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3 yr old front load electric dryer (kenmore elite) - was

3 yr old front load electric dryer (kenmore elite) - was working fine than last night, just stopped, no power - error msgs, anything. Moved washer out of the way & confirmed plus seated tightly. Dryer turned on & seemed to function normally. Before moving washer back into place. . . noticed sparks on back side of dryer when water lines from washer were touching dryer. Is this a grounding issue with a simple fix of relocating water lines or signs of an electrical issue inside the dryer?JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: 3 yrs old & have tech coming for dryer repair on 10/14, just don't care wait that long & trying to self-diagnose.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: possibly, just trying to diagnose @ this point.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: not that I can think of

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The contractor that built my home left much undone.

Hello. The contractor that built my home left much undone. Regardless, as a 55 year old chick, I've become a Sheetrock hanger, tile installer, etc. trying to make it right. Electrical...I want to be safe, of course! So I appreciate your help and knowledge. My exterior outlets don't work. I purchased a digital multimeter with the auto function. I think ousted it correctly...not sure...a working outlet in my kitchen read 3.9...and I got the same result from the non-working exterior outlet. The exterior outlets don't appear to be GFCI...plus...one is located directly in line wth the stream of condensate from a/c located in attic. How can I troubleshoot what the problem is with exterior outlets? I've flipped all breakers...on/off.... Thank you!

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Kevin

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Diploma

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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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I have a Lutron on/off switch that controls one plug of one

Hi, I have a Lutron on/off switch that controls one plug of one outlet. I'd like to find out how I can use that same wall switch to control two additional outlets in the same room. It's in my husband's home office - and he has 3 lamps. I'd like him to be able to use the one wall switch and have all three lamps turn on or off. However, I don't know what model of Lutron switch I have - other than it's just on/off and is likely 7+years old. Can you help me figure out what parts I need to order to make the other outlets be controlled by the one existing wall switch?

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Background: I have a 220v/30a circuit with a NEMA 14-30 plug

Background: I have a 220v/30a circuit with a NEMA 14-30 plug attached to it. Our dryer currently uses it. I want to also use the outlet to charge our electric car. The charger reported a ground fault when I plugged it in and sure enough, when I opened up the outlet, I found that the ground receptacle had no wire plugged into it. I ran some bare copper wire from the ground receptacle to the metal electric box (not the best way to ground something but probably better than no ground at all). When I tried the charger again: same problem, ground fault. Our hot water heater, just a few feet away, was recently replaced and inspected. It has an exposed ground wire (bare copper). Question: is it safe to run an exposed bare copper wire from the ground receptacle in the 14-30 out into the garage (along the exterior of the wall) and connect it to the hot water heater ground wire? Will it pass a code inspection that way? Thanks!

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Oh my, I did not expect to get a person. Here it goes: I

Oh my, I did not expect to get a person. Here it goes: I have 970 square foot home. It has a living room a bedroom a kitchen and a bathroom. I need to purchase wire for a volunteer from the church to do the project. Trying to take old homes to make them livable for those needing a little help to get on their feet.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: We just started tearing out the drywall a few weeks ago. We figured it would make it easier to do the wiring and improve the insulation of the place.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: An electrician wanted $3,000 to rewire. The church only paid $2,000 for the home.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: We have church member that is an electrician, that is donating his time, but I have the funds to purchase any needed equipment. There are other church folks donating time too, but they are not electrical folks.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: This is something I would like to keep doing. There is just a need for housing. I see so many buildings that are vacant that if enough churches pull together we could make a difference.

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My fridge tripped my breaker, never had a problem until just

my fridge tripped my breakerJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: never had a problem until just now.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: it is not a gfi socket and fridge is 3 years oldJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: i plugged it into two other sockets (gfi) and it tripped them too

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Kevin

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Diploma

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I have replaced a gfci outlet in my kitchen but it will not

I have replaced a gfci outlet in my kitchen but it will not close. The one I took out would not trip (reason for replacement). Is it possible I should use a 15 amp. The circuit breaker box has all the outlets on a 20 amp breaker.

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Kevin

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Diploma

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A replacement dryer cord was plugged into to our live

Hi, a replacement dryer cord was plugged into to our live socket. It has now since blown (to the best of my knowledge) - we tried the circuit breaker but it is still not working.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: It is u see 5 years and no we have not called anyone yetJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Probably notJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not to my knowledge - when it was plugged in it sparked and since stopped working when we plugged the actual hooked up dryer in

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Kevin

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Diploma

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