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To clarify the connection of the grounded bare from the main

To clarify the connection of the grounded bare from the main panel to the sub-panel in the detached garage, is this bonded to the sub-panel box and the 8 ft buried rods? Also, what is the purpose of the pvc enclosure to the 8 awg grounding electrode connecting the 2 buried grounding rods? All of this seems overkill, and presents considerable work in the field. The feed is behind the fern.

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I was following your thread where I need to replace a 3

I was following your thread where I need to replace a 3 prong plug with a four prong. I went to Lowe's and bought a 30 amp 4 prong for use on a Whirlpool Duet. Not being an electrician I plugged the plug into the outlet to see if the pattern was correct. Since the connection wires were still in the wrapped package I got a quick spark and pop with the electrical smoke smell. I checked our box and one of the A? breakers tripped. What to do? thanksJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: The house was completed last NovemberJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: that was the plan based on what was on the site here to switch it out - not so sure now if I did damage to the outletJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: not really

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How does this work? I just ask questions for free? This

How does this work? I just ask questions for free?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: This website?JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I have a few questions about a service entrance

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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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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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I wiring up my own home. I have a 400 amp service parallel

I wiring up my own home. I have a 400 amp service parallel feeding two 200 amp panels. My AHJ will not allow the meter to be part of the ground rod grounding and prefers the meters ground to be the incoming neutral from the power lines.My question is: Can I have a continuous #4 bare copper wire coming from my ground rods to and through panel 1 to panel 2?My electrical background is from handy man experience only.

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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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At a home with an old CEB MB40A-10 Panel I tested the GFCI

At a home with an old CEB MB40A-10 Panel I tested the GFCI in the bathroom using a GFCI tester, not the test button on the receptacle. When I pressed the test button, there was a "flash" or arc or spark which came out of the receptacle. The power went out to the receptacle, the bathroom fan and possible more areas. What happened and how do I fix it? The panel is older and has fuses, not breakers.

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My upstairs and downstairs are acting shorting, Some rooms

My upstairs and downstairs are acting shorting, Some rooms on top, when I connect the circuit breaker, it cuts off right away. I guess there must be some shorting.How do I find out which one is shorting?I did use copper only plugs on aluminum wires. Could it be the reason?

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