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Sometime during the middle of the night I loose power to

Sometime during the middle of the night I loose power to part of my house while we are sleeping. I wake up to flashing alarm clocks in back bedrooms and flashing oven clock at other end in kitchen. No breakers have been tripped and seems to shut off and then turn back on by itself. My wife said it has possibly happened atleast 5 times in one night. I do notice kitchen lights flicker once in awhile.

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In a residential installation, the grounding conductor is

in a residential installation, the grounding conductor is connected to the? B. service-disconnecting means C. service-drop equipment D. branch-circuit breakers

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I am replacing the copper piping in my house with PEX. I am

I am replacing the copper piping in my house with PEX. I am planning to run A 6 gauge ground wire from the neutral buss in the main power panel to the street side of the meter. As far as I know there are no ground rods anywhere, only the jumper across the water meter. Do I also need to ground/bond the gas pipe ? it does not have any ground right now.

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Today I was troubleshooting a friends dryer I was replacing

Today I was troubleshooting a friends dryer I was replacing a fan shroud and forgot to unplug the 220 needless to say it shorted I got it unplugged. He said he saw sparks come from where the wires enter the house no breakers tripped, a couple hours later he said some of his lights & appliances weren't working while we were on the phone they came back on does this make any sense? I did advise him to get an electrician to look @ it tomorrow

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I have another question kevin...My boyfriend

Hi. I have another question for you kevin...My boyfriend (he is an electrician doing a panel change) asked me to ask:Can you ask to make sure you don't have to run from gas main outside to inside to water heater.

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What is the proper grounding from a 200a panel. Does it go

What is the proper grounding from a 200a panel. Does it go directly to gas line from panel or do you go from gas line to hot/cold line? Or Do you go from panel to water main. Then bond hot/cold and gas? Please advise.

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I live in Saudi Arabia, in a 30 year old villa, originally

I live in Saudi Arabia, in a 30 year old villa, originally built to US standards. The lighting is all 110V. When I moved in (12 years ago), half of the sockets were 110V, and half were 220V. Due to the absence of professional domestic electricians in Saudi Arabia, it is likely that many electrical changes in my property were performed by unqualified individuals.I managed to find and call a professional electrician (since left the country) and had all the sockets changed to 3-pin, UK standard, with 220V, and earthed.When the electrician put the multimeter across live and neutral within the socket, it showed 220-240V. When he put the multimeter across neutral and earth, it showed 120-130V. He said this is because he has used 110V lines to create 220V voltage. When I used my Fluke socket tester, it showed 'Missing Earth', but he said the sockets are earthed, but not showing as such because of the 110V lines used to create 220V.Now, when I touch a tester to the washing machine or dishwasher, it lights up. When I touch the cooker, I can feel small vibrations, which vanish when I disconnect the cooker from the electricity.I called another electrician, who said this problem is because I have 110V (for the lights) and 220V (for the sockets), coming from the same breaker panel.He is suggesting that we disconnect the earth wire from each socket and provide earthing in each socket using the socket screw.Alternatively, he says we clamp an earthing wire to the water pipe or install a grounding rod.I thought that in Saudi Arabia, earthing is provided by the electrical company through the main supply box, outside the house.I am confused, as I am not sure if this electrician is correct, and what I should do do resolve this.

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I have a 200 amp box in my barn. When I use power, one side

I have a 200 amp box in my barn. When I use power, one side voltage jumps up 10-20 volts and the other drops that many volts. Each side has 124 volts coming in when on circuit is being used. I thought I had a bad ground, so I cleaned all connection, but still have problem. Some light circuits cause others to dim when they get turned on. And tend to dim a little. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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I have power fluctuations in my home. During the night some

I have power fluctuations in my home. During the night some of my outlets drop to a constant 4.5 volts for periods of time. Others on the other hand have really bad spikes from 1 volt spiking up to 180 to 190 volts for very short periods of time. I have changed my 100 amp breaker switch and few breaker switches on the inside of my home. do you have a clue what might be going on? by the way, none of my breakers break during these occasions.

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