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My house is 25 years old. Just in the past few months I have

My house is 25 years old. Just in the past few months I have had to replace the ground fault in a bathroom twice and it has interrupted again today after being replaced yesterday.I carefully checked the wiring and read all the instructions carefully more than once. In the past the interruption happens generally during the night long after we have gone to bed. There are about 7 electrical outlets in various places in the house on this circuit and the garage lights. All appliances have been removed from the outlets. I have considered replacing all the outlets to make certain they are wired properly or not defective in some way. Is that a reasonable approach?

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We have a light thay worked from two switches. We removed

We have a light thay worked from two switches. We removed the wall that contained switch #1 only to realize that was the power source for the light. We are trying to get power to the light from switch #2. We are connecig from a close by outlet. When connecting all the wires, the light does get power, but the switch doesnr control it. Help!JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: About 4 hoursJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes. We thought it a simple connection of black to black, white to white, but its proving to not beJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not that i can think of

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Alex

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I have been trying to find the source of an open neutral

I have been trying to find the source of an open neutral issue. I found an outlet that has a line where the black wire is connected to the outlet but the black wire for the load is not connected to the outlet (the end is just covered in electrical tape) and the line's white wire is not connected (covered with electrical tape) but the load white wire is connected to the outlet. What are the reasons this outlet is wired this way?

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Mike G.

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Red light in outdoor outlet stayed on after disconnecting

Red light in outdoor outlet stayed on after disconnecting extension cords,JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: The christmas decorations went out first about 6 pm yesterday and the red light was on I disconnected extension cords and light stayedf on and is still on. i also pushed reset button to try to turn it offJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: No I just wonder if it is a fire hazard until my son gets back tonightJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No I think I gave you all the information

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Alex

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I want to install a 240v heater in my garage. There is an

Hi, I want to install a 240v heater in my garage. There is an existing, unused 240v/40amp circuit that was for an oven. I am planning to remove the outlet and junction over to a wall mount box with flexible conduit for the heater. The original outlet has only red,black,and white; it runs to a 100 amp panel in which neutrals and grounds are attached to the same bars. It is not a sub panel of the main, but appears to be a secondary main panel, located next to a main 200 amp panel. The heater only requires red, black, and ground. Can I use the old neutral (white) as ground in the heater? And, I only have 8-2 nm; can my junction to the old neutral be done with bare ground? Or does it have to be sheathed?

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Kevin

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I'm trying to install the Honeywell RPLS540A programmable

Hi. I'm trying to install the Honeywell RPLS540A programmable timer in an existing location that had a lutron switch. It's a 3 way switch...controlled by a switch on the other side of the room. When I installed it yesterday, I connected the black wire (located from the black screw on the Lutron fixture...which I think is the LINE wire) to the LINE feed on the Honeywell fixture. I connected the other black wire (LOAD) to the LOAD black wire on the Honeywell fixture. The 3 way wire I connected to the remaining wire. The green ground I connected to a screw. When I turned on the circuit breaker, all seemed okay, except I noticed the lights had a pulsating dim then went bright. Then the lights remained at that level. However, when I went to the switch on the other side of the room and turned it off, it turned off the other switch (with the Honeywell fixture) entirely. Could I have mixed up the LINE and LOAD switches? I have been researching everything on line and can't find anything that makes sense.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Since yesterday afternoon. I am getting back to it right now. Contacting you before opening the outlet again.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes, but if need be I will contact an electrician. I've installed other Honeywell timers that work perfectly fine...but this one seems to be a little different.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: It seems that the new Honeywell timer needs constant power...so that the other switch doesn't turn it off. I just don't want to switch the wires and have sparks fly.

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Alex

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I am having trouble with a GFI outlet. It is out in my deck

I am having trouble with a GFI outlet . It is out in my deck used for an electric grill . The line is fed by a 20 amp breaker with 12 gauge wire . I plug in my grill which is rated at 1750 watts in and after a few minutes the GFI will trip. I reset it and it lasts for a few more minutes and then trips again. The GFI is rated for 15 amps . It stays on for a shorter time if the sun is on the outlet box.

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Kevin

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I replaced a light switch that controls the bottom of five

I replaced a light switch that controls the bottom of five outlets in my daughter's bedroom. I didn't touch any of the outlets themselves. However, it doesn't work now. The outlets are just on all the time now. There is another switch next to this one that controls a ceiling fan. The ceiling fan works. I've tested all three or four ways of connecting the wires. No luck. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Alex

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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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