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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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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
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We bought a cheap above the ground pool from Walmart. Motor

We bought a cheap above the ground pool from Walmart. Motor stopped. They said we could cut the cord and send a picture of the cord and the receipt for a new motor. In the meantime can my husband splice the old cord? The motor still does work occasionallyJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: The pool is 6 weeks old. It started about 2 weeks ago. My husband said he has been having trouble on and off. More frequent nowJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No, only if it will be ok to splice it while waiting for the new pumpJA: 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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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
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2 days ago our above stove microwave gave up the ghost and

2 days ago our above stove microwave gave up the ghost and blew one of the 4 breakers that control the kitchen and powder room circuits. I have plugged in a light to the plug in where the microwave was connected, after resetting the breaker. it has power and works fine. The microwave does not, so we will buy another one.My main problem is that ever since the breaker trip and reset, the overhead kitchen lights when on, will occasionally go off, as well as the lights and exhaust fan in the powder room. They will come back on shrtly, then do it again, unless I shut them off...then they will work fine for a period of time, then shut off on their own.Anyway, these outages do not trip the breaker. Is it possible that the breaker has been weakened by the microwave oven when it toasted out, and that installing a new breaker will fix the problem?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
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Recently had my SPA serviced, replaced the CD (Corona

Recently had my SPA serviced, replaced the CD (Corona Discharge) System and the motor as well as draining, cleaning, and refilling, it seemed to working OK, used it once. Went to add chemicals, water was not hot when checking disconnect box, the GFI would not reset, discovered when pulling out the "pull to disconnect" that the red side was melted, turned off breaker and removed disconnect portion, it was reasonably melted on one side. Should I replace the Disconnect Panel or just the damaged portion prior to diagnosing the issue?JA: What's the make and model of your machine? And can you guesstimate how old it is?Customer: The SPA is a Sundance 850 series, installed in 2002 (14 years old), as was the disconnect Connecticut Electric SPA-250.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: That was the plan, my father was an electrical contractor, he helped me install the disconnect, and I am an Electrical Engineer (work at Lockheed Martin) and have done some electrician type do it yourself projects in the pastJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I don't think soJA: 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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mrromex

field supervisor

5 years of college courses

 
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I installed 10 gauge wire to an old dryer receptacle in a

Hello Pearl, I installed 10 gauge wire to an old dryer receptacle in a home we built and we found sparks come out when I plugged in the plug we will use for the dryer. What might I need to do differently?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.Customer: Thanks Pearl. Don't want to start a fire or blow out my new dryerJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: I would prefer to do it myself, but if it is out of my payrange I will get someone who is a proJA: When we are ready I'll take you to the appropriate web page.Customer: I am readyJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: The home is about 50 years, and I notice from the other websites that it is wired in an older way, with the outer wires hot, the middle wire not and the ground was not usedJA: 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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mrromex

field supervisor

5 years of college courses

 
266 satisfied customers
Question on a GIF outliet I have in the bathroom. I have the

Hi Kevin, question on a GIF outliet I have in the bathroom. I have the GFI outlet run to 3 other plugins like it is labled, the line in and load to other plugs. seems that when I for instance plug a fan in the GFI outlet and yank out the cord it trips the GFI. Also on one of the other outlets is another GFI. Is that the problem or do I have something else going on?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
4,056 satisfied customers
I have bought an old Radio, which has a Mains Lead with just

I have bought an old Radio, which has a Mains Lead with just two wires- Live and Neutral.The lead has a 3 pin plug attached.The Radio Manual states that the Case of the Radio needs to be Earthed with a Wire from a screw provided at the Rear.Could I just attach a new Cable and 3 Pin Plug, and take the Earth Wire and attach it to the Screw on the Casing at the rear of the Radio?(The Screw on the Rear is provided for Earthing for Safety and not for Signal Ground.)

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
4,056 satisfied customers
I have three phase service at my business and want to test a

I have three phase service at my business and want to test a shredder I have. Each leg of my 3 phase service reads right at 120v. My shredder is 220v three phase. How can I hook this up?

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Steve G.

Chief Engineer

 
12,818 satisfied customers
I have a subpages in the garage that powers 110 and 220 volt

I have a subpages in the garage that powers 110 and 220 volt appliances. Recently all the 220 stuff stopped working. I am getting 220 between the screws on the main panel, but not 220 on the top of the subpanel. I get 110 between all breakers and ground/neutral. Any suggestions?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.Customer: Okay thank!JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: I can replace a CB or something simpleJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I live in Florida and we have had some electrical storms recently.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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ProGrade

Electrical Contractor

 
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