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I am trying to find out how many electrical outlets are

I am trying to find out how many electrical outlets are required in a new construction two car garage in Fairfax County, VAJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: No, we are just getting bids from contractors. The house was built in 1963 or 64 and currently has a one car carport. We are having the carport taken down and a two car garage put up.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: No we will have a contractorJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I don't think so. But, then again, you're the pro, I'm the amateur so I don't know! :-)

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

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I want to install about 12 step lights that will be 12 volt

Hello, My name is ***** ***** I want to install about 12 step lights that will be 12 volt on a retaining wall using two transformers,one string of lights will have 5 lights at a distance of about 24 meters from the transformer and the other string of lights will have 7 lights and a distance of about 17 meters but my question is what sort of cable should I use so not to get voltage drop. Also can I wire the transformer plug into a switch so I can just turn on a switch that turns all lights on at once. I live in Australia and not sure what rules and regulations are for installing 12 volt lights without an electrician. Thanks for your time. Tim

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Wayne Roberts

Electrical Trade

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Im adding a 100 amp sub panel to my home. 2/3 with ground

Hi. Im adding a 100 amp sub panel to my home. 2/3 with ground seams to be the acceptable wire even though #2 is only rated at 95 amps. Is this because its very unlikely that one of the 2 bus bars would ever reach the full 100 amps? Is there a calculation used for that? Seams there must be since 2/0 is an acceptable feeder for a main 200 amp panel but it is only rated at 195 amps.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Just starting.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I think my question is pretty clear. Let me know if you need more info.

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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I just bought a house and I found out it has a 2 wire system

I just bought a house and I found out it has a 2 wire system outlet (no ground wire) on every outlet in my bedrooms and living room. And now it won't pass inspection without getting fixed. So, I was wondering, can I replace the old outlet with AFCI outlets or would it be easier to just add AFCI breakers on those circuits?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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How can I setup a 220V switch for two outlets that would

How can I setup a 220V switch for two outlets that would only turn one outlet on at a time. In other words, there are outlet A and B, and either/or A or B should be on at the same time. I'm trying to add a 220V outlet from the current dryer outlet that shares a wall with the garage. See picture

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ProGrade

Electrical Contractor

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I need to wire a 30 amp travel trailer and a small shed that

I need to wire a 30 amp travel trailer and a small shed that will have a window unit, fridge, and some lights in it. About 375' away from my service pole. Some questions on wire size.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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I have a 5 Hp 3 Phase Motor (Tablesaw) with a Static Phase

Hi - I have a 5 Hp 3 Phase Motor (Tablesaw) with a Static Phase Converter. The motor, switch and converter are all wired and in working order Was using this same saw in an old shop space. Have a new space now and am planning to wire an outlet to plug it into. The male plug on the saw is a 20 Amp L-16 3 Wire and a Ground Twistlock 3 phase... I bought it's correspondong female outlet and am writing here to ask how to wire the female outlet? I will be wiring it from a single phase 100amp Sub Panel in the new shop space. I'm generally comfortable with wiring circuits/motors when its straight forward, the 3 phase outlet supplied by a singke phase sub panel has me wanting a more solid direction on hiw to get this set up wired and running. Thanks a lot!! BK

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Steve G.

Chief Engineer

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Are GFCI outlets required above counter tops where there is

Are GFCI outlets required above counter tops where there is no sink and the outlet is greater than 6ft away from the nearest sink edge? I can't tell if I'm required to install them generally above any counter top. I live in Mountain View, CA and am unable to tell what the city code here means.

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George Smith

Vocational, Technical or Trade School

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I'm a licensed general contractor in CA, we are remodeling

I'm a licensed general contractor in CA, we are remodeling an entire house and began relocating an existing old 200 amp main service panel using our licensed electricians advise along with the local supply house and now the city inspector. I've been given various versions on how to complete this project from 3 reputable (I thought) folks and I just need a confirmation on what I have summarized from them to be legal and more importantly safe. We have moved numerous main service panels by simply installing large junction boxes and/or rewiring to get all the breakers to the new main. Everything on this project (and others) is permitted but this move is a bit more complicated from our others because of the existing conditions and steps we have already taken.Right now the 200 amp overhead service enters the main house into an old 200 amp Zinsco main panel. After is passes through the meter and the main 200 amp breaker it has been routed directly out of that panel entirely into a newer Siemens PL Series 20 space 40 circuit outdoor load center about a foot away with another 200amp breaker. The existing Siemens panel appears to be done correctly (not necessarily the connections into the old Zinsco panel).The owners wanted to move the main service to the back of a detached garage about 40' away since the overhead lines come close to their pool and traverse directly across their backyard. The local power company has approved the new location, permits have been pulled and the rough underground inspection completed.The existing Siemens sub panel that is attached to the main house would remain since all the connections/breakers are in place and is located conveniently in case anything needs to be shut down. We installed a Siemens 200 amp main breaker panel on the garage and have everything set to be connected to new overhead service. There is 2/0 wire running from the new main breaker to the existing Siemens PL series attached to the house in underground PVC. Everything is grounded properly and ready to go but as you probably already see my concern is that I have a main 200 amp going to a sub 200 amp. Maybe something got lost in translation and this isn't done correctly, but we stopped until I am 100% confident that everything is safe.My questions are:Am I right in that I can not have 200 amp main going to 200 amp sub even though nothing else is currently at the new main?If the 200 to the 200 is not correct could I theoretically install a 150 amp breaker in the sub panel, assuming my load calculations for the house are ok?The house is smaller (1400 square feet approx) and will probably never use all the 200 amp and I could remove a 30 amp pool circuit and re-route it to the main service panel if needed since the pool equipment is right next to the new main panel. No one wants to tear apart new work that has already been done but I will if needed to make sure this is done right. I don't have pictures right now but I think I explained this fairly well. Thanks in advance.

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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