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I am having trouble with a GFI outlet. It is out in my deck

I am having trouble with a GFI outlet . It is out in my deck used for an electric grill . The line is fed by a 20 amp breaker with 12 gauge wire . I plug in my grill which is rated at 1750 watts in and after a few minutes the GFI will trip. I reset it and it lasts for a few more minutes and then trips again. The GFI is rated for 15 amps . It stays on for a shorter time if the sun is on the outlet box.

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I'm trying to connect a GE 13869 in-wall smart switch and am

Hi, I'm trying to connect a GE 13869 in-wall smart switch and am having some trouble. The prior switch only had 2 wires (black and white) plugged in. Need install help with this product. I tried the black wire in both the load and line insert on the back and the white in the neutral slot. Not working. Thank you

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I have replaced to standard 15amp breakers with two ARC

I have replaced to standard 15amp breakers with two ARC 15amp fault circuit breakers. One of the two kicks off after I return power to the breaker box. This particular circuit is present in various areas of my house (various lights, outside outlets (with GFI) and a garage light and outlet (also GFI).How can I trace down the issue ? I have returned the original breaker to the box, and it now works fine, but I'll need the ARC one in to pass inspection - and of course if this is pointing out a problem with the my wiring, I would like to resolve it.

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Kevin

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I have a gfci outlet in my bathroom that does not give any

I have a gfci outlet in my bathroom that does not give any power when I plug in cords. Pen tester says the wires are live and outlet tester is reading "open hot".I checked the wiring and it's all correct. There is a 12/2 coming into the box and connected to the outlet.Only thing I'm not sure about is why the hot wire is on the outlet but the neutral is spliced to another neutral tail and than connected to the outlet. I think it's because maybe they left the neutral in the box cut too short, and I doubt is causing any issue.Also for more information my bathroom is next to my kitchen. The ceiling lights and switches for both rooms, and the gfci that is not working are all on the same circuit.I checked the wiring to the switch for the bathroom light and it's only one wire coming into the switch.Any ideas for trouble shooting? Should I check the ceiling light? Maybe the line for the outlet is jumped off the feed for the light and could be open or cut somewhere?

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Im installing a new light switch to my hallway light. The

im installing a new light switch to my hallway light. The junction box has 3 sets of wires. I have neve seen this before so i dont know what to do. I hooked up the light switch and it worked, but the light in a bedroom as well as some outlets stopped working unless the hallway light was on.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: for all of eternityJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: siJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: no

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I have two LED light fixtures on one switch. When I turn off

I have two LED light fixtures on one switch. When I turn off the switch, one of the lights is still very dimly visible, as if it still has five to ten volts of power. The switch is connected to the white incoming power wire. Should it be connected to the black wire instead?

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My house has a 220v transfer box on my main breaker panel.

My house has a 220v transfer box on my main breaker panel. It was installed in 1999 and has a 3 wire Nema 6-20 plug. The original generator had a compatible female receptacle. That generator got stolen and I got a replacement: a generac gp5500. It has a Nema L14-30p plug. I am trying to connect things to make it work, as we have an ice storm bearing down on us. I have a male Nema L14-30p and a male Nema 6-20p, but my knowledge is tapped. What now?JA: What's the make and model? And can you guesstimate how old it is?Customer: Generate go 5500. Two years old. Tops.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Looks that way. Yes.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Different question, there.

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We were running multiple plug in heaters and a heat gun

We were running multiple plug in heaters and a heat gun today in my other home trying to thaw the baseboard heating. Someone mistakenly turned the boiler off during one of the coldest days in the year. We got the heat flowing again however at one point during the day the breaker tripped shutting down the lights and outlets in two of the rooms. It was tripped while we were running the heaters and heat gun, the odd thing is when I went down to the basement to flip it back on, nothing seemed to bring the electricity back on in those 2 rooms. I went through all the breakers twice (unforunately they are not labeled well) but no luck. The breakers do feel like they are "snapping" on and off but does that indicate whether or not one of the breakers went bad? I guess I should take a step back and ask did I "ruin" the breaker by trying to run the heaters and heat gun? Those breakers haven't been changed in over 15 years. I guess I am just hoping that this is just a breaker problem and not anything else.

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Just moved into new home. It seems My micro and stove are on

Just moved into new home. It seems My micro and stove are on the same circuit which I know should not be the case. Using the micro trips the circuit. In the breaker there are two 20 amp cuircuits labeled oven. Flipping them does nothing and are clearly not connected to the oven. A separate unlabeled breaker controls both the micro and oven. How can I fix?

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