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We remodeled our kitchen a year ago. The under cabinet

We remodeled our kitchen a year ago. The under cabinet lights aren't working. What should I do to see what the problem is and fix them?

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I have a number of outlets that are old, only allow 2-prong

I have a number of outlets that are old, only allow 2-prong plugs. The lines are 2-wire, boxes are not grounded. I want to replace them with three-prong outlets. I read that they should be GFCI protected. Ok. But the diagram I saw did not have the neutral line (also) connected to the ground screw on the receptacle. Is that correct?

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I have a single pole outlet with dual fan speed and light

Hi there - I have a single pole outlet with dual fan speed and light dimming slide controllers. Previous wiring isn't colored. Three black wires and a green ground. I initially wired and the lights switched completely on midway up the slide and the fan speed control worked fine. I swapped the light and fan wires and now the lights dim fine, but the fan switches on midway, no speed control. Do I need to swap the third wire with the non-functioning dimmer?

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I'm running service to a pole barn 200' from house off box

I'm running service to a pole barn 200' from house off box outside the house. I need 100 amp in barn for solar panels on 40 amp circuit. I also want 2 or 3 20 amp circuits for lights and outlets. what's the best choice for wire? cost effective?JA: Have you talked to a solar panel professional about this?Customer: their installed and wired to my panel alreadyJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: nothing i can think of

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I have a gfci outlet that is displaying a red light, I

I have a gfci outlet that is displaying a red lightJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: I replaced the outlet a few days ago.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yes.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: no

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I'm not knowledgeable about electrical things but since I'm

I'm not knowledgeable about electrical things but since I'm replacing a ceiling fan/light combo with another ceiling fan/light combo, I thought it would be straight forward. I have two 3-wire cables hanging from the ceiling. I believe one is the major electrical feed and the other was added later for a wall switch to the fan/light. I don't know how to wire the new fan with both cables.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: The house is about 50 years old. An electrician needs way too much money to come look at it.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I think that covers it.

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I have just purchased a back up Briggs and Stratton petrol

HiI have just purchased a back up Briggs and Stratton petrol generator.The generator has 2x 240 volt/15 amp AC plug outlets (single phase I understand) and one 12volt DC plug.The maximum power is 3600 watts and continuous power is 3000 watts.The generator is earthed to the built in frame. It is pushed around like a wheelbarrow on 2 back wheels.I plan to use the generator to power my Grundfos waterpump and medium size domestic refrigerator when the mains power is down.The water pump runs on 240volts and 800watts (surge 1500 watts)I am not sure about the fridge but it is a newish power saving model.Questions:1.Do I need 2 powercords: one for each device?2. What thickness(mm2) and amp rated powercord do I need?3.What is the maximum safe length of the above powercord that I can use?4.Can a back up generator be used in rain under a gazebo with open sides to ensure ventilation?How risky is it to use a portable generator in the rain.

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My other electrical problem has me completely baffled. there

hi Kevin. my other electrical problem has me completely baffled. there is a separate single plug outlet inside an adjacent cabinet for the microwave oven in our RV. it was fine for several years and then one day it died. it is a very simple circuit with a single cable from the nearby breaker panel to the outlet. inside the outlet there are no screw terminals the wires are just squeezed between some razor sharp clamps which cut the wires down to the copper to make contact. i had never seen this type of outlet before and it is labeled simply, "solo wire outlet", 15A, 125V. anyhow, the dedicated 15A breaker did not trip, the power just died. i took the outlet apart and looked inside the case. everything looked perfect to this amatuer. my next thought was a bad breaker, so i replaced it. no luck. i used my meter to test the breaker and outlet and i think there was power at the breaker but not the outlet? it was some time ago so those details escape me now. i will look at it again tomorrow and tell you what i find. what else could it be besides the breaker or the outlet? more later.

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I have installed 2 systems. One on each side of the room.

I have installed 2 systems. One on each side of the room. Each system has a control box with a switch and dimmer for the lights. Also has a USB and outlets. Everything is hooked up and works, except the lights. I wired them per the instructions with red wire for load and white with black stripes as neutral. When I hook up power to these with hot wire to the load (red wire) and then neutral to neutral white with black stripe I then run a pigtail from both to switch. When I turn lights on it blows the breaker. What am I doing wrong? Tried several ways in wiring with the same results or the lights will not turn off. I hope you can tell me the answer!

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