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I have a motion sensor light switch I am trying to install

I have a motion sensor light switch I am trying to install the switch Has 2 black wires a green and a bare. The box I am trying to install it to has 3 sets of wiring. The original Switches were wired as so left switch had 2 blacks wires to it the right Switch had a red and a black twisted around a screw and then plugged in to the left Switch. I only need one switch I tried the red On bottom connected to the black And top black and the green And bare connected to bare. It's not working

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Steven Parent

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Electrical Journeyman Certificate

 
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A NEW OVERHEAD FIXTURE WITH THE STANDARD, BLACK AND GROUND

I AM INSTALLING A NEW OVERHEAD FIXTURE WITH THE STANDARD WHITE, BLACK AND GROUND LEADS. tHE WIRING IN THE CEILING HAS A BLACK, WHITE, WHITE WITH RED STRIP AND GROUND. I KNOW BLACK TO BLACK, WHITE TO WHITE, GROUND TO GROUND BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH WHITE WITH RED STRIPE?

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Kevin

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Diploma

 
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I am trying to replace an old (ungrounded) outlet with a

I am trying to replace an old (ungrounded) outlet with a Leviton DZR15 (Zwave) outlet. The old outlet has 2 black wires going to the terminals on the right side and one white wire on the other side. The new outlet has only one terminal per side, so I don't know how to wire the two black wires. I would think I could join them, and connect to the plug, but I'm not certain.Oddly the instructions show two black wires in "Step 2", and label the second "4", but only 1 - Line(Hot), 2. Neutral, 3. Ground are shown in the legend.

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Kevin

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Diploma

 
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Is this up an appointment? that is not what I want. I'm just

Is this for setting up an appointment? that is not what I want. I'm just trying to figure out some wiring.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. Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: That is the plan. I'm just searching the web looking for my solution. Found your site.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Well, i'm trying to connect a combo switch/outlet. The power to the combo is from a GFCI, then that combo connects to regular dual outlet and then another that ends the line. not sure how to connect the combo from the GFCI so that it the switch runs the outlet while still powering the next two outletsJA: 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 installing a ceiling fan. The existing light fixture

I am installing a ceiling fan. The existing light fixture has two bulbs, each separately connected, so there are two sets of wires, each with a black and white adn then one ground wire. What do I do with the extra set of wires?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: I am installing a ceiling fan. The existing light fixture has two bulbs, each separately connected, so there are two sets of wires, each with a black and white adn then one ground wire. What do I do with the extra set of wires?JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yes.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: both sets of wires are controlled from a single switch. Each set was wired individually into a separate lampholder 250vJA: 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

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Diploma

 
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Regarding Solar Panel kit wheel RV trailer. I have a 2012

Regarding Solar Panel kit for 5th wheel RV trailer. I have a 2012 Montana Mountaineer edition by Keystone. It has a 50 amp cord for use where power is available. I'll be living in it this summer off grid. I have a 8000 watt portable generator that I can use to power the A/C and microwave etc. There are 400 watt solar kits available from Renology $680 Windy Nation $630. These both have four 100 watt panels. My trailer came with two 12 volt deep cycle batteries and there is ample room to add more. Do you think I should install one of these kits or put my own system together...or should I just use the generator to charge the batteries. There is space on the roof for about 10 panels but I'm wondering why they don't use two hundred or three hundred watt panels instead. My parking area forces me to park facing north just to complicate things. I dont want panels mounted to the ground because I want to use them in various locations. Should I get brackets that allow the panels to tilt? I realize I will be getting pretty good production during the summer months only.How many batteries should I use? There are two 12v batteries in there now.Should I get more or should I replace them with 4? 6v batteries?How long does it take to recharge the batteries from 50% with the generator running?Will a 400 watt system provide enough power to live comfortably to run a tv, lap top, LED lights, radio etc?We are in the mountains about 6200 ft so the A/C will only be needed during hot spells.

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Kevin

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Diploma

 
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My intermatic st01c has a new battery but still doesn't

My intermatic st01c has a new battery but still doesn't work. Display is working. Just bought the house can't find the remote control. Ideas?

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machinc

Retired

 
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I am wiring an outdoor dusk to dawn switch. I have 2 things

I am wiring an outdoor dusk to dawn switch. I have 2 things that I want to connect to this switch: (1) A single porch light on its own run and (2) a run of 5 small fixtures that provide indirect light and that are mounted to the inside trim of the porch (these are run in sequence). The problem: If I hook just the porch light to the switch, it works perfectly (goes on and off with the switch). If I hook just the 5 fixture run to the switch it works perfectly (they go on and off with the switch). But....when I hook them both to the switch, all lights (both runs) stay on continually (the switch does function). I have went over the wiring numerous times and each time the switch functions perfectly when either of these two runs are hooked to the switch, and the switch does not control when both are hooked to the switch. It's about to drive me crazy.

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machinc

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I'm replacing 2 light switches in the kitchen that

I'm replacing 2 light switches in the kitchen that control the same light.When the light switch is in an off position I can't turn it on with the other switch.If the light switch is in an on position I am able to turn it off with the other switch.How can I fix this.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

 
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