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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 bought a European mixer from germany, 900 watts.

I bought a European mixer from germany, 900 watts. Apparently Germany uses 220-240 watts and thusly this is designed this way, with 1 phase system not 2 phase, as perhaps we in America would design a 220. Is it a huge issue to have an electrician run a dedicated outlet for this appliance in the kitchen?If so, it is really an ineffective option to convert the appliance to 110 volts?

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I"m running a 110 FT extension cable from Outlet 220 V to

I"m running a 110 FT extension cable from Outlet 220 V to Motorhome . Wire size of Extension 4 wire Gauge # ***** AC unit 1 is on L1 and AC unit is on L2 . Im measuring 120 V L1 against Neutral and 120 V L2 against neutral. When i put a load on L1 thru an AC unit , which pulls about 13 A , the Voltage drops to 94 V on L1 and the L2 Voltage ( no load ) rises to 146 V . This also is the case when i put a load on L2 and no load on L1 . Voltage on the Line with a load applied drops and proportional the Voltage on the line with no load rises.

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Kevin

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I bought 14/2 type NM- to hook up a ceiling fan, but it is

I bought 14/2 type NM-B to hook up a ceiling fan, but it is very stiff and near impossible to wrap around the screw connectors. Can I use the type of wire for lamps? The kind where instead of a solid wire there are strands?

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Kevin

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Is this replacement cord spa okay? I called before ordering

Is this replacement cord for my spa okay? I called before ordering a new cord and they both say cord set SJTW both say 15 amp but the new cord is half as thick as the old cord even though the new one is 37' and the old one was 16'. 120 V. Both say 105 degree C. I called the Leviton supplier I bought it from AGAIN and they insist it will be fine. Are newer cords thinner than 4 yr old cords? It hardwires into the spa and then plugs into a regular 3-prong outlet. Both say water resistant. I just wonder about the thinner cord. I took photos but don't know how to attach them here. I HOPE it's okay but want to get a 2nd opinion. Thanks.

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My question is I just installed a gfci breaker pool pump and

Hi Pearl my question is I just installed a gfci breaker for my pool pump and it won't reset.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: I just swapped out the breaker for the new todayJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: It's a 115 pump on a 20 amp circuitJA: 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 up dating my backflow generator to a 30A 125/250 plug.

my name is***** am up dating my backflow generator to a 30A 125/250 plug. 4 wire 12 gage. I need to knowhow to properly orenit the wiresJA: 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: The plug has an X,G,Y,W. On the face and though two of them seem somewhat obvious I'm not going to beet on the other twoJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: I have done most of it all ready. This is a preexisting system I'm upgrading the plugs.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: The pre-existing wire going back to the basement fuse box is a 4 gage 2 wire + ground aluminum wire black and red.JA: 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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My treadmill in the basement was plugged in and I usually

My treadmill in the basement was plugged in and I usually leave the power turned on. For some reason, though no one was using it, the belt started moving on its own. Usually you have to select a program and press the start button. No one was there at the time it started. I unplugged it and saw the upper socket where it was plugged in was fried and the treadmill plug prongs looked like they were a bit charred. I plugged the treadmill into the bottom socket and it worked. The plastic in the top socket was a bit melted. The breaker was not tripped and no other problems were noted in the house. I will have an electrician in on Monday to replace the socket, but wonder if there is any danger?

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I am trying to install 3 50 watt led floodlights. I have an

I am trying to install 3 50 watt led floodlights. I have an outlet that I would like to tap into but not sure if I am doing it right. I plan on wiring the new wire into the back of the outlet. At the spot of the first light I will add a 2 gang outlet and wire the light directly to that outlet. Then run wire from that outlet to the second light, I do not need an outlet here so I was going to wire the lights directly to the line. Then continue the line going to the last light where I will place another outlet. What I want to make sure is that the second light can be directly spliced into the line. The lights say 85-200v so I think it should be ok. Also I am unsure of how many outlets can be connected on one line.Thanks

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