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My small old house, 1950's, was originally 3 bedrooms, one

My small old house, 1950's, was originally 3 bedrooms, one bathroom, small kitchen and living/dining room. Not sure when but a second bathroom and family room were added before we bought.I have a circuit breaker panel on the outside wall with 4 unused, not connected to anything, breakers. Several times for various relatively minor reasons we have had the panel and electrical system updated by certified, qualified electricians. Everything is working fine.My "problem" is that one circuit has almost everything connected to it! The added family room with TV, almost every ceiling light in the house, almost every outlet in every room, the "office" with our modem and desk top computer.Now whenever there is a "minor" electrical issue and I want to turn of the circuit breaker to work on something of course almost everything in the house is out of commission! And if it turns out I can't quickly fix the minor issue family members get annoyed. Plus just the annoyance of resetting every clock, etc.All I want to know is would it be worth it, would it cost a lot, hire an electrician, to get something rewired???? Something changed, so everything in the house is not on the one circuit breaker?Right now I have an, I think, minor issue with a ceiling light but just do not want the hassle of turning off EVERYTHING to check it only to find out it is not something I can easily fix!!! GRRRRRRR

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No power at all to energy smart hot water tank, Just

No power at all to energy smart hot water tankJA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?Customer: Just happened. We shut the power off to the home for work yesterday, turned back on everything was fine then this AM the hot water heater just wouldn't workJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: If possibleJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No

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Background: I have a 220v/30a circuit with a NEMA 14-30 plug

Background: I have a 220v/30a circuit with a NEMA 14-30 plug attached to it. Our dryer currently uses it. I want to also use the outlet to charge our electric car. The charger reported a ground fault when I plugged it in and sure enough, when I opened up the outlet, I found that the ground receptacle had no wire plugged into it. I ran some bare copper wire from the ground receptacle to the metal electric box (not the best way to ground something but probably better than no ground at all). When I tried the charger again: same problem, ground fault. Our hot water heater, just a few feet away, was recently replaced and inspected. It has an exposed ground wire (bare copper). Question: is it safe to run an exposed bare copper wire from the ground receptacle in the 14-30 out into the garage (along the exterior of the wall) and connect it to the hot water heater ground wire? Will it pass a code inspection that way? Thanks!

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In the city of Dayton, Ohio. In an apartment building (3

In the city of Dayton, Ohio. In an apartment building (3 floors). U shaped building. Electrical service runs to the rear center of the building.We are running Aluminum SERVICE cable 2-2-4 to every unit's panel from each meter. Distance ranges from 30-150ft from the meters. Meters DO have breakers on them but; do we need a disconnect for each service cable entering the building (right inside the building on the other side of the meters)?Someone suggested to run bunches of romex (copper 12/2 NM-B) to each unit but I believe that would be more costly and difficult. Our plan is to branch romex from each unit's panel to needed locations within the units. (But of course aluminum service cable from the meters to the panels as stated above)I want to know if the method running the Aluminum Service Cable listed above meets all city, state, and national electric codes and any additional input is appreciated.

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110v electrical outlet is only reading 2.0 volts on my

110v electrical outlet is only reading 2.0 volts on my multimeter, when I read other outlets I'm getting the appropriate 110v. however the garbage disposal works on this 2.0v outlet reading. I attempted to plug in a 110v space water heater and it didn't work, when I plug into an outlet above the counter it works. What am I missing? How can a 110v garbage disposal work on a 2.0v power supply?

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I'm thinking of purchasing a 1973 mobile home in a park

I'm thinking of purchasing a 1973 mobile home in a park built in the 60s that only provides 50 amp service. What does that mean to me in terms of what electrical gizmos I could have? I have a large TV, TiVos, large fridge, large freezer, various kitchen appliances, thinking of getting an all-in-one washer/dryer that runs on 110, and will need to run a space heater or window A/C sometimes.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: define "sysyem"JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: noJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I'm an ignorant end-user, just trying to understand if this is the right home for me.

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Replacing a inside panel (60 amp) with a larger (125 amp)

Replacing a inside panel (60 amp) with a larger (125 amp) though I do not need the amps I wanted more circuits.In looking at the old panel (1960's) I find the main feed from the disconnect outside does not have a ground with the #6 coming into the panel, but has a separate wire for ground that enters the panel in a hole in the back, goes along the bottom and is twisted around a nail that drops into a hole in the bottom of the panel box.Each of the 4 circuits coming into the panel box has a ground wire that is twisted around a nail on the outside of the box which is also twisted around the ground wire mentioned above nailed into the wall stud outside the panel box. The ground wires are also then connected to the cable holder in which the main #6 wire enters the panel.This box is on the 2nd floor of a apartment.1. The ground wire was busted during remodel work. It enters as a single wire into the space where the panel box is and is tied in as described above.Where would this ground wire most likely come from. For instance without tearing all the walls out to follow it, is it possible it is heading to a pipe for grounding. Each apartment in this bldg. has its own panel feeding from the outside main panel at the meter.2. When I replace the inside panel it does not seem right to repeat the grounding as sit is presently. How should it be grounded, assuming I find where the ground wire is coming from.

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What size wire should i use for the hot, neutral and ground

what size wire should i use for the hot, neutral and ground wires....200A main panel using a 125A breaker to feed a 125A sub panel.JA: What's the brand and model number of your appliance? How old is it?Customer: its an Eemax tankless water heaterJA: What are all the symptoms of the problem (error codes, flashing lights, etc.)?Customer: no problemJA: What happened just before this problem started? What troubleshooting have you tried?Customer: nothingJA: Anything else you want the electrician to know before I connect you?Customer: no

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I want to install a main breaker panel on the block wall at

i want to install a main breaker panel on the block wall at the rear of a residential site to supply circuits in a pool pavilion that is supported by columns. The panel would be located 22 ft away and contain breakers for tv , barbecue. fans,lights, small water heater, and space heater. The owner does not want the panel mounted locally due to aesthetics. Can I remote the panel in this situation ?

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