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Both my stove (in the kitchen - mid-level of the house) and

Both my stove (in the kitchen - mid-level of the house) and my clothes dryer (in the basement) suddenly aren't working. Neither one has any power coming to it (no beeps if buttons are pushed, no lights, etc.) Both are electric; no gas. Everything else in the house, including air conditioning and fridge, appears to be working normally.My first step was to check the circuit board. All switches are in the "on" position. I'm baffled on how to even start figuring this one out.Suggestions, please.

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I am looking at having a three phase generator up

I am looking at having a three phase generator for back up to a three phase solar pump and would like to know if it is possible to have an auto start system installed. If so what type would be required.Thank youMike

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I purchased a Dewalt portable Generator Model DXGNR7000 (7000Watt).

I purchased a Dewalt portable Generator Model DXGNR7000 (7000Watt).JA: I'll do all I can to help. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so we can help you best.Customer: Sorry I wasn't done yetJA: Is there anything else important you think the Electrician should know?Customer: I am trying to find out what transfer switch (brand & model) either automatic or manual that will allow me to connect my generator to my home 200amp power panel? I contacted Dewalt, Generac and an Electrical supply company and they just gave me the run around and no answers.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. Our top Electrician is ready to take your case. Just pay the $5 fully refundable deposit and I'll fill the Electrician in on everything we've discussed. You can go back and forth with the Electrician until you're 100% satisfied. We guarantee it.

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I am electrical designer with roughly 15 years of experience,

I am electrical designer with roughly 15 years of experience, however I have ran into an application I have never dealt with before. 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. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so we can help you best. Customer: I am doing a job where the client wants to run two separate power feeder from a main distribution panel to what they are calling a dual bus panel. JA: Is there anything else the Electrician should be aware of? Customer: so in this case (2) 30A 240v/1 phase feeder to a panel with two separate buses. 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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Need to know what wire size I need amp 3phase 120/208

need to know what wire size I need for 200 amp 3phase 120/208 main breaker feeding transfer switch the to a sub panel short runs no more than 25ft JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue? Customer: no JA: OK got it. Last thing — Electricians generally expect a deposit of about $18 to help with your type of question (you only pay if satisfied). Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.

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I need to run wire subpanel panels on a new

I need to run wire for a subpanel for solar panels on a new poolhouse we are building. There will be 3 20a breakers for the panels and we are thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen and an RV outlet (30A). Do I need to size the subpanel for the 3 20a solar breakers plus everything else or do you count them differently since they only supply electricity rather than use it? The subpanel is going to be about 110' from the main panel. What size wire will i need

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I'm getting ready blizzard this weekend and want

Hi - I'm getting ready for a blizzard this weekend and want to be able to connect my furnace if I need to. I checked the amps of all the components and its 15A if everything was all running at once. The furnace is 6a and the main circulator pump is 1.7. Each of the 5 zones is .7. I factored some other things too to get to about 15A.The control box line and furnace line both that go to a junction box that looks like it has a single circuit breaker - or maybe it's just a heavy on off switch. If I lose power I want to simply connect a heavy duty wire to the neutral, hot, and ground from the junction box to a male connector. Then just plug the male connector into an extension cord to the generator. Before I connect the generator I will double make sure the circuit at the panel is off so i do t inadvertently send power to the street line. This is a one time deal and I'll get a real one circuit transfer switch before the next storm.My question....what do I do about this neutral and ground being connected together? My neutral is bonded to ground it says on my generator. I don't get this so want to double check that I'm not sending current to my generator ground which will shock/kill me if I touch the generator.or is it safe to connect the ground and neutral from the generator to the ground and neutral of the furnace circuits. Any time the generator is running the panel breaker will be off...

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Her's a thought i just had Can I use a 12v battery cut out

Her's a thought i just hadCan I use a 12v battery cut out switch (see link) as a poor mans transfer switch on a 120v/15 amp supply?I would use 3 switches each one connected to a separate source (1. Generator, 2 Battery inverter, 3. Shore power) and all three connected to the same 120 line for load. Then use only one of the handles so only one can be connected at any given time.The switchs are rated at 12v/300 amps (3600 watts) which is twice the wattage of a 120v/15amp line, so unless there is an issue with continuous use or or maybe the plastic isn't rated for the voltage, seems like it would work as a simple transfer switch.http://www.amazon.com/Volt-Battery-Disconnect-Kill-Switch/dp/B007O0BBFM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453349651&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=%22battery+cut+out+switch%22

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2007 Roadtrek; shore power circuit breaker trips when plugged

2007 Roadtrek; shore power circuit breaker trips when plugged into RV, after unplugging all electrical devices. When I unplug the inverter/converter, the shore power remains on. Do I need a new inverter/converter? Turned the inverter/converter off then on, with no change. Thnaks for your time.

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