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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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My small old house, 1950's, was originally 3 bedrooms, one

My small old house, 1950's, was originally 3 bedrooms, one bathroom, small kitchen and living/dining room. Not sure when but a second bathroom and family room were added before we bought.I have a circuit breaker panel on the outside wall with 4 unused, not connected to anything, breakers. Several times for various relatively minor reasons we have had the panel and electrical system updated by certified, qualified electricians. Everything is working fine.My "problem" is that one circuit has almost everything connected to it! The added family room with TV, almost every ceiling light in the house, almost every outlet in every room, the "office" with our modem and desk top computer.Now whenever there is a "minor" electrical issue and I want to turn of the circuit breaker to work on something of course almost everything in the house is out of commission! And if it turns out I can't quickly fix the minor issue family members get annoyed. Plus just the annoyance of resetting every clock, etc.All I want to know is would it be worth it, would it cost a lot, hire an electrician, to get something rewired???? Something changed, so everything in the house is not on the one circuit breaker?Right now I have an, I think, minor issue with a ceiling light but just do not want the hassle of turning off EVERYTHING to check it only to find out it is not something I can easily fix!!! GRRRRRRR

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I am in the process of building a new home in MN, with a

I am in the process of building a new home in MN, with a transformer and meter pole already installed (200amp). I also have a 20' utility pole installed which I intend to attach a security light and exterior breaker box to provide power during the construction.Do I need a 200amp rated breaker box with 200amp service?Can I use this as the main breaker box once construction is complete and run underground cable to a sub panel inside the house?What size/type underground cable do I run from meter post to the breaker box?Thanks,Scott

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I removed a light fixture in my garage and don't remember

I removed a light fixture in my garage and don't remember how how wires were connected. Light fixture has standard black, white and ground wires. Ceiling box has 3 white twisted, 2 black twisted and one black, red and ground. The red is for switch. How do I fix my mess? I can send photo.

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