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I have a portable air conditioner & and a dehydrator that

I have a portable air conditioner & and a dehydrator that both state never to use an extension cord. My understanding is that most extension cords may not be up to the power demands of these appliance. I was wondering if there were extension cords that are made to have to same abilities of a wall socket so that I could use those extension cords even if they are more expensive.My next alternative is hiring some to replace the appliance cords themselves with longer versions, but I thought I'd ask if a "beefier" extension cord was an option.Thanks,Tyler

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Steve G.

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The dryer plugs into a 220 V AC wall outlet. I have a

The dryer plugs into a 220 V AC wall outlet. I have a Triplett 2202 meter. Can I use this meter to find out if the outlet from the wall is live? If so how? I don't want to blow up the meter.

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Removed ceiling fixture. replaced with a new LED fixture.

Removed ceiling fixture. replaced with a new LED fixture. Properly grounded. There is juice at the wires. The fixture lights up when plugged into an outlet, so it is fine. But cannot get it tolight when installed in the ceiling. What could cause this?

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Mike G.

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I would kindly ask on: can fog / moisture /steam cause

Hello. :) ! I would kindly ask for information on:can fog / moisture /steam cause problems with unfinished wires, or just an electrical plug being installed on the wall?as in electricity danger or?Because I have read that water leads electricity, and does that pose a threat to a person showering (and thus creating fog /moisture/steam) in the bathroom, which has an electrical plug on the wall?Thank you for the info!:) !

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

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My wife bought a new hanging chandelier with electrical for

My wife bought a new hanging chandelier with electrical for the lights; I'm removing the existing chandelier that already has wiring and a box to support. I've installed these before. However, the new unit has a regular polarized plug like you put in a wall socket. Can I simply cut of that plug and wire to the black and white and ground like a normal ceiling light?

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Steven Parent

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Electrical Journeyman Certificate

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From the ceiling I have 4 wires: Grey, Purple, White, and

From the ceiling I have 4 wires: Grey, Purple, White, and ground. From my fan: Black, White , Blue. From the wireless receiver: Black, White, Blue on side A and Black & White on side B. I connect Side A of wireless receiver to fan and Side B Black to ceiling Purple, Side B White to ceiling White. Where should I wire the ceiling Gray to? Thank you.

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

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My problem started one evening while watching TV. The unit

My problem started one evening while watching TV. The unit and a couple of lights went out. I went to check the breaker panel and found one breaker tripped. I cycled the breaker but when I tried to turn it back on there was a small light explosion at the breaker. I then went to the store and purchased a couple of new ones. I replaced the breaker with a new one and it resulted in the same light/sound show when turned on. I then tested all my wall plug-in units that were not working and disabled each one by removing the plug and leaving the wires individually capped and outside their box. Retested the breaker and the same problem showed up. Further testing (a long procedure of turning off all the breakers and then turning on the one that had tripped) it was fine and did not trip when it was the only breaker actually turned on. I then tested the breaker with each of the other breakers one at a time to see if it would give the light/sound show. The results of all this was I found that two breakers (both on the same side of the panel) created a problem. Let's call the first breaker (A) and the other one (B). When breaker (A) is on first and I then turn on (B) the breaker (A) trips (flash bang). When breaker (B) is on first and I attempt to turn on (A) the breaker (A) again trips with flash/bang. I found that if I only have one of the breakers (A) or (B) turned on the same set of wall sockets are active and the others that originally were off are still off line. Then I found that if (A) is off and (B) is on the wire in the panel that connects to (A) it is hot even when not connected to anything in the panel. The same is true if (A) is connected and on (B) becomes hot without any connection. I have gone throughout the house and removed the covers from every outlet including the light switches and cannot find any evidence of any problems at those sources. I attempted to run a test (without power on in the panel) to try and trace the wires from the breakers in question but the Fluke line tracing unit I have would not pick up the wire inside the walls. Since there is no power at a few of the wall plugs I could not use a power tracing unit to trace the wire. I am a disabled vet and not an electrician so at this point I have exhausted all my knowledge on the subject. I did not buy the home new and the contractor that built (and owned) the home did not follow any set guide lines nor can I find a wiring diagram anywhere. For example there are three outlets in the bedroom and one outlet in the kitchen (they are at opposite ends of the home) that share the same breaker. Any help in this matter would greatly help. Thanks.

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Mike G.

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I was changing a bulb in the fixture above my bathroom sink.

I was changing a bulb in the fixture above my bathroom sink. the base of the bulb turned out to be stuck in the socket. I took a needle nose plier to get it out and caused it to spark and kick off the circuit breaker, which I reset. I went back to the bathroom to find the vent in the shower and the night lite in the wall working, along with other lights in the hallway. but when I tried to turn the light on, the circuit breaker blew again. I reset it again and when back to the bathroom. but this time the vent wasn,t working and neither was the night lite, which I took a closer look at. the button the wall socket had popped out. so I tried to snap it back in but it wouldn't stay in, but the hallway lights went back on. that's where I am now. can you advise me what to do

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

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2 years ago we had a house fire and most of the house was

2 years ago we had a house fire and most of the house was rewired and has a new breaker box. However the 3 back bedrooms and bathroom were not rewired. Since that time all 3 wall sockets in one bedroom, a wall socket in each of the two bedrooms and the wall socket in the bathroom have quit working. One socket in the bedroom became extremely hot and a neighbor removed it. Now the overhead light in the bathroom will flash when switched on but will not work. What's the problem and how much will it cost to repair?

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Jason

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