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I have replaced to standard 15amp breakers with two ARC

I have replaced to standard 15amp breakers with two ARC 15amp fault circuit breakers. One of the two kicks off after I return power to the breaker box. This particular circuit is present in various areas of my house (various lights, outside outlets (with GFI) and a garage light and outlet (also GFI).How can I trace down the issue ? I have returned the original breaker to the box, and it now works fine, but I'll need the ARC one in to pass inspection - and of course if this is pointing out a problem with the my wiring, I would like to resolve it.

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Kevin

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I have a gfci outlet in my bathroom that does not give any

I have a gfci outlet in my bathroom that does not give any power when I plug in cords. Pen tester says the wires are live and outlet tester is reading "open hot".I checked the wiring and it's all correct. There is a 12/2 coming into the box and connected to the outlet.Only thing I'm not sure about is why the hot wire is on the outlet but the neutral is spliced to another neutral tail and than connected to the outlet. I think it's because maybe they left the neutral in the box cut too short, and I doubt is causing any issue.Also for more information my bathroom is next to my kitchen. The ceiling lights and switches for both rooms, and the gfci that is not working are all on the same circuit.I checked the wiring to the switch for the bathroom light and it's only one wire coming into the switch.Any ideas for trouble shooting? Should I check the ceiling light? Maybe the line for the outlet is jumped off the feed for the light and could be open or cut somewhere?

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Kevin

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Im installing a new light switch to my hallway light. The

im installing a new light switch to my hallway light. The junction box has 3 sets of wires. I have neve seen this before so i dont know what to do. I hooked up the light switch and it worked, but the light in a bedroom as well as some outlets stopped working unless the hallway light was on.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: for all of eternityJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: siJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: no

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Kevin

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Hoping to understand why the neutral wire becomes hot when

Hoping to understand why the neutral wire becomes hot when the hot wires are togetherJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: We are replacing a ceiling fan and found 3 black and 3 white wires plus ground.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I don't think so

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Kevin

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I have two LED light fixtures on one switch. When I turn off

I have two LED light fixtures on one switch. When I turn off the switch, one of the lights is still very dimly visible, as if it still has five to ten volts of power. The switch is connected to the white incoming power wire. Should it be connected to the black wire instead?

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Kevin

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Old ceiling fan had, black and a red wire due to 2 switches.

Old ceiling fan had white, black and a red wire due to 2 switches. New ceiling fan has only red and white wires. How do I connect the wires?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Just now trying to installJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YeaJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No

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Kevin

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I have a 200 A service, meter/main has a 200 A breaker with

I have a 200 A service, meter/main has a 200 A breaker with no additional spaces 1 phase. I need to install solar back feed breaker to system 60A the sub panel the 200 A main is feeding is full to capacity. So need to add a sub panel along side of meter/main thus to tie into. The 200 A breaker is connected to the full sub panel (existing)200 A rated. is It code required to install an additional 200 A breaker to be connected to the existing 200 A load, in the additional panel installed to accommodate the 60 A solar breaker. The existing 200 A is to be directly connected to the new additional panel installed beside the meter/main. I found a 200 A rated, 8 position outdoor feed through panel w 3/0 lugs 2 on the the top & 2 on the bottom. The bottom lugs connected to the existing load top to the main breaker in meter/main. I was told by solar installers need to put additional 200 A breaker to reconnect the load. This seems redundant double protection, & a waist of money. So how is this solar connection made correctly satisfy the current code requirements for installation of a solar system on a 200 A meter/main no tandem breakers or room in existing sub panel

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I had spoke with you in the past concerning visually

Hi Kevin I had spoke with you in the past concerning visually inspecting power lines in a storm without exiting the truck. Your answer was very helpful. I have a new question I would like to ask you, are you available?

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Kevin

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I have a GE 306D1** magnet power switch and i went to use it

I have a GE 306D1** magnet power switch and i went to use it and the motor wouldn't come on it was working fine the other day. it controls a 10hp 3-phase motor. Now i knownothing about this switch So i need help from someone to help me troubleshoot to see if it the switch or the motor. I do have power going into the switch, But when i push the power on button the switch doesn't kick in ??Thank you Richard

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