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Can you use a 20A-230v power cord with a 20A-125v outlet?

Hi can you use a 20A-230v power cord with a 20A-125v outlet?

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I am trying to replace an old (ungrounded) outlet with a

I am trying to replace an old (ungrounded) outlet with a Leviton DZR15 (Zwave) outlet. The old outlet has 2 black wires going to the terminals on the right side and one white wire on the other side. The new outlet has only one terminal per side, so I don't know how to wire the two black wires. I would think I could join them, and connect to the plug, but I'm not certain.Oddly the instructions show two black wires in "Step 2", and label the second "4", but only 1 - Line(Hot), 2. Neutral, 3. Ground are shown in the legend.

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I have a 1500 watt heater whose ground prong / third prong

I have a 1500 watt heater whose ground prong / third prong broke off - could I use something else to keep it safe like use an adapter or always make sure to plug it in GFCI outlet (which has the same effect as a ground prong, right?)

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Is this up an appointment? that is not what I want. I'm just

Is this for setting up an appointment? that is not what I want. I'm just trying to figure out some wiring.JA: Sometimes electrical issues that that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Electrician I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: That is the plan. I'm just searching the web looking for my solution. Found your site.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Well, i'm trying to connect a combo switch/outlet. The power to the combo is from a GFCI, then that combo connects to regular dual outlet and then another that ends the line. not sure how to connect the combo from the GFCI so that it the switch runs the outlet while still powering the next two outletsJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Electrician about your situation and then connect you two.

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I am buying a house that has 3 prong outlets, but they were

Hi, I am buying a house that has 3 prong outlets, but they were never updated to be grounded. The electrician said instead of grounding the outlets, they can be replaced with GFI outlets and a surge protector on the panel. Is this safe?

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I'm wiring a mirror with lights all around. The mirror can

I'm wiring a mirror with lights all around. The mirror can have up to 15 light bulbs at 40 watts each. I've been using 16/2 lamp cord.I want to add a dimmer and 15 amp power receptacle to the mirror. Can I still use 16/2? I've been looking for 14/2 but I. An only find it in low voltage landscape wire. What's the safest way to do this?

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How do you test bad circuit when none of the breakers appear

How do you test for a bad circuit when none of the breakers appear to be tripped? The house is 100 this year. I have been here 9 years without any issues.

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Trying to hook up ceiling fan with heater and light to knob

trying to hook up ceiling fan with heater and light to knob and tube wiring circuit, hooked into main power via an existing light, but i am thinking white wire is wrong since my new switch turns off existing light but fan is onJA: Sometimes electrical issues that that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Electrician I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts.Customer: how can i trace the right wire to tap intoJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: none i can think ofJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Electrician about your situation and then connect you two.

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I'm going to set up a 220 power outlet 5hp 80 gallon 30 amp

Hello I'm going to set up a 220 power outlet for my 5hp 80 gallon 30 amp air compressor, power box is 20 feet from garage, what size wire should I used for ? Thank you.

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