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I have a new light switch to connect. It has a wire on the

I have a new light switch to connect. It has a green wire on the back of it. My old one does not. I put a cap on the new green wire and connected the other wires as they were on the old one. When I flipped the breaker it kicked off and will not stay on. Other than the green wire everything else is the same, what am I doing wrong?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: The old switch, when flipped on, would sometimes flicker, so I tried to change it out today.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: That's it.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,244 satisfied customers
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.

Master Electrician

Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho

9,524 satisfied customers
Problem, my wall switch powers a porch light along with a

HI, problem, my wall switch powers a porch light along with a wall outlet and two flood lights. Flood light and outlet lost power, I discovered a lose white wire in the switch boxJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: and connected it to the switch, I have power to the flood lights and switch but now porch light will not turn off completely, only dims. have been working on this problem for last two days.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yes,JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: yes, the wire for the wall plug and to the flood lights are Black, Red, and white. Wires to the Switch are Black and White.

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Certified Journeyperson Electrician

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I'm replacing my vent fan/light in my bathroom. The fan and

I'm replacing my vent fan/light in my bathroom. The fan and light are on separate light switches. I'm not sure which one to connect with what.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: I'm using a broan 678 modelJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: All dayJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Yes and it's my first time The wires coming from the ceiling are white/red/black And the wires coming from the new vent are 2 white and 1 blue

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho

9,524 satisfied customers
I have a dead outlet/switch combo in a very old home which I

Hi, I have a dead outlet/switch combo in a very old home which I am renting. The switch controls a shower light. I replaced it but it still doesn't work. Only has a white & black wire - no neutral. I used a Volt/Con metered & registered no continuity. I was going to pull the shower light but it is in a tiled ceiling & hate messing with it. Was thinking of trying to change the bulb in case there was a short in it but that was just a thought. Haven't done anything yet because I wasn't sure how to proceed.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Just tried to fix it last weekend. The switch has been dead about 3 weeks.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: I have been up to this point. But since it's a rental I am not sure how much more involved I want to get.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: There is no GFI on the breaker panel or on the outlet even though it's in the bathroom

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Wayne Roberts

Electrical Trade

156 satisfied customers
I am having a problem with my Semens 35 amp GFI. When I use

I am having a problem with my Semens 35 amp GFI. When I use a regular Semens 20 amp braker everything works as advertised. When I use the GFI any thing I use trips the braker even a garage door motor that is not running.I ran a # 10 stranded wire to connect to # 12 solid bx cable for outlets, lights and 2 garage door openers.I disconnected each junction box. When I turn on any light switch on or use an outlet it trips. With every thing connected, as soon as I turn the garage door opener on ( not energizing the motor ) it trips too. ?????

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,244 satisfied customers
I had a halogen ceiling light which went out. I replaced the

I had a halogen ceiling light which went out. I replaced the bulb and it still would not turn on. I tried different bulbs. No change. I bought a new fixture for incandescent bulbs and installed it, out of the ceiling there is a black, white and ground wire. Out of the fixture there are two black two white and a ground. I tied the like colors together and the grounds. When I switched the breaker on the light went on...but when I switched the light switch off and then on...the light would not turn on. Suggestions?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,244 satisfied customers
Seems a circuit that my wife overloaded stopped working. The

Seems a circuit that my wife overloaded stopped working. The breaker is not tripped. I think I am at the end of the circuit and when I test the voltage, I am reading 65v.

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho

9,524 satisfied customers
This is a doozie. I have two hot live wire coming into a box

this is a doozie. I have two hot live wire coming into a box with a light switch receptacle like you would put in a bathroom or kitchen. Someone used a hairdryer and it stopped working. Can't figure out why two hot full continuity lines attached, white neutrals twisted together unattached and ground not attached. House built in 1970.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Since yesterday afternoonJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes. Come from a family of electrician and so have always done my own thing but stumped on this one.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: not off hand

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,244 satisfied customers
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