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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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Kevin

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I asked the inspector and he said, "the service main shall

Hi Kevin...I asked the inspector and he said, "the service main shall have a means to disconnect from the SCE service drop by a breaker, a main disconnect. Every part from the meter towards the power pole is SCE property and shall have no disconnect." I don't understand him, can you help me explain.Thank you.--Al

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

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For background, I'm an electrical engineer, and the property

For background, I'm an electrical engineer, and the property in question outside of the city limits, without any permitting requirements.I had the coop put in a 200A meter to provide power to various landscape features, etc. The meter is about 200 ft from where I'll be install the disconnect/panel. I was wondering how long can I run before putting in a junction box. And, if I need to put in a junction box, if you could tell me a little about it, box type, pole requirements, etc. If you have a picture that'd even be better. The run will be underground - I plan to trench 30" to allow for variation of the 24" coverage requirement.Thanks,Mo

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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I need to know the wire size and how many, from the meter to

hello, I need to know the wire size and how many , from the meter to a 150 amp service. will be in 3inch pvc about 1200 feet. Long way..JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Just getting started. I want to estimate the cost.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes I have the conduit. and a friend with a backhoeJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I have the option to go with a 100 amp service but think would be better for future to go with the 150 amp

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ProGrade

Electrical Contractor

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Is anyone there? I have a GE PowerMark Gold Load Center.

Is anyone there?I have a GE PowerMark Gold Load Center. This box will be used as a Main Breaker Service Entrance. This box has a crossbar connecting the the neutral bar to what I expected to be the ground bar. The directions for this box are convoluted. I do not wish to buy a separate grounding bar. Question is, do I remove the grounding bar and use separate ground screws to bond each bar to the box or do I leave the bar in place and just run a grounding screw on one side. The direction for this box show that the 2 neutral/grounding bars are suppose to be used for neutrals and a separate bar installed for grounds.

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Jason

Lead Service Technician

Associate Degree

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I was changing a switch in my bedroom for the ceiling light.

I was changing a switch in my bedroom for the ceiling light. In the switch box there are 3 larger heavier wires connected to each other and tied together with an orange screw nut. The wires come into the box from the top. I had not flipped the breaker before changing the switch. The hot wire for the switch touched the heavy 3 wires and blew all the outlets in the bedroom and the closet lights, but the switch still works. I thought I just blew the breaker so I went to reset it but it wasn't flipped off. Any ideas??

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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I have a hunter ceiling fan, the fan works fine but the

I have a hunter ceiling fan, the fan works fine but the lights stopped working the lights are controlled remotely, I looked and there's no wattage limiter

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,644 satisfied customers
Closet light, not recessed, shuts off after a few seconds.

Closet light, not recessed, shuts off after a few seconds. Have replaced switch, checked connection and found them tight. Also, when switch is off, power is still in fixture.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Maybe three days. Work fine for years. Bulb burned out and when I replaced it, the problem started.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes, unless I find I can't. I've some electrical over the years.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: The system is probably near 50. I have not consulted an electrician.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I can't think of anything. Bulbs I use are the ones that say they'll last forever and a day.

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho

10,204 satisfied customers
I have a Rittenhouse Model 312 doorbell. I believe the

I have a Rittenhouse Model 312 doorbell. I believe the transformer has failed, because a couple of months ago the chimes starting making a constant buzzing noise. The wires were unhooked, but not labeled, so now I have no idea how to reconnect them. There are three wires coming into the chime unit, and four terminals, two on each chime. The lower terminal on each chime is labeled with a "B," and the upper terminals are unlabeled. Can you help me figure out a) how to properly reconnect the wires, and b) determine if the transformer is indeed faulty. Thanks.

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George Smith

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