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I replaced a garbage disposal. Can't figure out why I am no

Hi. I replaced a garbage disposal. Can't figure out why I am no longer getting power to the cable that was connected to the old disposal.

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Kevin

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I am extending a GFCI circuit to my garden shed which is

Hello; I am extending a GFCI circuit to my garden shed which is adjacent to the house. I plan on burying Schedule 80 PVC >12 in. My question before I call for my rough inspection: Is it acceptable to screw the PVC 90 degree union to the house or do I need to somehow add threads to it so I can attach a nut on the inside of house?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: I just started roughing the shed today. I'm sure I need a firm connection to the house but don't know the minimum codeJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes, I pulled a homeowner permitJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I wish I knew the correct technical term of the PVC 90 but I don't. It is the piece with two screws and a cap.

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Kevin

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I have a 3 way switch configuration that controls 2 outside

I have a 3 way switch configuration that controls 2 outside fixtures. I want to install the GE Zwave to tie it in to my new home automation system. The issue is each switch has only 3 wires instead of 4. The forth that is there just not connected is the neutral, which on my panel is also connected to my earth ground(both on the same bars in the panel tied together. I have red black and white. This is REALLY confusing me. Did they use the white as the traveler? How can I really find out?

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I have a house I need to repair but we are without power.

I have a house I need to repair but we are without power. I've never used a portable generator before.I need to heat the house up so we can work without freezing. I need advice to buy a generator. How many watts do I need to run heaters. I've seen inverter generators (seem to be pricier). Why would I need an inverter? I don't know much so need to be briefly educated.

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Mike G.

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About a week or two. Yes, I have tried to replace a GFI

JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: About a week or two.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I have tried to replace a GFI plug. The brand new one will not set.

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Kevin

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I have an electrical question regarding my home addition in

I have an electrical question regarding my home addition in Minnesota. My main electrical panel is in my garage. I installed a 100 amp sub panel off this main panel in my basement. My question is in regard to the ground bar. The box I purchased had a ground bar on the right side of the box - to which I connected the bare / ground wire that routes to my main panel. I'd like to install a 2nd ground bar on the left side of the sub-panel. This would make the wire routing a bit neater and cleaner. Can I do this? Does it need to be connected to the ground bar on the right?

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George Smith

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I am getting ready to build a shop in the back of my

I am getting ready to build a shop in the back of my property. I want to install a 100 amp sub panel in the shop 120' from a new 200 amp main panel at the house. I am trying to figure what size wire and conduit size i need to use.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: I have wanted to do it for the last 28 years. My son and I started removing trees and prepairing the pad the past fall. I have an engineer drawing up the plans but he does not do electrical. We are hoping to submit the plans this month but I need the electrical specs firstJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: The existing service is 100 amps and the house is 28 years old. The power company has surveyed the existing incoming line and has advised me it will need to be updated and they will handle that portion. The rest we want to do ourselvesJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: not that I know of

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Kevin

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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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My garage has no power its not the braker i triyed to do

my garage has no power its not the braker i triyed to do some wiyering to a braker that had no wiyer to it and i most of did somthing rogeJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: todayJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: no

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Kevin

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