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Regarding Solar Panel kit wheel RV trailer. I have a 2012

Regarding Solar Panel kit for 5th wheel RV trailer. I have a 2012 Montana Mountaineer edition by Keystone. It has a 50 amp cord for use where power is available. I'll be living in it this summer off grid. I have a 8000 watt portable generator that I can use to power the A/C and microwave etc. There are 400 watt solar kits available from Renology $680 Windy Nation $630. These both have four 100 watt panels. My trailer came with two 12 volt deep cycle batteries and there is ample room to add more. Do you think I should install one of these kits or put my own system together...or should I just use the generator to charge the batteries. There is space on the roof for about 10 panels but I'm wondering why they don't use two hundred or three hundred watt panels instead. My parking area forces me to park facing north just to complicate things. I dont want panels mounted to the ground because I want to use them in various locations. Should I get brackets that allow the panels to tilt? I realize I will be getting pretty good production during the summer months only.How many batteries should I use? There are two 12v batteries in there now.Should I get more or should I replace them with 4? 6v batteries?How long does it take to recharge the batteries from 50% with the generator running?Will a 400 watt system provide enough power to live comfortably to run a tv, lap top, LED lights, radio etc?We are in the mountains about 6200 ft so the A/C will only be needed during hot spells.

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Kevin

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Diploma

 
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I am wiring an outdoor dusk to dawn switch. I have 2 things

I am wiring an outdoor dusk to dawn switch. I have 2 things that I want to connect to this switch: (1) A single porch light on its own run and (2) a run of 5 small fixtures that provide indirect light and that are mounted to the inside trim of the porch (these are run in sequence). The problem: If I hook just the porch light to the switch, it works perfectly (goes on and off with the switch). If I hook just the 5 fixture run to the switch it works perfectly (they go on and off with the switch). But....when I hook them both to the switch, all lights (both runs) stay on continually (the switch does function). I have went over the wiring numerous times and each time the switch functions perfectly when either of these two runs are hooked to the switch, and the switch does not control when both are hooked to the switch. It's about to drive me crazy.

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machinc

Retired

 
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We're installing a heat pump pool heater about 300 feet from

We're installing a heat pump pool heater about 300 feet from our home. The heat pump is 145,000BTU, requires a dedicated 50amp circuit. In addition, we will be running a 1.5HP pool pump and some LED lighting. We'd like to run a sub panel from our home to power all of this. We're planning on running 2 1/2 sch40 conduit from the house to the pool to carry wiring. I'm just not sure if (1) I can do this without too much voltage drop and (2) if I'll have big enough lugs at my main panel to accommodate this.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
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Are individual sign letters that are building mounted and

are individual sign letters that are building mounted and low voltage (LED) required by code to be grounded?

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Certified Journeyperson Electrician

 
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I have a question regarding romex 14 3 in a light fixture

I have a question regarding romex 14 3 in a light fixture ceiling box. This is new construction and the switches on the wall do not kill the power to either the black or red wires.

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Papatrexas

General contractor

Vocational, Technical or Trade School

 
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I want to add a volt/amp meter to electronic project. I have

I want to add a volt/amp meter to electronic project. I have a 12 volt power supply with an on/off switch my load is metal detector I have a volt/amp meter I want to install to my project to measure the power supply voltage and the circuit current. I can install so that it is always on but I want to only be on when I want to check (with a push button) I don't want it on all the time. Can I do this ? Here is the meter https://www.amazon.com/DROK-DC0-100V-voltmeter-Multimeter-Monitoring/dp/B00BYKRETK/ref=pd_sim_263_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=41c1seKre4L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=3DRRVKAQ5R6VFDHTKC61

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Kevin

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Diploma

 
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Does NEC 2014 permit connecting a GFIC outlet to a dimming

Does NEC 2014 permit connecting a GFIC outlet to a dimming circuit so that a 330 watt plug in string light set. The outlet is 20A on a 20 amp single phase circuit. The dimmer is rated at 600 volt Halogen /Incandescent, 150 watt LED. This is a residential application. The outlet and dimmer are located outside in Bell Boxes with extra duty cover.I have received conflicting info on this.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
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I am converting a van to live in so am instilling secondary

Hello,I am converting a van to live in so am instilling secondary house batteries which will be completely separate from my vehicle batteries. They will be powered by solar panels on my roof so i have a solar panel which connects to a charge controller which then connects to my batteries. The van will have a fantastic vent fan, a water pump(for my sink) and two ceiling lights which will all be wired off the house battery. The battery will connect to a fuse box which then connects to my fan, water pump and lights. I have bought 12 gage wire for this application. My fantastic vent fan has a black a white wire coming from it, my water pump has two red wires and my lights have a white green and black coming from it. My 12 gage wire has a ground so the lights are pretty easy as it has three wires coming of it but for the fan and water pump do i need to buy a new 12 gage wire without a ground or is there a way to seal of the ground and still connect the neutral and power and discard the third wire from the 12 gage wire. Also please confirm my fuse box is where its needed and if possible recommend a wire which will connect from my fuse box to house battery. Thanks. My house battery is a dec cycle 100 AH battery

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
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My GFCI outlet is blinking + I can not plug any appliances

My GFCI outlet is blinking + I can not plug any appliances in the outlet. Do I have to replace the outlet?

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Certified Journeyperson Electrician

 
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