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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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Kevin

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Diploma

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Lights flicker in livingroom and will eventually go off for

Lights flicker in livingroom and will eventually go off for a few minutes ( part of kitchen is attached to same circuit) , but then will come back on. Checked breaker when this happens and not tripped. When this first started breaker would trip, so I reset it ( the breaker for all this is a 15amp), Now this problem, is the breaker to small for modern appliances, or maybe to old. House was built in 1970 and I don't think anything has ever been changed in home. I'm a first time buyer and would appreciate any info that might help. I'm a little bit of a tomboy and like to try doing things myself Nervous Home OwnerJA: What's the brand and model number of your appliance? How old is it?Customer: 1- Panasonic 1000w microwaveJA: What are all the symptoms of the problem (error codes, flashing lights, etc.)?Customer: Several things go off light w/ceiling fan, 60" HD TV, Stereo, And microwave ovenJA: What happened just before this problem started? What troubleshooting have you tried?Customer: Just unplugging thingsJA: Anything else you want the electrician to know before I connect you?Customer: No, except please help

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Kevin

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Diploma

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I have a Legrand Radiant model dimmer "Tru-Universal" I have

Hello I have a Legrand Radiant model dimmer "Tru-Universal"I have wired the hot wire to the black terminal and the wire going to my ceiling light to the single pole terminal. Of course I wired the green to the bare wire.I replaced the existing paddle switch that was working with the dimmer.I can not get the dimmer to work.What am I doing wrong?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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Certain appliances like the refrigerator, AC, and fans are

Certain appliances like the refrigerator, AC, and fans are not getting enough power to turn on completely. these usually run just fine. No breakers are tripped. Lights dim and flicker. Fans will speed up and slow down when certain lights are turned on.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: First signs of lights flickering 3 days ago. Today fridge and AC's compressor don't turn onJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: NoJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I called the power company - they said they'll be out within 5 business days. I'm worried about electrical fire. I have shut off all 240v breakersJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: System is from the 1960s. Electrician coming big tomorrow. I checked the outlets with a voltmeter and Outlet tester. Voltmeter looked normal ~120 v. Outlet tester said open ground on some outlets

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Diploma

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I changed out an existing switch & outlet, but now outlet

I changed out an existing switch & outlet, but now outlet won't stay live unless switch is on.

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I turn on the bath fan. When I turn it off, the two bath

I turn on the bath fan. When I turn it off, the two bath lights flicker on and then off. I take power supply from light switch out of the switch and the same issue: turn off bath fan and lights flicker on then off. I did not wire anything but have the pleasure of figuring it out.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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Power to two of my outlets is spliced through the fan switch

Power to two of my outlets is spliced through the fan switch in my bathroom. The outlets do not have power. All connections appear to be made. How should I trouble shoot?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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I was helping a friend with an outlet that burned up on him.

I was helping a friend with an outlet that burned up on him. it looked like thing had been corroded for some time before it burned. I cleaned everything up and replaced the burnt outlet. now I am getting some strange voltage readings. Power runs from the CB box to this wall box from there it feeds another room and has a single 2 wire conductor running off to a switch to control this outlet. with nothing plugged in I have 120v with the switch on and 90v with it off. if I plug in a lamp with a regular 60w bulb everything works great 120v on 0v off. any thoughts?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: just started with it today. I'm a car tech not an electrician so more experience with DC circuits. I had a electrician friend swing by but he was a little stumped as wellJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: with his help. He is a master electrician but not the bestJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not a lot. seems to be a lot on the circuit, it is an old 2 wire system, and I changed the breaker just to be safe since it didn't trip when the outlet burned.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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My mother has an outdoor floodlight that runs with a light

my mother has an outdoor floodlight that runs with a light sensor. i found out it was flashing on during the day for several years, so i replaced it. still flashing during daylight hours. so, i replaced the sensor. still no luck. the light is under an over-hang, so i put a new sensor in a box in direct sunlight. still lighting on and off in daylight. my thought was the source voltage is high enough to leak power for periodic light flashing. however, the source wire line isn't hot, and it has never blown a circuit (15 amp breaker). short of hard-wiring a timer switch, is there anything i can do? thanks for any help!

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Kevin

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Diploma

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