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Perhaps, just a few minutes I'm looking to replace one light

hello; yes perhapsJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: just a few minutes I'm looking to replace one light dimmer switch with another this is a single pole application (I believe that's the expression, it is is one switch controlling several lights) the dimmer i'm taking out has 2 black lines connected to it; plus groundJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: my new dimmer switch wants 3 lines (plus ground): neutral, line, and load (there's a 4th slot for traveler, but I believe that's only needed for 3 pole applications).JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: nope, that's all the details

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I am disabled and had my home warranty broken dishwasher guy

I am disabled and had my home warranty broken dishwasher guy tell me there was no power to the washer. They sent an electrician who bid 1800 for a home run and I told him I pigtailed the dishwasher. I know little about electrical so thought I might hire a journeyman electrician with access to a master to just rewire my house from very old knob and tube. Now that he is almost finished I note he cut the old cloth covered 2 wire deep into the switch box and don't know if he plans to pull it all the way out. If I needed a permit I would have gotten a permit but he told me it was a repair job not a remodel and one was not required. I've since learned that here in Houston it costs $3 for a permit to replace an outlet robbery then they jack your taxes but the lw is the law. I didn't know this until a few minutes age. I am a network engineer who is required to have a license but no inspection so wasn't aware of the law. I know ignorance is no excuse but I found out when he didn't show up for two days or return calls so I hired another electrician this one licensed bonded and insured. Firstly I wanted them to finish what the first guy didn't do. They billed me in two increments and never mentioned a permit either. This is actually the third electrician as the first one just ran with my money, I thought the second did but showed up right after the third. Now all the work is done and I learn about permits. I've got too many electricians in my ears and need an independent opinion. OK no permit my bad. Now the third electrician claims the second guy is shoddy a whole house rewire AGAIN is needed. If the second guy is leaving the metal box in the light switch I tend to believe the third guy but everything tests OK. Basically I've already unknowingly violated is there any way to go back and get a permit as I spent more than the whole third company rewire bid on the three companies gettting them all through Craigslist. Ignorance is no excuse but I thought hiring a licensed electrician would cover me and I thought permits were for construction. Anyway is there any way to fess up get the inspections in Houston and permits after the fact claiming ignorance wich is the case. Do I risk them ripping out sheetrock? Can I bury my head in the sand and how many inspectors look at the date on the romex I just found about as I don't plan to sell thee house in less than ten years.

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Kevin

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I am replacing a light switch with a dimmer switch. The

I am replacing a light switch with a dimmer switch. The current light switch has a load Line running off of it to an electrical outlet and that's where my issue lies.I have a lutron dimmer switch. It has 4 wires black, red red/white and green. I am planning to connect the black from the power line and black running load to outlet to black on dimmer. Then attaching black to light to red on dimmer. Then tie white from all three lines together. Then tie green line on dimmer to ground from the three lines. I attach nothing to red/white line on dimmer because this is single pole setup for light. Am I close to being correct.

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Mike G.

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Replacing a 2 wire single throw light switch with a timer

replacing a 2 wire single throw light switch with a timer that has a load, line and neutral terminals. what goes where?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: just opened up the switch boxJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: OTHER TWO switches are single throw with two wires (plus green ground) and a three way switch with two black and a red (plus green ground)

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Kevin

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I did a stupid thing. I sprayed a light switch with Clorox

Hi. I did a stupid thing. I sprayed a light switch with Clorox cleanup and the circuit tripped. Should I reset the circuit now, or wait, or...?

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Papatrexas

General contractor

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How can I confirm if it is a single pole or three way light

How can I confirm if it is a single pole or three way light switch? I removed the switch and found a black wire and a white wire attached.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: 20 minutesJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I've replaced other switches and outlets in the past.

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Kevin

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I have a room with a light switch that doesn't go to

I have a room with a light switch that doesn't go to anything. There is no light or fan in the room and there are two live outlets in the room. I checked both outlets and broke the tiny tab on the side, but the outlets stayed live. I really want to make that light switch go to an outlet, or possibly put in a light. How do I do that?

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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I want to have my exterior lights function as normally

HiJA: Hello. What is your issue regarding?Customer: I want to have my exterior lights function as normally (three way switch) and also power them of the same circuit breaker with an driveway gate alarm relay so that when someone drives in, it turns on the lights (with a photo sensor and timer). Here is my question: is that a violation of the electrical code if either switching system can provide power to the lights without deactivating the other system?JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: I am adding the gate alarm to an existing system. Though I am not a licensed electrician, I have wired dozens of houses as a builder over the years.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: no

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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Thanks! My living room lights and outlets went out, but the

Thanks! My living room lights and outlets went out, but the breaker is good and there is 120 V at the wire leaving the breaker. There are about 8 outlets in the room and canned lights, all are out. Is there a way to check the outlets to see which one is bad?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: It started about 2 hours ago.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: If I can. I'm stumped on this one though, and may have to call someone.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I checked continuity on most of the outlets, and there is continuity between all three slots in the outlets.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

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