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I'm looking to put up a solar powered wireless weather

I'm looking to put up a solar powered wireless weather station, which would not be physically connected to the house at all. The mount is a metal mast that will be connected to a wood fence. It's not terribly tall (top will be maybe 10 or 11 feet above ground) I believe I should ground the mast, but it's far from the house and connecting to the house's grounding system is not feasible. What length grounding rod do I need to use? What else do I need to know? My jurisdiction (Virginia) uses NEC 2011.

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Kevin

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I want to add up to 4 two hundrend amp panels to a

I want to add up to 4 two hundrend amp panels to a residential property. However, there does not seem to be an mult meter-socket which would allow this; unless I goto 8 one hundred panels. It's my understanding that panels over two hundrend amps are for commercial use only (I could be wrong about that). So that means 4 separate meter sockets. I plan to use PVC conduit to run up the side of the house to where the utility can make thier connections. I'm uncertain if I need to run everything in one conduit or if I can run them idiviually each in their own conduits? Also do I need to keep each TOP close together? Then I was thinking maybe I need to group the ends together with a lug capible of holding many cables so there would be only one connection for the utility? Plus I don't know if in Ohio I need to add a disconnect under each meter? My current meter and breaker box are inline with each other (if you could see thought the wall); would the new meter boxes and their associated breaker boxes need to be inline as well?Kind Regards

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My lights in the house started pulsating a few minutes ago

Hello-My lights in the house started pulsating a few minutes ago and there is no power at the plugs. My kitchen appliances are out. Reset the breakers but the problem is still hereJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: About 1/2 hour. By the way there has been a rain storm but it seems that power is available in the neighbor hoodJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: No. I just need to know if this is dangerous and should I shut the panel downJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: That is it

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Kevin

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Wow. I have a whole circuit in my condo that the power

Wow. I have a whole circuit in my condo that the power flickers. It doesn't coincide with any large loads starting or stopping, and I changed the breakers in the satellite box, and the big 60A breaker in the main box. No change. The lights flicker. I'm thinking it's an incoming power problem. It seems to be all of the circuits on one side of the 220V incoming power (one leg of the 110V power). Any advice?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Six months, and I'm pulling my hair out. We had an "electrician" (I have my suspicions about his quality of work/knowledge) that charged us $300 to not fix it.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: If I can. Otherwise, if it's the HOA's responsibility, we'll get their guy, or if it's actually on the service side, we'll get them out there.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I'm trying not to tear down the walls to fix it... That's about it.

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Kevin

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We are selling our house and we had our home inspection, and

we are selling our house and we had our home inspection, and they did not find anything hardly except of this:The main service 220 amp service connection : The PVC guard pipe that protects the underground main electric service is broken at the junction from the city to the house. The recommendation is to have a certified electrician and the city made aware of this as it is a safety issue. Replacement of the broken PVC guard pipe to be repaired and fitting brought up to code. Exposed power lines are hazardous.Well of course we will have this done. would this be an expensive fix?

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Kevin

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TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PRICE THE INSTALLATION OF A REPLACEMENT

i'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PRICE THE INSTALLATION OF A REPLACEMENT CONDUIT FOR A WEATHERHEAD AND REPAIR THE METER BOX WHERE THE CONDUIT ENTERS THE BOXJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: I'm preparing a bid for a job that includes a whole raft of things from drywall to fascia, soffitt, etc., to doors...but I don't know enough about weatherhead connections at all...the instructions I got for the job is "remove siding where weatherhead enters the house, straighten up the meter box at the bend, and correct the anchors into the weatherhead pole...8' pole is neededJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: No, this is for a "handyman" contractorJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not that I know of

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Kevin

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We had a power outage for a few days. Now it seems that on

We had a power outage for a few days. Now it seems that on certain circuits in my shop and the apartment above it there isn't enough power. Fluorescent lights will come on dimly. The in-wall forced air heater seems to be warm, but there is no fan. when I plug my shop vac into one of the outlets, it just hums. If I plug it into another it's fine. The electric dryer doesn't work, but the microwave (which is on a separate circuit does work). If I switch something on or off in the apartment, it may cause something else to go on or off. There is a 200Amp panel in the shop and then there's a 100Amp that splits off of that for the apartment. Any thought on what the problem might be?

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Kevin

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I have two GFI circuits in the kitchen (dishwasher and

I have two GFI circuits in the kitchen (dishwasher and outlets) that share a a common neutral. Both circuits went dead suddenly and for no apparent reason. It is not the GFI ( I removed that from the circuit). Initial tracing suggests that the break is between the neutral return and the breaker box. If the break is behind a wall that would be very expensive to break in to, would it be acceptable to connect the neutral from another (working) circuit?JA: Just to clarify, what's the make and model of your dishwasher? And have you run a diagnostic test cycle?Customer: Its not the dishwasher, it's the outlet.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: No, I have a contractor who would be helping. All of the connections would be to code. My question is more about whether taking the neutral return from another circuit is a) safe, and b) to code?JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I don't think so.

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Kevin

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Had a 220v welder in the garage catch fire, I immediately

Had a 220v welder in the garage catch fire, I immediately shut the breakers off in the garage when this happened but than noticed my lights dimming when using any power. Shortly after the power in the garage would dim and the kitchen light inside my house was very bright. I than shut the power back off in the garage and all was well for a little while until I noticed the light in the kitchen bright again. Now I have no power to my stove, dryer and all the light are dimming and getting very bright again what could be the cause of this?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: It just happend this eveningJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not that I can think of

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Kevin

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