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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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I have been changing the outlets and switches in my home and

I have been changing the outlets and switches in my home and everything was fine until dealing with a particular 3-way circuit in a bedroom. I have checked both switches with a meter and they are working fine. I located the hot wire in for each switch and connected that to the black screw, the other black and the red to the brass screws and the ground to the green screw. However, the switches are not able to turn the light on and off - the light is permanently on. I checked the voltage in the different switch positions and they all recorded 120V. Please help!!!

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Kevin

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I have an old home built in 1930. I'm trying to change an

I have an old home built in 1930. I'm trying to change an outlet. The receptacle has two screws not four: one on each side of the outlet. It appears that two of the wires are hot and are attached one to each side along with the neutrals. Do I attach the two hot wires on one side and the two neutrals on the other. I've never experienced two hot wires coming into one outlet before.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Not longJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I think that's it

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I've just connected my compressor single phase up I have two

Hello I've just connected my compressor single phase up I have two hot going to compressor and a ground all from main panel the compressor has cable already on it right from factory so I connected to it compressor won't power up I've checked and recheckedJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Basically couple hoursJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes I got it already done got advice from electrician at workJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: It's a used compressor but was working very good at last place it was at

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Mike G.

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I have a ge 15086 7 day timer switch. I installed a bathroom

I have a ge 15086 7 day timer switch. I installed a bathroom light up stairs and now every time I turn the bathroom light on the he switch goes on to off to on and my lights outside are blinking on and off!! Any suggestions

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Kevin

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Diploma

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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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Kevin

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A replacement dryer cord was plugged into to our live

Hi, a replacement dryer cord was plugged into to our live socket. It has now since blown (to the best of my knowledge) - we tried the circuit breaker but it is still not working.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: It is u see 5 years and no we have not called anyone yetJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Probably notJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not to my knowledge - when it was plugged in it sparked and since stopped working when we plugged the actual hooked up dryer in

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Kevin

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I'm trying to replace an intermatic ss8 with a leviton dzs15

i'm trying to replace an intermatic ss8 with a leviton dzs15 and i cant figure out the wiring.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: have not consulted electrician. It's a 100 year old house but with updated wiring.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: i was. but only if i can figure out the wiring. it's just swapping a light switch.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: the old switch had a blue, black and red wire. the blue and black were in use and the red was capped. The wiring diagrams for the new one show black, white and red. So I can't figure out what connections to make. this switch is in a 3 switch gangway, so there are lots of wires and it's confusing.

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Mike G.

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I am replacing a light bulb holder in the ceiling. I have

I am replacing a light bulb holder in the ceiling. I have removed the old holder and find there is only 2 wires . How can I wire up the new holderJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: the old light still worked okay but I removed it today to fit a new lightJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: no just want to know how I wire up the new light with only 2 wires

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