i the old days we only had 2 wires and the one always went to the earth.I asked what about the nutrurle (hot ground) the one that returns the the juice to the box completing the curcit? He didnt think I was right, I said you have black hot and wite nutural(he called this ground) white and black must be attched to the outlet ;blk to brass crew and white to 'zink' color screw, grn to ground(earth). He took a one blk from the 220 and then the white he did nothng with it. I am right? The other ? is, is he right that at the dam where electricity is generated they burried a large copper plate as the ground (white return)? Who knows [email protected]

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A buzzing sound is coming from a newly install dimmer and ...

A buzzing sound is coming from a newly install dimmer and on the same circuit, the same buzzing sound is at the panel box.

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I'm rewiring a switch, wires aren't what I expected, Hour,

Hi, I'm rewiring a switch, wires aren't what I expectedJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: HourJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Existing switch had three black wires, replacement has red, gen, why and black

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Freezer in garage causing issues with breakers. Kinda story,

Freezer in garage causing issues with breakers.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Kinda long story, in Florida, uncooled garage, 15 year old freezer, had plugged into garage GFI outlet. We were gone, had thunder storm month ago, lost all power, when power came on garage breaker tripped. It had done so off and on for the year the house has been built. I installed fresh, dedicated circuit, in garage, for freezer using Square D combo CAFCI/GFCI 15a breaker, since its in garage. Been working for past month fine, but wife noticed trail of water Thursday, and found breaker had tripped.JA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?Customer: Severe enough we've lost all the food in freezer when not noticed timelyJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: depends on the solution. I used 14ga wire for the new outlet I installed, don't really want to put in 20a for a freezer, rewire would be easy, 3' is all it is, but worried could be a freezer issue and start fireJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: not that I can think of.

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Installing my new a/c unit....I'm running 10/2 wire. Can I

Installing my new a/c unit....I'm running 10/2 wire. Can I run indoor 10/2 wire to the disconnect switch that is mounted outside on the wall, and then run outdoor wire in the conduit to the unit?

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