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I live in a two family home, I rent the downstairs. It

I live in a two family home, I rent the downstairs. It appears the water heater and common areas are tied to my meter. How do I find out without question everything tied to the electric meter I'm paying for? The electricians I've called have been stumped as to why the owner can't tell me. But he knows and won't I need this info to force them to fix this by installing a 3rd meter for common areas

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Rico Soma

Supervisor

27,732 satisfied customers
Dear Pearl, I am in the Dominican Republic. I have two 110

Dear Pearl,JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: I am in the Dominican Republic. I have two 110 lines. I would like to protect the 220 V pump of the swimming pool. Do I need two CHSPT2Max surge protectors? One for each hot line?JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Sure, I am in a small village and there are no qualified electricians here. I am Dutch.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Yes, the situation is a bit complicated.We have 14 hours current from the street line. Mostly during the night. In the night an inverser is changing the batteries and during the day the inverser provides electricity in the house. The pump of the swimming pool is heavy for the inverser and only works during the time there is electricity from the 'street'. The quality of the electricity is low and there are a lot of fluctuations. I have a new 2 pole circuit breaker. Is this for only one hot line?JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: Part of the system is 15 years old, other part have been added last 3 years. It is difficult to find a qualified electrician. I tried several, but ithe system is a mess compared to a system in Holland.

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Sam Irvin

Electrical Systems Journeyman

106 satisfied customers
A 1972 home has aluminum wiring. In addition to installing

A 1972 home has aluminum wiring. In addition to installing AlumiConn connectors at all lights, switches, outlets, etc....do the range, ac and water heater outlets need to be completely rewired so the home is safe and insurable or is antioxidizer and abrasion legal / sufficient on these circuits?

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho

10,422 satisfied customers
The first outlet in a run melted. I have 10 plugs and 3

The first outlet in a run melted. I have 10 plugs and 3 light switches with 4 lights. I know in theory you can have unlimited plugs and lights it's the draw on the breaker. I believe I had that run overloaded but not sure why it melted the first one.

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ProGrade

Electrical Contractor

1,092 satisfied customers
I added a room to a house & obtained a building permit as

I added a room to a house & obtained a building permit as required. The original house has no ground for the outlets. The original 100 amp main panel is not grounded. How can I provide a ground system for the room addition that is about 75 feet from the main panel?

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,788 satisfied customers
Installed a new range. But crossed two wires when attaching

Installed a new range. But crossed two wires when attaching the plug. Turned the breaker on and it made a strange sound like an electric razor. Then the electrical smell and some smoke. The range breaker had the smoke. Replaced it to be on the safe side and found the crossed wires. It works now but have two other breakers for water heaters that seam to not work. There is power to the water heaters and all reads good but no hot water. Replaced the elements, old were good but still replaced. Still not hot water. Not sure what to try next unless I replace the main breaker and the hot water heater breakers?JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: House is in the70's. Not yet.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: If it is simple.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not that I can think of.

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho

10,422 satisfied customers
I am a renter and just found out that the hot water heater

Hello. I am a renter and just found out that the hot water heater in my home was 220 wired to 110. I would always run out of hot water before the bathtub was full. It has since been fixed. I'm trying to find out if this would have made any difference in my electric bill. Some say yes, some say no. I'm thinking that while it wouldn't be pulling as much electricity, it would be pulling it for much longer on 110 than 220. However, I realize I could be dead wrong since I know absolutely nothing about electricity! So, can anyone say how much more or how much less electricity it would take to heat the water and keep it at a constant temp using 110 vs 220? Would it affect my bill negatively or positively?? Thanks.

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ProGrade

Electrical Contractor

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I am a contractor who had 2 crews working in the sub floor

I am a contractor who had 2 crews working in the sub floor crawl space replacing duct work (below floor horizontal HVAC unit) and installing a tankless water heater (requiring GFCI outlet to operate heater). After the installations (both crews working same time), the homeowner noticed their microwave oven clock was flashing as if the electricity went out and then came back on. No big deal they reset the clock and the microwave appears to operate normally. Now the big problem, the all electric Jen air range / stove / oven is having issues. there appears to be no power to the digital control display panel, but the range top burners (all 4) work perfectly but without each power indicator light coming on. So no oven, oven light, temperature setting, etc. appears to be working. No other electrical appliance in the home has been affected is this a problem with the circuit board and are my crews at fault or was there a power surge from the utility company? I need clues and help.JA: Can you guesstimate how old your Jenn-Air is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?Customer: I am not at the homeowners location but they have said it is 5 years old and has had previous control board issues?JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Oh No! I just need some information on why this happened and if I need to pay for repairing it.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: One last bit of information that might have bearing. During my initial inspection of the crawl space I noticed that the really old original Knob & Tube wiring is still in use and might be powering appliances as well as outlets and lights.

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Mike G.

Master Electrician

Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho

10,422 satisfied customers
I am converting from a propane to an 52 Gal 5500 Watt

I am converting from a propane to an 52 Gal 5500 Watt electric water heater. Hence, I need to put in the wiring. The breaker box has room for additional 30 amp breaker. No one at home depot seems to know or they wont say (due to liabilities) what I need to install. I want to run the wire through metal conduit as my garage is dry walled. Can you tell me what to wire to use, and do I need a disconnect near the water heater?JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: House is 10 years old, all copper pipes. I have not consulted anyone yet.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes, I have to do it myself as funds are tight, but I want it right too.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Complete length of wire run from water heater to breaker is 55 feet. I have lots of 3/4 inch metal conduit (would like to use up if I can). Not that this matters, but I live outside of any city limits. I understand local codes may vary, but looking to get the best answer I can. This is the water heater: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Westinghouse-52-Gal-5500-Watt-Lifetime-Residential-Electric-Water-Heater-with-Durable-316l-Stainless-Steel-Tank-WER052C2X055/206021181

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Kevin

Supervising Electrician

Diploma

4,788 satisfied customers
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